PARTY AT CHANEL: Editors, stylists and friends filled Chanel’s SoHo flagship on Tuesday evening to toast Sam McKnight’s new coffee table book, “Hair by Sam McKnight,” with a foreword written by Karl Lagerfeld.
The book mixes gorgeous campaign and editorial imagery starring Nineties bombshells — Christy, Claudia, Naomi, Cindy, Linda, Kate — with McKnight’s present-day work. “It was very difficult to whittle these down,” he said. “It was a long process…and you can see we really shoved a lot of photos in the book. We’ve had a lot of fun.”
Of the current crop of Millennial and Instagram-famous models, McKnight said: “Let’s see if they can muster up a portfolio like [the Nineties supers]. I think some of them probably will. They’re gorgeous girls, and time will tell. Gigi [Hadid]’s just absolutely wonderful. I love Karlie Kloss. Lara Stone is amazing.” (It was McKnight who famously turned Hadid brunette and Kendall Jenner blonde for the Balmain show last spring.)
The best photographs in the book, though, show McKnight goofing around with models backstage, providing a glimpse into the beloved hair guru’s infectious personality. At the end of the book, there are two whole pages of selfies of McKnight wearing colorful hair pieces and wigs.
“We’ve all come out for you,” cooed Helena Christensen, who features heavily in the book, as she gave McKnight a bear hug.
Pulled aside, Christensen reflected on her work with the Scottish stylist. “Because he’s so funny, every shoot with him was a relief. You were cracking up the whole way through,” she said. “We did go to Hawaii once and did this amazing story with Fabrizio Ferri and Tatjana Patitz. That was amazing. It was a cover for British Vogue [June 1994]. We looked so young. We look about 12 with these little chubby cheeks.”