We loved Brad Goreski when we first met him on BRAVO's The Rachel Zoe Project as he stepped into the world of styling and being her assistant, he continued on with the network's It's A Brad Brad World and appearing on a number of shows including being a co-host on E! Fashion Police for a number of seasons and during Awards Season on E! Live From the Red Carpet where he gives the inside scoop on who he dressed, who is wearing what and making predictions on what designers we will see on the red carpets. His career has included being a Creative Director at Kate Spade and dressing a number of coveted celebs including Emily Ratajkowski, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones and Jessica Alba to name a few. He's known for rocking dapper style and never being afraid of color and patterns for his clients or himself.
With summer officially starting this month, we took some time to talk about how he got into the industry, how he is inspired to dress his clients, the importance of sunglasses - summer's accessory and last month's MET Gala looks that he loved this year.
ATHLEISURE MAG: When did you know that you wanted to be in fashion and ultimately know that you wanted to be a stylist?
BRAD GORESKI: I think I knew from a very young age. I always loved fashion and putting looks together for myself and for my mom. I was always so aware of what everyone was wearing that I feel like this is kind of exactly what I was supposed to be doing. But the real turning point is when I was in college and I was looking for a summer internship and I landed at one in Vogue in NYC and the rest is kind of history. I just knew that it was where I wanted to be. I feel very lucky that I have been able to work in an industry that has been so welcoming to me for many many years now and I feel very very lucky!
AM: How do you get inspiration when it comes to styling your clients?
BG: Social media is such a great place to get inspired. There is everything from the past, present and future available to us there. I follow a variety of different people and different pages. It’s so fun to be able to see something like I noticed an old image of Marilyn Monroe the other day in a great black lace blouse, pencil skirt and heels and just the whole vibe of the setup! I said to myself, “I have to do this with one of my clients this summer.” It was just a really beautiful summery look and there are so many great trends this summer as well. It’s just really fun to keep up with these trends on social media.
AM: What are 3 trends this summer that we should be thinking about in terms of creating our dynamic look?
BG: Well one of the big trends that I’m loving in terms of the summer for men and for women is really bright bold color. Whether that’s a bright red or a royal blue or even something as crazy as a bright yellow. Thinking about bold color is one of my favorite trends! You can do that even in suiting with a blazer or even in shorts.
The second one is florals – florals are everywhere right now whether it’s a bigger floral or more of a micro floral – a smaller one – I think florals for men and for women is a nice summery way to kind of add a little bit of interest to your wardrobe.
Of course, number 3 is always having a good pair of sunglasses. I’m so happy to be partnering with the Vision Council to be talking about sunglasses and protecting your eyes this summer and also the best ways that you can purchase a pair of sunglasses and the steps that you can go through to be thinking about when you are buying a pair of sunglasses. You always want to be protecting your eyes and buying those that protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays. You want to look for that little sticker that we’re all familiar with on your sunglasses that let you know that they protect you from this. You also want to be able to have the right comfort and fit. You want to get a pair of sunglasses that really suits the shape of your face. Then you need to look at your lifestyle. What do you do throughout the day? Are you super active, are you running errands, do you run around with your kids? Next, what’s your style? Are you looking more towards a Marilyn Monroe style that is more vintage and has a cat eye or are you looking to be a little more classic and looking to do an aviator?
AM: These are great points and there are some people that opt not to wear sunglasses! What do you believe are some of the misconceptions that they have that results in them not wearing them?
BG: I think that there are a lot of myths out there about sunglasses. I think that some people believe that if it is cloudy outside, that they are not getting any UVA/UVB exposure. Whether it’s cloudy out or not, you are always at risk of UVA/UVB exposure. I think that also when people look at their sunglasses and see that it has a super dark lens, they think that they are getting the ultimate in protection. The only way that you know that you’re getting protection from UVA/UVB protection is when you see that little sticker that says that. You want to look for it for sure. I think that The Vision Council says that whenever you’re out during the day that you should be protecting your eyes with a pair of sunglasses.
AM: These are great points that we should always be mindful. As someone that I know travels quite a bit, what are 3 things that you tend to carry with you in your carryon when you travel?
BG: Very good question because I am taking off on a flight this afternoon! So, snacks – I always have to have them with me. I like to have my own with me because I like to eat on the airplane and it gets me through. I always have some bars, a little treat, I like to carry some almond butter with me. I always have earplugs with me as well because I like to have just quiet. I also like to have my headphones with me as well. The last flight I took, my head phones fell out of my bag in the backseat of the car and I really had to do some centering work. I was like, what am I going to do for 6 hours?
