Laughter, love and LEGENDS – the Most Wanted Awards 2017 were a storming spectacular!
With a new host at the helm – the first EVER female comic to front the ceremony, the acerbic and amazing Katherine Ryan – the night was abuzz from the moment London’s Guildhall doors were flung open at 7pm. Hairdressers from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland flooded the venue’s historic halls, eager to honour the crème de la crème of the industry.
Household names and fresh faces sat side by side as emotional and empowered speeches from awestruck champions echoed throughout the stone chambers. Throughout all the thank you-s and happy tears, what shone through (on stage and off) was a genuine passion for our fabulous industry and the phenomenal people who help make it what it is.
“This is about working your arse off!” said an ecstatic Craig Chapman, named Most Wanted Creative Talent, and Sophia Hilton of Not Another Salon (Best Salon Experience winners for the second year running) added: “Experience is never about stuff, it’s about people and the people that make it happen and I am really proud of what my team is making and creating.”
Heavily pregnant Sophia was the big winner of the night, alongside three-times Creative Talent champion and #MWIT17 Legend Errol Douglas. She managed to scoop four titles across the Most Wanted and It List ceremonies, including Most Wanted Colour Expert. “This is going to send me into early labour!” she quipped, before championing the flourishing colour sector.
“This means an awful lot to me and I think we’re on the turn of something massive for colour,” she told the audience, who just the year before had seen colour-only hairdresser Josh Wood crowned Hair Icon. “We’re no longer shoved in the basement – and stylists are cutting for our colourists – but we have a social responsibility to be truthful about our capabilities when posting images online.”
The final award of the night went to session maestro and hair history maker Sam McKnight, whose epic year began with an exhibition at Somerset House (the first of its kind), and is drawing to a close with the expansion of his own hugely successful styling product line.
“It’s been a really big year for me,” he told the crowd, who had given him a standing ovation as he made his way to the stage. “It was great to see so much of the hairdressing industry get excited about the exhibition and book, and I want to thank you all.”
After the show comes the after-party, and for 2017 we roped in some special guests – the inimitable queer club queens, Sink The Pink. As the cocktails flowed, the music boomed and the dancers strutted their stuff, a chorus of hundreds of hairdressers singing along to ‘We Are Family’ rang out through the building’s crypts. A fitting end to a truly fantastic night.
Check out all the night’s winners here –