And the Winner Is…

ABS14_microphone_spread_NOV[1]Why, it’s Cosmetologists Chicago, of course!

For the seventh year in a row, Cosmetologists Chicago/America’s Beauty Show, and our creative director Kristen Erickson have been awarded the Graphic Design USA 2014 American Graphic Design Award for our creative marketing and advertising of the 2014 America’s Beauty Show!

This is an amazing feat as the entries came from ad agencies large and small as well as creative work from huge corporations. In fact, more than 8,000 entries were submitted.

It just proves once again that creativity truly lives in our industry in so many ways.

Speaking of creativity, special thanks go to Luis Alvarez, co-founder and creative director for Aquage and a dear friend of both Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show, who served as photographer for the advertising images. Luis, with his super-super creative team at Aquage, provided inspiration to all and, of course, AMAZING hairstyling and make-up.

“Wow, how exciting this is,” exclaimed Ann Bray, who created the many of the gorgeous hair masterpieces. “Working with Luis each year on the photo shoot for ABS is the highlight of the year for me! Nothing can stop them from being the ‘tops’ in our profession. Love to all our friends at America’s Beauty Show!”

Enjoy again this prize-winning image…and get ready to see what’s coming for our ABS 2015 creative marketing!

We won’t spoil the surprise…but just know that it will be BIG & BOLD & BEAUTIFUL!

Here are some congrats from Cosmetologists Chicago’s Board of Directors to Kristen and the Aquage team:

“Your passion for your work truly brings out your talent. Well deserved!”

– Larry Silvestri, Mario Tricoci Salons & Spas

“Congratulations on your talent and work keeping CC fresh each year! That is amazing to win first place so many times. You are an inspiration to us all. Beautiful work.”

– Lorrene Conino, Salon Lorrene

“What a wonderful accomplishment and so well deserved.”

– Robert Passage, Pivot Point International

“It’s a fact. Kristin Erickson and Luis Alvarez are a winning team! Congratulations!”

– Denise Provenzano, Zano Salons & Spas

America’s Beauty Show salutes all the incredible talent that was involved in this shoot, including:

ABS Creative Director: Kristen Erickson
Photography: Luis Alvarez for Aquage
Hair: Ann Bray for Aquage
Makeup: Wanda Alvarez for Aquage
Fashion Stylist: Patric Chauvez

Save the date! Next year’s America’s Beauty Show will be held March 21-23, 2015 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago!


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