On Monday the 20th of March, The Fellowship hosted not one, not two, not three, but four wonderful events for their member’s and teams in London!
The F.A.M.E. Team’s week began with a day spent with Jayson Gray at Wella World Studios. Whilst working on three models and creating kooky and unique looks inspired by ‘misfits’ and 90’s grunge, he spoke to the team about being yourself, forgetting the rules and taught them the philosophy of creating your own universe. Jayson was joined by Sarah Chesnais, who worked alongside him on the models, chatting to the team about her career journey and how she loves working with Jayson as he encourages her to break the rules. In the afternoon, the team worked together in pairs to learn the importance of collaborating.
Jayson is currently building his very own brand, Karbon Kyd, an extension of his personality and alter ego which fascinated the team.
It’s been on my bucket list to work with The F.A.M.E. Team, says Jayson, Our day was all about having fun and thinking outside the box. Education is not black and white – think drama and musical theatre and translate that into hair!
Over at the Alan D Academy, The Project X Team embarked on their third mentor day. This time, it was a day with Richard Phillipart, getting an insight into the wonderful world of session styling. They kicked off the day by presenting their individual mood boards on their favourite session stylist, explaining why they chose them and how they influence their own work.
Richard then presented his own work, talking the team through his personal journey and giving them an insight into his thought processes when creating his looks. He finished the morning session by bringing his techniques to life on a model, showing the team a range of core skills that would benefit them in their own session work, as well as how to translate these into the salon. Richard’s energy was infectious and by the afternoon, the team couldn’t wait to begin practicing.
Richard worked the room, guiding and feeding back to the team as well as chatting to them all about his career and giving them advice on how to shoot on a budget such as sourcing your own models and shooting images in the salon. Mentor Kai Wan says,
Richard Phillipart is the perfect candidate to teach the team about session styling. He’s worked with Sam McKnight and with the team having recently visited the Sam McKnight exhibition, it was very timely! They absolutely loved it and came away inspired.
The excitement didn’t end there, as The Colour Project Team was also working hard across town at Jack Eames’s photography studio creating their very first collection. Photographing the collection was Jack Eames, Bernard Connolly was on styling and the team were directed by their mentor Chris Williams. The focus was of course colour! They worked all the latest trends into their images, coming together and learning what it really means to work together as a team.
The shoot went so well, says Chris, Everyone should all be really proud of what they have created. It was great to see them all working together and becoming a team!
The biggest event to round this busy, Fellowship-filled day off was the London Masterclass at the Opal Bar. Drawing from an abundance of The Fellowship’s finest performers, the place was alive and abuzz. The stellar line-up represented the diversity and difference of The Fellowship today; Jamie Stevens, Ashleigh Hodges, Dan Spiller for Marc Antoni, Johnny Shanahan for BarberBarber UK, Chris Foster for Foss Academy, Junior Green, Rick Roberts, Jake Ungar for HOB, Errol Douglas MBE, Oon Ng for Sassoon Academy, Sam Burnett for Hare and Bone, Jamie Benny for Rush and of course, special guest Cos Sakkas for Toni&Guy. Not to mention the fantastic hosts, Karine Jackson and Mark Creed to complete the Fellowship feast!
The venue had an informal club feel, leading to a cool and vibrant atmosphere where hairdressing’s art form was enjoyed by the audience whilst they networked, socialized and connected with one another. The creative pods were crowded by admirers who got close to the action and a huge central screen ensured that everyone had a close-up view of the Fellowship masters at work!
This Masterclass was all about trying something different, says host and Fellowship Chancellor Karine Jackson, We went for a club atmosphere and wanted to keep things busy, loud and exciting. All areas of hairdressing were covered; from men’s candy floss hair, session looks, afro hair to avant-garde.
Ashleigh Hodges says,
The Fellowship London Masterclass is such a huge event in our calendar and I was honoured to be asked to present. It was an incredible evening and the atmosphere was electric. I loved how everyone could get so close to the action!
Project X photography: Alice North.
London Masterclass photography: Alphonso Grose.