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:: Spotlight :: American Crew Face Off 2009/2010 winners

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Australia’s leading stylists celebrated (and were celebrated!) at the prestigious 2009/2010 American Crew Face Off winners’ announcement at Tonic Bar, Crown Promenade on Monday, February 15. The Awards, now in their sixth year, were presented by Men’s Division Director, Richard Briggs, to an intimate crowd including some of Australia’s top beauty and fashion identities.

Introduced to help promote the exceptional male grooming talent of salons and stylists in Australia, the Face Off program in 2010 saw over 700 Face Off entrants submit creative styles in black and white photography for the chance to win incredible money-can’t–buy career development opportunities.

Overseen by American Crew founder, David Raccuglia, an extensive judging process beginning mid-2009 saw entries gradually narrowed to twenty finalists and three overall winners.

This year’s 2009/2010 Face Off winners are Damien Rinaldo (Hair Machine, SA), Ray Barry (Y Salon, VIC) and Stavros Tavrou (Rakis, VIC) who created what many say are the most innovative and stylish looks to date.

All three winners receive an amazing trip to Los Angeles in May to take part in their very own American Crew photo shoot with Raccuglia, staying at the exclusive and hip celebrity haunt, Chateau Marmont. In addition, winners will also style shoots for GQ and Culture magazine as well being featured in the 2009/2010 American Crew FACE OFF magazine.

The People’s Choice Award was awarded to Danielle Solier (Xiang Hair, VIC) who took home a $2,000 Arthur Galan AG wardrobe. Josh Goudsward styled by Andrew Zumbo (BIBA Academy) was the Model Winner, awarded for his boyish good looks and the winner of a two year modelling contract with The Men’s Division.

Once again, the 2009/2010 American Crew Face Off Winners highlighted the outstanding world-class talents and growth of Australian stylists in the men’s grooming industry.

winning hairstyle by Stavros Tavrou
winning hairstyle by Ray Barry
winning hairstyle by Damien Rinaldo
Jo Constable & Mimi Galan Amy Bowen & Stephanie Zrim
Modelling consultant Greg Tyshing (left) and friends
Eric Marziano of Raw Element (centre) and friends
Stephanie Zrim (second from right) and friends