Brad Goreski styles red carpet stunners including Jessica Alba and Stacy Keibler (that metallic Naeem Khan number she wore at the Oscars? That was him.) But that doesn't mean he can't appreciate the everyday fashionistas.
Goreski is now Old Navy's "style attendant," lending his fashion sense to their spring collection and putting together complete, stylist-approved looks for less than $100.
"Fashion, when it's affordable, can also be extremely stylish and on-trend," Goreski told Newsday. We met up with him Tuesday in Manhattan, where he selected some of his favorite pieces from the collection and told us how to wear them in the upcoming months.
T-shirt hoodies, $17.95 at Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com:
"They're very light weight, they're very fitted and they're really good layering pieces," he said. "They come in really bright colors so you can take your regular basics and pop them up a little bit for spring."
Eyelet dresses, $25 at Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com:
"The eyelet dress is brand new to Old Navy, and it comes in a bunch of colors," he said. "I think it's the perfect dress for the spring to go from desk to dinner. Just switch out your accessories and shoes."
White denim, $34.50 in five styles at Old Navy stores and oldnavy.com:
"White denim to me just says spring," Goreski said. "Take them to the Hamptons, honey!"
But faced with the task of transitioning our wardrobes from winter to spring during these in-between days can be a struggle. Snow one day, 50 degrees the next? Help!
"I think it's about layering, but still doing it with a little bit of flair and a little bit of fashion," Goreski said, pointing out a polka-dot sweater layered over a bright pink collared shirt with boyfriend jeans and turquoise flats.
"There are absolutely no rules. Be a rule breaker."
The same applies to the guys, though Goreski admits they may need to take a slower approach to updating their style.
"I think the best approach with men is to show them their basic, comfortable clothes, but punched up a little bit," he said, "whether that's getting a sweatshirt in a bright color or switching out their white shirt for a denim shirt."
Goreski, who was perfectly styled (obviously) in Christian Louboutin shoes with a little kick of neon pink lining that matched the pink stripe on his white Dsquared shirt, said colorful socks are also a great way to try something new (he opted for orange).
"Any subtle way to kind of pop it up works," he said. "I think when guys start seeing a response to that, their overall feeling will change and they'll become a little bit more ambitious with their style."
Goreski said he loves all of his celebrity clients, but actress Chloe Moretz, 16, is on his wish list.
"I think she's very cool and chic and sophisticated," he said. "It would be really fun to play dress up with her."
When he's not getting stars red carpet ready, Goreski is working as brand stylist for Kate Spade, updating his website, MrBradGoreski.com, and filming his Bravo reality show "It's a Brad, Brad World".
Goreski gave us a sneak peek at the drama coming in tonight's episode.
"We're still in New York at Fashion Week," Goreski said of the second episode of the season, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. "I style Petra Nemcova. Something drastically goes wrong and one of my assistants is on the chopping block."
But like the rest of the fashion world, Goreski will lighten up as Fashion Week stress subsides.
"There's lots and lots and lots of fashion, celebrities, laughs; we have a good time this season," he said with a smile.