Unruly Naturally Curly Hair With Wisps – 1977

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Unruly Naturally Curly Hair With Wisps - 1977

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

1977.  This La Coupe photo made US Vogue. They probably loved the earrings as much as the unruly naturally curly hair of this star performer.  There was a new-looking volume at the back and charming little wisps flirting on the forehead.   The earrings were by Niky, an award-winning Jewelry Designer, who created the super modern spray to fit over the ear with assorted-sized diamonds on 18 carat gold. For more on this collection and more details on the hair, click HERE

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, Montreal, 1977 … Makeup: Electa & Corrado … Model: Lillian De Freeze … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

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Cadette Chignon – 1978

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Cadette Chignon - 1978

Photo: Larry Nichols

REMEMBERING ALL WHO SERVED ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

The Cadette Chignon was designed for an Armani fashion show in Toronto, by La Coupe, in 1978. It was worn with hair half up, half down, or all up. Jerome Pinsonneault, George Karkoulas and La Coupe’s staff made khaki-colored, satin-covered forms and the hair was tucked under, with an Armani medal added at the front. For more, HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, Hat Chignons on www.helen oppenheim.com

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe, Toronto … Makeup: Stace Long … Blouse: Holt Renfrew …Model: Danielle Carbonneau … Photo: Larry Nichols …Produced by Helen Oppenheim

 

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Zig Zag “Ziggle”and “Zisp” – 1977

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Zig Zag "Ziggle" and "Zisp" - 1977

Photo: © Larry Nichols

My first new blog on modernsalon.com after the re-design.   Here’s  Zig Zag.  All about Zig Zag parts.   One of the most successful collections ever for La Coupe. Created in 1977. I invented a whole new alphabet which included “ziggles” and “zisps” as well as zigs and zags. Take a look at all the hair styles, lengths and textures to which you can add a zig-zag parting and find out what the fun is all about!   Click HERE:

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault … Makeup: Tuvia … Model: Pat Ryan … Photo: Larry Nichols …
Concept/Art Direction/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Sahag ’70s Hair on Linda Morand – 1974

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Sahag '70s Hair on Linda Morand – 1974

Beret Photo: © Hans Fuerer … Train Photo: © Monika Robi. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Photos in this collage show Linda Morand with hair by John Sahag in 1974. The American “Super Chick” model, usually seen then with short straight geometric hair, has curly hair and a beret for Vogue Paris and is shown, in a detail, as “The Woman on the Train” for Foto Magazine – with longer curly hair, pure 70s. For more on this story and more Sahag, click here

Beret Hair: John Sahag … Photo: © Hans Fuerer for Vogue Paris
(The pink artist’s rendition: © Beska Sorenson)
Train Hair: John Sahag … Photo (Detail): © Monika Robi for Foto

 

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Loulou de la Falaise Gamine by Harry King – 1976

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Loulou de la Falaise Gamine by Harry King -  1976

Photo: © Scavullo

Loulou de la Falasie, the French style Icon and muse to Yves Saint Laurent, influenced fashion with her flair and original chic in the ’70s and ’80s. A new book called “Loulou de la Falaise” by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni which celebrates her life, daring style, unique fashion perspective and has over 400 images and is due out in October, published by Rizzoli

In 1976, Harry King cut this gamine on LouLou for the “Scavullo Beauty” book . He remembers: “This super chic lady arrived and wanted my cut.” For more by WorldGreat Harry King, click here, scroll back and forth:

Hair: Harry King … Makeup: Way Bandy … Photo: © Scavullo

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SuperStar Wisp Cut A Hit – 1977

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 SuperStar Wisp Cut A Hit - 1977

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Wisps of hair whispered on the forehead and cheek of this La Coupe SuperStar in 1977 – in ways never seen before, when long hair was one length, with few if any layers and no wisps.

On the way to top of the charts, this innovative style became a hit and could be worn in many lengths. Jerome Pinsonneault of La Coupe, Toronto said of the then very new innovation – “Wisp Cutting involved conducting the points of scissors in new ways, cutting hair by hair, and then carefully blending the wisps into the rest of the hair. For more versions and how-to, click here: 

Hair by : Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe Toronto … Makeup: Electa & Corrado …  Model: Kim Chi … Photos : Lorraine Sylvestre. Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Romantic Wisps Whisper – 1977

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Romantic Wisps Whisper - 1977

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

For pure romance, long wisps whispered on the cheek, tickled the temple, kissed the nose, caressed the neck on this lovely look, just one innovative idea from La Coupe’s 1977 Wisp Cut Collection. This one was so new-looking then, who knew it would be the beginning of wisps falling all over the place because perfect hair was what everyone wore at the time.

Fine wisps were pulled out from the hairline here and there, and precision-cut into a shape, using the natural growth patterns to romantically frame the face and neck. Elmer Olsen, who created this style, advised “for long wisps to be left out for this look,the hair has to be a good length before one can start.”  More, technical details, click here:

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, Montreal … Perm: Tanya Pawley/Wella Firm and Gentle … Makeup: Electra & Corrado … Corselet Top: Pat MacDonagh … Soft Body Jewelry: Doris May … Model: Josée St-Jacques … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre. Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Grace Jones by Antonio Lopez – 70s

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

I always loved Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987.) His fashion illustrations inspired me, and I always loved this illustration of model/singer/actress Grace Jones with her hair which rises up to there, in colors which pre-date, by decades, the similar hair colors and looks we see today.

Antonio worked from life, and some of his best work, all of which has stood the test of time, was of Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, Tina Chow and Grace Jones, as seen here in the 70s, in Paris. They were subject of a 1982 book I adore, Antonio’s Girls (Congreve Publishing, Text Christopher Hemphill. )

Antonio Lopez discovered Grace Jones in Paris, while both were dancing with others, she went on to fame as much for her adrogynous amazing look and hairstyles as for modeling or her music – and she was in movies like the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to Kill as May Day. For more from the book, click :

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