The Fellowship Stage opened on Saturday 15th October as another fabulous line-up of top industry talent took to the infamous platform.
President Bruno Marc welcomed the audience to what promised to be a fabulous and action packed weekend before introducing Jamie Benny, Melissa Timperley, Rosie Binns and Zoe Williams who make up the F.A.M.E. Team 2016. Their show was a fantastic concept and the crowds gathered to watch a model transformed live on stage with a catwalk show carefully choreographed to ensure the wow factor.
The Alan d Graduate Team followed The F.A.M.E. Team, as Edward Hemmings introduced Academy Principal Kevin Day and ten of their best students to demonstrate their fantastic skills that they have developed over the last year.
Next to the stage was ‘The Feds’ with their structured looks that demonstrated tapered finishes and layering techniques, before there was a chance to hear from Jamie, Melissa, Rosie and Zoe about their year in the F.A.M.E. Team and how they came up with their show concept.
The Marc Antoni Artistic Team followed with their models. They showcased their latest collection, Aurora, with beautiful clean lines all complimented by vibrant colour placements.
Andreas Stavrou then introduced the HOB Creative Team and their graduated looks, with bevelling simple geometric shapes. Following HOB was Jayne Wild from ghd Australia and she was joined by Ali Holmes and Dave McColluoch as they shared their latest collection of Cuts and Do’s focusing on head hugging shapes that are flattering to the face.
Rush took inspiration from their ‘Sports Luxe’ collection for their show, and on stage were four artists including Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year Andy Heasman and Editorial Director Tina Farey.
Renowned industry extraordinaire, Patrick Cameron was next to the stage as he shared his secrets on how to get the most out of long hair, before the Alan d Graduate Team returned with their fashion looks from ten of their best students.
The F.A.M.E. Team 2016 returned to close Saturdays line-up with a showcase of their earlier looks, and President Bruno Marc followed them on stage to thank all those involved for making Saturday’s show “absolutely fantastic!”
On Sunday 11th October Bruno Marc welcomed everyone to The Fellowship Stage as first up for the day was the Men’s Hair section with Dan Bryant from Marc Antoni; 5ive from Hype Coiffure and Ben Brown from Ben Brown Hair. The three industry experts demonstrated a model each and techniques included skin fading and Afro styling.
The Feds returned after a fantastic showcase the previous day as they demonstrated three styles on stage, including an asymmetric style and a braided look inspired by Sean Paul; before The F.A.M.E. Team 2016 returned with their show stopping stage presence that continued to gather the crowds.
It was Rick Roberts who took to the stage for the Long Hair section, and he was joined by his Creative Team as he presented looks from their Ascension collection. Following this was Brooks & Brooks with their four models demonstrating a representation of the elements, including wind and snow.
The Cut & Colour section welcomed five industry experts, as Hayley Welling from Ciente; Siobhan Golden from Toni&Guy; Chris Williams from Rush; Sam Millard from Peter Prosser and Sean Nolan from HOB were all welcomed to the stage. Looks included futuristic feels and androgynous styles, before the Marc Antoni Artistic Team followed with a showcase of their stunning collection, Aurora.
Guy Kremer then followed as models were transformed on stage from catwalk to demonstration, before Skyler McDonald from SeanHanna took to the stage to compere for her creative team with their stunning colour work.
Chris Foster was the industry expert for the Afro section as he presented his collection Street Squadron, which he has recently been touring Canada and North America with. Rush then returned, after a brilliant slot the previous day, and Andy Heasman and Tina Farey were joined by International Colour Director, Chris Williams with their athletic inspired styles.
Next on stage was Richard Phillipart on behalf of BaByliss PRO as he highlighted how to recreate and adapt looks for the salon demonstrating his preferred tools for the finished looks.
HOB Creative Team started with a catwalk before they showcased looks that included graduated cuts and rich cinnamon colours. The B.O.M.B. Squad followed for the second Men’s Hair section of the day with their collection Machine Head, which demonstrated how to push the boundaries in barbering.
D&J Ambrose had a retro vibe with their models as they presented strong shapes inspired by 90’s Brit Pop that had led to their collection, Activist.
President Bruno Marc then welcomed one of our International guests Mizi China, who filled the audience with both their own supporters and Salon International visitors. On stage was their own translator who was able to provide further information on the commercial looks the team were demonstrating.
