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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    Vivienne Westwood A/W 14

    Ah, Dame Viv. You can always expect the unexpected from her and her collections. And for her Gold collection show this season the look was every bit as outlandish as you might predict, but with a beautiful tribal spin. With make-up ‘face paint’ by Val Garland, who took her cues from the Peruvian tribe and the first couturier Charles Worth that inspired Vivienne’s collection, Sam was creating two distinct looks with the hair: the first an explosion of corkscrew curls, and the second a small head with a high-shine hair wrap. The final flourish? Some had a feather headdress – a true Vivienne accent.

    See French Vogue’s backstage beauty images here
    Watch the show’s video here


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