Lori Goldstein, current Style Editor-At-Large for W Magazine, is one of the most coveted stylists in the fashion industry. Her career has included iconic collaborations with photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, and Sølve Sundsbø. Lori’s most recent work has graced Vogue Italia and Vogue Nippon. She is the designer of LOGO Instant Chic, an exclusive collection on QVC; you can also shop and style with her on OpenSky. The Ohio native talked inspiration and current projects with us in our interview:
1. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
I find inspiration in many women. I have always been inspired by the photography of Diane Arbus, and I believe that is reflected in my work. I am also inspired by designers such as Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons follow only themselves.
2. How did you get your start as a stylist?
I have always loved clothing, so naturally all of the jobs I had prior to styling revolved around clothing. I worked in various retail stores, in Ohio, Los Angeles, and New York, and a friend of mine suggested I try styling. I hooked up with Annie Leibovitz just as she was leaving Rolling Stone and going to Vanity Fair, and the rest is history!
3. What’s your favorite look that you’ve created?
I am currently working on my book and on my website…and in doing so I’ve really been forced to go through the archives which makes this question virtually impossible to answer!
4. Who do you want to work with?
I am so inspired by working with the people, the customer, which is why I love what I do at QVC, and now with OpenSky.
5. What part of styling is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
The most challenging part of styling is that you are working to achieve a larger goal…a goal that is a collaboration between a photographer, stylist, make up artist, hair stylist, art director, advertiser, etc…and reaching that common ground can be difficult with so many talented people involved, however, I love it. It forces everyone involved to be great.
6. Top 3 style tips to share with our readers:
1) Don’t be afraid to mix colors, patterns, prints, more is more! 2) Owning great underpinnings is everything! It’s the base of your whole look. 3) Put on a red lip and you’ve changed your whole look, or try a new color rather than your usual!
7. Any advice for ladies who are just starting out as stylists in the fashion industry?
You should always trust yourself, trust your instincts, and work hard.
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