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Charity competition rocks out in Blue Point

All the Shear Runway Project Models take the

All the Shear Runway Project Models take the stage for a final spin after judging. (April 10, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

With their hair piled high, dyed in outrageous colors and adorned with chains, zippers and other items that could have been borrowed from some rock star’s dressing room, models stole the spotlight at Blue in Blue Point on Sunday night for the third annual Shear Runway Project.

The design competition sponsored by Capozzi & Co. Salon in Sayville featured six of the salon’s stylists who were tasked with creating a complete look to the theme “Mods and Rockers.”

Audience members packed the room at Blue and proceeds from $40-ticket sales and raffle tickets were donated to America’s VetDogs, founded by the Guide Dog Foundation, which pairs injured veterans with companion dogs.

Salon owner Ralph Capozzi said in past years, the event has raised between $2,000 and $3,000 for other charities and he expected to exceed that amount this year.

The salon stylists each chose a model and were responsible for designing their outfits with clothes donated by Metropark in the Smith Haven Mall, doing their makeup and, of course, hair. Most of them have been planning their looks for eight to nine months, Capozzi said.

On Sunday, the result of all that planning was a lot of extensions, mohawk-inspired updos, and wild spikes on models who stomped down an illuminated runway in the packed venue.

It was not exactly a typical day work at the salon, Capozzi said, adding that the purpose of the event is to inspire camaraderie and creativity.

“This allows them to do something a little more creative,” he said. “We don’t get to do this stuff every day.”

Will Schaedler, an apprentice designer who started working at the salon fresh out of beauty school in November, won both the judges and audience members’ winning votes -- a first in the competition’s short history.

Sonya Balchi, salon coordinator and one of the judges, said she had a feeling Schaedler was going to win long before the night of the competition.

“His mind just keeps going with creativity,” she said. “He’s amazing. I was in conflict because I knew he was going to be one of the top players in the show, but it wasn’t only me, it was the other judges too. Hands down, he was the favorite.”

Schaedler’s model -- and girlfriend -- Amanda Rubino, who naturally has hair so short it just reaches her neck, rocked the runway in a full head of nearly waist-length extensions. Schaedler dyed strips of them blue and red and other chunks were white and screened with leopard-print.

Schaedler, 23, of Shirley, said he’s been working since just about the day he was hired to complete the look, studying photographs of female rock legends like Joan Jett and Cherie Currie and punk rock bands like The Ramones and The Clash.

Schaedler’s win came with a $500 cash prize, and while he and Rubino rejoiced in their victory after the show, Schaedler was already thinking ahead.

“I couldn’t be more excited for next year’s theme,” he said, which is Club Art 2012. “I’m already set.”


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