Tory Burch’s duality: starring Ms Kate Bosworth, shot by yours truly.

Happy 2017 to the lot of you. Those of you have been around these parts for long enough know well my comical indifference to another day in the calendar, so I’ll spare you the rant of daily self-improvement over commercial mantras doomed to fade into the abyss of habit and vice.

Similarly, if you’ll pardon the stretch of a segue, I’ve never invested time or thought in horoscopes. On the contrary – if I catch myself looking for some celestial jurisdiction to which I can attribute some blame, it’s a sure sign that I’ve had a traumatic week at work. That, or I’m hormonal.

For the most part, to psychologically forgo responsibility of one’s own character and career and unhealthy brunch decisions (though the pancakes were so worth it) makes the vast uncertainty of arbitrary societal pressures a little more tolerable. So when some new acquaintance discovers that you’re a Gemini and exclaims that but of course, that explains so much! as if there had been some giant question mark hanging over your head before that point, I can appreciate the root of the cause – the search for some greater meaning that might give a different sense of belonging to some alternate Venn circle of unknowns, somewhat analogous to religious conversion. But I would like to think that my apparently archetypal Gemini personality is more of a product of my upbringing, education and life experiences to date, rather than the position of the Sun and the Moon and other miscellaneous space matter at the split second of my birth.

And yet, the idea of duality is so intrinsic to the modern female vernacular. Not in the literal sense of two dimensions as such. Certainly, there are the headline favourites like “Career Mums” whose social oxymoron has waned in its discord in our developed world since women could actually access tertiary educations and resources to be able to balance the equivalent of two full-time jobs (that is, in a fairly simplified sense of a whole other global gender equality debate). But, I think the more relevant meaning of “duality” here is to avoid operating on a single plane – being (as much as I hate the buzzword) multi-faceted.


Sartorially speaking, in this story I shot with Kate Bosworth for Tory Burch, this sentiment physically manifested in a range of day-to-night, casual-to-cocktail ensembles starring Tory’s new season bags bearing the Gemini name and philosophy. In action, however, this is not a 100th-time broken record of “behold Lady Kate – the model-slash-actress, the it-girl-slash-hollywood-starlet, the wife-slash-career-woman” or “she has two different coloured eyes” or “shot and styled by Margaret, the photographer-stylist”, as if it were so otherworldly that any such pairing might exist. It’s simply an acknowledgement and an extended visual conversation demonstrating Kate’s depth of field as a human being, subverting the press has enforced on her in digestible labels. She who chooses to constantly self-educate herself beyond what is required of her job and industry standards. In our rambling discourse over our day of shooting Los Angeles, we covered off topic areas – of cinema, of feminism, of travel and cultural discovery – that spanned well beyond either of our prescribed roles for the day. 2017 off to a cracker start.

See the rest of the story at Tory Burch and InStyle




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.