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T Lo interviews Brad Goreski

The cutest little sissy queen we ever did see.


For our money, the main reason to watch The Rachel Zoe Project (aside from the clothes) is to see what her assistant Brad will be wearing and saying each episode. He's adorable, stylish, and funny, and he has a true fashionista's love of all things fashion. Nothing drove that point home more than when he met John Galliano in Paris with Rachel. So in awe was he that you would have thought Christ came down from heaven and kissed him on the forehead. And if you saw last night's finale, you know that he has the cutest little ass on TV.

Hi Brad, we’ve been reading your Twitter. You’re a busy boy, aren’t you?
[Laughs] I am very busy. I’m a little out of breath right now because I forgot that I had a ten-o’clock call and I was just dancing and lip-synching “Dress You Up” by Madonna for Jordan, she was really enjoying it.

Let’s start with your background. You interned for Vogue and W magazine, right?
Yes, that’s correct. In college I set my sights on both of those magazines and had amazingly incredible experiences at both.

You have this attitude that fashion is supposed to be fun. How did you keep up with all the stress and tension around you?
I think it’s because there is so much tension and stress that if you give into it, then it becomes less fun. I basically try to live my life like that. Everything should be kind of fun and happy. Sometimes it’s appreciated, sometimes it’s not. My whole family is the same way. My dad always got through everything with humor, talking to random people in the grocery stores…when I was a little kid, I’d be like, “Oh my God, please stop talking to strangers,” but now I’ve morphed completely into him, I talk to everybody. Rachel is very receptive to it, Taylor is coming around.

You kind of share the spotlight with Rachel on the show. Were you expecting that much attention?
I don’t know, Rachel and I are very similar and we love being together, we love fashion in the same kind of way, we just complement each other. We have a really good time and I’m glad people get to see that side of her, really fun to work for. She does have very high expectations, but they’re always attainable. She expects the best from us and she knows that she’ll get the best from us. I’m very lucky to work for her.

How is it having cameras all over the place 24/7? To us it’s a show, but to you at the end of the day it’s still your workplace.
I think that’s where the line gets a little blurry. I think because it is a show, what people see, sometimes they forget that that’s actually our jobs. We just show up and do our daily things and that is captured on camera. Sometimes what’s captured on camera, later on you’re saying “Oh my God, I can’t believe that is going to be on TV.” After a while, they just become phantoms and we just do our jobs.

How is it for you meeting all those designers, going to all those fashion shows? It must be a dream come true for you.
Oh yeah, growing up in Canada, being eleven years old and buying Vogue at the grocery store in a small town is not very common for a little boy to be doing. To actually have that dream come true, it’s amazing. I’m lucky that Rachel is so generous to take me to all those places with her and introduce me my idols. It’s a big kick for her, but it’s even a bigger kick for me.

Yeah, now you’re friends with Marc Jacobs’ boyfriend, Lorenzo…
It’s a very small world, you see the same people at the shows and they become your friends along the way, which it’s been really fun.

Do you have a male fashion icon?
I love the way Tom Ford dresses, also, my friends inspire me all the time, I have very creative friends.

What about female icons?
Oh yeah, Madonna…I grew up watching her going from the knitted gloves and calf-length tights to couture. She’s the top of the heap for me.

You have a very interesting look; it’s your signature look actually. Where do you shop?
Band of Outsiders is actually one of my favorite designers, I wear so much of their stuff, I love Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren…I mean, my whole thing is very high low. I’m a big sales shopper, I do not buy retail, I think it’s a crime. I mix a lot of forty-dollar polos with my Levi’s. I invest a lot of money on shoes. I think as accessories, shoes are very important. Especially for man, a guy can wear a white Oxford, but if you add a forty-dollar bow tie to it, a pair of glasses, a great pair of shoes and jeans, you’re done.

