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Australian Vogue fashion editor shares her must-have outfits and jewellery

Zara Wong is the fashion features and content strategy director of Vogue Australia. The editor, who has worked in New York and Hong Kong, opens up her home and shares her wardrobe favourites

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2018, 6:18am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 June, 2018, 9:57am

“I’ve interviewed so many people about their own personal style, so it’s hard when the roles are reversed. My style is eclectically elegant. Or elegantly eclectic! I’m drawn to textures and I love a mix, and the unexpected. High and low, sequins with denim, a surprisingly piece of jewellery worn with a minimalist outfit or clashing prints. Elegant for me shouldn’t ever be too polished and edgy shouldn’t ever be too hard.”

“My grandmother handed down to me this Chanel handbag. She was sent to boarding school in Hong Kong and has incredible style, which she has passed onto my mother and me. That, and her obsession with handbags. My grandmother is very elegant, while my mother is more edgy – I’m in between.

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My grandmother would say that a woman needs a tan coat and pearl earrings. My mother never wears dresses and always told me denim and great boots solve all sartorial problems! She lived in Hong Kong too, and it’s one of her favourite cities, so I grew up going to Hong Kong regularly. Coming from Sydney, we’re so used to travelling long distances so the nine-hour trip to Hong Kong is a breeze.”

“To say something is your signature sounds a bit pompous but I’ve been told this is mine, so I’m owning it! Statement earrings are my thing, especially if they’re vintage. I have a secret spot I go to for vintage jewellery in Rome. I love shopping for vintage, or buying out of season. Anything too of-the-moment puts me off. I want pieces in my wardrobe to last. Whenever I’m overseas, I look up vintage stores and fairs. It’s a great way to see a new city for one.”

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“My friends tell me that I always need to be doing something. I believe in being continuously productive. I love cooking – it’s a way for me to relax because it keeps me focused on the task at hand. I’ve also launched a line of single origin honey called Moonface Honey. The first edition is from coffee blossoms. My fiancé and I also harvest our own local honey from our beehive several times a year.”

“I have always grown up with large dogs – this is my family’s two-year-old female Akita, named Koffi. At the moment I love matching sets, like this one by Australian brand Matin. There are so many great local brands at the moment.”

“Before working full-time in magazines, I interned in Hong Kong at Lane Crawford and at American Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily in New York during my university holidays. I’ve always worked hard – I’ve never known what it is like not to. When I get asked how to break into it, I say the same thing – do your research and put your head down, keep your eyes and ears open. There’s an opportunity to learn from every single experience you have.”

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Aquazzura is one of my favourite shoe labels. I don’t have much stamina for heels any more, but his designs are so comfortable. Truth be told, I own more of their flats!”

“I love the thrill of the hunt. I bought this dress during my last trip to Hong Kong, at a Luxarity pop-up. I was drawn to the texture of the fabric. I would much rather be overdressed than underdressed.”