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October 14, 2015

Imagination Meets Passion: The Alternative Hair Show 2015

Imagination Meets Passion: The Alternative Hair Show 2015

See all the photos from the event HERE!

London is known for many things—the Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, David Beckham. But here at BTC, London is known for something much more important…The Alternative Hair Show! Every year, this colorful, creative and emotional event continues to inspire and entertain the global audience, and this year was no different.

Attending the 333rd annual show, which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, was BTC’s own Mary Rector-Gable, Dana Schmidtbauer and Quin Gable, who caught all the excitement from the Royal Box, where they watched the show with their friends at TIGI®.

Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme—Aurora—the evening featured hair collections inspired by fashion-led colors in every shade imaginable, from the palest pinks and yellows, through multiple tones of blue and green, to the richest blacks, perfectly linked to the literal meaning of “aurora.” The northern latitudes also proved inspirational with aspects of dawn and dusk, glacial ice patterns and frozen landscapes woven into the themes and styling.

The 2015 Artistic Teams included: Saco; Babicz; Rossa Fanagher; Anne Veck; Class; Mario Krankl; Paul Stafford; Gogen; E Salon; TIGI® Creative Team; Kohsuke; Alan Edwards; Robert Cromeans; Fehringer; KPO; Laszlo Hajas; Dmitry Vinokurov; Carlo Bay and Sanrizz.

The passion of the participating teams and their loyalty to Alternative Hair has always been incredible. Entirely financing their own shows, including travel and hotels, the deep support offered to Tony Rizzo, Alternative Hair Founder, and Alternative Hair is highly commendable. Many of the hairdressing teams participate year after year, working tirelessly to create their six-minute slot in the evening’s program.

“There are no words I can find to thank these wonderful hairdressers,” shares Tony. “Their support and generosity never fails to make me feel both eternally grateful and humble.”

Now a popular part of the evening, the Alternative Hair Visionary Award, sponsored by TIGI®, showcases international emerging talent. The finalists of the three portions: Cut & Colour, Men’s Cuts and Avant-Garde, each showcase one model judged on the day by an esteemed panel of hairdressers and journalists.  The spectacular effort and high quality of the work made the judging extremely difficult.

“Every year the work gets better and better,” says Anthony Mascolo, Alternative Hair President. “The standard was phenomenal. Every single hairdresser not only showed beautiful hair, but the makeup and styling created fantastic overall looks. I don’t know how we actually decided on winners!”

The winners of the 2015 Visionary Awards were; Cut & Colour: Barry McDonagh; Men’s: Walter Armanno and Avant-Garde: Emanuel Esteban.

For the last few years Alternative Hair has also linked with AIPP to present the winners of the AIPP International Awards. Part of this Award ceremony includes a presentation to the chosen Alternative Hair & AIPP Legend. This year the award went to Robert Lobetta, who received his award from his good friends Pat and Anthony Mascolo and Roberto Pissimiglia. Other winners were Philip Bell from Ishoka (UK), Angelo Seminara (UK), Marvin Lin of Flux Reel (Taiwan), Uros Mikic (Australia) and Carol Bruguera (Spain).

As always, the event was ultimately about raising money to support research and education to help find a cure for blood cancers, including Leukemia, with all money from the event going to the Alternative Hair charity, Fighting Leukemia. Each year, a film is played to show the audience the vital work the charity does and what it hopes to achieve.  On stage this year was 6-year-old Blue Tobin, a survivor of Leukemia who encouraged the audience to put money into the collection boxes or to text donations. Who could resist! By the end of the night, the event had raised more than $300,000.