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.
Welcome to the world of fantasy: the wonderful world of haute couture. Amidst the scene of an enchanted forest, Karl Lagerfeld showcased the next installation of Chanel Couture in Paris. With a 5.30am call-time and 53 models to get through, make-up was by Peter Philips, which involved beautifully intricate lace and net appliqués acting as eyeliner, set against porcelain skin. Hair by Sam, was a loose and undone chignon piled high up onto the head. “I had heard Karl mention A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the inspiration for his collection at the fitting”, says Sam. “And then once I had seen the forest set, I got totally inspired and knew immediately what I wanted to do. The hair was light and airy, deconstructed and whimsically falling out. It was toasty warm in the backstage area, but bitterly cold at the front of house, so the girls all huddled in the heat until the very last moment that they had to go out onto the runway”. They must have been dreaming of a midsummer’s night all the while…See more pictures from Sam on his guest blog on Vogue.com here.Read the review of the show in the Telegraph here.Watch the video of the show here.Page 1 of 11