I’ve been a massive fan of Brad Goreski since college, when my friends and I would binge watch The Rachel Zoe Project instead of working. Zoe was always a delight to watch and you couldn’t tear me away from a Rog talking head, but the real appeal was always, obviously, Brad. I still maintain that the dress he picked out for Kate Hudson but was scrapped due to a white stage was stunning and would have landed on all the best dressed lists, but most people in the world have moved past that, I suppose. Oh well.
He’s long since moved on from Team Zoe and is a hugely accomplished stylist in his own right, working with Kate Spade, starring on his since-ended Bravo show It’s A Brad Brad World, and his bread and butter: styling celebrity clients. It seemed like a natural fit to ask his advice about going bold (since he’s never one to blend in), and to get some words of wisdom about finding the courage to stand out.
We asked him about how to make the bright, bold patterns we see on his celebrity clients work on normals like us who might be too nervous to step out in something other than our winter black coats.
The Gloss: Your client Rashida Jones has been wearing a lot of bold patterns this year–her Valentino dress at the Vanity Fair Oscar party comes to mind. How do you style bold patterns so that they don’t overpower your clients?
Brad Goreski: Rashida wears clothes with such confidence. She loves to do things that are unexpected. When wearing a bold pattern, it’s good to let that be the star of your outfit and keep the accessories simple. For the Vanity Fair party we wanted to do a look that was different and unpredictable. The accessories were key! The hand bracelet and hoop earrings really pulled the whole look together. You just have to go for it. It’s good to stand out in the crowd!
Next up: Brad tells us how four celebrities went bold and gives us his opinion of their looks.