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.
It’s a bumper issue of British Vogue this month, with a triple whammy of Sam’s styling involving, a cover shoot, plus two main fashion editorials. ‘Chasing Cara’, shot by Mario Testino and styled by Vogue‘s Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers, sees cover girl Cara Delevingne sporting a mod-Sixties side-parted style, whilst the hair in ‘Orient Excess’, another Lucinda, Mario and Sam collaboration is centered around short shiny black bobs on models Sui He, Sung Hee Kim, Ji Hye Park and Fei Fei Sun. For the ‘Cut To The Chase’ shoot, shot by Craig McDean with fashion styled by Jane How, Sam created more of a slick, well-oiled, cool look on model Iselin Steiro. Not that we are counting, but that is 34 pages back to back…To see the whole ‘Chasing Cara’ shoot, click hereFor the ‘Orient Excess’ story, click hereSee more of the ‘Cut To The Chase’ look herePage 1 of 11