More than 1,100 beauty and business professionals from around the world descended on Berlin for Wella’s International Trend Vision Awards. Presented on Sunday (November 22), competitors, arrived in town nearly a week before, prepping models for the show. Among the 33 countries participating were Canadian finalists Ilona Garson, of Ottawa’s Jet Black Hair & Studio for ColorVision and Union Salon’s Paige Ingram from Vancouver, B.C. for Young Talent.
Judged on the basis of wearable yet inspiring hair, Young Talent and ColorVision competitors were also evaluated based on their technical skills, creative vision and overall appeal. In addition to bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards in both the Young Talent and ColorVision categories, this year, TrendVision opened the voting to attendees, and those home watching via live webcast, with the People’s Choice Award in both categories.
Although Canadians didn’t walk away with an award, both Ilona and Paige agree that TrendVision is so much more than winning. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see the work here from around the world,” says Paige, “no matter what, I know I’ll be back again next year, you learn so much. For Ilona, it’s been a jammed year that’s not slowing down anytime soon. Along with competing in Berlin, she also experienced the break-neck speed of backstage styling at New York Fashion Week—an experience that she won as a TrendVision finalists—and in early 2016, she and her husband are welcoming their first child, a baby boy!
Hosted by Patrick Cameron, TrendVision was also an opportunity for the brand to celebrate its 135-year anniversary with business partners, salon partners and hairstylists. Following the Awards, Wella’s creative Directors Eugene Souleiman and Josh Wood presented the TrendVision collections for 2016, Spring/Summer (Molten Ecaille) and Autumn/Winter (Bronde Luxe).
Missed out on TrendVision? Consider joining the excitement next year when Wella takes beauty pros to experience the sights and sounds of Barcelona Spain!
Check out the Young Talent and Color Vision winners below!
Platinum, Lithuania: Anastasia Krupovich, Kirpimo Meistrai
Gold, New Zealand: Mikaela Edwards, Runway
Silver, Taiwan: Zoe Huang, Zoom Hairstyling
Bronze, Finland: Sonya Rättö, Prof Tampere
Platinum, United Kingdom: Craig Clark, Hob Salons
Gold, Thailand: Patcharee Apirom, Moga
Silver, China: Guiping Zhang, Tiffany
Bronze, Taiwan: James Fang, Headline
People’s Choice Award
ColorVision, Romania: Alina Iulia Calin
Young Talent, Italy: Carlo Abbatematteo, Parrucchieri