The New London Theatre played host to Rush Hair’s annual fundraising event Rush Live, which raised almost £11,000 for GOSH. Rush team members from all 62 salons along with invited guests gathered to watch the Rush Artistic and Session Teams present their latest collections to raise awareness for Great Ormand Street Hospital.
The night began with a film highlighting the fantastic work GOSH does and how the £120,000 Rush have raised over the past six years has helped the children and their families that receive care from Great Ormand Street Hospital.
Rush Founders Andy Phouli and Stell Andrew took to the stage welcoming the audience to Rush Live and explained how important the work that GOSH does is and how crucial it is for Rush to support such a great cause.
International Artistic Director Andy Heasman then took to the stage with International Colour Director, Chris Williams as they presented their models whose looks were inspired by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds. Andy and Chris explained to the audience how the looks were created to reflect texture and static movement of a birds feathers and markings.
Andy then introduced the members of the colour workshop and education team lead by Rush Advanced Academy Manager, Paolo Pinto who was joined on the stage by Ben Russell, MJ, Dale Herne, Chris Williams, Simon Pinto, Rebecca Counsel, Alex Hardy and Ryan Andrews to showcase their looks from The Birds collection.
International Colour Director, Chris Williams was then welcomed back to introduce a video that was shot for the L’Oreal Colour Trophy with Currator, Ryan Lanji.
Next up was the winners of a cutting competition launched by International Artistic Director, Andy Heasman who worked with a talented selection of the young up and coming Rush stylists who entered the competition and the winners were announced as Jessica Quarmby from Rush Reigate and Ashley Haynes from Rush Canterbury.
Andy then welcomed two times winner and current Southern Hairdresser of the Year and British Hairdressing Awards finalist Seung-Ki Baek on to the stage along with stylists Yonick Filopolous and Cameron Bryne to talk the audience through how they created the internal shattering effect through cutting and colouring techniques.
The last team to take to the stage was the Rush Session Team lead by Tina Farey. She was joined on stage by Newcomer of the Year finalist Jamie Benny, Isabella Hyde and James Oxley to showcase the bird like styles they created working with textures, braids and feathers to create dramatic avant garde styles.
After a final presentation of the Session Team’s models the whole team took to the stage for a much deserved standing ovation.