Lessons in layering with Margaret Zhang

Photographer and stylist Margaret Zhang is a style winner in every time zone – and season. Learn her smart layering tricks.

Australian street style darling Margaret Zhang has been one of our favourite style icons for years. Ever since she started her journey in the (digital) fashion world back in 2009, we’ve envied her stylish mix of sharp tailoring, bold prints and advanced layering. Now focusing on her career as a photographer, stylist and consultant, Margaret Zhang has grown into a power player on the international fashion scene. Click or swipe through the slideshow above to see how she styles her current H&M favourites. 

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER?
”Raf Simons, Mrs [Miuccia] Prada, [Gucci designer] Alessandro Michele.”

WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
”[Italian icon] Luisa Marchesa Casati – just the idea of her. It's not necessarily my personal style.”

WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
”Man-tailored with one feminine element.”

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON EARTH?
”Chefchaouen, Morocco.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
”Mum's Chinese cooking.”

IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE YOUR APARTMENT IN A HURRY, WHAT WOULD YOU GRAB?
”My camera.”

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
”No makeup, black blazer, camisole, high-waisted boy pants.”

WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT?
”It's an extension of one's character. It's also a multi-billion dollar industry that employs a lot of humans.”

I'm definitely more of a shoe person than a bag person.


Margaret Zhang
 

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHAT FASHION ERA WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN?
”Elizabethan England.”

WHAT ITEM WOULD YOU NEVER PART FROM?
”Never say never.”

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
”A ballet dancer, and concert pianist, then a CEO (but I didn't know what that meant), then a medical doctor for MSF, then an IP lawyer.”

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY FASHION PLEASURE?
”I'm definitely more of a shoe person than a bag person.”

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
”Raven Baxter.”

WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?
”A new couch - preferably green velvet. And mosquito repellent”

WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BEAUTY DISCOVERY?
”Actinica SPF 50 sunscreen.”


Adam Katz Sinding is the photographer behind Le 21ème. Follow his work on Instagram

 

MARGARET ZHANG

LOCATION: Sydney

INSTAGRAM: @margaret_zhang

WEBSITE: shinebythree.com

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