Night three was by far my favorite night as I expected! It was the night where several salons would put on their own hair show productions with their own theme and choreography. And it was also the night of the first ever Colorado Hairstyling Awards, which I was so psyched for! However, after starting late for the first two nights and seeing a lot of disorganization during the week, I was very curious to see how the whole event would end. And in that regard, I was pretty immediately disappointed. I’d paid sixty some dollars for a front row ticket and after arriving about ten minutes before the show was supposed to start, I ended up having to wait another hour and a half until we were even allowed to get in line to claim our seats. And even after paying sixty some dollars for a VIP ticket reserving my front row seat, I still had to wait in line with all of the general admission ticket holders for twenty minutes to get to my seat. Finally around midnight, I was able to sit down and watch the party get started. Honestly, I was already tired from a long week and a little annoyed at the long wait, but I knew we were in for a good show.
First, the Hairstyling Awards got under way. What I was shocked about was the judges weren’t in attendance. Apparently the high profile judges who’s names had been splashed on all of the adverts for the show were simply shown photos of each hairdresser’s work and were given the task of voting for winners in each category. I was a little disappointed that none of the publications or celebrity hairdressers were actually in attendance, though I also know there was a small budget for the whole production. You have to do what you can do! Besides that factor and some incredibly not funny remarks by our emcee Charlie Price about the models all having bulimia, everything seemed to run smoothly.
The best part about the show were the five salons whom I just loved. Everything about these five presentations was amazing… the choreography, the styling, the creativity, the way the models worked it. Let me take you through my faves first:
J Audrey. I immediately loved this production and it got better as each model took the runway. The idea was a modern interpretation on the 20′s flappers and it was incredibly unique and refreshingly innovative. I love how instead of using props, the model’s hair and the hair from extensions were used to create the signature flapper feathers. J Audrey Salon should be very proud of the work they produced.
Three Cutters. The most interesting production of the night, this salon’s models took the runway and everyone sat in silence and awe. Men wearing exaggerated mustaches, pompadour hairstyles and dressed as puppeteers strolled down the runway while women made up like dolls followed behind. Each group that came out had different choreography that was timed perfectly and was infinitely creative. I especially loved that the theme wasn’t based on a particular decade or current trend… it was completely out of left field and was executed perfectly.
Antoine Du Chez. This salon took the prize for my favorite of the whole night. With a subtle 50′s theme and models carrying out choreography to the song “Rockin’ Robin”, I was very impressed that every little detail was perfect. I loved the intricate updos which each incorporated a bird or birdcage and were simply exaggerated styles you’d truly see women wear in the 50′s, the snapping of the model’s fingers as they worked it on the runway and the pastel colors of the clothing which took the same shape as a traditional 50′s skirt. I couldn’t find one thing to complain about.. this whole performance was simply stunning.
The Look. I really liked this salon’s presentation because it was youthful, whimsical and feminine and the whole theme was executed well. It didn’t “Wow!” me like some of the other salons, but I liked that it was different and fun and a bit quirky. They used butterflies as accessories in the hair, styled one of the model’s hair into a butterfly in the back, used a lot of braids, twists and crimping and dressed the girls in flowing pastels.
Ted’s Hair Salon. I loooooved this salon’s performance. They took the best of grunge and girly and perfectly combined the two to almost create a new genre. Using all white with lots of straps, lace, pops of dark purple and leather, I thought this salon created something that was fashion forward and completely inspiring. When I come to a hair show, this is exactly what I’m looking for and I was so pleased to see Ted’s pull this off. So truly gorgeous!
And some of the other ones that I wasn’t so into… I won’t name them by name, but the reason I wasn’t into them were for very basic reasons. One salon had each model wearing skullcaps and some really interesting pieces on their “bald” heads, which was quite creative. However, the skullcaps weren’t smoothed out and each model had to hold her piece because it wasn’t attached to their heads. I didn’t quite understand how that was any different than putting a hat on a girl and sending her down a runway? Another salon went 80′s crazy, which I think it quite outdated. And not only that, but they took the worst of the 80′s with Flock of Seagulls looking hair in bright shades of blue and purple on each model. It seemed amateur and boring to me. Other problems were mostly technical.. I saw models for another salon wearing visible pincurl clips in the hair. That can be pretty cool if you are using it within the style to create pin art, but these were just to hold the curls up, so I thought it looked a bit sloppy.
For the most part, I had such a blast at Denver Fashion Weekend. At its’ best, the whole weekend allowed me a lot of dancing, some great connections with new people, a bit of inspiration as a hairdresser and a lot of knowledge about the fashion and beauty scene in Denver. At its’ worst, I spent way too much on overpriced drinks, waited in line a bit too much and honestly probably wasted money by purchasing a front row ticket given that the celeb hairdressers and infamous beauty publications who were name dropped but were nowhere to be seen. I will definitely try it out again next year, but hoping for a bit more organization and maybe some added perks for those who purchase VIP tickets! Thanks 303 Magazine for the weekend and here’s to next year!