Re-branded as the All Star Challenge, Australian American Crew fanatics again lead the way to an international platform of definitive men’s style at Melbourne’s Docklands on Sunday November 25.

Australian Award winner Sofia Azorakos

Underpinned by good looking men and even better hair, American Crew has a long relationship with men’s grooming, one that’s notoriously boosted by the globe’s most prestigious grooming awards into a fame inducing platform of style.

The heavyweights of our industry from across the country transformed Peninsula at Docklands into a hairdressing fraternity, celebrating men’s style in a room filled with hundreds of  the sharpest men’s cuts and appreciation for a market sector that continues to grow exponentially.

Culture Editors Award winner Moet Tiry

Led by GQ Editor in Chief, Nick Smith with presentations throughout the night by Arthur Galan from AG, London Management’s Oliver Cavana and Culture Magazine’s Jenny Burns and Hayley Miller.

Established in 2005, the competition went global for the first time in 2013 and we have Australian Distributor of American Crew, Ozdare corporation to thank for the creation of such a celebrated men’s platform.

Australian Award winner Sofia Azorakos

With a trend towards thick and textured hair that heralds height and the functional fade, men’s hairdressing continues to be about precision and polish with a looser and softer texture to the mad men sleek. A trend which globally will see a competitive field of play for the international finals in 2014.

Sofia Azorakis of Sogo Hair (VIC) was crowned the 2014 All Star Challenge Winner for her masculine and sleek winning entry and as with every American Crew competition, all entries were judge anonymously on the model’s tapered hairline, fashion relevance, quality of the photography and model selection.

American Crew All Star Challenge entry gallery

It’s the second time time Sofia has won the coveted award and she scored herself an all-expenses paid trip of a lifetime to compete at the 2014 Global All Star Challenge event in Europe, inclusion in the 2015 American Crew Style Selector and an invitation to be part of the 2015 American Crew show. In addition to this, several media opportunities and photoshoots will follow the event and culminate in a total prize pool of $50,000.

“Winning the first time was amazing; winning a second time is just unbelievable. No words can describe this feeling, I’m just elated. The look I created was very American Crew – masculine, strong and aesthetically beautiful,” Sofia said.

London Management Model Award winner Roman Petrovsky

To prelude the award’s platform and the announcement of the 20 All Star finalists an Arthur Galan, AG Spring/Summer fashion runway showcased the latest hair trends on 30 male models – each styled by the brand’s All Stars.

Concluding the night was a ticket to the ‘after party’ next door at Melbourne’s Alumbra bar where the nation’s leading salons and stylists celebrated the freedom of men’s grooming.

The 20 All Star Finalists included: 

Alex Vasiliadis, Joey Scandizzo Salon (VIC)

Christopher Kapetanov, Preen (VIC)

Claire Hicks, Xiang Hair (VIC)

Collin Allingham, Sweeney Todds (VIC)

David Wieselmann, Wieselmann Salon (VIC)

Dean Tsopanis, Biba (VIC)

Jamie Furlan, Xiang Hair (VIC)

Johnny Candy, Xiang Hair (VIC)

Karla Smith, Masci Hair & Spa (VIC)

Kieran Hanley, Rokk Ebony (VIC)

Lee Caruso, Heading Out (VIC)

Malisa Masci, Masci Hair & Spa (VIC)

Mark Boon, Wieselmann Salon (VIC)

Melissa Bowman, Preen (VIC)

Blake Patterson, Royals Hair and Beauty (NSW)

Casie Small, Booth St Salon (NSW)

Anne-Marie Garreffa, Boris The Cuttery (SA)

Fiona Fazzalari, Hair Machine (SA)

Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight (SA)

David Wieselmann of Wieselmann Salon (VIC) also won the Arthur Galan AG Fashion Award, and Moet Tiry of Rokk Ebony won the Culture Editor’s Award.

Up-and-coming model, Roman Petrovsky, won the London Management Model Award, snapping up a two-year modelling contract with the coveted agency.

This year saw more than 500 black and white photographic entries submitted for the chance to win the career opportunity of a lifetime.

For more information about American Crew call 1800 104 204 or visit www.ozdare.com.