The Fellowship’s regular Members’ Night events allows any member of the organisation to take their chance on stage and showcase what they can do.
The first Members’ Night of 2019 was hosted by Fellowship Chairman Simon Shaw and compère, Mark Creed, and saw teams take to the stage for four-minute presentations showcasing everything from barbering to colour work and session styling.
First on stage was the team from Bloggs Salons, who showed beautiful, organic, salon-friendly colours; these were real results for real clients. The Vault Hair & Spa team showcased their Anti Gravity collection, with gravity-defying updos and colours inspired by intergalactic formations. Casey Coleman from Chair Salons showcased “wonderfully weird” hair in his Neon Grey collection, which saw 80s shapes and textures reinvented with a modern perm and mullet coloured using a ‘magic eye’ technique. The Jason Liddiard team were inspired by the iconic Alexander McQueen collection, Plato’s Atlantis. Their Sirens collection featured oceanic-inspired texture and organic shapes. Mary Banasik from The Tier showcased an urban, apache-inspired collection with basketweave hair adorned with feathers and hoops. For Julian Dalrymple at The Sitting Room, rockabilly served as her inspiration with teddy-girl styling of quiffs, curls and updos. Closing the first section, former Project X team member Ben Brazzo of Malcolm Tina Barker presented textured styles finished with gold leaf.
The evening’s interview featured reigning Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, Desmond Murray. The hairdressing polymath – who shoots, styles hair and creative directs – shared his inspirations and his career progression, from trainee hairdresser to award-winning hairdresser and photographer. “In this industry we need role models,” he said. “And that’s why the Fellowship is so amazing – it brings those role models up close and personal, with incredible access.”
The second half of the show was opened by Matthew Curtis for Great Lengths, who showcased three staple looks from his fashion week experience; a faux bob, a dramatic chignon and an accessorised ponytail. Next, the Ruffians team presented three of their trademark modern barber looks, showcasing razoring, disconnection and an undercut. Darcie, Oliver and Sam from Brooks & Brooks presented their own take on embellishment, with Swarovski chains and silver earrings woven into the hair and painterly colour through statement panels. The Gina Conway team presented their take on military, with braiding and texture in a palette of pastels – and this season’s must-have coral. Finally, the Hare and Bone team showcased diverse looks that epitomised their brand style, using classic editorial techniques including tonging, rolls and pin-frizz.
Closing the night, Mark Creed commented: “In an era of instant gratification, it’s easy to forget the hard work and techniques that go into being a brilliant hairstylist. Tonight has shown the wealth of hairdressing talent within the industry, and the skills and techniques that training and work in the salon can provide.”
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