Peter Gray’s Fantasy Hair Art – 2009

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

Peter Gray's Fantasy Hair Art - 2009

Photo: © Takahiro Ogawa

Peter Gray’s Fantasy Hair Art.  “BIg and bold, big in ideas, bold in courage,” this was the hair  Peter Gray and his team designed for the “Hair Renaissance” show in Yokohama, Japan. Sponsored by Honda Salons and Hikari Inc, Peter Gray and his team did this show in Japan for nothing. They wanted to what they wanted to do.  And they did. As can be seen here.  There were some 2,000 people in the audience to see this amazing event.

The outfits were selected from MA and BA students who “truly had an architectural foundation to their design and profoundly fit the concept, at the same time enabling us to showcase emerging designers without commercial constraints on a full fashion catwalk in Japan,”  remembered Gray.   Wow.  Love this look which, tells the story. So chic.  So classy.   For more Peter Gray Hair Art, go to WorldGreats on

Hair: Peter Gray, Masa Honda Team & Peter Gray Team … Makeup: Chiho Omae … Fashion Stylist: Yasuhiro Takehisa … Photo: © Takahiro Ogawa …
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Pearls In The Hair – 1977

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Pearls In The Hair - 1977

Photo: © Larry Nichols

1977.  Different-sized pearls floated in the hair here and there, like satellites,  by Jerome Pinsonneault for La Coupe, Toronto.   Good idea for the holidays, any special night or for a bride.  So easy to do.   Scatter pearls (or rhinestones)  on almost any hairstyle.

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe, Toronto … Makeup: Tuvia (aka Ted Nadel) … Pearls: Bloomingdale’s … Model: Sandra Rimand … Photo: Larry Nichols … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Magritte Inspirations – 1993/2013

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Magritte Inspirations - 1993/2013

Photo left: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue … Sketch right: La Coupe

Love the Renato Campora hair on movie actress Jessica Chastain (left) in the December issue of American Vogue, photo by Annie Leibovitz.

The moon is interpreted as headband in David Alexandre’s 1993 sketch of his hair idea for La Coupe, also inspired by Magritte’s 1954 painting “The Dress of Night” shown in his exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that year.…


La Coupe Renunion – 2013

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

La Coupe Renunion - 2013

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We had a long long lunch.  Laughter. Tears.  Giggles.  Kisses. Hugs.  We all took lots of photos.  With iPads, iPhones, Cameras.

This was a bridge-mending lunch.  Kim Lepine, La Coupe’s lead hairstylist for decades, and Toni Fornasier, who helped launch the La Coupe products, hadn’t spoken to La Coupe owner, Charles Booth, for over 20 years. after working for him for decades.  And I only started speaking to him again  in our off/on, love/hate relationship when I  launched my website.   I’m so happy I managed to make this reunion happen.

We all had such  fun.  Haven’t had a good tears-with-laughter time like this in a  long time!  We mended bridges. And there’s another  reunion to come  on Charles’s next visit to NY  from the UK, where he now lives again.

Top, left to right: Toni Fornasier, Helen Oppenheim, Kim Lepine, Charles Booth.  Bottom, left to right:  Kim with Charles … Helen with Kim … Charles with Toni … Charles with Helen.

Photos by the lovely waitress at Casimir on the Upper East Side, perfect restaurant for a reunion lunch … by a very kind Casimir customer … by Charles Booth, Toni Fornasier, Helen Oppenheim

Go to HairThen on the website for La Coupe’s innovative and inspirational work from the late 60s to early 90s.



Photos on Helen’s Blog – Oct 9 to Nov 12, 2013

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in All Photos on Blog, Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Photos on Helen's Blog Oct 9 to Nov 12, 2013

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I am busy on the website.  Take a look at Helen’s Blog. Don’t stop if you want some more inspiration on hair from then and now and maybe tomorrow!   Some of the best photos and ideas are at the very end.

For more details and full credits about these photos on Helen’s Blog from October 9 to November 12, 2013, scroll down and down.


John Sahag, Futuristic Butterfly – 2003

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

John Sahag, Futuristic Butterlfy - 2003

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

In 2003, John Sahag and the Workshop Team put on a memorable show at the IBS NY.  The theme was  futuristic butterflies. Here is one of the playful looks. The meticulously engineered couture hairpieces (which took 4 hairdressers and 4 assistants 4 weeks to create) were cut-up, colored, entwined, tied with elastics and attached to heads, with seams showing. For more butterflies flying, go to HairThen, John Sahag, Sahag More, IBS NY on

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop … Makeup: Jun Funahashi/L’Atelier … Fashions: Gaelyn & Cianfarani … Fashion Styling: Lisa Von Weise … Photo: Helen Oppenheim


He Invented Hair Extensions – 1981

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

He Invented Hair Extensions - 1981

Photo: Unknown

Do you know your hair history?  Simon Forbes of Antenna Salon in London literally invented hair extensions before anyone else even thought of making short hair long or fine hair thicker with hair that could last 3 months.  You may have seen his colorful extensions first on Boy George (George O’Dowd) when they helped catapult both of them to fame.  Here’s the Dome Cosmetics Monofibre extensions, some subtly shaded, with braided false hair on top, like a bonnet.  For more, go to WorldGreats on

Hair: Antenna, London … Photo: Unknown


Naughty Knottie – 1978

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

Naughty Knottie - 1978

Photo: Tseng Kwong Chi

Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe’s Chic Chignon King, placed this tiny whirled naughty knottie to rise from a diamond shaped parting on top of the head, while a shiny healthy long bob swung in space.

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe (with Gloria Waugh) … Makeup: Tuvia  (aka Ted Nadel)… Mldel: Natasha Dooh … Photo:  Tseng Kwong Chi (aka Joseph Tseng)  … Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote: Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990) known as Joseph Tseng in 1978, before he became famous photographed two styles for La Coupe in Montreal – go to HairThen, La Coupe, MishMash on and with this link  check his famous photos for auction –