To say colour was in abundance at the Aveda 2019 Colour Harmony Awards night is a massive understatement. Guests rocked their best and brightest attire – and hair – at The Mint in Sydney’s Macquarie Street for a fun-filled night of celebration, cocktails and dancing.
This year’s theme, Worldhood, asked contenders to consider a “visual culture born of self-expression and creative play for a new globally connected reality”. The theme tasked entrants with interpreting and working within global and social trends that had been connected and homogenised across continents with the advent of social media, but which we still viewed, created from and were inspired by differently.
Aveda education development partner artistic lead, Mathew Wickham, kicked off the evening’s festivities with an entertaining opening speech, before one of the judge’s, session stylist Alan White, spoke about the impact Aveda has had on the hairdressing world.
“The world has finally got to where Aveda is and you guys are all really expressing what you feel about hair,” he said. “That’s what Colour harmony is all about.”
Rowi Singh, influencer and beauty content creator was also a judge, as was global artistic director for Aveda hair colour, Ian Michael Black. Ian took to the mic where he kept the masses in stitches with his witty commentary before explaining the entrants would be competing in the categories of Colour Harmony, New Talent, Editorial and Digital.
Prizes for this year’s winners included an upcoming editorial representation and a shoot in INSTYLE, product and tool prize packs and a trip to Aveda Congress in Tokyo in February 2020 for the overall Colour Harmony winner. Each entrant had to recreate their model’s look on the day to be appraised and judged in comparison to their photographic entry.
The models paraded their looks on stage for each category and guests waited with baited breath as the winners, listed below, were announced.
Colour Harmony – Naoki Monzen – Salon Yazbek
Editorial – Amber O’Donnell – Element Aveda Lifestyle
New Talent – Isobel Austin-Andrews – De Stijl
Digital – Jade Beal – Amicus Hair & Beauty
The festivities continued well into the evening, celebrating Aveda, Colour Harmony and the industry at large with a sense of colour and community as only Aveda knows how. This true salon family toasted to the values, culture and creativity paramount to Aveda – we already can’t wait for next year.
INSTYLE, who were delighted to be a media partner for the event, would like to extend their congratulations to all the nominees and winners.
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