Celebrating its 30th anniversary, one of the most entertaining hair shows in the world took place last weekend in London. Started in 1983 by Tony Rizzo, the show raises money to benefit leukaemia sufferers and their families and had 5,500 people in attendance this year. This year’s total of £193,000 (about $307,000 CAD) brings the total raised throughout the 30 years to £9 million ($14.2 million CAD).
The night included a special tribute to the organization’s Worldwide Honorary Patron, the late Vidal Sassoon, which also involved his children, Eden and Elan. They were joined by some of the world’s greatest hairdressing legends and supporters of AH, including John Freida, Trevor Sorbie, Mark Hayes, Anthony and Pat Mascolo, Robert and Kay Lobetta and Klaus Peter Ochs.
The evening’s first segment, the International Visionary Award, featured 22 up-and-coming industry stylists, including Canadian Lina Shamoun. First place was awarded to Ireland’s Michelle McDermott.
A record 20 creative teams from around the world—including the UK, Ireland, Austria, Russia, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Spain—then presented their work, each interpreting the night’s “Legends” theme.