Up against peers Steph Audino, Kim Barton and Shelly Tindale, Newton won the category as the only men’s designer in the running in what he described as a surreal moment.
‘It’s a huge shock; I honestly didn’t think I’d get it especially with menswear being such a small component of the industry and being up against some other nominees who are all extremely talented,’ Newton said.
‘I’m so thankful to everyone who voted ” it’s a great honour.
‘It’s nice to know menswear does have a place in the industry especially given my designs are a little different and not for everyone.’
The Perth Fashion Festival’s WA Fashion Awards Designer for Tomorrow was one of nine categories in the Oscar-style event, which recognised designers, stylists and creatives for their contributions to the WA fashion industry.
Newton took his Mysteries of the Organism collection to the runway at this year’s Perth Fashion Festival.
This followed his success at the Showroom Collective, part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, as well as Fashion Week Australia and STYLEAID.
The State’s influential fashion community known as Style Circle nominated the finalists last year and decided on the winners.
Newton is working on his next menswear collection, which he will take to Paris Fashion Week in late June.
He was among six WA designers to receive a grant through the Department of Culture and Arts’ Designer Fashion Grants program last month.
Westminster blogger Bonnie Doran, of Bonnie Friday, and fellow nominee Le Fanciulle lost out to fellow blogger It’s Now Cool author Josephine Clough in the Blogger of the Year category.