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Rita Ora and Lily Allen Channel Chanel



There are few people who can pull off metallic underliner, black cat-eyes, pink braids and bangs, and a skintight silver jumpsuit, but for Lily Allen, it’s all in a day’s work. Never one to study the art of subtlety, the singer took to the V Festival stage in Chelmsford, England, rocking a look reminiscent of Chanel’s Spring 2014 Couture show. As face painter Peter Philips explained of the makeup backstage in January, the graphic wing lent “iconic” appeal, while the silver sparkle on the lower lashes provided the “magic.” Rita Ora took cues from the same storied French house on stage, but combined elements from two different seasons: Fall 2014′s “exaggerated” ponytails laced with tweed rags and Spring 2012′s mermaid hair adorned with jumbo pearls—both created by mane master Sam McKnight. We applaud both Brits for taking risks and making some of the runway’s biggest beauty hits their own. As they say across the pond: Brilliant.


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Your Motivation to Hit the Gym Tonight: Chanel’s Fall Campaign



Unlike many of the devout fashion followers who worship at SoulCycle on the regular, I am only occasionally inspired to move from the couch by American Ninja Warrior (and even then, I end up walking on the treadmill so I can watch contestants scale some impossible obstacle dubbed the “salmon ladder”) and maybe Karlie Kloss’ abs. Chanel’s latest campaign, however, provides a plethora of reasons to pump some iron, go for a run, and even do a few push-ups—the number one being the “gym hair” styled by Sam McKnight. A sleek pony threaded with tweed is too good to keep to the confines of my apartment—I’d bench press a few pounds simply to show off that textural tail. And if my curls looked glossy like Binx Walton’s (instead of just plain sweaty), I might be more inclined to stay on the bike a bit longer. While I won’t be doing push-ups on top of a mirror anytime soon, getting a manicure worth staring at while I hold a plank is a beauty cue worth taking from Cara Delevingne. Another undeniable motivator found in the French fashion house’s ad: tweed sneakers. Who wouldn’t want to pound the pavement in those puppies?




Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

The Eighties Are Alive at Chanel Couture



Baseball hats have become the accessory du jour for many celebs and street-style stars looking to make a statement (or perhaps camouflage a less-than-camera-worthy hair day). And at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld put his own couture spin on the backwards cap (with a little help from Maison Michel), which backstage guru Sam McKnight perched low over a flat chignon and offset with an “eighties boy band, New Wave, spiky quiff.”

To achieve this voluminous pompadour, McKnight and his team crafted more than fifty hairpieces—washing them with dish soap to lend a “dry, malleable texture” before styling. Next, he worked L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Full Volume Mousse through strands, blew them dry, and topped off the finished product with a combo of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish and Batiste dry shampoo. After slicking models’ natural hair into a tight bun near the nape of the neck, pinning the faux piece into place, and teasing, McKnight set the style with Sebastian Re-Shaper hairspray. Honestly, what eighties-inspired look would be complete without some strategic backcombing and a liberal dose of shellac?

To see a series of iconic looks McKnight has created for the storied French house, watch the video below:

Mile-Long Locks Materialize at Moschino



Dreadlocks are nothing new—they were worn by ancient civilizations in Africa and Asia, and the style is closely tied (if not intrinsic) to the Rastafarian movement. Celebrities (such as Lady Gaga and Lauryn Hill) and designers even commandeered the look for the red carpet and the runway. Hairstylist Sam McKnight created two versions for Chanel: one in 2012 and the other for Fall 2014. And only hours ago Jeremy Scott sent his own towering iteration down Moschino’s menswear catwalk. Models like Lindsey Wixson, Leomie Anderson, and Soo Joo Park sported piled-up twists and belly-button-grazing braids by pro Paul Hanlon, along with bikinis emblazoned with the world’s flags and soda-pop-themed sweatshirts. We like to think of the hair at Scott’s show much like his designs: tradition turned on its head.

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Go Big or Go Home at Chanel Resort



Bigger it seems is often better—at least when it comes to Chanel. And the hair crafted by Sam McKnight for the house’s Resort 2015 show in Dubai was no different. Each season, strands seem to be increasing in length and width—with Spring 2013 offering up flared-out wigs, and Fall 2014 providing grocery store goers with back-grazing, “exaggerated” ponytails “blown up in proportion” with rags of tweed. And for Cruise, models’ hair was taken to new heights—with some sporting an exaggerated Bardot-like bump, and the others a cumulus cloud of corkscrew curls reminiscent of Diana Ross. To achieve the supersized ringlets, McKnight spritzed strands with Sebastian Forte spray, wrapped sections around a curling iron, let them set, backcombed the roots with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, and “teased quite a lot.” For the straighter style, the pro plumped roots with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art mousse and blew hair off the face before backcombing at the crown and finishing with a combo of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Sebastian Forte. With gold lamé, light-up shoes, and seventies-inspired hairstyles making their way down the runway, we’d say Karl managed to pump up the volume and throw quite the disco in the desert.


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