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Style Inspiration Heroine Collection by Danny Pato, New Zealand

Heroine is the new collection from six-time-consecutive New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year Danny Pato, photographed by long-time collaborator Mara Sommer.

The creative concept behind the colourful shoot came from iconic heroines from across pop culture - manga, video games, comic books and super hero films.

“Heroine is a celebration and exaggeration of the queen, the goddess and the warrior”, said Pato.

Hair was inspired by bursts of colour powders and by the ink-in-water artwork of Alberto Seveso. A variety of hair textures are celebrated, with theatrical colours expressing the boldness of each character. Classic hair forms are exaggerated – mermaid waves, the flat top, the shag and the bob are given a super-expression.

The collection forms part of Danny’s finalist entry for New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2023 at the “holy grail” awards platform for ANZ, the Australian Hair Industry Creative Awards. Winners will announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on 12 June 2023.

Hair & Art Director: Danny Pato using Davines, assisted by Michael Sisaengrath and the D&M Hair Design team. Photographer: Mara Sommer, assisted by Josh Szeto. Stylists: Danny Pato & Rachel Morton Makeup Artist: Kiekie Stanners, assisted by Miranda Raman and George Copeland Special FX Makeup Artist: Luana Millar Producer: Ryland Wood Post: Olivia Mander Models: Lilly Egan from 62, Crystal Lim from N, Jenna Watermeyer and Sophia Bogiatto from Red11.


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