Oh, Jac(k)

lounge |laʊn(d)ʒ| verb [ no obj., with adverbial of place ] lie, sit, or stand in a relaxed way.

Lounging, in both the adverbial and sartorial senses of the word, has never been my forte. For some reason or another, I’ve always associated the term with Marilyn Monroe, rolling around half naked, wrapped in a fur, Chanel No 5, lip liner and half singing, half giggling to herself about men and her hair – for which I have the utmost admiration, but no personal grounds for comparison whatsoever. That, and there always seems to be something else to do.

In the same vein, ‘loungewear’ goes beyond even ‘normcore‘ in newsletter and trend report buzzwords. Do you mean yoga pants? Or wedged flip flops? Or generation-old University jerseys, god forbid? The category has never been too clear to me – I avoid that drop-down menu when online shopping, and I’d imagine that most e-tailers have ended up doing the same.

That is not to say that I would even come close to categorising Jac + Jack’s brand philosophy as ‘loungewear’ – far from it. The Australian favourite has long been more directional than what consumers would consider ‘designer brands’, in that it educates their customer in personal style, versatility and staples. But on a sunny 5’o’clock on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, after a long day subwaying up and down the island with Sara,* what had just as well served as appropriate meeting attire translated comfortably to mandatory ‘lounging’ on a fire escape – though better illustrated as a lizard sunning itself, than flirtatious Monroe, but all the more editorially acceptable in clean lines, silks and cottons, messy hair and no make-up.

Look 1: Jac + Jack Muse Shirt and Brody Pants, Balenciaga Slides

Look 2: Jac + Jack Lincoln Shirt

Look 3 Jac + Jack Walt Dress, Stella & Bow Bracelet, Sarina Suriano and Sarah & Sebastian Rings

shot on Nikon D600 and 85mm lens at Kristoffer’s NYC apartment (assisted by Sara Kerens)

*I really do need to start grouping together meetings and appointments that are in the same part of town…



Over and out – one exam down, cram-time for tomorrow’s closed-book doom.



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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