A little friendly rivalry has never hurt anybody, and this year’s Aveda Colour Harmony Awards, held in Melbourne, pledged to throw an even bigger, more memorable party than Sydney’s event last year. Whether you think they succeeded will probably come down to which side of the state line you fall on, but with an overflow of talent, mandatory dancing and a full party atmosphere, it was a night to remember, regardless of your home town.
Guests arrived at the Alto Event Space in Melbourne’s city to find a major flower wall, canapés, an open bar and a GIF-booth (like a photo booth, only more high tech) waiting to start the festivities. An entire wall was dedicated to the artistry that brought us all there, as the right side of the space was filled with the finalists’ entries, showing the scope of talent on display.
Meanwhile the winning dress designs in the Aveda Catwalks for Water competition, on display at the entrance, also presented the creativity and eco-consciousness prevalent in the Aveda network. Dresses should be made out of recycled coffee pods far more often.
Aveda General Manager Clint Piper started the official proceedings with the requisite Aveda mission statement and opening address, before Frank Cannataro of Hair du Cutt, who famously compered the evening last year, took to the stage with a group of professional dancers to ensure everyone was on their feet.
Next, the launch of Aveda’s all new Fōlklôr collection and riveting new Eclipting face-framing colour technique were presented by members of the education team. The myriad of models wore multidimensional tones, intricate braids and more Avant Garde colourful styles in the evening’s feature runway presentation.
The finalists were then called out in the event’s titular Colour Harmony Awards, where Aveda stylists were tasked with interpreting the theme ‘live colorfully’ editorially. They were asked to show a mastery over hair colour, style, cut and makeup, first by submitting an image, and then in a live contest between the finalists, which took place earlier in the week.
From dozens of applicants, three finalists were chosen in each of the three categories; New Talent, Editorial and the main Colour Harmony Award. The winners in each category, chosen by a hairdressing and editorial judging panel headed by Aveda’s Senior Technical Education Manager Claus Hagenhoff, would win a myriad of prizes. For the New Talent winner, $2000 in products, for the Editorial winner, magazine spreads, and for the Colour Harmony winner, a trip to Milan to attend the brand’s Master Jam later this year.
With such high stakes we would like to congratulate New Talent winner, Dakota Spaul, who won with a dual-toned pink and violet hair look; editorial winner Matthew Woolley, who’s vibrant, dread-locked inspired look tended towards Avant Garde, and Colour Harmony winner Sarah Jones, who’s pink, cropped look won her flights to Italy.
And really congratulations to all the Aveda hairdressers who entered, stretched their creative capabilities and ostensibly danced the night away on Tuesday evening.
Sydney Aveda stylists – you’ll have big shoes to fill next year.
See the full list of winners and finalists below:
Winner: Dakota Spaul – Elements Aveda Lifestyle Salon
Alyshia Davitt – Pierrots Hair Studio
Amy Motterram – Pierrots Hair Studio
Winner: Matthew Woolley – Pierrots Hair Studio
Anita Sutton-Galloway – Djurra Lifestyle Salon & Spa
Julia Cockman – Pierrots Hair Studio
Winner: Sarah Jones – J Society
Sarah Dubois – Fez Hair Salon
Shakira Petrucci – Zucci Hairdressing
For more information visit aveda.com.au
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