In the same way that dirty snow heaped along West Village sidewalks is undoubtedly a little charming, tying one’s dress to oneself and covering the bulk with a roomy trench is no less impractical.

Embarrassingly enough, despite cutting all my hair off but two days before I flew out, my hair has quite literally sprouted an inch since I landed in NYC. As a result (though also slightly attributable to some degree of laziness), I have taken to putting my hair back in a low pony and side part – usually reserved for runway hair gel and androgynous models. Indeed, I really do now resemble the angry lady-man (not to be confused with angry lady-boy) I always seem to end up channelling, no matter how hard I sprint in one direction. Gowns are always buffered by sneakers and angry leather jackets, and boyfriend jeans with stilettos.

And so, as there is nothing much I can do about my hair being attached to my final equilibrium, this paper bag dress seemed to be the go on Day 2 of Fashion Month… but of course, what is a dress without your boyfriend’s shirt around your waist, right? This flannel in particular worked exceptionally well against the ZIMMERMANN glossy weave.

Steve Jobs’ turtleneck as cleavage is not to be forgotten.

Oh no, never.

In the same way that dirty snow heaped along West Village sidewalks is undoubtedly a little charming, tying one’s dress to oneself and covering the bulk with a roomy trench is no less impractical (somewhat like celebrities who have to be sewn into their dresses pre-red carpet, or those crazy people who decide not to pack their Hunter Boots to the coldest New York winter since the 1800s).

But (oo-oo-ooh) I like it like that.

Good night.


ZIMMERMANN Dress and Trench – ASOS Shirt – byCorpus Pants – Acne Boots – VP Label Bleecker Bag – Larsson & Jennings Watch

shot by Vanessa Hong


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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