Twenty-five years in the hair and fashion industry is definitely a reason to celebrate, and they did just that at Tim Johnson’s “Fashion on Southwest” event, held at Bodi Nightclub located on 301 Southwest Street in downtown Raleigh, on Saturday April 28th. Guests dressed to impress in honor of Johnson’s years of expertise in the industry as the event featured a fashion show highlighting the latest hair creations and fashion trends for 2012 and live entertainment.
Tim Johnson wowed his audience with the trendsetting hair styles, but this is no surprise as Johnson is nationally renowned for this master level hair shows and event productions. Celebrated as an industry professional, Johnson has been a guest on MTV, featured in multiple magazine publications, and has won multiple awards for his talent.
Johnson opened the show by introducing guest model AzMarie (America’s Next Top Model Cycle 18, Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” music video) after first making acquaintances on BET’s “Rip the Runway” in 2009 and 2010 when he was invited to be a guest judge. AzMarie stepped onto the runway as the debut model for the evening in a gorgeous gold piece created by attending designer Bramer Leon Stevens of “Bramer Leon Couture”. Accompanying designer, Carl Trodgen of “Alek Risimnic Couture”, showcased the unique elements of his ensembles, and a true testament to the design, which is the fact that each were “one size fits all”. Both collections featured a great combination of animal print, sequins, feathers and bold colors.
High and bright was the tone for hair this evening, styled by Tim Johnson and partnered with Samantha Hutley, Director for Bronner Brothers International. Make up for the show was provided by Tim Johnson’s wife Almeda Johnson. Rounding out the entertainment for the evening, aside from the fashion show, were live musical performances by local artists, and a key performance by the “Aye Team”, a group that Tim Johnson mentors. A roaring applause concluded the evening as Johnson thanked everyone in attendance, and introduced the designers and fellow event contributors.
Carolina STYLE Magazine was invited for a private interview with Tim Johnson to discuss his inspiration:
Carolina STYLE Magazine: We are here celebrating your 25 years of hair and fashion industry experience, how do you feel?
Tim Johnson: I feel great, I’m excited for the show.
CSM: When did you first discover you wanted to be a part of the hair and fashion industry?
TJ: I started cutting hair in college, because one of my friends asked me to cut his hair. He gave me a set of clippers. Then is when I started to get more involved with hair. Within my first year at East Carolina, I ended up dropping out. I wanted to go to barber school, but the waiting list was extensive; I would have to wait a year and a half to attend. My friends still encouraged me to do hair, and so I continued to cut hair. As far as fashion- my mother was a diva, so I have always been a dresser.
CSM: Has anyone in particular been an inspiration to you throughout your career?
TJ: God- it was his move. He dealt with me at 18 years old, when I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life after I left college. I wanted to go to barber school, but I couldn’t get in because of the long waiting list. One of my dear friends at the time asked me “Why don’t you go to school to DO hair?” At first I didn’t want to do it, because of the negative perception about being a man and doing hair. This is when i started to get into the industry. It was like I was knocked off a horse and I didn’t know where to go, all of a sudden my eyes opened; I started realizing my own talents. Other people did too, and they appreciated my talent. I did my first hair show at 19 years old in Atlanta, the largest hair fashion show in the world- The Bronner Brothers show. It was like nothing I had even seen before; hairstylists doing hair on stage. It was also a fashion show, and that is where I met Leon of “Bramer Leon Couture”. At this time in my life I had experienced making a lot of money doing hair, I was in cosmetology school. This is also when I met my father for the first time, and found out he and my uncle were both barbers!
CSM: Do you think your gift is a skill that people are born with, or can it be cultivated and flourish?
TJ: For me it was a gift given from God that I developed. I always wanted to be better. People ask me all the time in interviews “What is the premise of which you started?” The first thing I tell them is first I give all glory to God and secondly it’s because of my relationships. You have to treat people right and build solid relationships- it’s very important.
CSM: Are there any goals that you have set for yourself that you have yet to achieve?
TJ: I would like to change people’s lives. My goal is to have my own cosmetology school; my other is to win back the youth. I would like to use my gifts to get them on the right track to fulfill their destiny and stay focused.
CSM: What would you say is the latest hair trend for 2012?
TJ: I’ll tell you this- if your hair is not healthy you are not the trend. No matter what hair you have, how you style it, how you sew it, healthy hair first. It’s everything, and so is color. It’s a colorful world, everyone needs color. You have to forecast- always know where hair is going, or you will be where hair has been.
CSM: Do you have any advice for aspiring hair stylists and fashionistas?
TJ: Get a mentor, and make sure your mentor is not a competitor. A mentor that is a competitor breeds confusion.
CSM Interview Provided by: Bianca Torres
Event Photography: Travis Jones