You don’t seem to be fazed by trends, you have your own look. It must be hard, working in the fashion industry, to not to be too influenced by trends and to stick to your own style.
It can be, but my looks have always been…I just like looking together, I like looking nice, I’ve always been preppy. At third grade, I would only wear Benetton, Ralph Lauren, and Esprit. That was just my thing. I like looking put together, even if we don’t have fittings in the office, it’s just our group in the studio, I still like putting on outfits.

How’s your relationship with Taylor these days? It seems like there’s always some shit going on with you two.
[Laughs] Always. We work in a very intimate environment, it’s just the two of us and now Jordan, sometimes it’s too close for comfort, but our relationship has also evolved, it’s a lot beyond that where we’re actually a team now. With the three of us, it’s always three is a crowd, we're never all in synch and that’s where a lot of the drama comes from this season.

It’s nice to see you're always there for Rachel, with the tabloids, her weight and all that. You’re like her comic relief.
Aside from being her assistant…well, actually part of being her assistant is to make sure that she’s OK. We spend a lot of time together, so I know a lot of what’s going on with her and my way of making people feel better is distracting them from the situation or make them able to laugh at it.

Has the business grown with the show?
We’re just as busy as always. Ever since I started here, I hit the ground running and we haven’t stopped. The level of business is always the same, but it’s actually busier now because Rachel has her whole line of products coming out on QVC and a ton of other things in the works.

Best and worst part of the job.
Best part of the job is seeing Taylor every day [laughs], worst part of the job is when I don’t see Rachel every day.

Thanks, Brad!


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54 comments:

he's just adorable and really handsome without the glasses. Laughed out loud about his self-congratulatory "I look good in short-shorts."


OHMYGOD I LOVE him!!!!!!


I.DIE.

HE. IS. KILLING. IT.

Seriously, what a breath of fresh, happy air. Yay Brad!


he is a cutie pie! I may have start watching the Rachel Zoe project just to see him. ;)


Rachel is interesting and it is awesome watching her pick out clothes for people and go to fashion shows. But the heart of the show is definitely Brad. Any word on whether we'll get a Season 3?


Great interview. I am in love with his style, attitude, ..and body.


i think he's adorable WITH the glasses.


Loved this interview. He's a cutie pie, and adds a nice dose of insight about what's going on to the show. They seem to use him a lot to narrate "what's gong on" and I find his comments alternately heart-tugging and hilarious.


He's such a doll and I want my own Brad for Christmas!!


I love him on the show! He looked adorable last night.


I find that the group dynamics of that show are almost more interesting than the pretty, pretty accessories & the clothes. No one (except Roger) comes off as anything less than high maintenance - they just cycle through and as long as Taylor, Rachel & Brad aren't all emoting at top level simultaneously, it seems to work. I often think "this must be exaggerated by t.v. editing" since otherwise I don't see how the business could function.

Enjoyed the interview.


He's a cutie. I actually started watching the show because of your recommendation. Brad makes the show.


Love him. Love the show, but especially love Brad.


Brad really is one of the highlights of the show. He's a good counterpoint to Taylor.


I adore Brad.

He.is.shutting.it.down.


Ira Glass is in fashion now?


Brad is great! He's the reason I watch the show.


so funny when that creep was hitting on him last night. even then he was still a gentleman


he is just darling


*Love* Brad! As much as I love the Rachel Zoe Project, I want a Brad Goreski Project. So funny, so sweet, so fashionable.


Hey, Brad - tell Taylor that it's Jennifer GARNER not Gartner or Gardner or whatever she is saying.


Could he be cuter??? I watched the show religiously this season and am now officially addicted. Brad is extremely good at what he does, all while being the sunny, funny life of the party. I wish Brad were MY friend!


LOVE Brad! Truly, he's the main reason I watch the show. Otherwise, I think the manufactured drama and the WHINING (good god, Taylor) would do me in.


OOC!!!

Love the show way more than I should.


So what's this about the butt? Was it him in short-shorts?


