With flags waving and crowds cheering, Global Zoom landed in Toronto at the Enercare Centre on September 30, 2018.
The event began with the always-exciting live competition, with 79 finalists from 33 countries around the world competing in the Partner, Creative and New Talent Colorist categories for the top prize—a chance to join the Color Zoom ’20 creative team.
Representing Canada were Taylor Brockerville from Hair Factory in St. John’s, Nfld., Connor Lange from Bob + Paige in Toronto and Vu Nguyen from Lure Salon in Vancouver, as well as Michelle Pargee who was the mentor for Team Canada.
Competitors were required to recreate their photos—inspired by Goldwell’s Elemental collection—live! A panel of eight esteemed judges—including Salon Magazine’s publisher, Laura Dunphy—critiqued the work based on fashion interpretation, technical execution (colour, cut, texture and styling) and total look.
Also, throughout the day the Goldwell and KMS academy teams presented on stage—providing sneak peeks of the 2019 Color Zoom collection, and debuting Goldwell’s latest innovation, @Pure Pigments.
Before the big show, Oribe hosted a cocktail party with its president, Daniel Kaner, in celebration of the brand’s 10th anniversary.
The Global Zoom gala show kicked off with high-energy music and choreography, including an aerialist.
Hosted by John Moroney, VP and global creative director for Kao Salon Division, Goldwell and KMS, the show handed out various prestigious awards, including to the 2018 Color Zoom Hall of Fame inductees, which included Rodica Hristu, Goldwell global master for Canada.
The night also featured special guests, including Kao Corporation executives along with former Fashion Television host, Jeanne Beker.
Then, it was time for the grand reveal of the ColorZoom ’19 collection, Remix, which was created by the Color Zoom ’19 creative team. Remix reinvents classic styles with vibrant colour and bold cuts for a pop-art inspired look.
To close out the night—the moment everyone was waiting for—the winners were announced! A big congratulations to the Netherlands who, for the first time in Global Zoom history, swept gold in all three categories!
The next stop for Global Zoom? Vienna in 2019!
Lieke Nijenkamp, Netherlands
Roos Topley, Netherlands
Nushka Barbosa, Netherlands