Heirloom Vidal Sassoon Check – 1979

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Vidal Sassoon Check

Vidal Sassoon Check 1979

Memoribilia.  Innovative, inspirational idea.   I’ve never see a check like this 1979 heirloom check sent to me when I was in-house PR and Creative Director for Vidal Sassoon Salons USA and had an office in The Galleria on East 57th Street, near the NY Salon.  This copy of the check covered expenses for a typewriter ($100) … $37.84 for a trip I made to other Sassoon Salons –  from NY to LA to San Francisco and back to NY … $16.21 for deliveries, which I think must have been deliveries of staples to my office refrigerator for entertaining.  The hair on the check is a very famous signature Vidal Sassoon cut, The Box Bob, by Fumio Kawashima, I think in 1976.  Photographer: John Swanell.

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Surreal Raphael – 1971

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Fifth in a series featuring the talent in the Archives.  (Series to be continued later. Stay tuned … )

Raphael Santarossa in 1971.  Press photo to launch his new salon and his first Collection, Femme Fatale.  The surreal theme because apart from being one of the great hairdressers of all time, Raphael also painted in a surreal style.  His bio just begins to tell the amazing story about the career and life of this one-of-a-kind hairdresser who cut and tressed famous heads of the superstars and supermodels of his era –  Liz Taylor, Judy Garland, Catherine Deneuve and more. To read the bio, click here To see his Femme Fatale Collection and more, click here

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

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La Coupe’s Kim Lepine On Stage in Spain – 1978

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

Photo: Courtesy Peluquerias Magazine

Photo: Courtesy Peluquerias Magazine,  Spain

Fourth in a series featuring the talent in action working on the photos in the Archives.

Here is La Coupe’s Kim Lepine working on her wave cut, in 1978.  This was the first bob with layers and it featured cut-in waves.  She was on stage here at the Jornados Internacional in Barcelona in front of some 2,000  people in the audience. For the finished look, click here    More of her beautiful, wearable and original work can be seen in many of La Coupe’s albums from the ’70s to the ’90s on  the website.  Just click away.

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ORLANDO PITA @ CAROLINA HERRERA – 2010

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Third in a series featuring the talent in action working on the photos in the Archives.

Orlando Pita, Orlo Salon, demonstrating his beaded headbands for TV backstage for Moroccaanoil at the Carolina Herrera Summer 2010 Fashion Week Show. To see the album on this show and how creatively the headband was worked into the hair, click here:

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

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Peter Gray @ Badgley Mischka – 2012

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

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Second in a series featuring the talent in action working on the photos in the Archives.

Peter Gray, comb in mouth, adding the finishing touches to his voluminous French-pleated hair for Moroccanoil at the Spring 2012 Badgley Mischka NY Fashion Week show.  For more on this Peter Gray hair from this show, click here
Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

 

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JOHN SAHAG @ ISSEY MIYAKE, PARIS 1997

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

Photo: © Eric Deniset, Paris

Photo: © Eric Deniset, Paris

First in a series featuring the talent in action working on the photos in the Archives.

1997.  John Sahag backstage preparing windswept hair at Issey Miyake’s show in Paris.  For more Windswept hair and Sahag on the hair for the show, a must-read, different under most photos,  click here

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, NYC … Photo: Eric Deniset, Paris

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BOOK, MOVIE, DREYFUS SCANDAL – 1895/2015

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

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

As I was enthralled reading the spy thriller book “An Officer and Spy” by Robert Harris, I kept thinking, there’s a good movie here.  After I finished, I discovered Roman Polanski announced he is going to direct  “D” a movie based on the Alfred Dreyfus Affair and the book, to begin shooting at the end of the year. For those who don’t know, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer on the general staff in the French Army was wrongly accused and imprisoned in 1895 of being a spy.  This was a sensational 12-year scandal during a time of anti-Semitism in France.  As casting is underway, it’s interesting to imagine who will play whom in what is sure to be a very special movie.  Any ideas?  The fashion interest should come with the uniforms, and the words  “J’Accuse.”

Here are some of the characters.  Top left to right: Young Captain Alfred Dreyfus, Alfred Dreyfus, Colonel Georges Picquart, the courageous hero and whistleblower without whom Dreyfus may have languished forever on Devil’s Island under appalling circumstances … Lucie Dreyfus, faithful wife … Middle row: Public Degradation of Dreyfus when he is stripped of his badges, buttons and his sword is snapped … Dreyfus at his last trial, an old man at 39 after 4 years in prison … “J’Accuse” Emile Zola’s 1898 open letter addressed to the President, a celebrated exposé, as published in L’Aurore … Influential writer, Emile Zola, who had to flee to England for his letter condemning a major injustice … The Dreyfus family …  Bottom row: Just 3 of the disgraceful French Army officers involved: The main accuser, Major Armand Mercier du Paty de Clam … Major Hubert-Joseph Henry … Major Ferdinand Esterhazy, the real culprit …  The jacket cover of the book “An Officer and Spy” …  The author Robert Harris … Roman Polanski who will direct the movie “D”.  Watch out for the movie, probably in 2015.  To read the book, click here 

 

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Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair Updo – 1980

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

Vidal Sassoon's HighHair Updo - 1980

Photo: Gérard Gentil

This is Tom Principe’s asymmetric up version from the romantic, dreamy and innovative HighHair Collection created in 1980 at the Vidal Sassoon NY Salon.

There was no teasing, two rats were placed inside the hair, which could be worn as high or low as one liked, asymmetric or simply going up high, as here.  For more on this, including an Anecdote and more HighHair inspiration from the famous collection, click here

Hair: Tom Principe, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel … Clouds: Ansell Adams … Art: Avram … Collage: Jan Kosarin of Norman Kosarin, Inc. … Model: Vivienne … Photo: Gérard Gentil

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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