Aww, I love him! He's so adorable, a ray of sunshine.


He's very sweet and he seems to love what he does. Rachel is lucky to have such a devoted assistant. Thanks for the interview, TLo!


I love Brad. And I love TLo for snagging this interview!


Wait, wait, wait... there was ass last night?! I was already sad I missed the finale! *redoubles fist shaking at cable inexplicably not working*

What I've come to really admire about Brad's distinctive style is that as dapper as he gets, it somehow never quite crosses the line into Quentin Crisp-esque feyness. Haven't quite been able to figure out how he does it.

I often joke with friends that I'd marry Brad at a moment's notice, even if he's not typically my type. :) Without a doubt my favorite personality in all of television.

-jesse


agree with all, brad is adorable, but I have to admit that Rachel has really grown on me. I wasn't a fan prior to the show, but her passion for style, and her over-exaggerated "I Die" and "she. shut.it.down" are quite endearing.


I think Brad's gay.


I've watched both seasons of the show and must confess without Brad I'd not have been able to do that. I don't dislike Rachel or Taylor but I think Brad helps take off the irritating edges that the women have. I have a feeling that Taylor might not be quite as bad as Bravo edits her to be but it is hard to say.
While I don't find the "Rachelisms" as endearing as many do they don't really bother me except when she goes on her kicks of using "literally" in every sentence I have to fast-forward to get her off my TV. Brad - you are a darling and please, please don't ever fall into the horrible trap of using "literally" when there is nothing literal about what is being said.
Fun show to watch.
Hope there is a season three!


I must admit being quite sad that the season has ended so quickly. What will I do without my weekly dose of Rachel, Brad and Tay-Tay?!


Rachel and Brad aside... LOVED the new glammed-up/femmed-up Taylor narrations in the final episode. Girl looks FAB in pink!


OH MA GAWD! The Oscars are coming and there's a gown famine!


Ok Brad looks sooo cute without his glasses!

But, when Rachel wouldn't step up and tell him she could only take one assistant to Paris, he should have stepped aside and let the senior assistant (Taylor) go to Fashion Week. I was sad about him taking the trip and not Tay.


Loved the interview!


He's adorable!!!!!


Great interview, guys! I can't wait for season 3.


Oh, I LOVE both Brad and Taylor! Thanks for this, it's a great little interview.


Okay, Brad - in the event you are actually reading some of these comments and happen to catch this one: You guys MUST pull that periwinkle Atelier Versace masterpiece for Anne Hathaway come awards season - you simply MUST! There - I've said it. I can sleep tonight.


Love love love Brad! Too adorable for words. Haven't seen last night's ep yet but looking forward to it.


*joins Brad fan club*


I've noticed that that this year Brad seems to have hunked up. Last year he was cutsie in a flighty, wine-cooler-and-gal-pal sort of way. This year he has a little more of a mature attractiveness. Probably because he has more confidence in himself and it shows.


I would have Brad as my gay husband any day of the week. I also love the relationship between he and Taylor (but I am a Taylor fan anyway - I think she gets a bad rap sometimes). I just think they are adorable together.


Love him!!!!


I thought this was a great season, loved the Paris fashion week episode. Thanks for these interviews, Tlo! He's a sweetheart.


He is adorable and I love his fashion sense and the way he blushes. If I were a gay man I would be so in love with him; as it is I just want to be his mom.


Love him!


I love the piece!

http://www.thefashionista.us/


BRAD:
I love it when you stick up for yourself in front of Taylor and Rachel but in a very professional way. There can be so much passive/aggressiveness in the work place. You confront to call others on their b-s. That is important and you are brave.

Rock on Brad!


Thank you for being YOU,
Abbey


When I watch the Rachel Zoe show, I put my hand out in front of my face, and cover up the train wreck, Rachel, and only watch Brad. He should have his own show. His own shop. His own State. His own Army. All in bow ties.





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