AM: That is the worst!!!! We have been fans of yours for a long time and love seeing you on E! Live from the Red Carpet. As the Met Gala taking place last month with its focus on Camp, what were your 3 favorite looks from this year’s carpet?
PHOTOS CREDITS | 1st pic BRAVO | 2nd pic SharpShooter |
You can hear Brad Goreski's interview this month on our show, Bungalow SK which is a part of Athleisure Studio, our multi-media podcast network! Make sure to subscribe to find out when the episode drops. You can hear it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and wherever you enjoy listening to your favorite podcast.
London based contemporary fine jewellery designer Stephen Webster is known internationally for his cutting edge designs, traditional craftsmanship and responsibly sourced jewellery. We have been fans of his statement jewellery for years as his work is inspired by music, fashion, literature and art which allows his collections to be dynamic pieces that are highly covetable by icons, idols, music royalty to actual Royals!
Earlier this month, Stephen Webster was here in NYC and was a part of the Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference which has a series of panels with notables in the jewelry industry who share their insights within this space as well as sharing their stories. We took some time to chat with Stephen to talk about how he got into the jewelry business, his involvement with this year's conference and his inspiration process.
ATHLEISURE MAG: What was the moment when you realized you wanted to be a jewellery designer and what was your journey, that eventually led to creating your own line?
STEPHEN WEBSTER: My passion for jewellery started when I was 16 years old, when I enrolled at art school. Originally, I had applied for the fashion course but after a tour of the department, which was full of sewing machines, I decided that perhaps it was not for me. Instead I discovered the jewellery department; workshops full of flames, chemicals, tools, noise and grime. A place where everyone seemed to be making treasure. This was for me. I spent the following ten years learning my craft, wanting to be able to make my own treasure. Starting my own company was a natural progression after an almost ten year spell in Canada and California working for a gem hunter. By this time, I had developed my own style and I could make anything if the medium was precious metals and gems.
AM: Tell us what the style and aesthetic of Stephen Webster is and what one can expect from your brand?
SW: Our brand has evolved from my personal passion for craftsmanship and the techniques both ancient and modern applied to the processes of making fine jewellery. Feeling stifled by an industry so steeped in tradition that there seemed to be little enthusiasm for creativity, I wanted to apply my skills to an aesthetic that felt more contemporary and progressive. This spirit of rebellion became the foundation of the company.
AM: What is your favorite collection that you have created and what is it about it that sticks out to you?
SW: If I had to choose, which I’d rather not, then it would have to be the Classic Crystal Haze ring. This piece truly put “Stephen Webster” the brand on the map. It's not just a design but more of a concept; people are still fascinated by the play of light and colour within Crystal Haze gems, not to mention the variety of colour we offer. The result is like an illumination, the light passes through the facets of the Quartz, bounces about inside the stone and reflects the colour back out to the eye. It's like magic but in fact; physics.
AM: What is the inspiration process like for you when you are creating your collections?
SW: It has always been my passion to cultivate jewellery collections that push creative boundaries, are innovative and are unreservedly cool. All my work reflects my personality. I am fortunate that selfishly, I have pursued topics and inspirations from my life’s experiences and translated them into our many collections. Within all of them there is vibrancy.
AM: Tell us about the Last Straw and why this was important to have within your product offerings as well as to be a part of a global social good effort?
SW: This initiative is our brand taking a stand for social responsibility. With the Last Straw one hopes to help raise awareness of the damage done to the seas by the 8.5 billion plastic straws we use a year in the UK alone. We teamed up with Plastic Oceans Foundation for this project to donate 10% of all sales to support its work. It’s well known that I personally have love of all things aquatic and over the years have taken part in several clean ocean and water initiatives. It’s important that no matter how small, we play a part in preserving our oceans.
AM: How important is sustainability as a brand and tell us about being awarded the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury?
SW: Hugely Important. Throughout my four decade-spanning career I’ve always been an advocate of ethically sourced materials, travelling to mines in Peru and Tanzania to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of precious materials I use in my work. We work very hard to adhere to the strict codes of practice required to display the ‘Positive Luxury’ logo alongside our own. Our close involvement with meticulous craftsmanship, ensuring the sourcing of conflict-free gemstones, coupled with our community development activities allows us to use our position as a leading brand to inspire people, partners and customers to respect our planet. We aim to champion products and processes that contribute to healthier, happier communities while minimizing our environmental impact. Responsibility in a corporate sense was something we became conscious of due to the attention drawn to the diamond industry. We began to ask questions of our suppliers to ensure none of our products were unethically sourced. Following a trip to Peru to examine working conditions Stephen Webster championed the need for the jewellery industry to make a change, and with the help of Positive Luxury we have changed all our working practices.
