“I don’t want to look like anyone else,” says stylist, artist, and sometime model Lily Gatins. Born in the Dominican Republic, Gatins lived in New York; Lima, Peru; and Beijing before landing recently in Atlanta to be near family. For her, dressing is a spiritual exercise. After her grandfather died when she was 11, she began donning all black. “For the first time I felt comfortable with what I was wearing.” When she moved to New York and discovered the avant-garde designs of Comme des Garçons, “it was freedom.” Now, she frequently collaborates with conceptual, emerging designers—often as model and muse.
Lily’s style has been featured in Marie Claire China and on the late Bill Cunningham’s weekly roundup for the New York Times. Follow Lily on her site lereport.com and on Instagram @lereport.
Lady in black Lily’s street style as seen from China Fashion Week to Le Marais in Paris
This article originally appeared in our September 2016 issue.