Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE NOVDEC 2015 Contents Presenting dozens of hair shows interpreting the vision of
skylight at dawn, this year’s Alternative Hair Show raised
hundreds of thousands of dollars for a very good cause.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH marked the 33rd
year of the Alternative Hair Show, this
year titled Aurora. Bringing colour and
creativity from 20 international hair teams
to the iconic stages of London’s Royal
Albert Hall, the event once again proved
why it has become an iconic celebration on
the hairdressing calendar.
Apart from the inspiring hair created on
stage, the show has philanthropic roots,
working to raise money for the charity
Fighting Leukaemia in order to fund
research and ultimately find a cure for Blood
Cancer. With the help of a film screening
at the event which showed the important
work the charity does, a testimonial from
a six year old Leukaemia survivor and the
contribution of the creative teams, who
finance their own conceptual shows, the
evening raised a phenomenal £201,000
(AU$428,902) in donations. £8.5 million
has been donated to the cause in total.
“There are no words I can find to thank
these wonderful hairdressers. Their support
and generosity never fails to make me feel
both eternally grateful and humble,” said
Tony Rizzo, Alternative Hair Founder.
These generous global teams consisted of
Saco, Babicz, Rossa Danagher, A nne Veck,
Class, Mario Krankl, Paul, Stafford, Gogen,
é SALON, TIGI Creative Team, Kohsuke
Visual Network, Alan Edwards, Robert
Cromeans, Andrew Collinge, Fehringer,
Klaus Peter Ochs, Laszlo, Hajas, Dmitry
Vinokurov, Carlo Bay and Sanrizz, who all
put on their own three minute hair show.
‘Au rora’ is defined as “a natural
electrical phenomenon characterized by
the appearance of streamers of reddish or
greenish light in the sky, especially near
the northern or southern magnetic pole” –
translated in literary terms as “the dawn”.
The teams delivered on this creative
premise, with fashion-forward hues that
ranged from pale pinks and yellows to
intense shades of blues and greens, and
even rich blacks. Artistic facets of dawn
and dusk, glacial ice patterns and frozen
landscapes defined the styling theme.
Representing Australia, é SALON
presented a combination of three strong
geometric shapes and three ethereal,
Avant Garde looks inspired by crocheting,
string and lace from Lisa Muscat Vitale’s
Virtuality collection. The team even
pushed the notion of a bald head, creating
shapes around that aesthetic.
“Our interpretation this year was
inspired by the Northern Lights and this
was reflected in our lighting and makeup,
and our white colour theme. With the hair
colour, two colours, black with metallic
as a focal point, fuelled our inspiration.
We knew most teams would be working
with lots of colour and our interpretation
stayed pure and clean, perfectly capturing
our underlying feeling of haunting
etherealness,” shared é SALON Creative
Director, Emiliano Vitale.
Another significant portion of the evening
comes in the form of the Alternative Hair
Visionary Award, where finalists in each of
the three categories style one model live on
stage and are judged by an esteemed panel.
This year’s overall winners were Barry
McDonagh from Ireland for the Cut & Colour
category, Walter Armanno from Italy for
Men’s and Emmanuel Esteban from the UK
in Avant Garde.
“Every year the work gets better and
better,” shared Alternative Hair President
Anthony Mascolo. “The standard was
phenomenal. Every single hairdresser
not only showed beautiful hair, but the
makeup, and styling created fantastic
overall looks. I don’t know how we actually
decided on winners!”
For the past several years the evening
has also linked with AIPP to present the
winners of the AIPP International Awards.
Part of this Award ceremony. This year the
title of Alternative Hair & AIPP Legend was
given to the incomparable Robert Lobetta,
while other title winners included Angelo
Seminara, Philip Bell and our very own
With 5000 attendees in the audience, and
thousands more supporting the event from
afar, the Alternative Hair Show proves just
how much can be done by the global hair
community when we come together. Until
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