Atlanta, make way for international fashion star Lily Gatins

Gatins frequently collaborates with conceptual, emerging designers—often as model and muse
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Lily Gatins
Photograph by Forrest Aguar

“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 Gatins
At Krog Street Market in a dress by SCAD Atlanta grad Bayan Sardari: “I’m not opposed to wearing color [other than black] for a designer to use me as a muse, to express their creativity. This piece, to me, was just so interesting.”

Photograph by Forrest Aguar

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

Lily Gatins
Tokyo Fashion Week
Leonard Wong dress and jacket, a one-of-a-kind headpiece by Chinese hat designer Suiyida

Photograph by Adam Katz Sinding | Le 21ème/@le21eme

Lily Gatins
Beijing
Belt by Hu Sheguang

Photograph by Zhou Wengang/@zhouwengang

Lily Gatins
798 Art District, Beijing
Leather pieces by Paris-based Teo+Ng

Photograph by Zhou Wengang/@zhouwengang

Lily Gatins
Le Marais, Paris
Cunnington & Sanderson two-piece, Area di Barbara Bologna hat

Photograph by Adam Katz Sinding | Le 21ème/@le21eme

Lily Gatins
Beijing
Comme des Garçons jacket, Area di Barbara Bologna earring

Photograph by Zhou Wengang/@zhouwengang

Lily Gatins
China Fashion Week
With her two sons, wearing an Aizhan Zhuzbay dress, Henrik Vibskov hat, and Rick Owens shoes

Photograph by Zhou Wengang/@zhouwengang

This article originally appeared in our September 2016 issue.

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