Back to business: which at this time of year, is loosely translated to convincing myself that I can use Thanksgiving as an excuse for the ridiculous amount of food I’ve consumed in the past week.

God Bless America.

Fine. You guys got me. I haven’t done a straight-up, non-travel, non-editorial or non-work related personal get-up of mine since June. June. Where did the year go? Shooting Christmas trees in October was terrifying enough. On every one of the six flights I sat through last week, take-off and landing were serenaded by painfully awkward jazz interpretations of Yuletide tunes. You know the ones. The new retiree couple sitting across the aisle from you tap their toes and call it ‘groovy’. Michael Bublé is likely responsible (and probably not hating the millions he’s been raking in since I was 12 and thought his name was pronounced Bubble).

Back to business: which at this time of year, is loosely translated to wading my way through the last of my law subjects by way of Summer School (highly recommend smashing out courses in a couple of weeks if you can stomach the obscene price tag… who am I kidding, no student can); recovering from the terrifying jetlag of covering four countries in ten days; convincing myself that I can use Thanksgiving as an excuse for the ridiculous amount of food I’ve consumed in the past week; and deciding whether or not to grow my hair out now that it has started working that sexy shoulder-length Hillary Clinton flick (but for real, what do you guys think?). In my survival of all of these trivial problems, various incarnations of this look have basically been my staple set since final exams started a few weeks ago:

  • Hair up and drowned in seasalt spray to hide its dire need for Paloma’s attention (and probable admonishment at the state of my scalp given that I keep forgetting to pack shampoo and conditioner on work trips, so end up relying on atrociously packaged and gloriously dehydrating hotel bathroom kits). Also, #asiangirlhairproblems.
  • Some variety of a corporate-blue, slouchy man shirt.
  • Lacey bralette to remind yourself that you are not, in fact, asexual (as much as the law library makes you feel it).
  • The world’s most comfortable dressing gown disguised as a razor sharp blazer: preferably longline to balance out the ludicrous amount of fabric surrounding your ankles.

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The illusion of having your life together (underlined by comfort) is key.

Onwards, soldier.

Céline Blazer – Matin Lace-up Shirt – CMEO Collective Trousers – RMK Heels – Eyland Alda Necklace – Daniel Avakian Necktie – Anine Bing Bralette – Saint AM Sunglasses


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.