The third and final section of the day for Men’s Hair was with Medusa Hairdressing who had made their way down from Scotland for the show. Ross, Colin and Erik from Medusa drew inspiration from “the mod” in their Modernist collection which showcases the 1960s right through until the present day.
The F.A.M.E. Team Australia was welcomed on stage with their Wabi Sabi collection, inspired by their mutual love of Japanese designers and their emergence into 1980’s fashion.
Next on the stage was The Chapel for Redken who, after a short video, conveyed their advanced colouring techniques while also complimenting them with classic cutting styles.
Mahogany were next on The Fellowship stage to present their latest collection Kooky Waifs which draws inspiration from Gustav Klimt and Alphonso Mucha, which uses gradient shades seen in butterscotch and champagne to damson and vintage cyan.
TH1 Hair were fresh from London Fashion Week and Thomas Hills was joined by three Art Team members as they presented five models with strong shapes and bold colours, before Shane Bennett showcased his collection Dark Romanticism with soft iridescent colours on behalf of Goldwell.
The F.A.M.E. Team 2016 returned with their incredible show that was inspired by their two stunning collections, and then it was a real treat for The Fellowship Stage as some of the Sassoon Team provided an insight into this latest collection for these renowned industry experts.
Monday promised another great line up and President Bruno Marc welcomed everyone to this concluding day.
After an incredible six months since being awarded the Step Up & Shine Scholarship, Evangeline took to the stage with mentor Debbie G to give an insight into her experience so far, as well as presenting a finished look on stage.
The F.A.M.E. Team 2016 returned with their incredible show, before they took their seats in the audience to support those taking to the stage in the hope of being chosen as the F.A.M.E. Team 2017 final four. Each individual had 20 minutes to present their long hair-up model with Karine Jackson providing the organisation for this section and judging from Andreas Stavrou, Ashleigh Hodges, Bruno Marc, David Mannah, Debbie G, Errol Douglas MBE, Jayne Wild, Johanna Cree Brown and Michelle Griffin.
Following this exciting first half of The F.A.M.E. Team Finals was Michelle Griffin with her latest collection, Backstage - looks influenced by musicians and rock stars.
The Project X Team were joined on stage by Project Leader Ashleigh Hodges as they took inspiration from their collection Elements with the first half of The Project X Team demonstrating cutting and the second half demonstrating styling.
Next to the stage were Nicole Baxter and Catie Hansen as they represented Tracey Devine Smith with their consumer friendly looks that had a commercial but edgy feel. Following Nicole and Catie were the Wella Professional Generation Now team who were joined by Jason Gray as they demonstrated their ideas for Spring/Summer 2017 including colour contouring.
The Marc Antoni Artistic Team demonstrated a model each before a final catwalk showcased their stunning collection Aurora, while Headmasters followed with the team showcasing an array of techniques with beautiful colour interpretations.
For Matrix was Desmond Murray as he demonstrated beautiful long editorial hair, while The ClubStar Art Team 2016 followed with their editorial and cut demonstrations inspired by Japanese street fashion.
Katie Mulcahy was on stage next on behalf of RUSK as she created a gorgeous guide to seasonal trends, as well as sharing advice and techniques for beautiful colour looks.
The F.A.M.E. Team 2016 returned with their final show of Salon International before Robert Masciave from Metropolis Hairdressing was introduced to the audience for the Long Hair section with two incredible looks. One look even included the hair dress that he has been working on all year and included 150m of hair and took over 500 hours of work.
Tom O’Brien from Baroque presented three models, including a demonstration on how he worked with cable ties and lace to create his futuristic look.
The Wella Professional Generation Now team returned for their afternoon slot as they once again highlighted their ideas for Spring/Summer 2017, but with a more edgy style and finish. Following them was the Peter Prosser Artistic Team with their Apocolpo collection that had a real futuristic feel and is inspired by the rebirth after an apocalypse.
The eight F.A.M.E. Team 2017 finalists each returned to the stage with their cut model with individual styling to compliment their looks in a two minute presentation. Following this the models were grouped together on stage for the judges to be able to closely look at the cutting and styling methods, as well as an opportunity for the audience to take photos of these beautiful looks. Judges for this round were Andreas Stavrou, Ashleigh Hodges, Bruno Marc, Debbie G, Errol Douglas MBE, Jamie Stevens, Jayne Wild, Johanna Cree Brown, Michelle Griffin and Tracey Devine Smith.
After an action packed three days it was then time for President Bruno Marc to close the stage and thank everyone who has made this such a fantastic show.
Photography by Andrew H Williams