Seeing Double

24 hours later, a speedy hello from the sunny island of Bali.

Before I get too deep into my mountains of re-cap content from this past week and a half of guest buying in New York, I thought I’d hail a speedy hello from the sunny island of Bali. Hello! Indeed, I just roughed the New York – Vancouver – Hong Kong – Bali long-haul to shoot a killer editorial with the ultimate yoga rebel, Tara Stiles, here at the W in Seminyak this afternoon – so watch this space and brace yourselves, people. The word is out that Tara is a superbabe.

Meanwhile, as usual, I’m not dressed for the weather – rather, the air-conditioning. South-east Asia is notorious for its steamy streets and Arctic shopping malls, so in that sense, I can surely be excused for my patched triple denim. The same cannot be said for the wedges. Then again, when you’re vibing Chloé from any season between Spring 2009 and the present dayand you’re effectively lounging on Lana del Rey’s lips, no less,all can be forgiven without too much debate.

Such was the argument behind my installation of this Texan Tuxedo up at Westfield Carindale, anyhow.

I will admit that I would certainly not be preaching this sartorial message if I were writing to you from Ubud or the Gili Islands – both of which I have somehow failed to make the time for in all too many instances working commercial photo jobs between Nusa Dua and Seminyak over the past two years. And, so, we beg the question of that fashion sub-season so awkward, that Paris has taken to calling it Cruise to avoid the misunderstanding of unbridled tackiness for a very particular demographic of ladies who lunch. On a yacht. The size of a small country. Would I finally succumb to the eternal confusion that is The Kaftan? Oddly placed fringes? Culturally inappropriate turbans? Those bizarrely insubstantial strappy leather sandals with a giant ornament between the first two toes and no arch support whatsover?

Never say never – fast forward to my inevitable mid-life crisis at fifty, and I may or may not be sailing around in a lovechild of Cavalli leopard and Stella McCartney citrus. Others would call it disturbing. But, until I make that trip, this is Resort wear.

And I’m not hating it.


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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