Sam McKnight is one of the most accomplished and well-respected hair stylists of his generation. His name is synonymous with modern, sexy hair - whether it's in magazines, on the runway or the red carpet.

He's won countless awards but perhaps the biggest accolade is the longstanding creative collaborations he has maintained with some of the best names in the business - Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight and Mario Testino; Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, Vivenne Westwood, Balmain and Fendi to name just a few.

In the fleeting world of fashin imagery Sam's permanence is fixed in some of the most iconic images in modern history - Princess Diana's short, slicked back style, Agyness Deyn's bleached blonde crop, Madonna's Bedtime Stories cover, Cate Blanchett getting her Oscar, Tilda Swinton channelling Bowie, both Lady Gaga and her male alter-ego Jo Calderone plus countless covers and editorial stories of Kate Moss and all the supermodels.

The longevity of Sam's carrer career - over 30 years - provides a fantastic back-catalogue of references to bring to his work and it is this and his search for the new that keeps him so in demand.

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    Chanel A/W 14

    Calling all shoppers. This is an announcement to say that Chanel’s show this season was an absolute triumph. More theatre than just catwalk, Karl Lagerfeld had the Grand Palais transformed into a giant supermarket, complete with Cara, Linsey, Stella et al shopping the aisles for their Chanel produce (they had everything from cheese, to paint, to detergent, to doormats, all emblazoned with the eponymous double ‘C’ logo). So what for their make-up and hair? Eyelids were painted in primary brights infused with metallics and Sam created these exaggerated ponytails woven with tweed, pearls and camellias in true Chanel style. Speaking backstage, Sam said, “I blew up the proportions and detail of the ponytail, incorporating crimped extensions, braided hair in multi-coloured Chanel tweed rags, lace and pearls. I used Fudge Salt Spray, then Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to create a dry volume, which was then crimped randomly, woven and braided with the Chanel fabrics, and fastened at the base with one of the woven braid”. Chanel dreadlocks? Just watch how the masses will follow…

    See the video of the shopping extravaganza here
    Read the backstage beauty review on here
    See each look in the full collection here


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