Discover the most-wanted A/W16 look and how to recreate it

If you only listen to one man this season, make sure it’s the legendary session stylist Sam McKnight.

He did the hair for Charlotte Olympia A/W16 and we fell head over heels for the ‘30s and ‘40s-inspired film noir looks with a dash of diluted femme fatale in them.

Using Cloud Nine tools, hair was tonged, teased and texturised into short, soft waves or longer versions of flirty ‘40s curls.

“We wanted to keep it fresh and slightly edgy,” said Eamonn Hughes, creative director of the Sam McKnight team. “It’s a look that can be easily translated to today if we introduce texture.”


Get the look

  1. Create a center parting and comb fringe onto forehead.
  1. Switch on Cloud Nine’s The O and place 30mm roller into the heating pod. Note: rollers take four seconds to heat.
  1. Wind fringe onto 2 x 30mm rollers and secure with an O roller clip.
  1. Working on 2in by 2in sections, mist hair with Batiste STYLIST Shield My Locks Heat Spray, then set heat strength according to hair texture, the lower the heat setting the kinder to the hair. Wind first section of hair down the Cloud Nine Original Curling Wand, towards the face, working downwards.
  1. Remove wand, cup hair in palm of hand while it cools and sets into the new shape.
  1. Work remaining sections of hair in the same way. Once cool, remove the hot rollers from the fringe and brush into a tucked-in shape.
  1. Lightly tousle the waves using your fingers to loosen them.
  1. Spray Batiste STYLIST Texturising Spray through the ends and use your hands to scrunch hair into place.