Brad Goreski has styled the likes of Jessica Alba, Rashida Jones, and Laura Dern. The affable fashion force has captured the haute hearts of admirers everywhere. With the Oscars just around the corner, we caught up with Goreski to get the scoop on his red-carpet preferences, his gluten-free diet, his earliest gigs, and the stars he still hopes to dress.
What are you hoping to see at the Oscars?A:
This year I’m hoping to see more risks, I really am. There were some definite risk-takers at the Golden Globes: Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana, Emma Watson, Rashida Jones—who I dressed in Fausto Puglisi—and I’m hoping that will continue into the Oscars. We’ll have a full new round of clothes to deal with too, which is really exciting.
When selecting clothes for Hollywood’s biggest night, what do you have your eye on?A:
I love color. I’ve been using a lot of black lately because the collections have been black-and-white-heavy, but now I’m looking forward to a lot of color. I love all the blues and reds that have been happening and hope to see more of them.
Are there any trends you’re totally over?A:
I always get mad at myself for saying a trend is over and then, lo and behold, the next red-carpet appearance by one of my clients…I’m a little over the illusion panel dress. Jennifer Lopez has done it so well; now it’s time that we all move on to something else.
What’s your day like during awards season? Walk me through a typical day for you.A:
For the Golden Globes, I was so panicked; we had one dress that was altered by the designer in Italy for Rashida, and the night before, it was still stuck in customs. The night before the refit, that is. That was stressful. I had to go from the Palisades to Hollywood and back down to West Hollywood within an hour and a half. It was very panicky. There were a lot of super-aggressive, panicky, video-game-style maneuvers. I made it to everyone’s place in time. I did Laura Dern, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rashida Jones. By 3:30 p.m., me and my assistant were like ‘Oh, my God!’ I fell asleep around 8 that night. Everything leading up to it, the fittings, the refits, then you have to go out and pull all the jewelry, organize all that, and then clutches, talk with hair and makeup—the process continues and continues. Then there are after-party dresses and people just going to parties; we have photo shoots there. So it was a very tiring week.
So you don’t go to the after-parties?A:
I used to. I used to go to all the after-parties, but I just can’t do it anymore. I’m 36. My poor boyfriend, on the night of the Globes, I was like, “I’m going to go to bed now,” he was like, “It’s 8:15.” I’m like, “I’m aware!”
What’s your typical breakfast?A:
I have two things I eat; I’m a creature of habit. I make my own gluten-free granola. I like to say that the most interesting part of me is that I’m gluten-free—it’s not true. I have gluten-free granola with nonfat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Or I’ll make gluten-free steel-cut oats and a protein shake with it.
What do you put in your protein shake?A:
It’s always the same. Water, ice, one of those weird “I’m going to get jacked protein powders…” I’m still waiting for it to work, but it will happen one day—cinnamon, half a banana, and almond butter or sunflower-seed butter.
What are your secrets to stay refreshed when you have to travel a lot?A:
I always bring my own food on the airplane. I read that book The Clean Program, and now I’m so freaked-out about airplane food. I exercise while I’m gone; I really try hard to. I drink a lot of water. I’m a big caffeine drinker, and every year I say I’m going to cut it down, but I don’t do it. And I rest now.
Do you remember the first person you ever styled?A:
Yes, I do. Eva Longoria before Desperate Housewives was a huge thing. I styled her for the cover of Time magazine. It was the yoga shoot. I went to Lululemon on Santa Monica. I just begged people. I didn’t know what I was doing. I got all this Juicy Couture. It was nuts. She was so super nice, and I practiced her name over and over, and as I soon as I met her I said “Hi, Ava!” and she’s like, “It’s Eva.”
Who was the first person you ever dressed for a red carpet?A:
I was assisting Cristina Ehrlich and Estee Stanley at the time, who were the styling duo for my first big thing I worked on, and again I had no idea what I was doing. I did Jessica Biel for The Illusionist. Remember that movie with Christian Bale and Edward Norton? I remember them saying, “Okay, we need X, Y, and Z for this,” and I was like “Where do I get the clothes from? Are you going to give me your credit card? Do I go shopping for her?” They gave me this binder with all of these designer contacts. They were very good teachers. I see Cristina around still, and she’s a huge stylist and does such great work. And now my old assistant works for her.
Is there anyone you would love to style you haven’t yet?A:
There are so many! They’re always such a good crop of really good, exciting girls coming out. I love Sandra Bullock. I would love to style Julia Roberts. I love Julia. I think I would have a lot of fun with her. I still remember that black-and-white Valentino from the Oscars. I wonder what she wore at the premiere of Mystic Pizza, though. That’s what I would like to see.