Where else would you want to be but Wild Life’s north Sydney salon on another duly-awaited Open Mic evening? Hairdressing royalty hailing from s.81 Hair, the Murphy Gozzard Hair Community, TONI&GUY and Wild Life itself took to that iconic harbour-side stage, proving just why this education tour is only growing in popularity.
On the first leg of their end of year tour, the evening began well with the salon that started it all – Wild Life. Jayne Wild, Dave McCulloch and Adam Dyer looked right at home on stage (the fact that they were presenting in their very own Milson Point flagship salon also helped), as the team presented three chic and very distinct short cuts. A sharp black pixie cut, auburn take on the bob and ice blonde crop put the always-trending short hair aesthetic in the spotlight.
Next the TONI&GUY Artistic Team, headed by National Creative Director Katy Reeve, as well as team members Nicole Kae and Nathan Cherrington changed it up, with some free-flowing, 70s style long hair looks. Braids, colour, floral embellishments and more defined the dually commercial and catwalk-inspired cuts and styles.
“It was an honour to be asked to be part of The Open Mic night once again,” Katy enthused. “Gary & Jayne are amazing hosts and make you feel completely at home at their Wild Life Hair salon. The vibe backstage amongst all of the artists is really warm and fun and the audience are just as welcoming.”
Third, the team from s.81, led by Marie Unali and featuring Naydene Mehmet and Antoinette Fava took the evening into an even more artistic realm. The looks were influenced by Western Sydney designer Jennyfer Alonzo, who styled the outfits, with her aesthetic particularly inspired by the construction and expansion of Sydney’s western suburbs. This was translated in the clothes and hair as geometric shapes and neon colours.
A hero look came courtesy of Naydene, who utilised a technique Maria learnt in the UK during her time with the F.A.M.E. Team. This was a neon pink double fishtail piece locked in by sewing in around the face to show texture and shape. For her part, Maria’s look was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s latest Parisian runway offering. She presented a pre-done cut and colour that incorporated pastel tones and a more intense violet shade at the ends. This offered an edgier take on the runway’s romantic essence.
“Being invited to The Open Mic, was super exciting,” Maria shared. “To be up with the best teams in Sydney was so humbling. As nervous as we were, we had the best time – especially because it was the first time presenting with my team.”
Lastly, Brett Albury and Shannen Smith took to the stage on behalf of the Murphy Gozzard Hair Community. Brett’s risky look was his own take on the modern mullet, which he styled on one of his personal clients. Speaking about the collaboration he shares with that client, and taking the audience on a bit of a history lesson in his mullet-retrospective seminar, Brett’s presentation was informative in more ways than one. Shannen finished up with a daring figure 8 braid style – an intricate braiding technique that takes a fishtail braid into a cornrow, in a unique and innovative way.
As always, the evening ended with an ‘on the couch’ segment, compered by Gary Latham. Insights, honesty and a healthy dose of humour were the ideal ending to a creative night.
Finishing up their tour in Canberra (November 9th) and Melbourne (November 23rd), this end of year tour is far from the end of the series. If the current trend stands, 2016 will be another big year for Open Mic.
Tickets are still available for the remaining 2015 shows – visit http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/the-open-mic-8376726479?s=42588794 to book tickets or click here to find out more.
For more information visit www.wildlifehair.com/education
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