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.
All rise for the new season offering from Vivienne Westwood during Paris Fashion Week, featuring sky-high hair courtesy of Sam and his team. Inspired by ancient Roman and Greek statues, Sam styled models’ hair by curling sections around ghd’s Eclipse flatiron for a corkscrew curl effect, before back brushing each model’s hair into a different variation on the same sculptural theme and fixing everything in place with generous amounts of Pantene’s Extra Strong Hairspray. Make-up artist Val Garland, added to the drama with splatters of dirt masquerading as freckles for a 70s “porn star effect”. What else to expect from Vivienne? Quite frankly, nothing any less fabulous.See Never Underdressed backstage review here.View the entire collection here.Page 1 of 11