58 posts tagged "Sam McKnight"
From the front, you didn’t see the brilliant beauty secret Emma Watson’s side sweep was hiding at last night’s Noah premiere in Madrid. A profile view, however, revealed bobby pins in varying metallic tones anchoring the hair tight to the left side of her head. It’s an accessory often employed by the pros on the runway (Sam McKnight slipped simple silver versions into faux bobs at Lanvin this season) and one all amateurs can afford to add to their arsenals.
In stark contrast to the loose, just-rolled-out-of-bed waves that a Givenchy-couture-clad Jennifer Connelly sported at the premiere of Noah in Mexico City earlier this week, the actress went back in time for last night’s red carpet in Berlin—showcasing a structured bob that was reminiscent of Old Hollywood screen stars like Grace Kelly (and the forties faux bobs Sam McKnight crafted at Dries Van Noten this season). Paired with a black panne velvet Lanvin gown, Connelly looked sleek and sophisticated after (temporarily) losing a few inches—inspiring us to experiment and pin up our length for an elegant evening out.
Post-fashion month, hair pro Sam McKnight has been uploading more Instagram pics of his backyard oasis in London than backstage beauty moments. It’s a place he often finds inspiration, particularly for his new collection of hair accessories with Vicki Sarge, landing exclusively on Net-a-Porter this spring. “They’re based on dying flowers in my garden,” he told me in Paris, flipping through photos of headbands, clips, and hair elastics on his iPhone. McKnight adorned ponytails with camellia flowers at Chanel, but I myself can’t wait to re-create the look with one of these plastic-and-crystal blooms once this cold front finally moves on.
From double-C branded ketchup to white rubber dish gloves adorned with black camellia flowers, the aisles of the Chanel supermarché were abundant with color. The angular wings sketched onto the outer corners of the eyes reflected not only the range of shades in the collection (including pink, orange, green, and marine blue), but the bottles of fizzy, neon-hued “Tweed Bubble” soda lined up on shelves and ultra-ripe produce piled in the center of the set. The silver shadow base, however, played off the leather-and-chain-link shopping baskets that only this particular French grocery would have on hand.
The ponytails crafted by Sam McKnight were “blown up in proportion” and “exaggerated” courtesy of tweed rags, lace, and pearls that were braided and woven into crimped extensions. (Before being wrapped around the base of the pony, the faux strands were prepped with a combo of Fudge Salt Spray and Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.) The motley mix of textures in back (somewhat reminiscent of dreadlocks) contrasted with the sharp and smooth center parts at the front. If filling my fridge and pantry was always such a feast for the eyes, I might be tempted to skip Fresh Direct and stock up in person.
“She likes really good skin,” said Lisa Butler of Isabel Marant’s makeup vision. “That’s where we’ve been spending our time—making sure it is absolutely flawless, but without looking really made up.” After prepping complexions with Shu Uemura DepSea Hydrability Intense Moisturizing Concentrate, Bobbi Brown full-coverage foundation was dabbed only where needed to ensure models’ faces still had “dimension.” Butler skipped contouring and mascara, but created a highlight on the eyes without piling on products. A “blob” of & Other Stories Face Contour Cream (a shimmery taupe shade) was applied to the inner and outer corners, then joined in the crease—leaving the center of the lid bare. A shadow in the same tone was dusted over the top to set. MAC Paint Pot in Antique Diamond was dotted along the bottom lashes with fingers for “twinkle.” For brows that were “thick and bushy” without being “dark and heavy,” Butler combed Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Auburn or Blonde through arches. Because the clothes were “quite strong and dark,” a berry hue was rubbed into the middle of the lips to make models look “pretty, not harsh.”
“She’s undone rather than overdone,” Sam McKnight explained of the always chic Marant woman. It’s a story we’ve heard before, but it never gets old. Show me a girl who doesn’t want to be “natural, sexy, and French” and I’ll show you a liar. The hair pro achieved this coveted cool-girl vibe by blow-drying strands using L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Mousse, adding a slight bend with a curling iron for movement, and misting Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish throughout for texture. This style may be inspired by Parisians, but I’m taking it back to New York (along with those polar vortex-worthy fur boots that came down the catwalk).