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2017 American Crew All Star Challenge Winner Announced

On Sunday night a group of skillful men’s hairdressers, some dapper male models and the industry’s finest congregated for an evening dedicated to the talent in barbering. We’re talking, of course, about the national American Crew All Star competition, where all 20 finalists were recognised and the Australian winner was announced.

Held at the Cargo Hall at Melbourne’s South Wharf, the event included cocktails, canapes, dancing (the after party continued on next door at Plus 5) and a men’s fashion show. 25 models walked the runway to show off the American Crew 2017 Americana collection, as well as the brand’s upcoming SHAVE range (launching April), unified within stylised concepts of classic, 1940s men’s grooming.

However, the focal point of the evening was in crowning the winner, and after each finalist had been announced, called up and awarded on stage, Ben Kane of Rokk Man Barbers was announced as the national winner. He’ll now be flown to Brussels to attend the 2017 Revlon Style Masters and American Crew international showcase. If selected as an international finalist, he’ll compete against 14 other global finalists in the international All Star Challenge, and shoot with photographer David Raccuglia. The winner will take home US$10,000 as a cash prize, as well as global media coverage.

2016 winner Guy Gallo with 2017 winner Ben Kane

“This year’s talent surpassed all expectations and highlights the vision and talent of Australian hairdressers and barbers,” said American Crew All Star and judge of the 2017 American Crew All Star Challenge, Phoenix Thomson, about the range of classic and contemporary looks entered into the competition. “What I loved most about this year’s entries, was the amount of looks that stood alone and took a risk. We are in a unique phase in fashion where both long looks and tight fades are equally in demand. To see variations and amalgamations of these looks, all interpreted with fashion-forward thinking is really inspiring.”

“This year’s event was beyond exceptional,” Managing Director of Revlon Professional Brands and American Crew, Matthew Kilty continued. “The industry is really taking notice of what we do and American Crew is the foundation of the new influence that barber skills is having in our industry. We are really proud and very humbled to be producing events such as these.”

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Image credits:

Photographer – Laurence McDonald @laurencejamesphtography
Production company – @sociallion
Stylist – Roxanne watkins – @solo.state
Make up – Napoleon perdis
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