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Spotlight on hair trends

May 4, 2005

*Spotlight on hair trends*

A top international judging panel is to determine who our most talented hair stylists are at this year’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards - New Zealand’s foremost hairdressing event.

The most prestigious night in all things hair, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards 2005 will be held at The Edge - Aotea Centre in Auckland on Saturday July 30.

Hosted by the glamorous and talented television journalist Alison Mau and Frontseat presenter and funny-man Oliver Driver, the Awards showcases and celebrates our local hairdressing talent who are setting the trends for future hair fashion, style and colour.

Presented with the formidable task of selecting the winners are Australian salon owners Paul Divitaris and Benni Tognini, and British hairdresser and Saks International Creative Director Andrew Barton.

The judges will be looking for New Zealand hairdressers who quite simply ‘shine’ by demonstrating creative and beautiful hair colour; a superb and attention grabbing cut; inspired hair styling and finish and an overall look of fashion and make up.

There are two stages to the judging process. Entrants send in photographic images of their creations from which the judges select the finalists. The finalists are then judged ‘live’ on the day of the Awards as they work to re-create the colour and style from their original photographic entry.

Returning from last year’s judging panel, is Paul Divitaris, founder of the innovative Biba salons and training academy. With nine salons in Melbourne and one in Glasgow, Paul, a respected veteran in the industry, has been hairdressing for more than 25 years.

An experienced trainer, Paul has a reputation of inspiring young hairdressers who come through his academies. He has worked with both Vidal Sassoon and Alan International in London and his work has been published in many leading hair and fashion magazines – among them, Coiffure, International Hairdressers Journal, Hair and Beauty and Vogue.

Top stylist Benni Tognini, another heavyweight in the Australasian hairdressing industry, is the owner of the renowned Togninis salon in Brisbane and former president of the Fellowship for Australian Hairdressing.

And his notable achievements have not gone unrecognised. Benni has won both Australian Hairdresser of the Year and Australian Educator of the Year three times, as well as the Australian Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year and Australian Senior Hairdresser of the Year.

He has also been admitted to the Australian Hairdressing Hall of Fame and was made an Australian Ambassador for Hairdressing.

Completing the experienced line up of judges is Andrew Barton, Saks International Creative Director and British Hairdresser of the Year nominee 2003 and 2004. Saks is the UK’s leading franchise salon group with 120 salons nationwide.

Andrew is responsible for creating images, seasonal collections and the company’s signature hairdressing techniques.

With a faithful following of clients, including TV and media celebrities, Andrew has regularly appeared on TV as a guest stylist, from morning shows like GMTV to makeover programmes including the hit series Ten Years Younger.

On the catwalk he has worked on fashion shows for Versace, Prada, Calvin Klein and most recently for Central St Martins.


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