The Frizzie Lizzie – 1967

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Unknown

Photo: Unknown

This 1967 photo of The Frizzie Lizzie inspired by glamorous ’30s hair was by Charles Booth for La Coupe in Montreal (before he opened in NYC.)  The photo inspired Harold Leighton in 2014; he has written an article for The Epoque Times – “Hair Fit For The Oscars” which also shows more La Coupe  photos from the ’70s to ’90s.  We love the fact Harold and Epoque love our hair from the Archives on this website all these decades later.  To read the online version of the article, click here.  (Full page newspaper version to come.)   For more on the Frizzie Lizzie and La Coupe’s ’60s hair, click

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe … Photo/Model: Unknown


Divine Helmut Newton – 1974

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Photo: © Helmult Newton

Photo: © Helmult Newton

Iconic Fashion photo by Helmut Newton for American Vogue, 1974.  Two girls dancing in Maui, Hawaii.  I always loved this photo.  Everything about it.  Divine perfection.

“Fashion pictures rarely have any logic. Each one is a moment without a beginning or an end,” said Helmut Newton.  He warns: “You mustn’t take my pictures too seriously. Don’t look for a message, because there isn’t one.”   More from Helmut Newton’s 1984  provocative thriller of a book, Women Without Men, click

Fashions: Left – Stavropoulous, Right: John Anthony  … Photo: © Helmut Newton for American Vogue Magazine.


Waving Beauties – 1974

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Waving Hair Accessories - 1974

Photos: Serge Beauchemin’s Assistant

Do you know your hair history?  Looking at all the hair on the BBC’s Downton Abbey wave love fest on PBS every Sunday, I thought these 1974 waves by La Coupe inspired by the movie “Chinatown” maybe of interest. In the days before waving with an iron, waves took a long time to dry and I had this brainwave that one could even go out on the town wearing the decorated wave clamps I had designed – made of feathers, glitter, pearls, whatever.  Decades later, I saw decorated wave clamps being sold as hair accessories! For more great waves, click here  also see how WWD  picked up the trend!

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Models left: Bonnie Bernier, right: Beverly Abazar …  Photos: Serge Beauchemin’s Assistant … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Deconstructed Hair, Impressionist Face – 1983

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Early Deconstructed Hair, Impressionist Makeup – 1983

Photo: © Lance Staedler

Deconstructed hair, so new-looking in 1983,  a bob, rising back off the face, by Dwight Miller with Luis Alvarez, for Zotos with Linda Mason’s impressionist art face, created for fun only, in about one minute at the end of the shoot. Collection shown with deconstructed fashions.    For more info on hair and makeup photos, click, scroll along

Hair: Dwight Miller, Luis Alvarez, Zotos International, 1983 … Makeup: Linda Mason … Model: Danielle Carbonneau …Photo: Lance Staedler … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Vidal Sassoon Adds A Queue – 1980

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre ... Collage:

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Collage:

In 1980, short hair went long and romantic in a flash. With The Queue.  Invented by Avram for Vidal Sassoon NY, the all-in-one-hair ornament, which included a brushed gold bow covering a ponytail, was clipped on to short hair with a flirty kiss curl on the forehead in one simple movement.   For more info and more for her and him, click

Hair/Queue: Avram, Perm: Edward Moore, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980 …  Model:Lynn Snowden (Freelance  Journalist/Author) … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Produced/Collage by Helen Oppenheim


Vidal Sassoon Alum Accolade on Facebook – 2014

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Vidal Sassoon  Alum Facebook Page

Vidal Sassoon Alum Facebook Page

An accolade, unexpected and appreciated, from Vidal Sassoon Alum Facebook page on this website.  Here is what they said: “We are loving Helen Oppenheim Hair Fashion Photo Archives – inspiration/ideas 60s to now. Tutorials. Unique Resource by hair guru, US Corr Peluquerias Magazine, Barcelona. Photo/Journalist.”They had also posted two photos the day before from a Vidal Sassoon album on the website – see smaller version of the Post on Photos under the Like, to the left.  Thank you Vidal Sassoon Alum.


Go for the Gold with a Gold Snood – 1987

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Red Carpet Hair idea - a Gold Snood

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Go for the Gold with this hair accessory, a gold snood.  Dress up for evening, also a great idea for the Oscar Red Carpet.   In 1987, Kim Lepine of La Coupe added a gold snood to a mid-parted drape chignon for golden nights.  If there is not enough hair and the hair is long enough, the snood could be stuffed with matching false hair, a silk scarf or even pantyhose for the same effect.  Hide all under a layer of hair.  “For flattering proportions – play.”  Click for more here

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe NY/Montreal .. Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips … Ballgown: Cathy Hardwick … Earrings: Jean Hoffman – Jana Starr … Snood: Andrew Veneto/Mr. Vito … Location: The Palace Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut … Model: Alayne/Zoli … Photos: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas. Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Wrap Up by Edward Tricomi – Spring 2014

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Wrap Up, Douglas Hannat - Spring 2014

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Edward Tricomi’s wrap up for Douglas Hannant at his Spring 2014 NY Fashion Week show was a simple style, quiet looking.  Hair was blown dry perfectly straight, swept back at the front to finish in a long ponytail, chicly wrapped around and around, no pins showing!   For more info and more versions, click

Hair: Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi Salons for L’Oréal Professional … Photo: © Helen Oppenheim