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Words by Steven Fernandez.

The Academy Awards are around the corner, but the Oscars of hair are already here. This Friday 22nd February is the grand final of the 2014 L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards, where twenty of New Zealand’s best hair stylists will battle it out for the coveted L’Oreal Colour Trophy.

It’s one of the most anticipated events on the New Zealand hairdressing and fashion calendars. The twenty chosen finalists below are the last remaining from an initial intake of 300 entries. Check out who “made the cut” and some pictures below of their submissions that put them in the running to take the top prize.

In 2014 the L’Oréal Colour Trophy will have a new format, taking inspiration from catwalks around the globe. 

The event represents a collaboration of hair and fashion, combining top hairstylists and New Zealand’s leading fashion talent working together to deliver high-impact fashion shows – topped off with the awards recognising the country’s top hairdressing talent.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy is made up of four major titles which include the prestigious supreme award - NZ Hairdresser of the Year.  To decide the winner of the individual awards, each finalist competes in a live recreation session of his or her chosen style to reveal the section winners.

Judges look for an overall concept that brings together colour, cut, style, make-up, fashion and photography with a focus on the hair and hair colour.

Want to see this recreation live? We’re giving away a double pass for you to attend the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 this Friday 22nd February at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Simply enter your name and email address here and you could be going along with a friend.

For more information, head over to the official Facebook page here.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 Finalists

The Supreme Award – NZ Hairdresser of the Year

  •        Brad Lepper – French Revolver Studio, Auckland
  •        Helen Afu – Rodney Wayne Sylvia Park, Auckland
  •        Jan Waite – Jan Waite Hairdressing, Auckland
  •        Jock Robson – Dharma, Auckland
  •        Michael Beel – Buoy Hairdressing, Wellington
  •        Natasha Dawson – Rodney Wayne Botany, Auckland
  •        Rebecca Brent – Willis York, Wellington
  •        Stefan Van Der Merwe – Rodney Wayne Queensgate, Wellington

The Young Colourist Award

  •        Dawn Thomson – Rodney Wayne, Whangarei
  •        Emily Bryson – Rodney Wayne Cuba Mall, Wellington
  •        Samantha Bell – Jomp Hair Design, Wellington
  •        Valeria Lenskaia – Bettjemans, Auckland

The Men’s Image Award

  •        Guy Roberts – Vada, Auckland
  •        Penelope Davies – Adoux Hair, Tauranga
  •        Sara Carswell – Blaze, Auckland
  •        Tony Elwin – Durham Hair, Auckland

The Salon of the Year Award

  •        Bettjemans, Auckland
  •        Blaze, Auckland
  •        Rodney Wayne Pakuranga, Auckland
  •        Venom, Invercargill

Tina's Top 10 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Ultimate Boyfriend Brownie Points

In case you hadn't noticed, guys, Valentine's Day is tomorrow. Today's your last day to organise a sweet gift for your lady friend! If you haven't already got it sorted, our editor Tina Moore has put together her top ten gift ideas that are guaranteed to win you maximum brownie points.

1. Fashion jewellery. You can't go wrong with anything by kiwi brand Meadowlark - bonus points for hip-ness. A good choice would be the Mini Protea Ring, from $315 depending on your choice of stone and either sterling silver, rose gold or gold. 

2. Chocolate - with a difference! Loving Earth Raw Coconut Nectar Chocolate is essentially uncooked and unprocessed: real chocolate in its purest, richest, most essential form. It contains no cane sugar or dairy, is suitable for vegans... I personally adore the Caramel flavour, and also the Mild Chilli. Ideal gift for the foodie or health conscious babe. 

3. A massage or facial treatment. Bonus points if you actually make the booking so the admin is all done, rather than simply give a gift voucher. Too many times I have been given vouchers and forgotten about them or let them languish past their expiry dates. Book the treatment at a suitable time and your girl will make it work, I promise. Hot tip: go for a luxury spa like So Spa at the Sofitel in Auckland, East Day Spa in Welly, or if you're down south, you can't do better than The Spa at Millbrook.

4. Flowers. This goes without saying. If you do nothing but give her flowers, then you're doing okay. Best delivered to her place of work so that she can show off to her colleagues (secretly, girls love this). Check out Lu Diamond Flowers for creative, pretty bouquets with a difference.

5. Lipstick, or other luxury makeup goodies. Most girls wear makeup, and it does not come cheap, so any gift of makeup will be appreciated. Make sure you get advice on what's hot from the counter staff and pick the right colours. Think about what sort of makeup she wears currently and stick to that colour palette. Don't attempt to buy her foundation! Hot tip: M.A.C's Viva Glam Lipstick or Lipglass is a shade of red that will suit pretty most women.

6. Lingerie. It's a gift for her, and for you! This is advanced level gift-buying however - you'll need to do a quick reccie and find out her bra size (hot tip: you'll find it on the tag on the inside of one of her bras. Not that difficult to find out). There are some gorgeous sets by Stella McCartney at the moment, like this 'Tammy Tickling' set, with cute little bow detail. 

