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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    When make-up artist Peter Philips and Sam come together, good things happen. Case in point: Dries Van Noten (and, of course, not forgetting Chanel). For Spring/Summer ’14 Peter and Sam were working in perfect symmetry, lacing 24kt gold foil through the lashes and into the side parting of the hair. Both taking their cue from Dries, who had a very clear vision that he wanted gold as part of the beauty look, Sam decided to keep the rest of the hair product free, clean and simple to allow the gold stripe to do its thing. After all, the devil lays in the detail.

    See Allure’s backstage report here.

    See the Dries collection in all its glory here.

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