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Meet Lily Donaldson


The Fall issue of Bal Harbour is officially out! To celebrate the release, here's a behind the scenes interview with the Fall Issue's cover girl, Lily Donaldson, who dishes on her style icons, favorite Fall looks and which young designer she has her eye on.

What is your daily go-to fashion uniform?
Levi’s 501 cut-offs, lace-up Vans and I love men’s oversize cashmere jumpers.

What was your first big ticket purchase after becoming a successful model?
A pair of YSL boots that I still wear. They get better with age.

Tell us some of your favorite photographers whom you’ve worked with.
There are lots but Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Sorrenti, Terry Richardson—he’s so fun to shoot with—and Steven Meisel, he basically taught me how to model.


What’s your go-to Fall look?
Oversized and comfortable.

What was the last book you read and loved?
I just re-read Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot.”

Favorite movie of all time?
That’s a hard one as I have many, but I really love Werner Herzog’s films.

Favorite restaurant in NYC?

Who are your current style icons?
Jane Birkin because she’s effortless and my grandfather because he’s always covered in paint.

Most prized possession?
My biker jacket.

Young designer you are most excited about?
I like Simone Rocha.

How did you feel after your first Vogue cover?
Shocked but excited, it was quite a surreal feeling.

Your best vintage find?
My best vintage finds have been jewelry. I like things with history attached to them.

Who has influenced you most in the fashion world?
I always found the theater of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen the most exciting.

Most memorable shoot?
Having a fake pregnancy for French Vogue with Carine Roitfeld and Patrick Demarchelier. We laughed—a lot.


Three things you can’t live without?
My family, music and paint.

What magazines do you read on a monthly basis?
I read The Economist and National Geographic.

Favorite juice spot?
Juice Press.

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