PHOTOS COURTESY | PG 107 Zoe Law Jan | PG 108 Rankin | PG 109 Stephen Webster Jewellery |
Bon Jovi, the Grammy Award®-winning band who came together in Sayerville, NJ is currently on This House is Not For Sale Tour which includes songs from their 14th album (of the same name). Vocal leader, Co-Founder and front-man, Jon Bon Jovi is a triple threat as an entertainer, actor and designer of apparel and accessory line, Hart n' Dagger. We took time between rehearsals and his show schedule to talk about the clothing label, his music and why it's essential to support local talent.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Before we talk music, tell us about Hart n' Dagger and how you came up with this line, we feel that it is an extension of your personal style!
JON BON JOVI: If you consider that the style, it is simply what makes me comfortable. It needs to be timeless and classic.
AM: We love the denim in the line, but you have accessories as well which is great for men and women - why did you add this and will there be additional products in this category?
JBJ: I’m not big on accessories, so they better have a meaning. We will continue to look at these items and perhaps look at watches and sunglasses, but those are long-term goals.
AM: Who is the Hart n' Dagger guy and will you bring women's apparel into this line in the future?
JBJ: The HnD man doesn’t buy into fads or fashions. We believe that torn jeans better have been torn on the playing field or because they’ve been worn out – not torn by some fashionista. If you’re looking for timeless and classic jeans for any situation, from work to play, HnD are for you.
AM: As an iconic band with worldwide fame, how do you stay grounded and connected to your roots to continue releasing songs that resonate with fans?
JBJ: Well, you still are who you are. You can never get away from where you grew up and where your roots are. So, that’s who we are… We’re a bunch of guys from Jersey that made it.
We’ve worked our tails off. And we got lucky through the hard work, and we’re proud of it, and that's reflected in our songs and our attitude.
AM: You're in great shape and are currently on tour, what's your favorite workout?
JBJ: I've been a runner for 40 years. When I do it, it gives me an hour to think. Fresh air, blood flow, and clear thoughts.”
AM: This House is Not For Sale Tour is offering bands the opportunity to open in their city - which is an amazing opportunity and such a great way to show local support. This is the third tour (2006’s Have A Nice Day Tour and 2010’s The Circle Tour) where you have invited local and regional artists to share the stage with you for the Live Nation - promoted concerts. Why do you think it's important to have them open an arena show?
JBJ: Every great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time. That’s the opportunity we were given and now we want to pay it forward. If you’re ready for the arena stage, submit your audition tapes and join us in playing for the best audiences in rock music.”
Stay connected to Bon Jovi, their new talent and the This House is Not For Sale Tour by visiting the band's website.
We're in the in between portion of the year as we transition from the cool breezes of the spring to the higher humidity of summer! With long weekends around the corner, there are so many excuses to take in phenomenal weather, whether you're enjoying a staycation, jetsetting, or simply staying at home.
| Peekaboo Top PHEEL | Legging I LOVE TYLER MADISON | Culmine Body Essence of Rose Silky Hand + Body Cream BELLE SCHNEIDER BEAUTY | Duffle CAMERON SCOTT GARDNER | Sandals TKEES | Grey Pearl Leather Choker CHAN LUU | Josa OLIVER PEOPLES | Orbital Cocktail Ring ALEXIS BITTAR | Coconut Water INVO | Cornbread Crisps FARMER'S PANTRY |
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When it comes to accessory designers that know how to make a statement, Kara Ross is one of those talented women we’ve admired for years. With her recently launched venture, DIAMONDS UNLEASHED, we took a moment to find out more about this line that is not only an accessory but an empowering movement.
Athleisure Mag: What is DIAMONDS UNLEASHED and how did you come up with this?
Kara Ross: DIAMONDS UNLEASHED is a brand with a social purpose that symbolizes, promotes and supports women’s empowerment. Brought to life through a collection of products, a network of influential ambassadors, and a platform of compelling content, DIAMONDS UNLEASHED celebrates that women, like diamonds, are brilliant, multi-faceted and unbreakable.
After an extensive education and career in fine jewelry I found myself resetting my own diamond engagement ring. As I worked, I wondered why, with all of the change women’s empowerment has seen in today’s society, do diamonds still have such an antiquated meaning? With the connections I had already built in my jewelry career, I made it my mission to create a brand that surrounds and supports a cause which I strongly believe in - women’s empowerment.
AM: How important is DIAMONDS UNLEASHED?
