Clarke Quay

June 22, 2014 39

The only time you’ll see me in just a dress and heels is if:
(a) it’s too damn hot to deal with anything else, in which case the heels probably wouldn’t even be there)
(b) I’ve lost the plot (indeed, I’m currently wearing a rather generous maxi situation in my frantic cramming for Tuesday morning’s exam) OR
(c) I’m doing filming work and nothing else looks good on camera.

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Margaret Zhang in Singapore wearing Alice McCall Kobe Japan Dress and Windsor Smith Gillie Heels

 

In desperate need of a breather from lex loci delicti, I dug up a few snaps from the end of a ridiculously long day working in Singapore at the end of last year. Despite a spending just a couple of jam-packed days in town, I have to say that my impressions of the city-state/country have vastly improved from my bored mall-tripping, sweat-dripping days as a seven-year-old in transit, home bound from seeing relatives in China. Much like the other contained lifestyle constructs that have sprung to life over the past few decades (my favourite, by far, is the Dempsey complex), Clarke Quay is something of a candy land, sitting pretty amongst serious infrastructure. Fifty pastel paint permutations later, who am I not to kick on a dress and heels?

Now, being a through and through pants person, the only time you’ll see me in just a dress and heels is if (a) it’s too damn hot to deal with anything else, in which case the heels probably wouldn’t even be there), (b) I’ve lost the plot (indeed, I’m currently wearing a rather generous maxi situation in my frantic cramming for Tuesday morning’s exam), or (c) I’m doing filming work and nothing else looks good on camera.

On this particular day in Singapore, (c) was the primary motivation, and (a) was only mildly influential – as usual, outside was basically a sauna, but as I said, the reason you only see news anchors and morning show hosts in dresses is because, unless they’re bedazzled or bright red, trousers just look sloppy on a screen. Over the course of the series we shot across Asia, I learned the hard way that playing with proportions and millions of layers do not flatter you in playback at all. Even too crazy a pattern or too textured a fabric will do strange things when you move in direct light. That morning, the camera guys sent me back up to my hotel room four times before they were satisfied that my outfit wouldn’t moray, and even then, they had both admitted by the end of the day that they’ve never seen a dress quite like it.

And neither had I. Alice McCall does that.

If all goes to plan, I should be back in the steamy city some time in July before we switch off in Bali. So looking forward to markets, fresh juice, and awesome food-fashion hybrid retail concepts!

Time’s up. Back to work.

  • Avanti

    Such a beautiful colourful dress and those Windsor Smith heels are gorgeous.
    Killing it Marg!

    Avanti
    xxx
    Avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • http://www.lollihearts.tumblr.com Lollihearts

    gorgeous pics! the colours on your dress are so vibrant!

    http://www.nineteen-ten.com

  • Cecile

    OMG OMG YOU’RE COMING BACK TO SINGAPORE!? I’M HAVING A HEART ATTACK I’M SO EXCITED! WILL YOU DO A MEET-UP?

    • margaretzhang

      Hopefully, if there’s time!

  • Estherina’s World

    Absolutely love the dress!

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  • http://shotfromthestreet.blogspot.com Lizzy Hadfield

    Beautiful outfit, the dress is just gorgeous. I am glad one of the three varients applied for you to wear this amazing outfit!

    http://www.shotfromthestreet.blogspot.com

  • http://seasandfigurines.wordpress.com Juliet

    In spite of the steamy heat and all, the lighting is gorgeous with that dress Marg :)

    seasandfigurines.wordpress.com

  • Anna

    Just some constructive criticism, but you make it seem like it’s such a bad thing to wear only a dress and with heels. The dress is beautiful, it should be worn in its own right and not just as a last minute solution to weather, losing plot or meeting camera needs. The photos look amazing though!

    • margaretzhang

      Hi Anna – I’m actually just referring to the fact that I, personally, am just not a dress person (as I mentioned here: http://shinebythree.com/2014/01/new-years-resolution/ ) – though, you’re right, I shouldn’t assume that everyone has been reading for a while! Thanks for the note – Marg.

      • Anna

        Oops my bad! That makes a lot more sense now, thanks for the reply!

        • margaretzhang

          No worries, Anna! Have a great day X

    • Nina Ng

      Haha I think she just means that she rarely wears just dresses (which is true). I quite like this one on you, MZ! Though it is a little unconventional lol.

    • Chelsea Dunstan

      ahhaahhaahah she just doesn’t ever wear dresses without pants underneath!

  • http://www.shallwesasa.com/ Sasa Zoe

    Always love the Alice dress! Looking great, babe:)

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

  • http://www.eyelikefashion.com/ Eye Like Fashion

    You look so fabulous in this dress and heels look. Think you should consider adding it into your regular repertoire. I would if I looked this good! :-)

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

  • Feyi A

    great look!

    Marveling-Mind☀

  • http://www.fashion-hooked.blogspot.nl/ Mariska – fashionhooked

    I love this look a lot! Why shouldn’t you wear only a dress?! It’s perfect!

    http://www.fashion-hooked.blogspot.com

  • http://gv.lauderlis.net/ L’s
  • Laura Lama F.

    Beautiful dress!

    Xx
    http://www.Lauralexo.com

  • Q

    I also am not a dress girl, I wear them sometimes… but I prefer pants… however I have to admit that this is a pretty one! great shoes.x

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

  • http://lifeofniss.blogspot.com Niss

    Looking stunning. Sometimes different can be so so great in my books.

    Life of Niss

  • Shannon Beer

    You are such a source of inspiration!

  • http://www.heyprettything.com/ Carolyn

    the simple dress and heels look works for ya! and simple being ironic in that the gorgeous pattern of the dress definitely is a step up from “simple” <3

    http://heyprettything.com

  • http://fashionandsounds.com/ Jessie Khoo
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  • http://www.stylespectra.blogspot.com/ Isabella
  • Francisc

    What a beautiful dress!

    http://fashion-soup.com/

  • http://daspirer.blogspot.com Dilek Asanoska

    Well, you should become a dress person. That dress looks great on you! ^^

  • charmystique

    I’ve already commented on your IG post, but I’m super stoked you’re coming to Singapore! Would love to meet you in person xx

    http://charmystique.blogspot.com/

  • jas

    the light is stunning!

    reckless abandon

  • Elshakrist

    You’re so flattering and smart!

    The Mad Shopper’s Dressing Room

  • ee_by_cc

    You look heavenly! Whimsical dress and kill heels, love the combination!

    http://www.enduringethereal.com

  • http://www.girlmeetsvogue.com/ Martha D

    I love that dress on you!! May I say It could just be a phase, I hated dresses up until a year ago but now I cant get enough. Maybe you’ll change your perspective in the future??

    -Martha
    http://www.girlmeetsvogue.com/

  • http://www.heyliao.blogspot.com Ann

    Beautiful Photos! Seriously! :) New follower here! :)

    http://www.heyliao.blogspot.com
    http://www.bwethepromoter.blogspot.com

  • http://xincerely.blogspot.com Xincerely

    I live in Singapore! So hard to stay stylish and beat the heat in the weather!

    xx
    Xin

    http://xincerely.blogspot.com

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    That dress is just too cute. Love it!!

    btw, do you like shooting with the 85 mm compared with the 50?

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com

  • Francesca

    You are so gorgeous and so creative. I just love checking out your blog to see what is next! xx

    http://thefrugalmix.blogspot.it/

  • http://www.thankfifi.com/ thankfifi

    The dress is a dream and the lighting is so perfect – worth 4 changes ;)

    Thankfifi

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