Any fashion show is typically all about the clothes and the designers and little attention is paid to the hair. But hair styles are what bring the whole look together and complete an outfit. With the wrong hair, a look can fall flat on its face and this is where hair stylists, like the legendary Sam McKnight, come into their own. Designing a particular hair style that not only compliments the designer, but accentuates and does not distract from the original premise of the design is tricky work. And it is here that McKnight excels. For London Fashion Week 2012, he has created many different modes of hair but we are just concentrating on three:
“The hair was airy, ethereal and romantic; the girls were childlike. This season it was about the beauty of youth. There is an innocent aura about the hair, which comes from the uncomplicated freshness of this style.”
Ethereal ghostly make-up with hair plaited, turned and twisted into the most stunning formations to create an innocence about the models. As if they have come from a school for ingenuous. Incredible the way this simple look transforms the designers clothing.
(Seen at: Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katranzou)
“My muse was a girl on holiday in England who is overtaken by a rainstorm.” The modern element returned in its segments colored in green, pink and yellow, inspired by the colors of the collection. Sam looked at film director Ken Loach, whose British black and white films are known for their realism.
My favourite style of all. Lightly tousled hair with dramatic streaks of pinks and blues. A punky yet glamorous look for blondes and brunettes to pull off. And just goes to highlight McKnight’s knack of using hair as the finishing touch on an outfit. Compliments Mulberry’s clothing collection beautifully.
(Seen at: Mulberry, Blumarine)
“We decided that wet-look hair felt right for this season. This summer there’s a tougher mood, and although wet hair is definitely a summer look, this is the opposite to that rough, textured ‘beach’ hair – it’s tighter to the head, more dramatic.”
Here the soft textures of Chanel’s classic skirt suits are perfectly complimented with the pulled back wet look style that McKnight has created. With the added touch of huge sea pearls and accessories in the hair, this is certainly no ‘straight from the beach look’.
(Seen at: Chanel, Nicole Farhi, Mugler)