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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    LOUISE GRAY S/S 2013

    There was a massive back-combing frenzy backstage at Louise Gray in the Topshop venue in London’s Bedford Square. In what was a tongue-in-cheek take on ‘good girls, gone bad’, the collection was themed around punk, the Eighties and LA rockabillies.
    As a result, Sam and his team teased hair into prim but unproper, nest-like updo’s. Sure, the basis of the look was the classic chignon, but to nod to the ‘bad girl’ that Louise briefed Sam on, the look was pulled out, collapsed, mussed-up, lopsided and each one was slightly different. It was chic, but almost accidental. Atop of the crazy ‘dos were off-the-wall hat creations by amazing milliner, Stephen Jones, that included cut-out bows and speech bubbles,
    These ladies have fallen from grace…. But, boy, do they look good.
    See what the Topshop team had to say about the look here.
    What did the Elle Beauty Team think of the look? Read all about it here.
    See the full show collection on
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