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Photos: On the men's fashion runway of the 2012 American Crew Face Off

The opening night of the American Crew: Faces of America runway showcased many treats for its audience, including styles created by the men's grooming company and its competition finalists, the debut of the 2013 American Crew collection ("Crewcial"), the American Crew All-Starsʼ interpretation of a well-groomed man, and education on menʼs grooming for 2013.

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The male models prepare to hit the runway backstage in the dressing room. Many of the models listened to iPods or chatted while waiting for the show to begin. This look is inspired by the outdoors men of America and is part of the segment called "Field and Stream." All of the models and staff listen attentively as Artistic Director of American Crew, Craig Hanson, gives them instruction proceeding the show. "Feel the music, have good pace, and be confident," Hanson told the models. This is the inspiration board found backstage for the fashion show's five different looks of the evening: cowboy, crewcial, field and stream, REI guy and face off.

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This look is called "Cowboy" and is inspired by the wild West -- with an urban twist. These cowboy looks are done using molding clay to achieve that James Dean rebellious style. This is American Crew's take on the men of the rodeo. The long-on-top hairstyles of Crewcial showed how to create new looks, which is the biggest trend that American Crew foresees for 2013: changeability with hair. The "REI Guy" segment featured short haircuts, which keep life simpler for this guy on the go. These looks were styled using Pomade after shampooing with 3-in-1 because a healthy scalp is key with these short styles.

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The models were styled to resemble athletic rock climbers and were topless, clad in shorts, and carrying rope with hiking shoes on their feet. The Face Off men's styling competition was the final segment of the night. From hundreds of entries submitted across the country, three finalists were chosen to create two looks for the opening night fashion show. The panel of judges included a team of menʼs styling, fashion and editorial experts: Brooke Fogg, owner of Wilhelmina Talent Management Group in Denver; Udo Spreitzenbarth, an NYC-based fashion and beauty photographer, Georgia Alexia Benjou, the 5280 fashion editor, Miguel Garcia, global creative director from Revlon Professional; and Lauren Salapatek, the associate editor and E-newsletter content production manager for Modern Salon media.

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DJ Double Shadow, otherwise known as James Yardley and James Holden, provided the music for the evening. Before announcing the winner of the Face Off completion, Wilhelmina Modeling Agency signed Alex Topesky to a modeling contract. Patrick Chai, a stylist at Floydʼs 99 Barbershop in Los Angeles, captured first place honors in American Crewʼs 2012 Face Off. Chai, a former engineer turned stylist, created his entry to be "modern and current for young professionals but with a little bit of an edge," he says.

Chai won $3,000, a one-year stylist contract with Wilhelmina's "W Artist" division, a finalist plaque and a professional poster featuring the winning photo. In addition, as the U.S. representative, Chai will compete against Face Off winners from seven other countries - Australia, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the United Kingdom -- during a photo shoot in January in Los Angeles.

First runner up Josiah Maglinti, who created his interpretation of 50 Shades of Greyʼs Christian Grey, took home $2,000. "I like messy and chaotic looks," says Maglinti.

Second runner up Sarah Adams, an American Crew All-Star, was awarded $1,000. "I wanted my boys to be bad asses, rock and roll, and very matte," says Adams. Both of these stylists are from 77 Salon in Portland.


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