Moto Wrangler

There’s something about leather pants…

Wrangler Tank from the ICONIC – AG Men’s Khaki Shirt – Friend of Mine Leather Trousers – TOPSHOP LETHAL Padded Sporty Sandals

There’s something about leather pants that makes everything ok. Khaki and grey wouldn’t normally work with electric blue, but it’s fine because they’re leather pants. Ordinary people don’t wear men’s shirts across their shoulders as a jacket à la every editor ever during fashion week, but it’s all good because there are leather pants. Hey, there’s a weirdo hanging out with a couple of bikes and a photographer in a shady alleyway, but life goes on because she’s wearing leather pants.

Certainly, the first things that came to mind to punctuate this grungy khaki-charcoal sisterhood were black skinny jeans, black leather shorts, and most ideally, slouchy black leather pants (I actually just ordered a dream pair off The OUTNET – Sara Berman drool…). It had never occurred to me that it wasn’t the ‘black’ in ‘black leather pants’ that was ideal – rather, the ‘leather’. When an opportunity presents itself (thanks MCM) in the form of buttery soft electric blue leather, who am I say to no?

No is not an option.

Leïla and I were clearly on the same wavelength after we powered through a project for the ICONIC earlier in the afternoon – “I feel like leather pants work well with sick motorbikes”. These heels of insanity that I wore for TOPSHOP‘s Sydney store launch a few weeks ago are pretty much motorbikes in themselves. How much strappy, padded, rock-solid glory can one pack into a shoe? Probably the highest pair of stilts at my place, and surprisingly one of the most comfortable – but definitely not for a short dress. Even shorts would be pushing it. Repeat after me: boys like girls who dress like boys – not like Kimmy K (though she’s actually looking pretty good lately… Kanye bought her Céline leather sweatpants – clearly, I’m onto something).

What’s the next thing these baby blues should be paired with?

Happy new-week, munchkins!

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P.P.S. of course you actually wanted to see the bike:

photos by Leïla Joy Berney


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.