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.
The season ended on a high for Sam at the behemoth show that is Chanel. Never one to disappoint, designer Karl Lagerfeld turned Paris’s Grand Palais into a giant art gallery for his Spring/Summer ’14 show. Part of the artistic vision were the blonde, brown and black wigs created by Sam (hot on the heels of his love affair with wigs in Milan at Fendi), no less than 80 masterpieces whose texture reflected that of a paintbrush. “All the winged bobs were sculpted and teased into a brushy texture, a surreal touch to Karl’s show”, explained Sam. The wigs, which took four days to create, were then cut and fit to each model’s head so that they perfectly suited each girl. Combined with Peter Philips’s colourful brush-stroke make up, it’s fair to say that this beauty look is a work of art.Watch the show here.Read Sam’s guest backstage blog from Chanel here.See Style.com’s backstage Beauty Counter blog here.See the collection on Style.com here.Page 1 of 11