Moustaches and unsightly facial hair growth are unpleasant at the
best of times, so when a portion of TBWA/ London's male contingent
decided to unleash some hairy horrors on to the world in aid of Comic
Relief Red Nose Day, they were only let off because it was a necessary
evil done for charity.
Handlebars and twirled waxed wonders that would have made Hercule Poirot
proud were the order of the day over at the offices as a barber from the
esteemed establishment Trumpers came round to administer an
old-fashioned wet shave, complete with hot towels and the old-school
glinting cut-throat razor treatment.
The barber in charge of ten of the industry's most coveted - and sought
after - necks was dexterous Dino, the Nicky Clarke of the facial hair
world and, we hear, a wonder with whiskers.
The charitable subjects then had to endure a painful few hours while
their photos were posted on the agency intranet, along with those of
several girlie wannabees, whose unfortunate female disposition rendered
them unable to cultivate such hairy monstrosities. Don't lose any sleep
over it, ladies.
One madman, er, we mean courageous individual by the name of Tim Riding,
evidently decided that less is more, and really got into the spirit of
the occasion by having all his hair - including his eyebrows - shaved
off. Sadly, the agency's most famously tousled export, the creative
director Trevor Beattie, passed on the option of going under the blade,
although the freshly shorn deputy creative director, Bill Bungay, was on
hand to gurn along with the best of them.
The grand prize for best moustache was eventually won by Frazer
Jelleyman, the creative whose impressive facial decoration bagged him a
day of pampering at the Saville Row favourite. Expect to see him looking
dapper at a bash near you soon.