The all important September issues have hit the shops and standing out amongst them, is the new issue of British Vogue, with model Daria Werbowy, hair styled by Sam McKnight. Daria has been off the modelling scene for some time, but in her tell-all interview with Vogue‘s Features Director, Jo Ellison, she talks about the trials and tribulations of modelling and why she is making a comeback. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Vogue‘s Fashion Director, Lucinda Chambers, the shoot captures her rebellious style, of which her hair plays a great part. Speaking of the shoot on the day, Sam describes, “I hardly had to do a thing to her hair. She walked in looking great – so typically Daria – so I didn’t want to change much. I washed it, dried it upside down with ghd’s Air hairdryer and tonged the front section, just to give it a bit of an extra bend. I then worked some Magic Move texturising balm into the ends to smooth it out, but really I worked more on set, than in the hair and make-up room – just constantly moving and manipulating her hair to make it look its dishevelled best”. This is model-off duty hair, on-duty. Welcome back, Daria.
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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