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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  • Mulberry 13

    MULBERRY S/S 2013

    You can always expect something good from the hair (as with the whole collection) at the Mulberry show, no matter the season. Forever pretty and wearable, it’s always a quintessentially British style that real women will want to recreate.
    This season, Sam created a variation on the braided theme that he has been developing for some seasons now, offering messy, falling out chignons, all of which had one plait woven in about half-way back towards the crown – where a headband would sit. The beachy texture and braid added a modern and cool touch to this classic style. As the winter season fast approaches, the braid/ chignon combination is the perfect way to control unruly locks, that can be prone to rain-induced frizziness, then, of course, come next summer the style will work just as well.
    Disclaimer: Sam did not coiff the hair of the giant poodle that also sauntered down the catwalk…
    Read the show review on
    See Elle UK’s views on Sam’s work at Mulberry here
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