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Five of Lori Goldstein's Favorite Films and How They Influence Her

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Introducing Racked National's first celebrity guest blogger: Lori Goldstein. One of the most iconic fashion stylists of our time, Lori is also one of the most sought-after creative visionaries in the industry.

She's worked with celebrities including Madonna, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, and Anne Hathaway, has held the position of Contributing Editor at Italian Vogue and Allure, and has worked as a creative consultant for brands including Vera Wang, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, BCBG, and TSE. Lori currently has a featured fashion line with QVC called Logo Instant Chic.

Film Fashion (and influence)

Lori: I get my general inspiration and creativity from all kinds of sources: nature, people on the street, books. But movies, especially the topic-driven, edgy and creative 1970s films, have helped shape my work and life. Each of the movies listed here share a common thread; I wanted to live the lives of the characters in these movies. Here are a few favorites to maybe rent on the last dog days of summer.

Mahogany: With her gorgeous set hair, makeup, and sequined costumes Diana Ross as a struggling clothing designer wondered "do you know where you're going to..." I know, straight to heaven with this film. Oh, and the man that is Mr. Billy Dee Williams is gorgeous.

Romeo + Juliet: Tragic love in the town of Verona. The Franco Zeffirelli version stays true to the story with two nubile characters playing the teenage Romeo and Juliet. Oddly, it was the style at the time it came out, just coming off the hippies of the 60s, it was romantic with the empire waist and heaving bosom. And the jewels worn by mothers Capulet and Montague are to die for.

Lenny: Dustin Hoffman's role as controversial and troubled comedian Lenny Bruce is truly unforgettable. And the relationship with Bunny, played by the amazing Valerie Perrine (where is she?), made me love Dustin even more.

Broadway Danny Rose: (Okay, it's 1984, but it has that classic Woody Allen 70s feel) Black and White Woody: his movie influence was the Marx Brothers, as was mine. Broadway Danny Rose has the 1940s costumes that I love. The down-on-your-luck agent with a cast of merry characters is a bit tongue-and-cheek to my fashion life.

Love Story: I promise I'm not all tragedy (but a good movie cry is cathartic, no?). It's not so much the story, but the brilliant way this movie captures the times. Ryan O'Neal in his looks, and Ali McGraw. When this movie premiered every woman wanted to be her—the long, stick straight hair, turtlenecks and double faced wool coat complete with knit cap on campus. The costumes in Love Story defined the decade.

Love means never having to say you're sorry!

x, Lori

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