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 Karl Lagerfeld turned his couture show into a giant garden, complete with 300 mechanic flowers that opened in bloom during the show, it must have been a meeting of minds with our very own Sam McKnight, the most green-fingered hairdresser in the industry. Speaking backstage Sam said: “Hair in the Chanel garden was in soft, romantic, loose braids, some fastened with a plastic flower on the end and accented with veils and hats a-plenty”. And what was Sam’s technique? To extend the length of all the models’ hair and to braid it into a fine point so it tapered in child-like fashion. To give hair playable texture, he blow-dried hair smooth and made it workable with Oribe’s Hair Texturiser and finished off the style with a smoothing spritz of Sebastian Forte Hairspray.  “It was important to me that the hairstyle was light and natural”, Sam explained. “I wanted it to have a feeling as if blown by a gentle garden breeze”. Chanel hair? Easy breezy. All that remains is to get our hands on one of those couture hair accessories… Perhaps not so easy!

    See more of Sam’s backstage imagery on
    See each individual look up close and in detail on
    Watch the video of the show in all its glory.

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    Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Show in Salzburg

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    Walking the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie ‘Serena’, the delectable Jennifer Lawrence, wearing a Dior black tuxedo dress, had her hair styled by Sam into a supremely chic loosely waved bob. “It took just half an hour to enhance the natural waves of Jennifer’s already layered bob”, said Sam. “I simply used a light spritz of soft hairspray and a medium barrelled curling iron held only each section for a few minutes”. Easy peasy red carpet hair, in minutes. What more could you ask for?
    Read more about the movie Serena here
    See Jennifer’s hair and her plunging black Dior dress here
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