Peluquerias Magazine 500th Issue – May 2013

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

Peluquerias Cover 500th Issue - May 2013

Peluquerias Magazine

The 500th Peluquerias Magazine Cover, after publishing 44 years.  The very visual magazine is published in Barcelona, Spain.  There are Correspondents in Paris, London, Italy and I am US Correspondent also covering Canada.  My columns, each 6 – 8 pages, are published 8 times a year, minimum one full page per article.  Sometimes 2, 3 or even 4 pages.  I could publish you if if if …



John Sahag, Rachel Part lll – 1997

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

John Sahag, Rachel, Part lll - 1997

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

John Sahag often gave his last client or model a glass of champagne or wine, and here’s Rachel, a John muse, enjoying hers as he concentrated to put  finishing touches to her hair.  He always really concentrated when he cut hair.  For the finished look (unpublished, the last I did for Sahag) and  a how-to, go to the last album on HairThen, John Sahag, Sahag Press Photos, Rachel Part lll on  It will be worth it!

Model: Rachel Bick … Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Boudoir Hair, A Curly Gamine – 1987

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Boudoir Hair, A Curly Gamine - 1987

Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave-Thomas

Another romantic feeling from La Coupe New York – in 1987.  A gamine short soft look for those with curly hair.  And it could be worn today.  From the Boudoir Hair Collection.

La Coupe introduced The New Curl and Kim Lepine, International Design Director, predicted:  “The New Direction is small heads, closer to the head, with soft “V” backs.”    For much more (close-up, sideview, backview and tutorials) go to HairThen, 80s Hair, Boudoir Hair on

Hair:  Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1987 … Texture: Rita Starnella … Makeup: Nadiya Nottingham …  Model Lori Hope/Kay …  Fashion Styling: Aleta Wolf-Gentile … Graphics: Guion Beecher … Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Shine-On Lights – 1974

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Shine-On Lights


More art deco.  With shine-on lights, color just where the light would shine on straight hair.  This idea got more press in all the major magazines at the time than any of the many inspirational stories in La Coupe’s 1974 Art Deco campaign. For more, much more, and how-to’s for color and cuts, go to HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, Art Deco on this website.

Top, and color detail center from NY Sunday News Magazine 2 page spread … left  gold shine-on,  and center bottom,  burgundy shine-on,  photos by Serge Beauchemin.   Photo right, blue shine-on, photo by Lorraine Sylvestre, illustration by Tom Huffman, all  hair by Charles Booth, La Coupe.  Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim




The Great Gatsby, The Movie – and More …

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

The Great Gatsby, The Movie and more ...

Above, Bazz Lurhamnn’s Great Gatsby Inspirations – Warner Brothers
Second collage – Sherri Jessee’s New Gatsby
Third collage – La Coupe’s ’20s inspirations, 1993







Saw the movie today.

I loved the fashions  (some by Prada and Miu Miu)  the jewelry (Tiffany’s)  the hair accessories (hardly any feathers, much more sophisticated) the hair (wigs, I think by Kerry Warn) the cloche hats, and the eye makeup very today rather than of the era but beautiful.

The 3-D was interesting, once you got used to it, some overdone, loved the titles at the end.  The movie was far from perfect but fun, better than I thought it would be with all the Baz bashing-  just forget the beloved F. Scot Fitzgerald book, enjoy it.

As Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting a bit O.T.T., his hair dyed blonder, a little wave, Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Jordan Baker, didn’t have much of a part but she came off as a future star – we’ll be hearing more of her, and Daisy’s husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton.)  Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan was lovely, wearing great fashions and jewelry.   Baz Lurhmann was Baz, better than Moulin Rogue, which I didn’t like, but still Baz with his Long Island computer-generated , sometimes cartoonish Gatsby filmed in Australia.

Look for hair and fashion inspiration in these three collages of photos –  top collage, of Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Gatsby (Leonoard di Caprio) and Jordan (Elizabeth Debicki) from Baz Lurhmann’s Great Gatsby which opened nationwide “everywhere” in the US today, Friday, May 10,  and will open the Cannes Festival on May 15, out of the competition.

Oscars?  Only for Costume Design, I think.  Maybe Special Effects.

Then check out some great photo-generated Long-Island shots by Roberto Ligestri for Sherri Jessee’s New Great Gatsby Collection featuring Nick Evanovich as Gatsby in Tom Ford, styled by the late-great David Widjaja,  and two photos from La Coupe’s 1993 Creative Evening, hair by Kim Lepine, Photos by David Webber.  The vintage hair accessories were and are spot-on. Scroll/Click for more Sherri Jessee’s New Gatsby on Modern More La Coupe’s 20-inspired jazz age hairstyles, HairThen, 90s on


Magritte-Inspiired Vidal Sassoon HighHair – 1980

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Magritte-Inspiired Vidal Sassoon HighHair  1980

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

The Museum of Modern Art will be inspiring the fashion and hair worlds with Magritte: The Mystery Of The Ordinary, 1926 -1938, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on René Magritte’s breakthrough surrealist years.  The exhibition opens in New York on September 28, 2013, before traveling to Houston and Chicago in 2014.

Magritte inspired Vidal Sassoon New York In 1980 – with these versions of romantic, dreamy HighHair, by Graham Wren, photographed with some Magritte-like clouds and curtains, designed by Avram.   Apologies to  René Magritte’s “Le Beau Monde” (“High Society”) created in 1960 (not the exhibition’s time frame) but we thought any Magritte is motivational.   For more surreal hair, go to HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, HighHair, on

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel … Dress: Patrick Wise … Model: Vyctoria … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Art Director: Avram … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Zandra Rhodes with Hamish Bowles – 2013

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Zandra Rhodes with Hamish Bowles

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

British designer Zandra Rhodes with her signature hot pink hair, now in a classic bob, with Hamish Bowles of Vogue, photographed during the Punk: Chaos to Couture Press Preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Zandra has some of her famous dresses included in the great exhibition.  Check Museums on for photos of the must-see exhibition May 9 to August 14, 2013.

Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Punk: Chaos to Couture @The Met – Yamamoto

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Punk - Chaos to Couture - Yamamoto

Metropolotan Musuem of Art – Photo: Helen Oppenheim

PUNK – FROM CHAOS TO COTURE – at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 9 to August 13, 2013.  Here’s Yohji Yamamoto.  More fashions under Museums on  Red carpet arrivals will be live streamed beginning at 7 pm on,, and – tonight, Friday May 6, beginning at 7 pm.Z

Hair treatment: Guido Palau … Photo: Helen Oppenheim