Los Angeles — Celebrity and fashion hairstylist Ray Allington died Jan. 29 in London of liver failure, according to his agent. He was 46.

Although his most recent credits include working on Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz and Tobey Maguire on both covers and editorial for titles including Elle, Vanity Fair, Jane, Black Book, Interview, Details and others, the Manchester, U.K.-born Allington’s career spans decades of youth quakes, music videos and seminal ad campaigns.

His career took off when he was recruited at Vidal Sassoon and not long after he began working with David Bailey in 1977.

During the Eighties, he split his time among Paris, New York and London, pioneering the look of ID Magazine, styling the runway shows of Kenzo, Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake, and collaborating with photographers such as Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Hiro, among many others. He also began collaborating on MTV’s earliest music videos.

His advertising credits included working with Mario Sorrenti on the first Obsession and CK campaigns featuring Kate Moss.

Last fall Allington had moved from Los Angeles to New York and was working on a book he considered would be the definitive visual reference for hairstylists.

At press time, funeral plans were finalized for Manchester. A memorial service is being planned for later this month in Los Angeles.

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