Photographer, writer, producer, stylist – these are just a few of the nouns Australian creative phenomenon Margaret Zhang could add to her business card, should she have need to print one. Now the 24-year-old, who shot GRAZIA’s inaugural print edition cover of supermodel Maria Borges earlier this year, can add motion film director to her list of accomplishments too.
As an on-the-rise star in the movie creative field, Zhang was invited to the recent Venice Film Festival as a guest of luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has sponsored the celebrity-studded event for over 12 years.
Widely considered the best artistic film festival in the world, the highlight of the festival is the awarding of its top prize, The Golden Lion, which this year went to The Shape of Water by Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro.
As well as attending screenings and red carpet soirees as a guest, Zhang took advantage of the romantic, picturesque Venetian setting to work on a new motion piece for Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has a close affinity with the world of film and heavily supports the preservation of film as an art-form and the people who create it. (Watch this space for more details on the finished product, which is currently shrouded in a cloak of secrecy.)
This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the film festival with three new Rendez-Vous Sonatina watches that express three different stages of romantic feelings: seduction, romance and love (limited edition). Appropriately, Zhang had access to all three for her festival wardrobe.
So given GRAZIA’s modus operandi is fashionable living, we have to ask: what does an up-and-coming director who just happens to also be a global style icon wear to her first Venice Film Festival visit? This photo diary snapshot of her trip along with captions shares the thought behind every stunning look.
See Margaret Zhang’s 74th Venice Film Festival Photo Diary below:
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rendez-Vous moon medium in Pink Gold, $32,300. SHOP IN STORE
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rendez-Vous Moon Medium in Stainless Steel, $20,900. SHOP IN STORE
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rendez-Vous Night & Day Medium in yellow gold, $21,500. SHOP IN STORE
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Q3533490 Rendez-Vous Moon in White Gold, $59,500. SHOP IN STORE
All images: courtesy Margaret Zhang