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  • old is girlish and gabby. The outfit, like the woman herself, is a mix of mid-Western earthiness (she's from Ohio) and New York kooky cool (her adopted home.)

    "I just don't believe in rules," she says about her famously unconventional aesthetic. "People think you have to design a certain way, or wear clothes a certain way, and I one thousand percent disagree."

    Case in point: the cover images of her new book, Lori Goldstein: Style Is Instinct (Harper Design), a retrospective of her remarkable career. On the front, model Guinevere Van Seenus with her hair streaked purple and blue, wearing a gold brocade bra and bejeweled eye mask for Michael Thompson. On the back, Amber Valletta rocks orange and violet satin with turquoise snakeskin accessories for Steven Meisel.

    In fact, Meisel, Goldstein's great friend and collaborator, wrote the book's foreword. "What really sets Lori apart is her unrivaled ability

    to mix," he describes. "She loves mixing everything: periods, collections, fabrics, colors, prints, new, old, everything. She puts it all together and it works."

    Goldstein's creative process, she explains, begins with her own instincts. "I don't like referencing," she states. "I like what comes from my imagination. I need layers, layers, layers. I don't always know what I'm going to do beforehand because I feel like that squashes my creative process."


    NAME: Lori Goldstein

    PROFESSION: All things fashion

    MY GO-TO LABELS: Marni, Saint Laurent, Hermès, CLU

    MY FAIL-SAFE PIECES: A Rick Owens tee. I never leave home without one

    MY FAVORITE ACCESSORIES: Anything gold; lots and lots of gold

    MY FAVORITE FOOTWEAR: Pierre Hardy for high heels, Jimmy Choo for motorcycle boots

    Top by By Malene Birger; shirt by Equipment; leggings by American Vintage; pumps and clutch by Charlotte Olympia

    Below: Actress Elizabeth Olsen styled by Lori Goldstein, photographed by Mario Sorrenti

    Below: An example of Goldstein's work in Style Is Instinct, photographed by Yelena Yemchuck


    Photographs: © Yelena Yemchuk; © Mario Sorrenti. Published by Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; © 2013 by Lori Goldstein

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