It was way back in 2011 that model Zen posed alongside a bunch of tiny fluffy white kittens for Marie Claire China, but it was those images that sprung to mind when I encountered her outside the Brera Piccolo Teatro in Milan. Zen had just walked the Laura Biagiotti show, her bob and attitude – both razor sharp – standing out in a masculine white pant-suit amoungst Biagiotti’s seemingly endless parade of spring frocks. Her bob, that pant suit – they stood out to me, anyway.
And just as cool was Zen’s eclectic off-duty ensemble of Beetlejuice striped pants and a denim jacket, a raw-edged ribbon around her neck and a pair of flat lace-ups on her feet. A few years have gone by since those kittens first brought Zen (short for Zenia) to our attention, but the Russia-born model is still a pleasure to spot around the fashion week circuit.
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