The Oscars Peace Prize

In which I channel Dalai Lama for ASOS and The Oscars (Fashion Week resumes tomorrow).


My participation in The Oscars has, since I was sixteen, been limited to hilarious memes and Gwyneth Paltrow. The woman can work a sharp shoulder – refreshingly non-meringue-looking.

When ASOS knocked on my door to see if I’d be keen to shoot an Oscars look for them, I responded with the condition that I could wear Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford cape dress of insanity. So sorry, I was told, but this would not be possible. I gathered so much. For some time, I was lost as to what to wear. The Oscars is a serious affair. Everything that comes up on a Google search is heavily scrutinised (indeed, I give myself too much credit for being able to compete with Perez Hilton’s Google Page 1 coverage). What if everyone hated it? What if I were to be shunned from red carpet relations for the rest of my being? Why do I care? What’s for dinner?

And just like that, in a glowing light of saviour, came the URL of this one-shouldered, backless robe dress situation. Behold the Dalai Lama dress. Nobody can hate the Dalai Lama. Nobody can shun him from red carpet – he is far too wise for that. He most likely had rice for dinner, and so did I – we were basically spirit siblings.

So it was decided: I would go to the ASOS Oscars as the Dalai Lama, with Gwyneth Paltrow’s slicked side part, and this absolute cracker of a Great Gatsy hairband that, on me, does seem to emanate some strange Asian princess vibes, but I’m ok with that if you are.

Here, I sign off on my non-Fashion-Week post to run to breakfast with Shini here in London, but fear not: tomorrow, it’s Fashion Week on Shine By Three all over again.



Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Chanel, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Clinique, Lexus, Dior, Gucci, Matches 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.
Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s pho tography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of The Year Award.




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