The Olympic Games start Friday, August 5 in Brazil. Here’s wishing the USA teams success as imagined here for winners in photos from La Coupe’s 1976 Olympic Hair press release, early 1976, before the Montreal Olympics. I wrote that the girl on top might have been winning the 800 metres on a hot day, with a time of 1:58.2, beating West Germany’s Hildegard Falck’s 1972 record of 1:58.6. Our hero might win the 5,000 and 10,00 metres faster than Finland’s Lasse Virren. How times have changed! Both for the atheletes’ times and for the hair styles we would have made hair winners for La Coupe’s atheletes today. I sewed all the vests myself, added names, numbers, trimmings for La Coupe’s athletes, having trudged in sub-zero Montreal January weather to find the plain vests and all the additions. Talk about dedicated! More from this famous collection, click HERE
Top Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1976 … Model: Debbie Keyes. Bottom Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1976 … Model: Elmer Olsen. Graphics: George Strathy … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen OppenheimComment
This 1987 hairstyle is the straight version of the Angelic Looks from La Coupe’s Innocence Collection to help launch a new La Coupe Hair Care product line which was Fragrance Free, hypo-allergenic, dermatologist-tested, pure and gentle. Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe Salons and Hair Care products at the time (and making some great products now as well) gave some basic gems of advice, valid today, often not known, still. “Where, how and when to use which hair product is key and they can alter the texture and quality of the hair, making it fuller, curlier or straighter, softer or stiffer, shinier. The trick,” he continued, “is to use the right product in the right place, in the right way to help achieve that magic.”Amazing how many do not know this, even today! The magic here was by Kim Lepine who had that magic touch with all her hair work, making it pretty and soft, wearable, also fashion forward. At the time, most long hair was one length, so this inteesting haircut was new’ish then. To see more magic, for a romantic curled version, and an evening version, click HERE
Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1987 … Makeup: Nadiya Nottingham … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips/Creative Workforce … Empire Dress: Melissa Chatain … Ribbon Bow: Hyman Hendler … Model: Krista/Giovanni, Montreal … Photos/Tinting: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas (Collage by Helen Oppenheim)
TREND ALERT. Gucci have a similar style to this in their current ad campaign. I first posted on the trend in early in 2015. Which leads me to think something similar to this very popular hair shape from the late ’60s could well return. This version was by Charles Booth, of La Coupe in 1969. We called it The Orbit and it was inspired by the 1969 US Landing on on the Moon. Face on, the space-age hair style was just a cap of hair, with a heavy round smooth fringe rising up to a soft point in the middle of the forehead. It was cut right from the crown and the hair orbited all around. The cap graduated to a long, wide “V’ on both sides. For more, an anecdote, another version, click HERE
Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal … Model: Keitha McLean, Fashion Beauty Editor, The Montreal Star … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARBComment
It can be so easy to dress up your hair for the holiday season, whatever the style, length or texture. Here’s an idea, from 1993, which will never date. Three sparkling mis-matched rhinestone barrettes were strategically placed on a glam pageboy. But the look can also work beautifully with your Grandmother’s antique brooches, bobby-pinned on securely.
This idea, by Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe Salons at the time, was one of many created at La Coupe’s famous creative evening. He went into action way after midnight, his first hairstyle in 8 years! For many more great holiday ideas like this by the talented hairdressers at the Creative Evening, click HERE
Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe NY/Montreal, 1993 … Makeup: Barbara Sansone … Model: Rose … Photo: © David Webber. Produced by Helen Oppenheim.Comment
This is a detail from two pages in The New York Sunday News Magazine article on La Coupe’s 1974 Art Deco Collection. The “Shine-On” hair color (my idea!) was applied where a lamp caught the light on straight hair. Colorist Jan Hughes added the “Shine-On with either cosmetics, food colorings, or real color, whether blue on black, or lighter blonde on blonde. Everyone, press and clients, was fascinated with her method – using the light from a photographer’s umbrella, set up in the salon, to guide her where the color would be added! La Coupe got tons of prestigious publicity from this original idea, light years ahead of its time – including a full page in Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen and this two page spread in The Sunday News Magazine. To see the photos from this very famous Collection from which this illustration was inspired and which put La Coupe on the world map, click HERE
Hair Left: Peter Green. Right: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1974 … Illustration: Tom HuffmanComment
Do you know your hair history? In the late ’60s, this look was very popular, similar done by many. There is a version or two making a comeback in 2015, so time to have another look at this 1969 version by Charles Booth, La Coupe Montreal.. It was called The Orbit and it was launched to celebrate the 1969 US landing on the moon.
Face on, it was just a cap of hair, with a heavy round smooth fringe rising up to a soft point in the middle of the forehead. It was cut right from the crown and the hair orbited all around. The back was short and the cap graduated to “V” on both sides.
The model was Keitha McLean, a client, at the time the influential fashion/beauty editor of The Montreal Star, who went on to WWD in its heyday, then later returned to Canada as the first editor-in-chief of Flare Magazine. For more details and a longer version, click here:
Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal, 1969 … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB
This is the Deco Cut, with a ’20s influence, created in 1974 by Charles Booth, La Coupe Salons. The short cut, all angles, and very complicated was part of the Art Deco Collection which put La Coupe on the map worldwide. “This is The Great Step Forward,” Charles Booth said at the time, “so many angles but it all fit in, going against everything we’ve done before, very accentuated. If you cut a wave into the hairline,” he continued, “it stays.”
La Coupe backed black, jet black, the hair color for the Deco Cuts – great with pale faces. Deco Cat’s Eyes Makeup, by Electa, featured cat’s eyebrows, a brow not seen for a few decades at the time. For full details on the hair, hair color, the makeup, click here
Deco Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, NY/Montreal … Deco Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado …. Deco Dress: Anne Klein … Long Black Leather Kid Gloves: Iona Monohan Collection … Model: Danielle …. Photo: Serge Beauchemin. Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim
I just found these thank you cards from various people I worked with from 1978 to 1985. Memories.
Top Left: The Perfecto! Gracias! card came with some earrings from Cartier in 1978. I had just produced a show for La Coupe in Barcelona, Spain, in front of over 2,0000 people and we were a huge success. Charles Booth was very happy.
Top Right: This card came from John Sahag. For Christmas 1985. It wasn’t alas forever. But the sentiment was beautiful. And it came with a magnum bottle of Dom Pérignon.
Bottom Left: This card came with a huge bouquet of flowers so not his signature. Vidal Sassoon had just seen my first Collection I had produced in 1979 – Soft Cubism.
Bottom Right: Memo from George Shaw, publicist and philanthropist who worked to help promote everything Vidal Sassoon when I worked there as PR and Creative Director of the Vidal Sassoon Salons USA and Canada.
More to come …Comment