When in Rome, do as the Romans do.


4. Sodashi Brightening Mask: this is more for the indoor heating that seems to wreak absolute havoc on my skin, and thus an imperative alongside buying a humidifier. While in New York, I upped this usage to twice a week (always just before bed, after cleanser and toner).

5. Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Lime: I don’t fully understand the science of clay cleansers, but I do know that they’re a lot less harsh than a gel or even cream cleanser (which I would use in a more humid environment). This is thorough enough for pollution, without brutalising your face.

My usual philosophy for beauty and skincare when traveling can be condensed to the simple mantra of When in Rome, and perhaps, if you can’t beat them, join them – because nobody was about to beat New York City’s Polar Vortex with a curling iron. Rewind to New York Fashion Week shoulders-up survival 101:

1. Sodashi Calming Mist: on the hour, every hour, to give your face something to drink, smell like Turkish delight (who doesn’t want that?), and reduce redness – in Sydney, I’d probably only whip this out of the handbag once a day, and in Bangkok… once a month.

2. Grown Alchemist Lip Balm: the perfect windshield. Also, I be drinking… watermelon.

3. Stella McCartney and PRISM Sunglasses: because snowglare and watery eyes in wind tunnels.

6. Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-POWDER: save a monthly session (if that) with Paloma, my hair is not usually something I agonise over – I gave up on trying to style my poker-straight Asian hair years ago – and while I am always prepared for NYC’s Winter dehydration (the day after PORTER‘s New York launch party, the air felt like it was going to snap and my nose bled all day), sleet is a whole different ball-game. And so, Prêt-à-POWDER ironically joined the party, for you would think that what is essentially texturising dry shampoo would be reserved for limp-haired disasters in London. This is the stuff that will counter the drowned rat effects of city snow.


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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