The Tribute Show was the show to be at in London’s West End on Sunday night. Held at the Novello Theatre, the nightly home of the hit musical Mamma Mia!, the stage rocked instead with pure hairdressing genius; the music courtesy of the house DJ on-set, and the stage deconstructed to provide a gimmick-free, minimalist space that left everything to the imagination.
An audience of more than 800 British and international hairdressers were mesmerized for the 3rd edition of the Tribute show in the capital of cool. Nicky Pope, publisher of Tribute Magazine said,
This is a show that is all about unadulterated, pure hairdressing genius from world-class artists.
The inimitable Robert Lobetta opened the show with poetry dedicated to the ethos of the Tribute show concept, and the audience knew they were in for an inspirational night.
Brooks & Brooks
Basing their show on the rise of hair tutorials on social media, the team from Brooks & Brooks took their favourite look from ‘cutegirlshairstyles.com’ and gave it a technical twist. Creating a four-hand, five-strand braid, the team created plaits with added detail inspired by a fashion designers clothing brief.
The glamour of Paris set the scene for Jean Luc Minetti’s show. Evoking the signature style of Alexandre de Paris, Jean-Luc’s erstwhile friend and colleague, here the beautiful hair artistry spoke for itself. “Very chic, very elegant and very French” were the modern chignons Jean-Luc created, using classic techniques and taking them to the next level.
As ever, the hair legend that is Tim Hartley inspired and entertained with his short, sharp cutting techniques and fabulous stage presence. With his mantra being to “work with love, grace and passion”, Tim entertained and wowed the crowd in equal measure describing his cutting creations as “chic, with a dash of vulgarity.”
Ending the evening in a dramatic style, Robert Lobetta lived up to his creative genius status with an incredible stage set to kick off his ‘deconstruction and reconstruction’ show. Joined by Skyler McDonald, Emily Cheyne and Phyllis Cohen (inventor of face-lace.com), the team deconstructed the Avant Garde hair of their model to reveal an intricate braided design, and proceeded to reconstruct an entirely different look with hair pieces and body paint. The reaction of the audience truly showed how excited they were to have the legendary hairstylist back on stage.
In between the incredible inspiration and beautiful work created on stage, Trevor Sorbie was celebrated for his amazing 50 years in the industry, and presented with an award by Tribu-te’s founder Mike Vincent. With those he’s worked alongside past and present, it was clear the affect Trevor has had on everyone he has mentored. As well as beautiful tributes from industry icons including Eugene Soulieman, Antoinette Beenders and Angelo Seminara, Vivienne McKinder flew in from New York especially to surprise her mentor. Trevor said
Everyone I have helped is now successful hairdressers in their own right. I am so proud and you have taken my breath away.