High Voluminous French Twists – 2012

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

High Voluminous French Twist - 2012

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

Modern ’50s glam hair by Peter Gray for Moroccanoil at the Badgley Mischka Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show.

“Go for it, make it big, big, bigger,” Peter Gray advised his team as they teased the tops of the high voluminous foam-padded French Twists into graceful graphic shiny shapes. For more versions , go to Fashion Week SS12  on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Peter Gray for Moroccanoil … Photo: Helen Oppenheim



Vidcat Digital Fashion Downloads – 50s to Recent

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Vidcat Digital Fashions - 50s to Recent

Collage by helenoppenheim.com

New, new, new.  Just launched.  Vidcat Digital, the Online Store for Fashion Show Video Downloads –  exclusive, archives of high-quality fashion videos for the fashion and hair obsessed from the 50s to now.

Be inspired and archive your own videos –  Recent, Retro, Vintage, Backstage.   And there are great vintage black and white fashion newsreels from the 50s and 60s. Watch on your computer, TV or mobile devices. You can purchase an annual subscription and download free sample clips to watch before you purchase.  For more information go to www.vidcatdigital.com

Screen grabs (still frames) from the videos top left to right: Bill Blass Wide Shoulders, 1985 … Bill Blass fur, 1985 … LaBlanca swimwear with pink hair, 1986 … Bubble Helmet, Julian Macdonald, 1986 … Bridal Hat, Bob Mackie, 1985 … Young supermodels Cindy Crawford, 1980s … and a blonde Linda Evalengista, 1990s … Vidcat Digital Home Page … ’50s Swimwear, sexy then!


Ellen Christine Couture Hats – 2000s

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

Ellen Christine Couture Hats - 2000s

Collage by helenoppenheim.com

I’ve always been inspired by hats for hair ideas. And while many hats look good with no hair, the right hair and hat combo can make an interesting story. Here’s a selection by the one and only Ellen Christine Couture Hats of NYC.  Her hats can be seen in all the major mags of the world, covers and pages all over the place. If you want a hat to wow, this is the place for you.

Photos include a Vogue cover, supermodel-of -the moment Karlie Kloss on the cover of Book Couture.  Sandy Ramirez photos: Cory Nova (girls with fuschia hair, a Moët Champagne Christmas hat top right) and the pink flower hat from the Met Opera Collection, the cloche, straw hat with bob. That’s Ellen in green with glasses one Easter, and The Olsen Twins looking adorable in Ellen Christine Couture (www,.ellenchristine.com)


Linda Mason, Makeup Artist Extraordinaire – 1984

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Linda Mason, Makeup Artist Extraordinaire - 1984

Photo: Lance Staedler

Linda Mason, makeup artist extraordinaire, created this impressionist painting on the beautiful face of model, Danielle Carbonneau, the end of a Zotos photos shoot in 1984.

After a fast face whitening, Linda just threw this masterpiece on Danielle’s face, in 2 seconds. For more Linda Mason makeup, go to ThisThat, The Mix on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair by Dwight Miller/Luis Alvarez for Zotos Int. … Photo: Lance Staedler …Produced by Helen Oppenheim



Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


What would you like to see more of on Helen’s Blog?
What do you think of my Why’s?  (Have you scrolled down to see them all?)
What do you look at? Only Page One of the blog?! More pages?

Hope you do look at more than Page One of the blog because there’s a lot of good stuff there – and hope you check  the website, because the hair Collections are not just one photo as I post on the Blog (or Social Media.)  Most Collections have other versions of the idea.  Many Collections have great how-tos.  To put it another way, most photos I show on the Blog and Social Media are only part of the story, of the theme, of the narrative, so seeing just one photo is like seeing only one scene in a movie.

What else do  you look at on the website?
What would you like to see more of on the website?


Angel Hair – 1987

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

Angel Hair - 1987

Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Inspired by religious paintings and the French Napoleonic Empire period of the early 19th Century, Kim Lepine created this innovative heavenly Angel Hair in 1987 for La Coupe’s Innocence Product Collection.  There was a heady mix of textures with straight hair and tiny wave movements plus ringlets, all strategically placed, irregularly.  For more on this Collection, styled by Arianne Phillips, later Madonna’s famous fashion stylist, go to HairThen, La Coupe, 80s, on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe … Fashion Stylng: Arianne Phillips … Empire Dress: Melissa Chatain … Model: Krista … Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Helmut Newton Book, Service – 1984

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

Helmut Newton Book - 1984

Photo: © Helmut Newton

I wrote the press release, bio and photo cut-lines for Helmut Newton’s provocative thriller of a book, Women Without Men, published by  Xavier Moreau in 1984.  I called him at his home in Monte Carlo
and amongst the questions I asked  him was: Do you mind if I call you the “King of Kink” in the press release, as Time Magazine called you. “I love it,” he replied.

Here is one of my favorite photos, seldom seen, from the book.  Surely it is the most intriguing kiss photo ever.

I have always loved and been inspired by so many  photos by the world-infamous fashion photographer and am proud to present some of them from his book with some of his wonderful words on my website (go to Icons on www.helenoppenheim.com)

French Vogue, 1976, Paris … Fashions: Gilles du Four Marie-Martine … Fur: Bealieu … Photo: © Helmut Newton


Crimped Sleeper – 1975

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Crimped Sleeper - 1975

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Do you know your hair history?  The first use of a crimping machine in the modern era was in 1975.  It was a 50 year old machine La Coupe stylist Elmer Olsen found in his Grandmother’s attic and La Coupe used it in their famous Sleeper Collection.  It was so new, that Vogue did something on “Grandmother’s Crimper” in the September 1975 issue.  See bottom right here.   And the world copied the idea, made it electric and still make hair fashion with it today.  More Sleepers and some iconic photos in HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, Sleepers on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair Right: Lesley Walden, La Coupe, Montreal … Crimp Machine Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Book: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler … Model: Melanie
Bishop … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre. Produced/Concept/Fashion Styling: Helen Oppenheim