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22 Australian Finalists Announced in American Crew All Star Challenge 2016

As the men’s grooming market grows so too does the American Crew All Star Challenge, which, now in its 13th year of competition, garnered 400 national entries and 2000 worldwide. This means that the 22 Australian stylists, with 26 winning entries between them, who have been named as national finalists, are on a very significant list. View their winning entries below.


Model, David Raccuglia and 2015 Australian winner Aaron Chan

The list was decided by an equally all-star judging panel. American Crew Education Manager Phoenix Thomson, All Stars Chris Dunkley, Lino D’Adderio, Mark Rabone and Gary McKenzie, and National Marketing Director Cristobal De la Rubia made up the panel.

The judges paid attention to technical precision, artistic expression, originality of the style and cut as well as the execution of the photographic brief in deciding the finalists. There was a wide range of looks submitted, extending from blatantly groomed to overtly masculine styling, but tapered hairlines, lean shapes and tight, short fades were noted as central trends. A vast range of American Crew products were used as well, with the new Liquid Wax proving to be a hero product.

“The All Star Challenge has become a market leader in terms of both discovering and rewarding top styling talent,” Phoneix shared. “Furthermore, it showcases our great product range on great looking men, styled by the best. The real success of the photographic competition is that it brings the styling community together, sharpening our focus on our collective passion – men’s hair.”

The national winner among these finalists will be announced at an event hosted at the All Star Academy in Collingwood, Melbourne on March 6. There will be a live show, vintage barbershop aesthetic and plenty of ice cold Stella Artois and Moscow Mules to go around, making the event a great night for all attendees and the national winner in particular.

Last year's finalists at the national awards night

Last year’s finalists at the national awards night

This winner will then go on to compete in the global All Star Challenge with the other national winners from around the world. The 15 global finalists will be flown to Paris to shoot with American Crew founder David Raccuglia and participate in the 2016 Style Masters Show. The Australian winner will follow in the illustrious footsteps of stylists such as Aaron Chan, Sofia Azorakos and Malisa Masci to try and claim the global title.

The stakes are certainly high. Good luck to the 22 finalists listed below!

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Brian Lee - Kings Domain Barber Shop

Charlene Fernandez - Rokk Ebony

Colin Allingham - Sweeny Todds

Colin Allingham - Sweeny Todds 1

David Wieselmann - Wieselmann Salon

David Wieselmann - Wieselmann Salon 1

Emma Gottwald - Royals Hair

Flo Mallet - Kings Domain Barber Shop

Fred LeMarche - from Fred LeMarche

Guy Gallo - Wieselmann Salon

Josie Callipari - Styla At The Salon

Kelvin Wong - Rokk Ebony

Kristian Mathiopoulos - Kings Domain Barber Shop

Luke Perger - Oxhey & Bushey

Marco Girogio - Artique Hair Studio

Maria Kaplanis - Rokk ebony

Paul Masci - Masci Hair And Spa

Paul Masci - Masci Hair And Spa 1

Robert D'agostino - Urban Man

Ryan Brown - Joey Scandizzo Salon

Ryan Tse - Jal Hairdresser

Sarah Culliford - Biba Gertrude Street

Sofia Azorakos - Sogo

Thomas White - Rubi Hair

Tori Gill - Kings Domain Barber Shop

Tori Gill - Kings Domain Barber Shop 1

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