July 29 2014

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61 posts tagged "Sam McKnight"

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.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

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.


Photos: Instagram

Hair Trick Worth Trying: Emma Watson’s Mixed Metal Bobbies


emma-watsonFrom 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.

Photo: Getty

Jennifer Connelly Keeps Things Short


'Noah' Germany PremiereIn 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.

Photo: Getty