Nemo certainly treatly New York significantly more kindly than, say, New England. Eight inches of snow was nothing incredible, I was told – just a colossal inconvenience.
Cut to me: so audibly excited for never having seen so much snow descend on a city in my life (my last New York winter was thankfully mild). So while there were a few frustrating half-hours here and there in traffic, I was happier with that than stepping in black ice – such is the ingenuity of nature against urban jungles, when half frozen puddles exactly resemble concrete. True story.
And so, against this blank canvas and the orange of road cautions, my blazer could be as much of a hero as Jennifer had intended it to be – almost as much as when it’s on display alongside fellow Aussie primary colours. Did you ever see such a Mediterranean blue? I love that the black pocket lining keeps it grounded enough for me to throw in what could be mistaken for a black leather onesie (wishful thinking) and an extra jacket in case of exceptional chill.
Speaking of which – a lot of you have been asking me about this extra-garment-around-waist business. The way I see it, it’s one less thing to be carrying, it gives you a waist if you wear it over the top of everything, it gives your straight up-and-down look a bit of shape and interest, it’s an added opportunity to throw in an extra colour or texture, and if you end up staying out much later then expected in blizzard-stricken New York City, you have an extra shell, not to mention the 90s boss factor.
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.