7. Shoes. A woman can never have too many shoes. MAJOR brownie points can be earned here because they are a really personal, thoughtful gift. You can't go wrong with anything by my favourite Kiwi shoe designer Kathryn Wilson.

8. Terrarium. It's apparently such a good gift idea that I bought it for my guy, only to find out that he has also bought me one as well. Great minds think alike, huh... It's the kind of gift you buy your partner if you've been together for a long time and have ticked off all the other ideas above! You have to start getting creative with your gift ideas... We bought ours from Bioattic.

9. Scented candles. What girl does not love a scented candle? They are a beautiful and affordable gift. My pick of the bunch are the Coconut & Elderflower by Ecoya, Candied Vanilla Almond by MOR, and the Manhattan Little Black Dress by Glasshouse.

10. Remix magazine subscription! Of course. Four issues of the very best NZ fashion, beauty, art and culture, delivered to her doorstep each season. Plus if you subscribe before the end of Feb, we'll throw in a bottle of Viva La Juicy perfume for free. Bonus brownie points right there! You're welcome.



Moochi’s latest autumn collection ‘mainline’ is out. We are looking and we are liking!

This season focuses on minimalist pieces with a modern spin on everyday staples, so you can stock up your wardrobe with monochrome easy-to-wear goodies.

Silk fabrics, lace and scalloped trims are paired with leather-paneled knits and masculine separates to give you an edgy look while still staying in touch with your feminine side.

‘mainline’ inspires women to feel confident and classy in Moochi everyday, and is the perfect accompanying range to the store’s high-fashion label COLLECTION.

Check out the campaign shots below and head over to moochi to see the 'mainline' collection and more.

Words by Chelsea Armitage.


10 Days of Fashion in the City: 28 Feb - 9 March

A show stopping 125m-long catwalk down the middle of Queen Street and a launch event at a breathtaking height of 192m have the third annual '10 Days of Fashion in the City', brought to you by Resene, set to be a thrilling festival of fashion celebrations in Auckland's central city.

From 'The Height of Fashion' launch event at The Sugar Club, two days of fashion shows in Britomart, a pop-up NZ Fashion Museum exhibition, free fashion movies, an exclusive outdoor fashion show from Workshop and a George FM-hosted wrap party, Auckland's central city is set to live up to its reputation as the country's premier fashion destination.

A highlight event that's set to rewrite the record books will be New Zealand's Longest Catwalk presented by Schwarzkopf, a 125m-long catwalk show that will take the place of a section of Queen Street's bustling traffic for an afternoon. 40 models will parade 80 in-season outfits styled by Kylie Cooke (NZ's Top Model and X-Factor) from the city's most coveted boutiques and fashion retailers including the likes of Huffer, Coach, Smith & Caughey's, Max, Moochi, Barkers, Glassons and many more. The free catwalk event, hosted by Shannon Ryan, will take place between Shortland Street and Wyndham Street.

Before the Queen Street catwalk takes the spotlight, the '10 Days of Fashion in the City' will kick off in high style with a luncheon in the sky. The exclusive event at The Sugar Club by Peter Gordon at the top of the Sky Tower will see guests meet designers including Trelise Cooper, Adrian Hailwood, Yvonne Bennetti and Kathryn Wilson as well as seeing their designs on show.

The next day sees the return of the Britomart Fashion Sessions, a two-day event featuring six runway shows from 12 New Zealand and international designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections. The shows will take place in Britomart's Atrium on Takutai shopping gallery and will celebrate some of the precinct's favourite labels, including Trelise Cooper, WORLD, Juliette Hogan, Federation and more.

Fashion takes a less traditional form than the usual catwalk shows for 'Hello, We Are The New Zealand Fashion Museum' a free exhibition featuring four unique fashion heritage stories at Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter.

If you just want to sit back, relax and put your feet up, you can catch one of four free fashion themed movies at venues around the city. Valentino: The Last Emperor, The September Issue, Bill Cunningham: New York and Annie Hall will inspire viewers with their different takes on fashion.


How to lunch with NZ's top fashion designers, darling!

Here's your chance to get up close and personal with some of New Zealand's top fashion personalities!

'The Height of Fashion' is the official launch event for Heart of the City's '10 Days of Fashion in the City', and will be held on the 27th February in the luxurious surrounds of Peter Gordon's The Sugar Club at SKYCITY.

Guests will have the unique opportunity to be seated at a table with a designer during the luncheon, and hear the inspiration behind their collections first-hand.

The luncheon will also include a bespoke two-course menu with matched wines designed by Peter Gordon, highlighting his signature fusion cuisine made famous by The Sugar Club.

During lunch, you'll also have the opportunity to preview the latest collections from Bendon, Trelise Cooper, Hailwood, Adrienne Winkelmann, Kathryn Wilson, taylor, Yvonne Bennetti, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Deadly Ponies, and Zambesi.

Tickets are $150 each, although numbers are limited. Bookings can be made by phoning The Sugar Club on 09 363 6365.