Détente – 1974

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

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

The references for these interesting photos were Détente, Russia’s bid for a peaceful co-existence, in 1974 (!)  and the 1974 hit  Roman Polanski movie “Chinatown” which featured Faye Dunaway with some wonderful wavy hair.  Both influenced La Coupe for this famous Collection.  For more hairstyles and info on the photos, Click here: 

Hair: Kim Lepine, waved by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal, l1974 … Makeup: Electa & Corrado … Black Cossack Tops created by Cassar, Lily Simon for La Coupe … Rings: John Warden … Cigarettes: Sobranie Russian Black … Model: Beverly Abazar … Photos: Serge Beauchemin
Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced  by Helen Oppenheim, with apologies for the Cigarettes, something I’d never use today in a photo!  I had some fun with the prop styling, take a look at the details …



Photos on Helen’s Blog – Feb 5 to Feb 22, 2014

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in All Photos on Blog, Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Collage of Photos on Helen's Blog - Feb 5 to Feb 22, 214

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

This collage has photos  from February 5th to February 22nd on Helen’s Blog, including Seen on Scene photos of Fab Fashionistas taken during NY Fashion Week for Fall 2014 . Also there’s stunning photos from The New York Times of the best from  Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week, with a feather-ruffling blog by me on runway hair from the shows underneath. A video of me being interviewed with an update on this website by Maggie Mulhern is worth a look, as are all photos on the Blog, right to the end, since they are all hair history, which I have highlighted from the website. To see collages of all photos on the Blog scroll under Blog on the Menu Bar, or you can click here:



Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

Corset scene "Gone With The Wind" - 1987!

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Inspired by a famous scene in the 1939 movie “Gone With the Wind” here is Scarlett O’Hara, the Southern Belle, getting dressed for the ball in this iconic Tara Collection from La Coupe in 1987.   Kim Lepine  attached ringlets to the mid-parted hair with flattering upswept sides.

The team left New York at 6 am for Connecticut to shoot this Collection (styled by a young but great Arianne Phillips, later Madonna’s famous fashion stylist) and arrived back in New York at 3 am.   Only regret, the nails in this photo are red!  Fiddle-De-Dee!

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, NY … Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips … Camisole Bloomers: Victoria Falls … Corset: Jean Hoffman-Joanna Starr … Model: Alayne/Zoli … Photo: Geoffey Hargrave Thomas.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim

For more from the Tara Collection, of which I am very proud:, scroll back and forth. click here


Angelo Seminara Texture/Color Play – 2010

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Andrew O "Toole

Photo: Andrew O ‘Toole

Spotlighting again this hair from The Ten Collection (2010) by Angelo Seminara, hair that has  always fascinated me. It is a play with textures and colors and is like no other hair I’ve ever seen before.  For more about this unique, highly innovative hair artist (Multi times voted Hairdresser of  the Year in the UK)  and more of his stunning photos and hair ideas, click here

Hair: Angelo Seminara … Makeup: Imogen Snell … Photo: © Andrew O’Toole


Instagram on Website, Hair Extensions – 2014

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

From ModernSalon.ocm

From ModernSalon.com

Thank you, Maggie Mulhern for this Instagram on the website and Simon Forbes, who invented Hair Extensions.   Click:  http://instagram.com/p/kfHN80R_BK/


Blog and Video on helenoppenheim.com – 2014

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

From ModernSalon.com

From ModernSalon.com

Thank you, Maggie (and Lauren) of ModernSalon.com for The Helen Oppenheim Site Update on your blog.   You made me look good on the video, Maggie, even if I wasn’t at all prepared or got to primp before! To read, see the photos and to view the video with Maggie interviewing Helen, click here.


Front Row to Fashion Week, NY Times – Fall 2014

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

From The New York Times

From The New York Times

The New York Times has done something extraordinary with their Front Row to Fashion Week, the most amazing presentation, visually stunning, useful and informative too. I show only a few of many designers here and you can click on each photo to make it larger.  They say: “Of the hundreds of fall 2014 collections shown during New York Fashion Week, here are the ones that left the biggest impression on fashion editors as they headed off to the next round of shows, in London, Milan and Paris.”  Congratulations Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, Erik Hinton and Ruth La Ferla. Click here for the stunning presentation of all you need to know about fashion for fall.

However, while everything you need to know about fashion for Fall 2014 is here, sadly, once again, there’s not much inspiration on the hair front. There is some, but most of the runway hair was dreary, boring, often over-greasy, dirty looking, over-messed up hair or that old load of nothing stand-by, the ponytail and this is what walked the runway in almost every show, nothing much new.   I just can’t compute how fashion designers design new fashions for shows season after season, yet hairdressers can live with themselves by doing the same old hair season after season.   Yes, the designer wants safe hair, and the designer rules, but surely the same interesting hair on every model won’t take away from their fashions and would make their designs more interesting, just as accessories can do. Hairdressers surely could motivate some designers with some more exciting yet appropriate hair ideas for Fashion Week shows.  Perhaps hairdressers should unite, become a stronger force, just as fashion designers have, to get out of this stagnation, this sad state of hair ideas which does nothing to inspire the mere mortals out there to wear their hair in something newer than the same look they are all wearing, long, ponytailed too many days but not, thank goodness, all greasy, stringy, and dirty-looking!! And not as messy as fashion designers, fashion stylists and hairdressers seem to think is the way people want to or should wear their hair.  It is not.  Please, dear hairdressers, fashion designers, fashion stylists, please show more interesting hair next season … but I am not holding my breath, because while everyone from fashion designers to magazine editors and the sponsors – and the hairdressers –  accept dreary hair and the ponytail as a fashion trend year after year, nothing will change.



Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Julia Podogina

Photos: Julia Podogina … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

As  I marvel at the hair wave statement being made on PBS’s “Downton Abbey” every week– even more wonderful this season – I keep thinking of the Vivienne Mackinder waves from her 2012 Bridal Amour Collection.  This waving beauty had her hair Marcel waved, then gathered into a low chignon to create the illusion of a bob. So similar, so beautiful, don’t you think?  “Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale,” the WorldGreat said at the time about her modern, fresh bridal designs, many of which are on the website, click here and scroll through.

Hair: Vivienne Mackinder, Fashion Director, Intercoiffure America//Canada …  Makeup: David Maderich … Fashion Stylist: David Wadjaja …  Photo: Julia Podogina