The Fígaro Awards unveil the winners of their 14th edition, in another unforgettable event
The Spanish Hairdressing Awards gala was held on the evening of Monday 6th November, with novelties, a spectacular staging and emotions running high.
The 14th edition of the Fígaro Awards, organised by Club Fígaro, and with Revlon Professional as the main sponsor, once again brought together the most creative hairdressing professionals in the country, in what is undoubtedly the great annual event of the industry in Spain, as well as one of the international benchmarks.
The gala was held on 6 November at Salón Look IFEMA MADRID, the official partner of the awards, and The Hair MBA was also a partner. The acclaimed event once again set the bar high, thanks to the outstanding talent, technical excellence and boundless creativity of the participants.
The big novelty this year was the debut of the 'Spanish Student of the Year' category, which aims to highlight the work of Spanish training centres and the efforts they make to prepare future hairdressing talents.
Here are the winners of the 2023 FÍGARO Awards:
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: SARA PIERA BY SALONES CV
MEN'S COMMERCIAL COLLECTION: CHRISTIAN RÍOS
WOMEN'S COMMERCIAL COLLECTION: BERNAT SAYOL BY SALONES CV
AVANT-GARDE COLLECTION: RAFAEL BUENO Y MANUEL MON
INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION: SAWAMARU POKIR (JAPAN)
SPANISH STUDENT OF THE YEAR: RAFAEL PARRA BY ANTONIO ELOY ESCUELA PROFESIONAL
CATWALK AWARD: SARA PIERA DE SALONES CV
SPANISH HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR: DAVID SIERO DE SIERO HAIR STUDIO
The Gala began with a heartfelt tribute to two key figures of Spanish hairdressing, who have left us this year: Gonzalo Zarauza and Lluís Llongueras. Two great people, teachers and friends who will forever be part of the history of Club Fígaro.
Next, Felicitas Ordás, president of Club Fígaro, took the stage together with the three finalists of the recently launched category 'Spanish Student of the Year': "The best way to pay tribute to them - to Gonzalo and Lluís - is to be accompanied by the new generations", she said. He added that this first edition of the category "has been a great success, both in terms of the number of participants and the quality of the work. We want to recognise the great value of the public and private hairdressing centres in our country in the teaching and development of their students".
After the presentation of the collections on the iconic Fígaro Catwalk, Sergi Bancells, international ambassador of Club Fígaro and host of the awards, began the awards ceremony, but not before reminding those present of the great moment that Spanish hairdressing is experiencing, with numerous professionals conquering the main competitions around the world: "We have a creative hairdressing followed and admired all over the world; the Fígaro platform, with which many of you have grown up and which has allowed you to reach the next level, and which are the envy of the world because they are unequalled."
The Fígaro in the new category 'Spanish Student of the Year' was presented by Miquel Griñó to Rafael Parra, from Antonio Eloy Escuela Profesional; the award in the category Newcomer was presented to Sara Piera by Óscar Guinea; the award in the category Men’s Commercial was presented to Christian Ríos by Josh Lamonaca; in the Women's Commercial category, it was presented to Bernat Sayol by Beatriz Matallana; the Figaro in the Avant-garde category was presented to Manuel Mon and Rafael Bueno by José Ventura; in the International category, the Sawamaru Pokir award was announced by Julia González, director of the Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle fairs at IFEMA.
For its part, the Catwalk Award, an award that is given on site, was presented by Jesús María Montes-Fernández to Sara Piera, who thus won her second award of the night. In the most prestigious category of the Fígaro Awards, Spanish Hairdresser of the Year, the award was presented to David Siero by Miquel García Cotado, Global Creative Vice President of Revlon Professional.
The professional jury for this 14th edition was made up of José Ventura (Spain), Ilham Mestour (Netherlands), Josh Lamonaca (England), Beatriz Matallana (Spain) and Lorenzo Marchelle (Italy), all of them leading figures in national and international hairdressing.
For its part, the Catwalk jury, responsible for awarding the Catwalk Award, was made up of the following personalities from the fields of fashion and the media: Jesús María Montes-Fernández, director of Flash Moda; Xavi García, hairdresser and designer, Franx de Cristal, designer, and Margarita Velasco, beauty editor at Vanitatis.
One of the editions with the highest participation
The 14th edition of the Fígaro Awards registered one of the three best participation figures in its history, with 177 participating collections created by 81 different firms, an increase of 30.88% over the previous edition. The finalist collections were announced via live online broadcast.
Fígaro Experience 2023
For the second year in a row, a select group of fortunate individuals had the opportunity to enjoy the Fígaro Experience, an innovative VIP program designed to immerse participants in the awards' experience and share the excitement of the finalists firsthand. Without a doubt, it has been an unforgettable weekend for all of them!
A big thank you to all the participants, and congratulations to the winners of this 14th edition of the Fígaro Awards!
You can watch the gala again here!
The objective pursued by Club FÍGARO is recognition, both professionally and socially; thus raising our profession to the category of excellence, just as sectors such as fashion or gastronomy did at the time. Our mission is aimed at making our work known, admired and respected, both in the national and international territory, thus consolidating an increasingly cosmopolitan and powerful industry.
The Spanish Hairdressing Awards, also called Fígaro Awards, value the photographic works of the hairdressing creations of the participating firms, to reward the most outstanding creative hairdressers in the country. They consist of five categories and were established in 2009 to give notoriety and visibility to the artistic work of Spanish hairdressers. The basic objective pursued by Club Fígaro with the creation of these awards is the social and professional recognition of hairdressing in Spain to consolidate an industry that is increasingly cosmopolitan and powerful.
Participating hairdressers register online to participate and upload their photographic collections to the Club Fígaro website. Afterward, the professional jury, made up of prominent personalities from national and international hairdressing and which changes every year, individually and independently votes the collections submitted anonymously, so impartiality is guaranteed.
Club Fígaro has the support of its main sponsor Revlon Professional, Salón Look IFEMA MADRID, a leading trade fair event, as an official partner and The Hair MBA, as a collaborator. Finally, Club Fígaro has the support of the main professional beauty magazines and portals in Spain.