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. In the hot tropics. What’s not to love? With a big build-up to the show starting with what seemed like the entire fashion industry Instagramming from their various hotel pools in Dubai, you knew you could always expect a big buzz around Chanel’s inter-season collection. With Dallas being a tough act to follow, Karl raised the fashion bar that little bit higher, by show-casing the collection not just in a beautiful show-space but rather his own island. Chanel Island.

    Editor’s were taken by boat to view the show, which comprised of beautiful exotic prints (very Middle Eastern), petrol can handbags (totally inspired), Arabian slippers (very Princess Jasmine). From the hair, there was not one, but two hair looks created by Sam. The first was inspired by Marisa Berenson and Arabian Princesses, which Sam described as “a highly stylised idea of a late Sixties/early Seventies rich chic, brought into the modern day with a more natural, less-stiff finish.” For this look, he set about curling hair with a large-barrel tong, which he fixed with Sebastian Forte Spray, before then brushing and teasing with a Mason & Pearson brush for oversized volume. Topped up with Oribe’s Texturizing Spray at the roots for extra volume. These looks were larger than life. The second,straighter look, was blow-dried up and off the face with L’Oreal Professionnel’s Techni.Art Pli Volume Mousse and then combed high on the crown and finished with a spritz of Oribe’s Texturizing Spray. After smoothing the “bump”, the lengths were left unstyled and unbrushed, so designed by Sam to give the look more of a modern edge. Adoring each of the girls’ heads were also a myriad of different hair accessories, ranging from ‘inter-locking C’ tiaras, brooches and whole head chain pieces that were worthy of any royalty. Teamed with the make-up from Tom Pecheux, which featured flecks of real gold leaf bejewelling the inside corner of heavily smoked eyes, the whole look was a veritable Aladdin’s cave of treasure. 1,001 nights? You only need one where Chanel is concerned.

    See Sam’s backstage blog from the show on here
    See the full show looks and review on here
    See the official behind-the-scenes video here
    Watch the official full-length video here

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