COLLECTION: Cryptogram: Superhero, Tribal and Rubic Looks

By Lauren Salapatek | 04/18/2014 1:47:00 PM


Recently named Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Creative Director of é SALON, Emiliano Vitale's winning collection, Cryptogram, translates international hair fashion trends into wearable hairstyles and looks. Crytogram takes the form of three different influences from futuristic pop culture, to tribal warriors to geometric forms creating the key references of Superhero, Tribal, and Rubic, to form one enigma in hair, which is Cryptogram.

“It was a true honor to be nominated a finalist in the AHFAs, but to win the esteemed title of Australian Hairdresser of the Year, is truly humbling and mind blowing,” says Vitale. “Having my work judged by some of the greatest hairdressers in the UK, and the world, and to have my collection deemed to be fashion-forward, on-trend and of world-class standard is fantastic.”


Taking inspiration from futuristic heroine, Aeon Flux, the Superhero is animated through beautiful strong shapes with minimal colour splashes of blue to provide a contradiction to the overall solid black colour. The cuts are supremely strong to enhance the strength in the feminine character, with rounded fringes and a real geometric tone.

The Tribal warrior queens were inspired by contrasting textures and techniques, with two specific looks created using straight and crimped techniques that worked together to create amazing exaggerated shapes. The overall styling for clothes and make up was integral to interpreting the Tribal theme.

For Rubic, inspiration was drawn from squares and circles, creating geometric balls and squares to reflect truly futuristic shapes. The exaggerated shapes in the fashion designs of Viktor and Rolf also served as an inspiration to capture the ultramodern linear Rubic forms.

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As the Creative Director of internationally acclaimed é SALON in Sydney, Australia, Emiliano Vitale’s career has to date spanned an impressive 26 years; a timeframe in which his passion, dedication and drive to excel professionally, and encourage his team and the next generation to do the same, has not waned. CREDITS:

hair: Emiliano Vitale

makeup: Clare Read

stylist: Carol Gammara

photographer: Paul Scala

salon: é SALON






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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