Be inspired by the 2023 Australian Hair Fashion Awards VIC Hairdresser of the Year Collection, created by Benjamin Martin of Salon XVI. Fittingly titled Fabric, the Avant Garde collection pushes the boundaries of hair as an art form.
Experimenting with shape, texture and form to their extremes, the collection defies gravity, recontextualises texture, plays with style and colour and even implements bobby pins as a fabric of hair. Fashion styling that traverses latex, denim and even chains as fashion also explores this notion of fabric, as set against bold makeup details and clashing techniques across each editorial discipline.
This inventive collection was created with photography by Liane Hurvitz, styling by Simone Farrugia and makeup by Janice Wu.
Ben spoke to the power of perseverance on social media, talking about each of his finalist-making entries since 2018 that eventually led him to the win. He advocated for the power of education in these experiences, resilience and creativity as key learnings over the years, leading him to this awards success, as well as his thriving career as a salon and brand owner.
Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!
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