Wishing US Olympians Wins in 2016 – 1976

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Wishing US Olympians Wins in 2016 – 1976

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. Graphics: Georgine Strathy

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 Oppenheim

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Soft, Fashion-Forward Wearable Hair – 1987

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Soft, Fashion-Forward Wearable Hair - 1987

Photos: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

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)

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Hair Bandeau With Antique Belt Buckle – 1993

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Hair Bandeau With Antique Belt Buckle – 1993

Photo: © David Webber

A bandeau is a hot trend in 2016. See bandeaux of every kind on “Downton Abbey” foreheads this final season, which started January 3 and continues for 6 episodes on PBS-TV.  This madly romantic look with a black sheer bandeau and an antique rhinestone buckle to one side was by Kim Lepine , another winner from La Coupe’s famous Creative Evening in 1993.   You can wear a bandeau with almost any hairstyle or length. Now is the time …

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, NY/Montreal, 1993 … HairColor: Emily Kim, La Coupe, NY … Makeup: Barbara Sansone … Photo: David Webber … (Produced by Helen Oppenheim)

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Happy New Year. Bottoms Up! – 1975

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Happy New Year. Bottoms Up! - 1975

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Happy New Year.  Bottoms Up!   This straight, all-one-length classic bob, was angel curled on tiny tongs, thin, like a pencil, with the bottoms up, in 1975.  The color was a gorgeous Mandarin/Mango shade, so new then it had to be flown in to the US for the photo shoot from La Coupe in Montreal.

For more photos, including the original of this photo, some in color, and the full story (definitely worth a look – and a read) click HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/NY for L’Oréal, 1975 … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado, Montreal, using Lançome … Jewelry: Elsa Perretti/Tiffany’s … Model: Paula Seigman
Photo: Klaus Lucka … (Collage and Collection Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim)

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Bob Dressed With ’30s Belt Buckle – 1993

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Bob Dressed With '30s Belt Buckle – 1993

Photo: © David Webber

A hair holiday idea – breathtakingly simple, so chic. An antique rhinestone belt buckle from the ’30s, which belonged to my Mother, decorates a simple bob. But could work with almost any hairstyle.   which ended at 2.30 am with some great hair inspiration, easy to do, easy to wear, La Coupe-style. (13 models in one evening!) The many resulting photos earned full pages in magazines all over the world.   For more holiday ideas from the evening, click HERE.

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, NY … Makeup: Barbara Sansone … Photo: David Webber. Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Angel Curls WithTender Tendrils – 1988

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Angel Curls WithTender Tendrils  – 1988

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

What could be more romantic than these angel curls dressed divinely with tender tendrils framing the face. This is Kim Lepine at her best for La Coupe, in 1988.

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe New York/Montreal … Makeup: Nadiya Nottingham … Fashion Stylist: Arianne Phillips/Creative Workforce … Silk Scarves: Kazuko Oshima … Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas.    Produced by Helen Oppenheim for her article in The Gazette Magazine, Montreal

 

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Bob Dressed With ’30s Belt Buckle – 1993

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Bob Dressed With '30s Belt Buckle – 1993

Photo: © David Webber. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

A hair holiday idea – breathtakingly simple, so chic. An antique rhinestone belt buckle from the ’30s, which belonged to my Mother, decorates a simple bob. But could work with almost any hairstyle.   By Kim Lepine, created at La Coupe’s now famous Creative Evening in 1993, which ended at 2.30 am with some great hair inspiration, easy to do, easy to wear, La Coupe-style. The photos earned full pages in magazines all over the world.   For more holiday ideas from the evening, click here:

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, NY … Makeup: Barbara Sansone … Photo: David Webber. Produced by Helen Oppenheim

 

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75 Years Gone With The Wind Premiere – 1939

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 75 Years Gone With The Wind Premiere – 1939

Stills from David O’Selznick’s “Gone With the Wind.” Collage by helenoppenheim.com

It is 75 years today, Monday, December 15, 2014 since the World Premiere of David O’ Selznick’s “Gone With The Wind” in Atlanta, on December 15, 1939 starring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Scarlett’s Tara.

Take a look at some stills  from the movie, the most celebrated in movie history, then check out the Vivien Leigh-inspired hair, re-created with ringlets, the snood, the corset and more, by La Coupe’s Kim Lepine in 1987 for more versions and how-to’s (click here)  and my Guest Blog for ModernSalon for more (click here)

 

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