Leroy Nguyen

In which I wear neoprene and leather in 45 degree heat in the name of Harper’s Bazaar and design excellence.



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This past weekend was probably not the best time in Sydney to be rugged up in all kinds of bonded silks, neoprenes, crocodile embossed leather and lobe-skimming collars, but hi-ho, here I am – and pleased that I took the plunge with a fantastic team for this tickled pink Harper’s Bazaar installation. In my write-up, I spoke about Leroy’s wonderfully fresh design talent in a sea of fashion businesses rather than fashion houses – and by all means, read, consider, and continue with your day. Here, I find it fitting to talk about the process.

It’s not too often that I share imagery of myself that has been shot be another photographer, let alone coordinated by a team, but I can certainly tell you that when I’ve been styling, it makes all the difference. With all of us sharing the same vision and understanding of the overall aesthetic, this shoot took just two hours. In the same way, Zanita and I took 45 minutes to shoot the beach ballet story from way back in Thailand – primarily because she was shouting ‘FLY BUTTERFLY, FLY!’ and I was singing Colours of the Wind to Sri Panwa’s private beach. On the other hand, there have been times when a photographer or model is fixed on the idea that fashion photos are simply sexy, or a makeup artist doesn’t find the need to give a moodboard compiled by my 19-year-old self the time of day. From there, things start to fall apart, purely because your work becomes a chore and you would love nothing more than speeding off to the Whitsundays, florally-clad and preferably snorkeling (more on that later).

So I suppose the moral of that sentiment on a sleepy Monday evening is applicable to any walk of life. It doesn’t concern me whether you work in fashion or not. The motivation to get paid for doing what you love isn’t so impressive when you stop loving what you do. Redundant sentence? Sure. Just surround yourself with cool people like these:

Photography Ana Suntay Tanedo

Hair & Makeup Tobi Henney using ModelCo and Kevin Murphy

Design &Creative Direction Leroy Nguyen

Model & Styling Margaret Zhang

P.S. Tobi – I think I like this slicked side-part business!


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four consecutive years. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim.

For project enquiries Tess.Stillwell@img.com
General enquiries bookings@margaretzhang.com.au