I’ve never really taken the time to think about how to wear a ‘statement’ necklace in ways other than being a ‘statement’. Which is strange. Because I spend my time wearing things as the designer never intended them to be worn.

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Statement necklaces and I have been on the rocks over the past year – mainly because I’m constantly rushing out of the house and leaving my poor jewellery collection on the kitchen counter. Further, given what seems to be the bygone era of hell chunky, in your face neckwear, I’ve never really taken the time to think about how to wear a ‘statement’ necklace in ways other than being a ‘statement’. Which is strange. Because I spend my time wearing things as the designer never intended them to be worn – I demonstrated blazer-as-a-nappy to Alex over the weekend (a mere prototype, and a lot more refining required before flash-free public consumption).

Enter stage right: a jaw-droppingly encrusted tropical neck piece, a tired Monday afternoon writing brand reports, and vanishing light on one end of the Slate offices. Cass, Nina and I pooled our white attire resources (we are a few of the guilty many who house half their wardrobes at work), and I spent some time dancing about in the corner with my tripod and self-timer to the confusion of my boss and teasing amusement of my team. Regardless, apologies for the graininess of my snaps – I hate losing light more than anything. Shall we just pretend that they’re scans from print?

For a piece this sizeable and multicoloured, and perhaps usually reserved for an enormous meringue gown or evening pantsuit, I found that the best thing to do was to have the masterpiece peeking out from under a layer. Otherwise, wearing it over a polar opposite texture to break up a block shade (as demonstrated against a matte white funnel knit), and even wearing it backwards (how conveniently shaped is my shirt cutout!?), makes the whole bejewelled situation far more versatile between day and night.

In other news, apparently all of Swarovski’s smaller pieces are based on enormous couture pieces, which you can only see at the Paris showroom – this one is the next step down! Sparkle sparkle.

And now, back to my Marketing IMIA assignment.

Swarovski Tangara Necklace worn with ELM Homeland Jumper – LUCETTE ShirtSara Phillips Blazer – CUE Bonded Crop Jacket – Richard Nicoll for TOPSHOP Slip


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, 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. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA 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 the past four consecutive years. 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.

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