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London Masterclass Wows a Packed Audience

Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:00

London Masterclass returned to Regents Park in London for an evening showcasing sheer excellence within the industry.

The evening was divided into two halves that saw The Masters and Supporting Acts all take to individual podiums allowing for a real up close interaction as the audience walked around.

David Drew and Chancellor Karine Jackson opened the event, as well as compering throughout. It was a real opportunity to gain a further insight into the careers and looks of the talented individuals making up the incredible line up.

The first half introduced the amazing young talent that are making their mark on the industry. 6 individuals were individually welcomed into the room as they took their place on their podium along with their own model.

Nestor Sanchez from the HOB Academy in Camden showcased the latest fashion in his “catwalk feel with a street” edge look using disconnection and a “DIY fringe”. Jonathan Turner from Hooker & Young was working opposite as he demonstrated his real passion – Avante Garde.

Marc Antoni’s Jasmin Giamattei was third to the podiums with her take on what is current at the moment. Working alongside Jasmin George Curran from Errol Douglas who worked freehand on his model to create his 90s street fashion inspired style.

Jamie Benny from Rush worked with braiding to enhance his hair up and he owed his whimsical ethereal texture to Tim Walker. Next to Jamie was Liam Robinson from Michelle Griffin and he demonstrated his expertise in using hair extensions.

David Drew then interviewed Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year Andy Heasman and Tina Farey. Andy and Tina both conveyed their incredible journey with over 40 years’ experience between them. They also spoke about their own personal influences and the philosophy behind being part of Rush. Before their interview concluded the audience were treated to an image from both Andy and Tina that sums up their passion and their inspirations.

The second part of the evening welcomed The Masters as they demonstrated just why they are so influential within the industry.

Unfortunately Darren Ambrose was unable to attend the event at the last minute and we were absolutely delighted when Akin Konizi was able to complete an already incredible array of talent. Four times British Hairdresser of the Year Akin Konizi entered the room to cheers and applause and a huge thank you to him for stepping in. His look saw him pushing the boundaries and conveying the importance of creating a look that looks great wherever it is being shown off.

Second to the room was Joe Sloan from The Feds who worked with the concept of “grown out hairstyles and the idea of the next haircut”. Following Joe was the award winning Cos Sakkas from Toni&Guy and his progression of his winning BHA collectionWorking opposite Cos was Cristiano Bascui, Artistic Director from Richard Ward, who showcased the renowned Chelsea Blowdry which he transformed into an evening hair up style.

The fifth master to the busy room was Johnny Shanahan from Barber Barber UK. He mixed “psychobilly with pompadour” in his barber shop inspired look using both over direction and graduation. Completing the incredible line up was Leonardo Rizzo from Sanrizz Academy with his short haircut that was a representation of their Freedom Collection. Leonardo used finger sculpting which is “a unique innovation of cutting” to create his final look on his model.

After David thanked all those involved, including the sponsors for their ongoing support, the event closed with a quick chance to hear from past President Sean Dawson as Errol Douglas MBE asked him to state why The Fellowship is so important to him, before the models returned for further photo opportunities.

Next up is the Cutting Workshop in Manchester on Monday 16th May.

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Photography by Alphonso Grose

  • London Masterclass Wows a Packed Audience

  • London Masterclass Wows a Packed Audience

  • London Masterclass Wows a Packed Audience


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