Grazia Italia

Reading between the lines.



As those of you on the Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr bandwagons would have seen in the past couple of weeks, I got a face on and shot and styled a sweet stripes story with Grazia Italia. For the full editorial and some sexy words of Italian (one of the many languages I wish I could speak), move along, but if you’ve been doubtfully eying your stripes that you thought were so chic when you bought them in Paris, but don’t seem to work back home, then read on.

Interestingly, stripes can be either the most flattering or outrageously unflattering pattern you could possibly wear. The key, without philosophising too much, seems to be keeping fits breezy and oversized, or limit them to outerwear – for any bulge becomes a bulge if your stripes are skintight. Having said that, it seems that diagonal stripes will mask even the generous of feminine endowments, and that mixing stripes of different thicknesses and spacings is not as intimidating as one might have imagined.

So, replace your Daisy Dukes with pinstriped trousers so wide that they ought to be sheets, and a lipstick so furious that the stripes are an afterthought. You can keep the pool slides, though, because Céline said so, and your post-swim hair too, if you promise not to smile.

And now, I have three hundred pages of readings to do, so if you’ll excuse me…

LOOK 1: Bec & Bridge TopMichael Lo Sordo Skirt

LOOK 2: Cami NYC Grey Camisole, Viktor & Rolf Menswear Blazer, Chloé Trousers, Sam Edelman Adoro Sandals

LOOK 3: Bec & Bridge Top, PAUL & ALICE Trousers, Stuart Weitzman Nudist Heels

LOOK 4: PAUL & ALICE Trench, FRIEND OF MINE Black Lagoon Dress, Bec & Bridge Trousers

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Versace Lipstick, and NARS Eyeshadow throughout

shot on Nikon D600 with 85mm lens




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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