The first Members’ Night of 2016 was held at Wella Studios in London on Monday 8th February, with compere David Drew taking to the stage to welcome everyone to what promised to be, “an exciting event showcasing some of the talent of the industry”.
First to present was Edward & Co from Halifax, who after a very early start, had prepared their latest collection ‘Apocalypse’. Edgy styles and sleek looks were presented, with one model described as an, “explosion of blonde texture”.
The Art Team from So Hairdressing were next up with bold and strong shapes making up their collection ‘Mod Goth’. The looks were described as, “striking but commercial” with undercuts being prominent.
ClubStar Art Team member, Jack Sanderson, was joined by Amy and Gabbie from The Industry for their presentation of ‘Into the Light’ showcasing disconnection and three dimensional. Project X member, Ludmilla followed The Industry as she returned to Members’ Night, with her latest collection, including a fishtail braided look that was enhanced by beautiful pastel tones.
Next on the stage was David Vault from The Vault Hair & Spa with his three models owing to his collection ‘Tribal Independence’ and female tribal warriors. Long standing member of The Fellowship KJM Salons followed, with looks they described as, “iconic”. They created wearable but fashion forward styles inspired by the legendary and late David Bowie.
David Drew then introduced Special Guest Mark Hayes for an interview that was a real highlight of the evening. Mark has a real admiration and passion for the up and coming artists of the industry so it was rather fitting that he had been asked to come along to the evening. The audience were captivated by his remarks on his 'Sassoon journey' and it was fascinating to hear how his career had started and why he became involved in the industry. Mark spoke fondly of his relationship with Vidal Sassoon, and described him as, “charismatic, humble and polite”, while also conveying what inspires him as Sassoon International Creative Director.
The second half kicked off with G & E McIntyre and his collection ‘Desert Looks’ with its raw and earthy tones styled with tribal elements and twisted rope braiding. It was then an opportunity for Amy Leahy from Ciente in Berkhamstead, and her ‘Bravery’ collection with a grungy feel presented through her use of male models. Following Amy was some of the Team from John Carne and it was Bridget Bardot who inspired the ‘Bardot’ collection with geometric shapes and strong fringes.
Past F.A.M.E. Team member Simon Tuckwell was up next, along with Charlotte Willey, as they showcased three models to the sold out audience. There were asymmetric haircuts and 'muted' colour effects portrayed in their latest collection.
It was a first time on stage at Members’ Night for the London School of Barbering, as David Drew introduced them next, and they presented graduated looks with disconnected finishes with their 'modern men' collection. Benjamin Madle from Headhunters returned to Members’ Night with three very different looks from upcoming collections, including ‘Back to Basics’ and ‘Afro Punk’, before the Rush Junior Art Team closed the evening.
The Rush Team included Ben Russell from ClubStar Art Team 2015 and Ryan Humpage from ClubStar Art Team 2016, and alongside other members, they encompassed all the Rush philosophies with opposing shapes and strong colours. It was a fantastic night with a packed audience, and David Drew took the opportunity to thank everyone for coming and described the event as, “absolutely incredible”.