From vivid orange hues, to deep purples, vibrant pinks, daring greens and looks that combined them all, Mark Leeson’s audacious attitude to colour paid off, with a British Hairdresser of the Year win at the British Hair Awards.

“My fourth British Hairdresser of the Year nominee collection, Spotlight, marks my 30 year anniversary in the hairdressing industry,” said Mark. “I wanted to demonstrate my love of colour plus my ability to create extremely versatile hairdressing. Spotlight pushes creative boundaries and enforces my passion to always fuse incredible colour with every cut.”

Diversity was the key feature of the collection, with vivid, clashing hues adorning long, wispy styles or contemporary short cuts, ensuring each look was another hero image. It’s no surprise that legendary photographer Andrew O’Toole was behind the lens.

“Intricacy, great use of light and shade and perfect colour placement give the ultimate deliverance of a spectacular kaleidoscope in this couture collaboration,” Mark explained. “Spotlight fuses elements of the catwalk with editorial styling, and aims to result in an ultra-glam, super cool, progressive and diverse collection.”

Well done Mark, and, as always, thanks for the inspo!


Hair by Mark Leeson from Mark Leeson Mansfield & Chesterfield
Photographer: Andrew O’Toole
Make-up: Claire Read & Denise Rabor
Styling: Bernard Connolly