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 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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