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Danny Pato: Tori

New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2019 (his third time win) Danny Pato made a bold connection between exotic Japanese design and hairdressing in this mash-up modern collection. It impressed the judges clearly, and we admit to being intrigued by the way Danny has blended traditional bird drawings into his hair pictures – a trompe-d’oeilperhaps as we try to figure where the real and the imaginary begin and end. Clever stuff. “I wanted to pay tribute to the significant influence Japan continues to have in the world of design,” he says, “while creating a powerful, emotive connection between the heroine and the illustrated birds.


Art Director/Fashion Design/Hair: Danny Pato using Davines and GHD. Stylist: Rachel Morton. Make-up Artist: Kiekie Stanners. Photographer: Mara Sommer. Illustrator: Kelly Thompson.  Models: Lydia, Heidi and Amanda from Red 11, Dani Hayes.


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