leroy nguyen. the candy shop.

Captured by Christine Ai

One of the most anticipated shows of our fashion week season doesn't come from a name that we're familiar with but certainly one we won't forget as soon as the runway's over. The Innovators showcases some of Sydney TAFE's top graduates and is the prime opportunity for staking out up and coming Australian design talent. The esteemed graduates selected  they're in good company. Dion Lee, Emma Mulholland and Christopher Esber are all Innovator alumni so you can expect some pretty big things from the designers featured at this show. 

Fresh from his win as Fashion Design Graduate of the Year, Leroy Nguyen's second collection was an amalgamation of psychedelic prints, sleek tailoring, exaggerated shapes and bold hues. Taking inspiration from the swirls and layers of the gobstopper and the wonderful world of Willy Wonka, Nguyen produced a standout kaleidoscopic collection that packed one hell of a (sour candy) punch. While I loved his standout structured oversized bomber, my favourite surprise detail was the solid neon panel contrast on the back of his sheer pieces. Combining delicate organza with stiff neoprene and zipper details with perforated swimwear, The Candy Shop was nothing short of a crowd pleaser. This won't be the last you hear of Leroy Nguyen.