The theatre that is fashion was brought to life this week for Chanel’s Haute Couture show, that saw Paris’ Grand Palais transformed into a dilapidated, old theatre. But don’t let the rubble fool you. This venue was to set the stage – quite literally – for Karl Lagerfeld’s latest show-stopping collection for Chanel. Comprised of glittering tweeds, thigh high suede boots, and the new staple for the season, nail rings, this show was as decadent as you would expect. Gravity-defying hats and sparkling headbands sat perched on the back of models’ heads to make way for the flat-top hairstyles constructed by Sam and his team. Working closely with Karl on the concept, Sam explained, “Karl sketched a strong, structured shape for the hair, which I used as my template. My interpretation was, from the front, a square flat top-rockabilly-Grace Jones-meets-Eighteenth Century hybrid that incorporated a natural-texture pony in the back”. Sam prepped hair using Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray, before smoothing over (but not totally straightening it) with the new GHD Eclipse. To hold the rolled hair on top, Sam finished with a liberal misting of Pantene Classic Hold Hairspray.
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.
Read Sam’s Blog on Vogue.com hereSee the full show and read the review on Style.com hereWatch the video from the show herePage 1 of 11