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When we tell you Lily Kwong is everything, we're not using the same inflection as when, say, we're talking about an amazing pantsuit (although there are some truly amazing pantsuits involved). We mean, quite literally, that she embodies all of what being young, sophisticated, and fashionable is about for NYC girls today. Lily started modeling at 19 and is now signed with Elite; She's passionate about working with a girls' empowerment non-profit, Nuvana; She wrote and starred in a video project for Vogue Italia; She's currently finishing up her sociology and urban studies thesis at Columbia University; and, of course, she blogs. Her impeccable taste clearly owes itself to great genes — Joseph Altuzarra, a designer whose brain we'd all love to pick for style advice (and a new dress), happens to be her cousin. Unlimited Altuzarras, Vogue spreads, and an Ivy-League degree? Seems like Lily's post-grad lineup is pretty sweet.
Click through for four swoon-worthy looks from the next big style star you need to be watching.
Photographed by Sam Horine
If you were given three wishes, you'd use one on a fanciful wardrobe filled with the latest designer clothes, right? Unfortunately, if you don't have a seriously good genie up your sleeve — or maybe a relative by the name of Winfrey — that probably won't happen. Your closet is likely more Topshop and Zara than Chanel read