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Sam McKnight’s SS17 Backstage Diary

Hairstylist Sam McKnight shares his behind-the-scenes pictures from backstage at the spring/summer 2017 shows – from logo hairbands at Chanel to studded up-dos at Fendi. See his exclusive pictures here.

This season started for my team and I in NYC, with ultra-glossy Seventies chic chignons on Carolyn Murphy, Amber Valletta and Gigi Hadid at Tom Ford. London’s Anya Hindmarch required space-age ponytails, and Charlotte Olympia’s retro showgirl extravaganza was a different challenge – so many old-school sets and finger waves to be done at lightning speed. Thank goodness I have a wonderful team! Julien Macdonald’s sexy wet-haired sirens and Smokin’ Jo’s Blondie soundtrack brought the house down., while Burberry’s beautiful, romantic androgyny required no products in the hair – just a gentle mist of Evian and a good cut.
At Max Mara in Milan it was wet, sporty ponytails on the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, whilst we had fun at Fendi glueing 300 candy-coloured studs to hairpins and dotted onto ponytails and dolly bunches. At Jil Sander we did low simple ponytails, while Dean and Dan at DSquared2 gave us tough, big-haired Eighties Amazonians.

In Paris at Dries van Noten, with huge floral arrangements frozen in blocks of ice on the runway, the low-slicked side parts exposed Peter Philips’s beautiful shaded eyes. Olivier’s drenched-haired Balmain Army were inspired by poolside pics by Helmut Newton, and glided through a Brazilian rainforest as the runway. Finally it was Chanel – a hi-tech futurist sporty look with side ponytails held tight with customised fluoro hairbands embellished with multi-coloured double C charms.