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 2013

    It’s a wonderful, wonderful world. Especially when you’re in the world of Karl Lagerfeld for his Ready-To-Wear Chanel show, watching models walk around a giant, glittering globe in Paris’s Grand Palais. As usual, Sam was part of the backstage beauty team, creating the hair look for the iconic show. Working alongside make-up artist Peter Philips, the collection dictated the beauty, inspiring lashes and eyelids being sprinkled with gold glitter to mirror the metallic threads that ran throughout the collection and chain chokers acting as the graphic accents to models’ “done but undone” hair . With lengths being tucked into these necklaces (and then again into shirts, scarves and collars), the detail lay in the definite centre parting and mirror-like shine that came from the model’s poker straight hair. Autumn/Winter ’13, it’s a wrap!

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