Bide your time

I stand by the mantra that there should be two statement pieces in one ensemble to really speak any volumes at all. I don’t care if it’s so hot that you’re naked. Wear earrings and lipstick.




There comes a point, during your third week of living out of a suitcase, when all permutations of tops, bottoms and outerwear have been exhausted – aside from those that involve toplessness and frostbite… all of which seem to be one and the same when we’re talking New York blizzards and London chill.

As an Australian born and bred, I’m very much accustomed to shocked faces when I say that Sydney winters rarely fall below 13 degrees Celcius. Yes, Yigal Azrouel‘s outerwear is nothing short of incredible and public-drool-inducing but, unless you were to go naked underneath, would have you in an uncomfortable sweat. Indeed, I bought this herringbone mother of a coat purely for this past month’s travels to New York and London – nothing made in Australia can even come close to handling Nemo and early morning London shivers that get in your bones.


TOPSHOP Unique Herringbone Cube Coat – Sass & Bide Girls on Film Jacket – KAHLO Barton Battle Vest – Emily Van Der Lowden Leather Harness – Sass & Bide The Time Limit Jeans – Sass & Bide In Reverse Belt – Diane Von Furstenberg Rudi Ankle Boots



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.


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