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.
For the Clements Ribeiro show in London this weekend, the reference was Suzy Bishop (played by teenage star Kara Hayward) from Wes Anderson’s romantic movie Moonrise Kingdom. The result was a soft, faux-bob pulled up off the face with two clear plastic hair slides.To create the look, Sam braided away sections of the models’ hair to take away thickness, so that it was easier to pin up. The lengths were then wrapped around these hand-made hair ‘sausages’ which acted as supportive stuffing to the style. With an abundance of hair grips, the bobs were anchored in the ‘sausage’, before the Goody slides were added, creating a side sweep that had an aura of the Thirties era about it. Accessorised with aqua blue eyes or retro-style sunglasses, this was a style that was girly, cute and effortlessly stylish.See Sam’s guest blogging for Vogue.com here.See the Clements Ribeiro collection here.Page 1 of 11