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March Proust: Jing Zhang


Your symbol of high fashion – Both Schiaparelli and Chanel – the founders’ feud as well as today’s modern, irreverent incarnations.

Your favourite fabric – Textured raw cotton or cashmere

Your favourite colour – I’m a sucker for Majorelle Blue

The collection you will never forget – Alexander McQueen’s Widows of Culloden with that Kate Moss hologram, and more recently Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda debut in Sicily

The style you most dislike – Anything too saccharine or Lolita

Your favourite fashion photographer – Paolo Roversi

Your favourite model – Jourdan Dunn, Freja Beha [Erichsen] and Christy Turlington miraculously gets better with age.

Your shoe/shoe designer fetish –  Alexander Wang, Miu Mius and Manolos

Your jewel/jewelry designer fetish – Margiela rings, Givenchy cuffs

Your favourite fashion accessory – I do love an angular, structured handbag and red lipstick

Your ideal bag – This season, I’m a bag fan of my black Smythson 1887 tote for its austere, timeless beauty. Luxurious, but totally cool.

The most creative designer – Hussein Chalayan is definitely up top.

The most timeless designer -

Your favourite designer -

Your favourite decade in fashion – 1930s was fun, but I love that today we really have the freedom to reference any decade.

Your contemporary muse or inspiration –  It doesn’t get cooler than Tilda Swinton

Your historical muse or icon – Marlene Dietrich

The “look” you prefer for a man – Refined

The “look” you prefer for a woman – An elegant masculine-feminine hybrid

The fashion faux pas you can tolerate most – Double denim

The fashion faux pas you can tolerate least – Drop crotch trousers on women

What is your present state of mind?  Pensive

Your fashion motto – “La mode passe, le style reste,” by Coco Chanel


Questions taken from Assouline’s The Fashion Questionnaire


Photo: Samantha Wong


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