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TWITTER DETAILS: Rachel Zoe’s former right-hand man, the bespectacled and bow-tied Brad Goreski, became a household name during a two-season run on Zoe’s Bravo reality show. Then in September, following New York Fashion Week, he announced he was leaving Zoe and Bravo rewarded his decision with a show of his own.
Now, the stylist is ready to raise his profile in the world of men’s wear designers. For the shows in Milan, Details has handed over its Twitter handle to Goreski. He’ll also write a diary for Details Web site, although this is more than just an Italian affair — Goreski recently styled a spread for the title’s September issue.
This story first appeared in the June 20, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
— AMY WICKS
ARNOLD SAYS: Arnold Scaasi was full of vim and vinegar Wednesday when honored by The Fashion News Workshop at the National Arts Club. Before a Q&A with Parker Ladd, his partner of nearly 50 years, the designer was his typical salable self. A passing reference to his two books stopped him in his tracks. “Wait, wait — you didn’t say you can buy it,” he said.
Asked about the eye-opening voyage he took to Australia as a teenager, Scaasi said, “I was a precocious kid — still am.”
Recalling how he used $2,000 that he had saved for a European sojourn to start his business, Scaasi said the company was then housed in a cold water, third-floor flat on East 58th and Lex. “You remember,” Scaasi said, gesturing toward Stan Herman in the audience. “He was my first boyfriend.”
“That’s what he says,” Herman joked, but later said they were “briefly” involved though “never lovers” in the Fifties. (So much so that they once shared an 83rd Street studio that Scaasi used as a daytime work space and Herman used as a nighttime crash pad. Herman also once wound up with a streak of blonde hair, after Scaasi dyed it.)
Another lark was the duo’s decision to take ballet lessons together for a few months to stay in shape. Scaasi said, “I realized I would never be a ballet star so I thought, ‘Why bother?’ I didn’t want to wind up in the ballet corps.”
After regaling the crowd with tales about Barbra Streisand, Barbara Bush, Diahann Carroll and other notables, the designer was uncharacteristically tongue tied when asked about his proudest moment. “I never really thought about being proud,” he said. “I guess it was being able to make hundreds of women happy.”
Scaasi’s round-the-clock, in-the-wings woman Glendina West knows a bit about how one man can placate many women. Her father had 45 children — nine with her mother and 36 more with other women (only one of which was his wife.) “I’m from the West Indies — there was no television,” she said with a laugh.
— ROSEMARY FEITELBERG