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Anaka take on NYC

Anaka take on NYC

The apple of every aspiring creative’s eye, New York City has been on the agenda of co-founders and directors of Melbourne’s ANAKA salon, Kara Layton and Anna Ntalianis, from the earliest stages of their career.


Anna and Kara were two of ten Australian stylists personally invited by Haircare Australia (HCA) to take part in the inaugural Prestige Partners New York City Study Tour –the pair making history as the first stylists to get up close and personal with the company abroad.Teetering on global success courtesy of a brand stable including: evo, Fabuloso Pro, Moroccanoil and Cloud Nine, HCA has well and truly established itself in New York, with the intel, ambassadors and fashion relations to prove it. Connections and knowhow forming the basis of a packed out itinerary that coincided with New York Fashion Week for a once in a life time experience.



The Standard Hotel:The Study Tour team enjoyed welcome drinks at the Meatpacking District’s iconic Standard Hotel –the HCA Prestige Partner’s home base and notorious NYFW hot spot. Here, the team took over the Boom Boom room, letting New York know they were there for a good time.The NY EDIT:Businesswoman and owner of Melbourne’s CAST salons, Freda Rossidis joined prised fashion stylist, Marcus Stewart (of Decades, LA) to present an intimate ‘how to’ on the execution of VOGUE-ready, high editorial. Cue: serious Chanel shoes!



It was a career highlight for Anna and Kara to work with TOME designers, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin at NYFW. With creative direction by Michelle Junk and hair led by none other than Sophie Roberts, the TOME show was hotly anticipated. With models running between hair and make-up, form one room to the next, Kara and Anna had a mere 10 minutes to create a effortless twisted braid on each model.



Kara and Anna ventured into the Moroccanoil Headquarters led by world-acclaimed session stylist, Peter Gray, for a full day seminar and workshop. Walking away with Peter’s current techniques and styling secrets (used on the likes of Miranda Kerr and Heidi Klum), the ANAKA team and their respective clients are already benefiting from the girls’ experience alongside this industry great.



Mentored by HCA Creative Director, Lauren McCowan, Kara and Anna were across the development of two major fashion editorials (one featuring in INSTYLE Nov Dec) designed to materialise New York through a hair and fashion story. Kara and Anna learnt the ins and outs of shooting on location –including how to hide when you don’t have a shooting permit!



Anna and Kara were hosted at many of New York’s hippest hangouts throughout their Study Tour journey, including Peasant, Mercer Kitchen, The General, Le Bain, Bowery Hotel, the Wythe Hotel and Hotel Delmano.Like fashion, the hairdressing industry is cut throat, but courtesy of Kara and Anna’s unfaltering determination, the pair are living their dreams whilst simultaneously growing a successful business in Anaka.Equally dedicated to generating opportunities for their team, whilst Anna and Kara were abroad, the Anaka team were busy, not only running the salon, but managing trend forecasts for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.


As part of the Queen Victoria Market Fashion Week, Louise Kirchner, Nicole Healy and makeup artist, Dora Ntalianis, worked with designers to conceptualise and direct a fresh approach to Spring Carnival hair fashion as noted, and soon to be implemented, by a group of Australian tastemakers.There’s no stopping this dynamic pair that now, armed with some of the highest hair fashion contacts and experience, are riding a wave of momentum that knows no bounds.For further information contact ANAKA on (03) 9509 9151