KR: It’s really everything. I completely closed my fine jewelry and handbag wholesale business to focus solely on the DIAMONDS UNLEASHED movement. At this stage in my life I want to give back and I believe that by creating a business that supports organizations that empower and educate girls will help make posivite change because you give a girl an education it not only gives her opportunity, it gives opportunity to her family and strengthens the whole community.
AM: What is Stilettos on the Ground?
KR: Stilettos on the Ground are what we call our network of ambassadors who are supporting us and helping us spread our message. These ambassadors are the living, breathing embodiment of DIAMONDS UNLEASHED. They agree to give us a statement about what their Diamond means to them, photos, and a commitment to share our messages via their platforms. Many ambassadors become more actively engaged, speaking at our events, creating opportunities to showcase our mutual commitment to women’s empowerment (for example, co-hosting salons) and providing advisory services.
AM: What do you mean by unleashing the diamond?
KR: It’s about disruption. Diamonds are probably the only item that women shy away from buying themselves. DIAMONDS UNLEASHED is about
looking at a diamond, the hardest most beautiful substance on earth, and having that symbolize women’s strength. My mission is to engineer a
great rethink about how diamonds are bought, given and perceived and then to use that shift as a platform to address issues that enable women to achieve their potential.
AM: Why did you partner with CanadaMark™ Diamonds?
KR: We partnered with CanadaMark™ to ensure that each diamond comes directly from Dominion’s share of production from either the Ekati or Diavik diamond mines. Dominion is Canada’s largest independent diamond producer and the third largest diamond producer globally by value. CanadaMark™ is committed to promoting a safe and healthy workplace, protecting the environment, developing local communities and delivering a
high quality product.
AM: What was your decision behind the brand being accessible and available at Neiman Marcus and HSN?
KR: We wanted the DIAMONDS UNLEASHED collection to be available at a variety of price points and have something for everyone. This is an inclusive movement reaching all age demographics and different income levels. Each of our retail partners are “best in class” for their category, offering different income levels as well as providing a unique perspective for the collection and an existing core customer for us to reach.
AM: How do you juggle your time between the Kara Ross brand and DIAMONDS UNLEASHED?
KR: I completely closed my fine jewelry and handbag wholesale business to focus solely on the DIAMONDS UNLEASHED movement. This is such a big undertaking and with a small team and myself, we need to focus just on one thing.
AM: What are your 3 favorite pieces from your Diamonds Unleashed collection?
KR: Three is so few to choose! I love the diamond and key necklace from that collection. Our #ShesBrilliant Collection for Neiman Marcus will be
available in May and there are so many beautiful pieces. I love the section necklace which has three sections of the DIAMONDS UNLEASHED
symbol back to back with pave set diamonds and the ear cuffs that feature the diamond encrusted symbol climbing up the ear.
AM: With the success of your brand how do you achieve balance and stay connected/present?
KR: I try to get a little exercise everyday, and on others a lot of exercise. I also take time for myself where I really can “check out” and recharge – I
do that by reading and also watching films. I also spend time with my family everyday and put away the devices so I can really focus on them without interruption.
AM: How do you prepare for the new year personally, as a brand as well as igniting women’s empowerment?
KR: Myself and our entire team have taken a few weeks to work remotely and spend time with friends and family. I think it’s helping us recharge
after such a busy Fall with the official launch of the brand and our premiere with HSN. I have a lot of fresh ideas and am more energized than ever
about what we’re doing. We’ve had some time to reflect on what we accomplished this year and plan for the new collections and projects coming
in 2016. I think it’s important to have some downtime, it allows for creative ideas to flow.
AM: What does Balance Next (a mantra for us) mean to you?
KR: To me it’s all about balance in life. To be my best self in my career, I also need to take care of myself by exercising, eating healthy, doing things
I enjoy outside of work and most important to me spending time with my husband, daughters and extended family.
AM: What are your 3 must do’s in your personal time (ie favorite studio fitness, brunch spot, etc)?
KR: Exercise – my 3 favorite studios are SoulCycle, Physique57 and Exhale. I am not a foodie, but when I am home, I love Landmarc in the Time
Warner Center for breakfast. Read – I love losing myself in a great book.
AM: Athleisure is about comfortable clothes that can transition from the gym, to brunch, meetings and a night out or jetsetting - what are 3 favorite pieces that are great within your athleisure look?
KR: I am in love with the Bandier Fitness line, Jennifer is a friend and also a DIAMONDS UNLEASHED “Stiletto on the Ground”. I love her airbrushed leggings and hooded wrap with a simple tank underneath – great weekend wear for me!
Read more interviews, features, editorials and more in the Jan issue.