It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with anything and everything related to Rachel Zoe — and her style director Brad Goreski is no exception. From shirtless photos taken by Terry Richardson (more on those in a sec) to his spot-on personal style, Goreski is quickly and widely becoming recognized as a style star and perhaps, as The New York Times’ Ben Widdicombe suggests, the zeitgeist of current men’s fashion.
But before the two talked about that, Goreski had to explain the difference between look and lewk, and go over a few other points of vernacular:
“A ‘lewk’ is like, ‘I’m wearing a lewk today,’ it’s something that everybody will notice. It’s like you’re out of the pages of a magazine, that’s a lewk.”
“ ‘Werk’ is a feeling,” he continued, “like you werk your lewk. Like, was it werking? Was it happening, was it going on? A mayjor lewk is, like, above and beyond actual major.”
And as it turns out, there’s a lot we don’t know about Goreski — and he wants to keep it that way:
Not all about Mr. Goreski’s life is apparent from what is seen on the reality show. He said he moved from his native Port Perry, Ontario, to Los Angeles nine years ago “for love.” And although he is still in that relationship, he declined to give any details about his partner, other than to say the gentleman is from Queens.
Goreski did let Widdicombe and readers in on secrets about his childhood, like what it was like growing up chubby — and how Terry Richardson got him to take his clothes off.
Also, he didn’t always look so good in a fitted blazer and cropped pants. “I was a little chubby, rosy-cheeked kid,” he said of his teenage years. “When you grow up being overweight, sometimes it doesn’t leave you.”
His transition from vulnerable small-town teenager to pop-culture fodder was cemented in May, when pictures of a shirtless Mr. Goreski taken by the art photographer Terry Richardson were splattered across blogs and Tumblr pages. Mr. Richardson, he said, coaxed him in front of the lens while the intended subject of the day’s shoot, [Cameron] Diaz, was still in hair and make-up.
“He said: ‘You’ve got a really big bicep, I wasn’t expecting that. Take off your shirt,’ ” Mr. Goreski recalled. “From being a chubby kid from Port Perry, Ontario, to having your picture taken shirtless by Terry Richardson is a big, feel-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway moment.”
Also, if you didn’t know, at some point during Fashion Week, Richardson got Goreski out of his clothes again.
For the rest of Widdicombe’s story — and for the sake of seeing just how nice a guy Goreski really is — click here.
[Via The New York Times]