Glam Chic Chignon with Crystals – 2011

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Glam Chic Chignon with Crystals – 2011

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim … Collage by helenoppenheim.com

This “fearlessly” glamorous chic chignon, different from every angle, has a lot going on – but it all works. Inspired by Hollywood movies (Anne Baxter in “All About Eve” and Bette Davis in “Dark Victory”) Peter Gray created this look for the Fall 2011 NY Fashion Week Show by red-carpet designers, Badgley Mischka. The off-center, spiral-rolled chignon resting low on the nape has a rope twist on the opposite side, and a long strip of crystals placed over the diagonal part. For other versions, how-to’s, click here: 

Hair: Peter Gray using Moroccanoil … Makeup: Tom Pecheux, Mac Cosmetics .. Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

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Hair History Tommy Yeardye – 1930-2004

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

Hair History BackFiles – Tommy Yeardye – 1930-2004

Photos: Getty Images, pbase.com

This is the backfile, the inside scoop, on Tommy Yeardye who was a colorful and controversial character.   A few feathers maybe ruffled but, in the interests of hair history, and with the help of a few well informed sources, see links below, here are the some interesting facts.

Tommy Yeardye (1930-2004) was born in Ireland. Before he became the Managing Director of Vidal Sassoon, he had been a stuntman known as “Muscles” and stunt doubled for Rock Hudson and Victor Mature, worked for Carmen Rollers also Glemby.   He is perhaps best known as a boyfriend of Diana Dors, England’s blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, and the scandal when Dors accused him of taking a large sum of her money, which he eventually returned in the presence of police officers. But before, this he was also a “heavy – a minder at one time for Peter Rachman,” landlord in the Notting Hill area of London in the ’50s and early ’60s who became notorious for his exploitation of his tenants, according to Wikipedia. He later married Ann Davis, a Chanel model, his daughter, Tamara Mellon was the co-founder of Jimmy Choo Couture Shoes, Yeardye was chairman of Jimmy Choo until his death. Later, Tamara sued her Mother, charges were dropped, but “maybe a chip of the old block because,” one well-informed source says, ” Yeardye wanted to open a chain of Vidal Sassoon salons in malls or wherever but that was a non-starter. He left, Sassoon sued and Yeardye counter sued. It seems he had copies of files showing financial shenanigans of Vidal Sassoon. They both dropped charges.” I won’t go on, there’s more but …

Daily Telegraph Obituary  (but know there are some errors here, especially about his involvement with Sassoon products)  … You can read more on Diana Dors here  …   Tamara Mellon, now an OBE, and ranked as one of the richest women in the UK, click here 

Photos: Getty Images, http://www.pbase.com/john_santilli/santilli_at_sassoons

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Sahag ’70s Hair on Linda Morand – 1974

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

Sahag '70s Hair on Linda Morand – 1974

Beret Photo: © Hans Fuerer … Train Photo: © Monika Robi. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Photos in this collage show Linda Morand with hair by John Sahag in 1974. The American “Super Chick” model, usually seen then with short straight geometric hair, has curly hair and a beret for Vogue Paris and is shown, in a detail, as “The Woman on the Train” for Foto Magazine – with longer curly hair, pure 70s. For more on this story and more Sahag, click here

Beret Hair: John Sahag … Photo: © Hans Fuerer for Vogue Paris
(The pink artist’s rendition: © Beska Sorenson)
Train Hair: John Sahag … Photo (Detail): © Monika Robi for Foto

 

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Pillbox Hat Chignon, A Stunner – 1978

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

Pillbox Hat Chignon, A Stunner – 1978

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

From the 1978 Hat Chignon Collection, this stunning and original hair idea by the one and only Antonio da Costa Rocha of La Coupe was inspired by Pillbox Hats.  Here’s a unique hair idea for all of you, just in time for the Holidays. It was created on very long, all-one-length hair – with no pins. The chignon innovator shows how it was done and you can see other versions, by clicking here: 

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe. New York/Montreal, 1978 … Dress: Scott Barry, Lily Simon (I added the shoulder pads, very fashion forward then) … Model: Donatu … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Art Direction/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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WorldGreat Harry King Launches Website – 1982

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

WorldGreat Harry King Launches Website - 1982

Photo: © Lord Snowden

Harry King, a WorldGreat on this website, has just launched his own website. It’s chock-full of his wonderful work from the 1970s to 2000s and includes hair for the greats by the greats, cover after cover, including this one photographed by Lord Snowden for the British Vogue 1982 Paris Collections issue. Yes, Harry King of the big sexy hair fame can also cut short sexy hair. To see his website full of both and more, click 

Hair: Harry King … Model: Terri Narr … Editor: Felicity Clark … Photo: © Lord Snowden

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Vidal Sassoon Creative Board Meeting – 1980

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Vidal Sassoon Creative Board Meeting  - 1980

Photo: Unknown

Memories.  This is a Creative Board Meeting with the US and Canadian Vidal Sassoon Artistic and Color Directors. The meeting took place in 1980 at the magnificent Vidal Sassoon Corporate offices in Century City, Los Angeles.  Around the table were talents from all the North American salons – Beverly Hills, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto.

Fernando Romero, then President of the Vidal Sassoon US and Canadian Salons is standing at the head of the table. To his left, was Rita, his Executive Assistant.  Avram, who worked on many photos on this website, is the man with beard next to her. Unknown is next to him, and John Lee, San Francisco Art Director is next.

At the time, I was Creative as well as PR Director for all the US/Canadian Salons and I am to the right of Fernando Romero. Next to me is, I think, Gary, who made videos, then Paul Thomas of the Beverly Hills Salon, who was doing the hair of Goldie Hawn at the time. Next to him was Miwa of the New York Salon, then Sukki Art Director, LA with Kaz, Color, LA.   Next is Steven Docherty then of the Chicago Salon (who recommended me to John Sahag) and next to him is Graham Wren, International Artistic Director, who did most of the hair for most of my collections during my 2 year period at Vidal Sassoon (1979-1981.) John K. of Chicago is at the other end of the table.  Also present, but not photographed here were Helen Chudoba, Toronto Artistic Director … Vernon Keach, NY Artistic Director, Edward Moore, Color New York … Feary Bina, Color Toronto … Greg Miller, Color Chicago. I can’t for the life of me remember what exactly was discussed but I think it was some talent there and some meeting.

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Fab Kid Seen on Scene – 2014

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

 Fab Kid Seen on Scene – 2014

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

This was the most fantastic fabulous kid, photographed in the Tent Lobby at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for Fall 2014. She and her Mother were in a big rush to get to a show so I don’t know her name or anything about her, Except she looks amazing. From head to toe.  For more Seen on Scene Fab Fashionistas for winter, click Scene 1 and Scene 2 here.

 

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

 

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Photos on Helen’s Blog – Oct 14-Nov 20, 2014

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in All Photos on Blog | 0 comments

Photos on Helen's Blog – Oct 14-Nov 20, 2014

Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Here are photos and collages on Helen’s Blog from October 14th to November 20, 2014.

Most photos are from the Archives, my website, where there are other versions of the idea, more stories, anecdotes, and many how-to’s. Please note that If you don’t scroll past Page One or Page Two, you will miss seeing not only some great ideas from this past month but also photos and stories from the whole website, which has some extraordinary albums with some amazing photos, highlighted in this blog along with some other ideas which tickle my fancy.

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