How to: Survive Fashion Week

Over the past three weeks of being on the road and living out of a suitcase, I think I’ve shot at least four different Fashion Week survival kits with the best intentions of imparting some kind of lame beauty wisdom, if you’ll have any of it. But, as it happens, with every city, there’s a new climate, and thus different product focuses to keep my face as far from the walking dead as humanly possible. So I find it appropriate to begin with Paris, where I’ve been taking a few blissful days off with Vanessa and my man (who flew in on Saturday!) before my first shows of the home stretch later tonight.

Life is good.

Paris is much drier than Milan or London, and as we’ve been making our way around on bikes, one’s skin is far more susceptible to the wind factor. Two winters ago, New York’s tunnel wind situation around midtown brutalised my make-up free skin to the point where I had to go to bed every night with a full mask of Lanolin slathered on my face and neck to counter the effects and inevitable peeling. Here in Paris, a good scrub, a hydrating spray on hand, a rejuvenating oil a balancing gel, and heavily moisturising cosmetics are the bare minimum.


From top left to bottom right: Miu Miu Sunglasses – Versace Lipstick – Guerlain Lip Primer – MAC Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner – Bumble & Bumble Prêt-a-PowderAesop Exfoliating PasteSodashi Rejuvenating Serum – Aesop Hydrating Cream and Balancing GelSodashi Hydrating Mist – Alex’s Acqua di Parma Cologne Moisturiser – Burberry Lipstick and Rhythm FragranceMAC Fix Spray


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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