Fifty Shades of Grey: Part 3

Like an UGG Boot for your soul. Except that you can actually wear it out of the house without the world’s silent judgement.





As the cold sets in, we cry a little. We eat a lot, we bunk and we ponder a lot – I, primarily over the bedraggled lengths of my hair that seems to have found its way to my shoulders and approaches the Point of No Return (that is, the tipping length that means you’re to grow it out – Paloma, I am completely lost, and require your saviour ASAP). For the time being, I find temporary solace in messily compiled and pseudo-European flyaway buns.

Buns and coats.

Outerwear has the power. A beautiful coat or jacket does seems to do so much more than your investment shoes or bag in the morning chill – can your Valentinos give you a bear hug? No. Can they give somebody else a bear hug? They would be better utilised in taking somebody’s eye out. And so we find that as much as shoes and bags provide you with the lethal stride and (pragmatic) self-confidence, there is no substitute for that coat – like an UGG Boot for your body soul. Except that you can actually wear it out of the house without the world’s silent judgement.

For Australia’s whiney and indecisive Winter (can you tell that I’m keen to get on a plane to sunnier places? Not long now…), my experiences say that anyone should own at least one of each of the following: one knee length coat with a collar wide enough to turn up and cover the back of your neck, one exceptional black leather jacket, one shorter coat or jacket with a lot of room for layering, and one slightly heavier blazer (possibly wool-blend or ponte). Mix, match and multiply as the mercury, sartorial tendencies and late night impulse buys require. For my dear bloglovers in New York or Antarctica, say, coats walk a slightly different formula by way of frostbite prevention and survival of the fittest, for which I would certainly recommend at least two happy coat colours or lighter leather jackets to distract from the dire imminence of poor circulation and attractive nose-side chaffing.

Indeed, Darwin was a drab fellow.

Speaking of which, I should now get back to Public International Law so I don’t fail my exam tomorrow.

Always ideal.

Look 1: Stylestalker Cosmic Parka – Macgraw Ponti Stripe Flute Top – Nobody Denim Beau Jean in CURIO – SENSO Quincy II Boots – 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Messenger Bag from Shopbop

Look 2: Camilla & Marc Contemplate Coat from Another Love – YesStyle Leather Rider JacketAlex‘s Shirt – Camilla & Marc Box Leather Pant from Another Love – Windsor Smith Gillie Heels – Moo Eyewear Sunglasses

Look 3: SABA Coat – MANGO Wide-leg Jumpsuit

Look 4: TOPSHOP Geo-Ponte Blazer (similar HERE and HERE) – Oracle Collection Cuff

Fifty Shades of Grey: Part 1

Fifty Shades of Grey: Part 2

Photos shot on Nikon D600 and 85mm lens from digiDIRECT


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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