Sam has worked with the team from Clements Ribeiro for many seasons now, so he knows instinctively what designers Inacio and Suzanne want from the hair for their show. “They loved the small head shape last season, when we created short, boyish bobs”, Sam explains, “so for this season we kept that same illusion, which is young, fresh and easy”. To that end, hair was twisted up into chignons that were flat at the back, bringing the ends of the hair forward to be used as a choppy faux-fringe. Combined with the graphic prints in the collection, and bold metallic eyes by make-up artist Sarah Lucero, the look is cool, strong and still very feminine.
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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