The L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2019 came to a glittering close last night (June 3), in a spectacular evening that saw the ultimate colour accolade awarded to Sinead Kelly London for the second time.
The team’s sienna bob bowled over the judges, in a closely fought contest that saw a rainbow of colours competing for the crown. The beautiful blend of warm ochre tones, coupled with cohesive styling and make-up, eventually won over Adam Reed, Siobhan Jones, Paul Dennison and the rest of the judging panel.
London salons triumphed again in the Men’s Image Award, with Trevor Sorbie Covent Garden taking the 2019 title, and the Northern Irish contingent went wild as Andrew Mulvenna’s Christopher Main scooped the Judges’ Favourite accolade in the STAR Award category with his smouldering wavy-bob.
The Afro Look title went to Adem Oygur from London’s Errol Douglas Salon, who created a long, beautifully defined head of curls kissed with colour.
TV and radio star Mark Wright hosted proceedings, commanding the stage with a gentle Essex-flavoured banter that had the 1,000-strong crowd firmly on his side.
The combined show segment saw Tim Hartley, Luke Pluckrose and the Saks Art Team, and Trevor Sorbie’s Johanna Cree Brown creating individual presentations under the umbrella theme of ‘Kaleidoscopic Colour’.
First, in a section titled ‘Multicolour Infinity’, Tim Hartley and his team sent looks inspired by early Nineties trip-hop and monster club the Hacienda down the circular catwalk. Inclusivity was a major theme, with elements of Grace Jones’s powerful iconography and queer flair combining with bold colours and sharp technical cuts.
The show-stopping moment came when a model sporting an ombre afro slinked down the runway, before performing a reveal straight from the ballrooms of New York City. Wig in hand, she stomped the remainder of the stage with her neon-orange hi-top fade on show, before dancing and swirling the hairpiece above her head in exuberance.
Next, Luke Pluckrose and the Saks Art Team smashed up the kaleidoscopic concept with a section dubbed ‘Geometric Reflections’. Looks were split into three distinct themes, inspired by refraction, the chromatic finish of a mirror, and the interplay of light on glass respectively.
Wigs crafted entirely from iridescent chandelier beads and chrome-dipped hair pins drew grasps from the audience as they glittered down the catwalk, before geometric styles crafted using 3D printed frameworks earned a standing ovation when the lights dimmed and they lit up from within.
In the final show slot, Trevor Sorbie’s Johanna Cree Brown dazzled with ‘Prisms of Light’, a study of how light interplays with the textures and natural movement of hair. Neon threads popped under UV lighting on sculptural afro styles, before a breathtakingly long wig crafted from iridescent strands was whipped into a shimmering cyclone by stage-side fans.
The show closed with fibre-optic filaments, woven into futuristic braids and sky-high ponytails, which glowed as they completed a lap of the arena.
Full results of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy 2019
L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award
Sinead Kelly London
L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award – 2nd Place
Linton & Mac, Aberdeen
L’Oréal Colour Trophy – 3rd Place
The Colour Room, Stockport
L’Oréal Men’s Image Award
Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
L’Oréal Men’s Image Award – Runner Up
Mr Face, Brighton
Afro Look Award
Errol Douglas Salon, London
The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award – Judges’ Favourite
Christopher Main from Andrew Mulvenna, Belfast
Northern Ireland – Peter Mark Hair, Belfast
Scotland – Linton & Mac, Aberdeen
North East – Satchi Salons, Sunderland
North West – The Colour Room, Stockport
Western – Nashwhite, Warwick
Eastern – FX Hair Studio, Leigh on Sea
Southern – Headmasters, Brighton
London – Sinead Kelly London