Andrew’s Blog: November

Welcome to my new blog in which I will share with you what's happening in the world of hairdressing and beyond.

The past month has been one of mixed emotions. It's been an exciting time with the launch of the new product line. There have been proud moments when two of our younger stylists Nicola Cunningham and Louise Stokoe were involved in creative events and it's been a sad time with the passing of Herbert Howe, a wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

The big story for the company has been the media launch of our new product range CO by Andrew Collinge. CO by Andrew Collinge is a new brand born of a collaboration between myself, Liz, clients and colleagues and with this product range we've used our experience to develop a range of nine styling products that deliver exactly what our clients have asked for. CO by Andrew Collinge is now available in all Andrew Collinge salons and online through our website.

Andrew Collinge Custom Blonde

Louise Stoke, Creative Stylist of the Year
The 2016 winner of the Andrew Collinge Creative Stylist of The Year competition was Louise Stokoe . Louise is a senior stylist at our Chester salon and her prize for winning the competition was a photo shoot at the TIGI BedHead Studio in London. This is a fabulous prize as it gave Louise the opportunity to create a collection of hairstyles working with top models and one of the top photographic teams. Photographer Alex Barron-Hough has worked closely with the Andrew Collinge Creative Team over the past years, producing a series of stunning collections. Louise's collection is no less so and will soon be released for publication....watch this space! Pictured above is a behind the scene shots of Louise on the set with two of her models.

At the end of the month the first round of the 2017 Creative Stylist of The Year Competition will take place, with the qualifying stylists going forward to the final in January. I love this competition as its open to all stylists and Graduate stylists who work in our salons. Good luck to everyone who enters and maybe it will be you who will be producing your own collection next year.

TIGI Inspirational Youth 2016
Nicola Cunningham, a senior stylist from our Castle St salon had the opportunity to enter the TIGI Inspirational Youth competition this year. This involved a week of Bootcamp where Nicola and a team of talented young hairdressers from other salons around the UK were mentored by members of the TIGI Creative Team. It was a fantastic experience as they learnt all about session hairdressing, working on a photographic shoot and putting on a hair show. The final event for them took place this week when they appeared on stage in front of a large audience at London's Cafe de Paris. Nicola and the TIGI Inspirational Youth team of 2016 produced some brilliant work and put on a great show. To complete her time with Inspirational Youth, Nicola was presented with a certificate from Anthony Mascolo, TIGI International Creative Director and Tom Monaghan,President of TIGI.

Masterclass
We recently had one of our regular Masterclasses which we held at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool. It's a great venue to hold such an event and the team there always look after us so well.
The Masterclass is an opportunity for everyone who works in our salons to get together for an evening of inspiration. This time we welcomed Katie Hartley from TIGI who presented Colour Trip, a vibrant new collection of semi permanent colours. She produced some beautiful work showcasing how Colour Trip can be be used in a variety of ways with a varying degrees of results, depending #howfaryouwillgo. Katie is an educator for TIGI and is responsible for delivering education and any new products and trends from TIGI. Katie has a great rapport with the salon teams ensuring they are constantly updating their colour knowledge and skills.

Also at the Masterclass Liz Collinge gave us all an overview of what stood out at the recent Fashion Weeks. The themes ranged from Romantic Victoriana, 80's influences and Tailored Tweeds. On the Catwalks there was a fantastic Autumn palette of colours such as earthy tones, sumptuous berries,spicy hues and oceanic blues.

Following Liz, members of the Creative Team worked on a selection of looks that we believe will be very popular in the salons this season. Jayne Littler and Chris Cain produced beautiful wearable hair styles, featuring long textured fringes and tousled soft layers. Joe Reynolds and Carla Keating then took to the stage working on men's hair, very much concentrating on sharp blended sides balanced by short layers and texture.

To finish the hairdessing section I worked on a look that we presented at the recent Salon North Hairshow that took place in Manchester. The finished style was very much more Avant Guarde than regular salon work but I wanted to show those present how varied hairdressing can be and how far you can push the creative boundaries.

To round off a very successful evening I introduced Stefanie Chew who has joined the company as Social Media manager. Stef took us though the various social media platforms we now have, the impact they are having and how we can communicate what we do to a wider audience. All in all a great night.

Herbert Howe
Earlier this month I attended the Thanksgiving Service at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to celebrate the life of Herbert Howe. It was an incredible occasion and it was a privilege to be there. The tributes were led by the broadcasters and close friends of Hebert's, Pete Price and Lynda McDermott. Both tributes were deeply moving and beautifully delivered as was the wonderful address from Canon Myles Davies. But what said it all about the great man was the packed Cathedral, thousands of whom came to pay their respects to someone who had given so much to the city and to the people of Liverpool and who was greatly loved and will be so greatly missed.

Herbert was a giant within Hairdessing and beyond . His tireless charitable work showed just what a generous and kind person he was. I always loved being in Herbert's company at hairdressing events, he was great fun and it was never a dull moment, sadly the industry is going to be the poorer without him. He was a brilliant hairdresser who was passionate about passing on his skills. I always loved seeing my dad Peter and Herbert together, they had great respect for each other and took great delight in recalling anecdotes and stories from their long and successful careers. My thoughts are with Herbert's family, his employees and his friends at this sad time.

New Royal Liverpool hospital
Liz and I had had a sneak preview of the work in progress of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital which will open towards the end of next year. We were shown around by Kate Mylecreest from the R Charity team.The quality of the build and the fantastic new facilities is going to make it one of the most advanced hospitals the UK. As you can see the view from restaurant terrace on the top floor is breathtaking.

Wirral Life Magazine
Is been a bit of an odd few weeks as I have unwittingly found myself standing next to a display of the November issue of Wirral Life in places such as the supermarket and at the train station. If you get the chance to pick up a copy it's a great read!

Salon of the Year 2016
The winning salon this year was Andrew Collinge Graduates Liverpool. Here's the team led by manager Fiona Byrnes . Well done to you all on a great year!

Andrew Collinge Custom Blonde

V&A You say you want a revolution
Liz and I recently saw the You Say You Want A Revolution exhibition at the V&A in London. If you love music, fashion and seeing you will love this exhibition. It's all about how they both had an influence in a era of significant political change and attitudes during the mid to late 60's. There is a brilliant segment on Vidal Sassoon and how he revolutionised the way hair was cut and how it changed hairdressing forever.

Andrew Collinge Custom Blonde

Talking of exhibitions I'm very much looking forward to seeing the newly opened Sam McNight exhibition at Somerset house. Sam has been at the top of his game for 40 years, a remarkable achievement. During this time his hairdressing and vision has influenced us all, whether it's how we wear our hair or how we style it. Congratulations Sam.

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