Lori Goldstein: Style Is Instinct (Harper Design), the first book from the visionary stylist behind many unforgettable photo shoots in Vanity Fair, W, and Allure, comes out tomorrow, and I was lucky enough to score an interview. Here she discusses her fearlessly original fashion sense and not-so-chic pet peeves; check out the full version of our chat in *Allure’*s November issue.
You have a quirky sense of style and are known to mishmash a whole load of stuff together. Can you elaborate on your “everything goes with anything” philosophy?
“I always say try something you wouldn’t normally do. Clothing is such a creative outlet all of us are capable of playing with. Where people get stuck is when they’ve been told that they can’t wear something because of their body type or skin tone. I feel those rules are wrong. I’m really about breaking the rules.”
When you’re styling or getting dressed, how do you know if the look doesn’t work? “At this stage of my career, I trust my instincts. I feel like I go into this trance and it’s never finished until we take that last shot. I sort of loosely know in my mind what I want to do, but I never become too honed in because then I think it ends up looking contrived, which is one of my pet peeves. I will say it’s as much about taking off as it is about putting on. You just have to keep trying. You want that creative flow to always be there.”
What is the most important part of an outfit? “Proportion is so important. If you look in the mirror and you have your favorite top and pants on, but something’s not right, try tucking it in. Sometimes it is as easy as that.”
Has your aesthetic developed over the years? “It’s grown, but in a sense it’s stayed the same since I was a kid in Ohio searching for that odd item. My style was always fearless and eclectic and yet timeless. But the thrift-store bag is now a Birkin.”
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