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Lily Kwong

Model, Designer. New York

She graduated from Columbia with full honors, calls none other than Joseph Altuzarra family, has her own non-profit organization, has a place on every best-dressed list and is practically a 21st Century Audrey Hepburn. No, seriously—we dare you to take one look at her delicate, gamine-like features and that perfectly polished yet just-undone-enough braided updo and tell us otherwise. If she wasn't so nice, we might just have to hate her. Kidding! Kind of.

If it wasn't entirely obvious by now, we're talking about none other than Lily Kwong, who we caught up with over at the Soho Grand Hotel (along with our pals from ELLE Magazine). And while we may have previously convinced Kwong to divulge the details of her beauty cabinet (hint: there was a lot of Clarins involved); this time, Kwong brought along a suitcase that exercised her penchant for ultra-feminine all-Dolce & Gabbana-everything. Think: sky-high, polka dot wedges, dramatic gilded gold jewelry, impeccably tailored, Monica Bellucci-appropriate shift-dresses and intricately-embroidered clutches. Oh, and one seriously lush, full-length fur coat that practically had us floored with a mean case of holy-sh*t-we-need-that-right-now-syndrome.

Over the afternoon, we chatted everything from cinematic style crushes ("Lady Brett Ashley, the 'damned good looking' heroine from The Sun Also Rises—she’s my kind of sexy tomboy.  A woman that is self-possessed, witty and intelligent") to international travels ("I’m dying to go see the botanical gardens in Singapore. My favorite city to travel to is Paris, it feels like a second home") and just about everything in between. And as we downed cappuccinos, we watched as Kwong frolicked in front of our photog Jake's camera, her proclivity for all things polka dots, sky-high pumps and cocktail frocks on full display. Not bad for a supposed reformed tomboy, right? Kwong confessed, "I’m a tomboy at heart—I vaguely remember my cousin Joseph Altuzarra teaching me how to walk in high heels at the tender age of 19." We mean, is that a Kwong Kodak moment or what?

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