All Eyes on Guys: Men's Looks to Love

By Alison Alhamed | 07/02/2014 3:54:00 PM


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This year, "well-tailored" proves to no longer be simply a phrase used to describe a man's suit. it's all about structured cuts and strong shapes.

In his “Subtle Masculinity” collection, Matrix artist Michael Albor, a 2014 finalist in the North American Hairstyling Awards, was inspired by the work of fashion photographer Herb Ritts. Ritts was known for his blackand- white prints, primarily concentrated on sculpture-inspired poses showcasing muscle, form and definition of the body.

The shoot was an homage to Ritt’s Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani-era of editorial work. “His use of clean lines and strong forms to convey graphic simplicity was perfect for the tone of the collection,” Albor says.

Matrix’s Biolage Pliable Paste was the main product on stage. “It allowed me to add texture and hold to give the subtle clean masculine look reminiscent of the effortless grace of Hollywood actors,” Albor says.

Watch the NAHA 2014 awards ceremony, sponsored by L’Oréal Professional Products, at


Hair: Michael Albor

Photography: Conor Doherty

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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