Lori Goldstein

Editor-at-Large, ELLE Magazine; Stylist; Author; Designer

“Throw me my fuuuuuurrrr, dah-ling!” Lori Goldstein joked as she sprawled across her dining room table clutching her newly-penned book, Style Is Instinct.

The blonde pixie cut-sporting veteran stylist really needs no introduction, so shame on you if you had to Google her name. She’s the brains behind some of most legendary covers and campaigns; it would probably take days to recap her resume over the years, but we’re talking Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, Prada, Versace, Madonna and Beyoncé.

And though she may be small, her larger-than-life personality definitely says otherwise. Goldstein invited us over to her colorful N.Y.C. space, which upon stepping foot in the front door, you automatically gain entry into Goldstein’s over-the-top world. And, yes, it is every bit as colorful and charismatic as her. After getting well acquainted with her adorable Min-Pin, Louise, – she’s totally got her Mommy’s sass – Goldstein guided us into her beloved closet. Insert contagious gasps here.

“In high school, you would have been voted Most Likely to…” we probed.

“Be best dressed,” Goldstein told us. “[And] I was.”

Goldstein’s wardrobe is very much of an extension of herself – it’s vibrant, unique and completely unapologetic. As we browsed the well-organized walk in, we quickly realized that we were in the presence of a true visionary – but, then again, we’re partial to anyone who stockpiles Céline, Hermès, Marni and Pierre Hardy heels. And while as pre-schoolers we were too preoccupied playing with Barbies to care about anything, Goldstein recalls having a very clear idea of her future. “I honestly can't remember a time I was not obsessed with clothes. I had a polka-dot bikini and I loved the colors and how it looked. I knew then, at about 4, this was it.”

After fawning over her collection of Birkins, Olympia Le-Tan book clutches and Louis Vuitton scarves (she has every color and print ever made, FYI), we got to chatting about everything from her style growing up (“Very 70's from Rock & Roll to Romeo & Juliet to Mahogany,”) to growing up in Ohio and leaving to L.A. for love. And when we quizzed her on her dream literary character-turned-client to style, Goldstein went for the gold: Jacquline Suzanne. Uh, Valley of the Dolls styled by Lori Goldstein and shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia? Yes, please!