Take off

I’ve just landed in LA for work for the next couple of days before Alex and I head to NY for a little more work, followed by ice cold down time until 2015 rolls around.


Most of my conversations over the past half-week have held the same sentiment: when you’re excited to be getting on a flight for the sole reason that you won’t have to look at your inbox for at least thirteen hours, you know you’re on the brink of burning out.

Indeed, it has been quite the year.

Now don’t get me wrong – I adore Sydney. There are few things that beat the hot saltiness of our Summers, well garnished with coconut body butter and that hazy aroma that linens accumulate after a few hours baking in the sun. I have always liked the idea of that Tim Winton Cloudstreet,early 90s suburban Australia of simmering corrugated roofs, still air, cicadas, bare feet on bitumen, chewed up tennis balls and the Border Collie next door.

The only thing missing from what would have been a perfectly balanced equation is a relaxed disposition and not a bloody care in the world (and perhaps a Border Collie, though Alex‘s Labradoodles would surely have risen to the occasion). At this point in the year, when everybody is trying to fit in as much as possible before the planet breaks to overeat and get their sparkle on, I’m too highly strung to jump straight in the deep end of a lazy, indulgent Summer. I need to get some working energy out of my system before I can really let off steam, overeat and get my festive sparkle on.

So after all that, here’s one corner of the explosive mess I made while packing a few hours before my flight (the rest is too embarrassingly haphazard to document). I’ve just landed in LA for work for the next couple of days before Alex and I head to NY for a little more work, followed by ice cold down time until 2015 rolls around.


Top left to bottom right: Aesop Body Scrub and Face Masque, Go-to Skincare Face Cream, YSL Lipstick, Chloé Eau de Toilette, NZURI Face Cream and Body Butter, Karen Walker Bracelet, Love Lace Bralet, Dannijo Necklace, Larsson & Jennings Watch, Lanolips Golden Ointment, Aesop Hair Brille, The Lust List Cards, SALAR Black Clutch, Dior Brushes, Ykone Kone Mittens, Glassworks ScarfCanon T60, Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Passport Holder, Dannijo ChokerCamilla and Marc Loafers

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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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