Nick Verreos, Battle of the Strands 2013 Finals, Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas
This past week--last Monday--I flew to Las Vegas to judge for the second year--the fabulous "Battle of the Strands" hair, makeup and style competition. This year's competition was held at Pearl Theater in the Palms Casino Resort...
Palms Casino Resort and then made my way to the Pearl Concert Theater, site of the Finals...to check out the "scene":
Hello Vegas: Nick Verreos checks out the stage at the "Battle of the Strands" 2013 Finals Pearl Theater Palms Casino & Resort Las Vegas
Time for the Final Show:
Hosts Kim Vo and Kandee Johnson--Battle of the Strands Finals 2013 Pearl Theater, Palms Casino & Resort Las Vegas
The Final Competition featured the Finalists--teams from all around the US, as well as Panama and Puerto Rico, who had qualified to be in the Finals after winning several qualifying rounds and challenges--imagine "Project Runway" for Hair, Makeup AND Fashion! The one-and-only Master Colorist to The Stars Kim Vo and YouTube Sensation (and Fabulous Vegas Bestie!) Kandee Johnson hosted the Final Competition and I was one of four judges to decide who the WINNER would be. The theme was "Icons" and most of the Finalists chose Madonna, Lady Gaga or Cher as their Battle of the Strands Finals "muse". Here are some fab photos from the night:
And The Winner Is...
Clark Russell Salon created such an incredible overall look--from the over-the-top hair to the spot-on costume that was obviously inspired by Cher and that Bob Mackie ensemble she wore at the 1986 Academy Awards. In case you didn't know, Cher asked Mackie to make her this over-the-top ensemble when she was asked to present an award at the 1986 Academy Awards. She had been snubbed by the Academy for a Best Actress award and well, she wanted to "Give It To Them!" when she appeared onstage.
Host Kim Vo and the Winner, Battle of the Strands 2013 Finals, Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas
Congrats to the Winner: Nick Verreos poses with Hosts Kim Vo (third from left) and Kandee Johnson (far right) as well as the Winners of "Battle of the Strands 2013"--Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas
Nick Verreos and last year's "Battle of the Strands" Winners, Minnesota's "Glam Alliance" Brenda Torre (left) and Andrew Schmitz (right)--who presented the 2013 Winners their Trophy
Que Viva Panama: I had to borrow a Panama flag from the Panamanian team so I could take a picture and make my Panamanian mommie proud.
Congratulations to the "Battle of the Strands 2013" Winner and See You Next Year!