Brooke Shields Hair by John Sahag – 1980

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Brooke Shields Hair by John Sahag - 1980

Photo: © Richard Avedon

John Sahag worked with the best of the best, the best photographers, models, makeup artists, fashion stylists, magazines, editors, art directors.   Here is a young gorgeous Brooke Shields, 15 years old, in  an 1980 issue of American Vogue.  5 years later, she cut the ribbon to open his first Workshop. He worked with her many times before and after.  More Brooke Shields on the website.

Hair: John Sahag … Makeup: Way Bandy … Model; Brooke Shields … Photo: © Richard Avedon
(Photo researched by Lori Bermani)


La Coupe’s Anniversary Cake Hat – 1992

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

La Coupe's Anniversary Cake Hat - 1992

Photo: © Jon Williams

May 31 is the date the first La Coupe Salon opened in Montreal. The Cake Hat was created to celebrate La Coupe’s 25 years in business. It was concocted by Renée Cohen using false hair, a hat frame dripping with tulle, cake décor and candles.

Charles Booth went on to open another two salons in Montreal, a salon in Toronto, then one in New York City, hair care products and tools. All gone for him now, except for the products.   In it’s heyday (the 70s-early 90s) La Coupe was one of the world’s most innovative and leading salons, often considered avant-garde, then, but now the hair seems so wearable, and has stood the test of time, even from the 60s and 70s. Be inspired from then for now, click HairThen on then La Coupe.

Hair: Renèe Cohen, La Coupe, NY … Model: Carol Dlugos/Ford … Photo: © Jon Williams Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


John Sahag And I @ Fashion Show Briefing – 1996

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

John Sahag And I @ Fashion Show Briefing - 1996

Photo: © David Webber

John Sahag and I taking notes, with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and her assistant at the briefing for her Fall 1996 New York Fashion Week Show.

He was very organized when it came to Fashion Shows. Everything to do with the hair was meticulously planned, he sometimes did sketches, and he did a preparation model for the fashion designer to approve before the Workshop team starting working seriously on any fashion show, wherever it was. He always used 100% human hair pieces which were spread out on the Workshop floor, even when clients were there. The reason the salon was called a Workshop, because it was. For show photos, click HERE

Photo: © David Webber


Romantic Dreamy Hair – 2013

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Romantic Dreamy Hair – 2013

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim. Collage by

Romantic hair inspired by fairies, woodland nymphs and the haunting beauty of Max Reinhardt’s 1935 film “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” was the theme for Peter Gray’s hair for the Badgley Mischka Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show.

The ribbon-like hair floated angelically, some accented with a tiny flower or two nestling here and there. Small random crimps gave an airy effect and added to the magic. A braided shelf acted as a base for the complicated carefully conceived dreamy hair, lovely for beautiful brides. For more romance and how-to’s, click HERE: 

Hair: Peter Gray for Moroccanoil … Makeup: Tom Pecheux, Mac Cosmetics …
Photos/Collage: © Helen Oppenheim


Memories, Vidal Sassoon – 1979+1980

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

 Memories, Vidal Sassoon – 1979+1980

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

Memories.   From my Vidal Sassoon days as PR and Creative Director of the Vidal Sassoon Salons in the US and Canada. Left, Mary Lou Green, a New York Salon Art Director with a vivid imagination, in action doing her Laser Haircut in Las Vegas, 1979. This story made People Magazine and would have made more media but we only got permission to do it the last minute when Lloyds of London agreed to insure the $9,000 haircut which Mary Lou did on a live model with Dr. Alex Jacobson, a Laser Beam expert and another laser expert, I think,  from Hughes Aircraft.   This article is probably from Modern Salon, but not 100% sure.

The large photo shows Avram of Vidal Sassoon New York, exhausted after The Queue Photo Shoot in 1980. It had been a long day with clients until late and the shoot went on way into the night and the early morning hours.
Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre


My New Blog On Modern Salon – 2015

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

My New Blog On ModernSalon - 2015

Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon.

My latest blog has arrived  on Modern Salon.   “The China Through The Looking Glass” exhibition on now in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a just must-see.  Shown here – Ralph Lauren evening dress with dragons, 2011/12.   To see my blog and some great photos click, HERE



Painting of John Sahag Inspired by Photo – 2015

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Painting of John Sahag Inspired by 1985 Photo - 2015

Painting Giovanni Decunto from Lawrence Ivy/New York Magazine Photo

Painting by Giovanni Decunto of John Sahag. Auctioned at the Boston WWBE Tribute event May 17, 2015.  Bidding started at 10K. His paintings usually go to $60,000. Waiting to hear how much it went for and how much to whom. Proceeds from the auction, to go to the end of the year, will benefit the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Disappointing nobody -and none of my friends –  picked up on this.  See the Lawrence Ivy photo (detail) of John Sahag, courtesy of New York Magazine, 1985 which inspired this painting. The full original on my website, which hadn’t been seen since the early 80s, a photo I scanned and meticulously retouched,  can be seen if you click here


John Sahag Workshop Opening In Vogue – 1986

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

John Sahag Workshop Opening In Vogue – 1986

Vogue Photos: © Andrea Blanch

The legendary John Sahag was photographed in his new salon for this Vogue (black and white) article on the first John Sahag Workshop opening in 1985.   For Sahag fans, a must-read is the text under this article.The hair featured “layered fullness” (top) on Ashley Richardson … “short, soft” (center) on Renate Vackova … “P.M Delight” (bottom) on Kim Williams. All makeup was by Kevyn Aucoin, all photos by Andrea Blanch. For more of his famous editorials, click HERE

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