Political Hair Show Message @ Intercoiffure – 2015

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

Political Hair Show Message @ Intercoiffure – 2015

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

The Intercoiffure Nouveau “Refugee” show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC presented provocative styles with provocative political messages, which added up to Unity Peace Love Hope. The highly controversial gutsy presentation by Perry Monge and his Team, sponsored by Wella Professionals, was the most fun and the most serious show at the event and, with its fashion statement about refugees and the immigration crises, it was in line with the Fall Atelier’s theme for 2015 of “Embracing the Future.”   These two images with braided crimped grey/blue shaded hair are from the thought-provoking show with a message to the whole world.   For more, open up your mind, read as well as look at the photos, click HERE 

Hair: The Perry Monge Team, Perry Monge SalonSpa, Phoenix… Sponsor/Products: Wella … Makeup: Kaman-Lam … Model: Shenglam Kam … Photos: © Helen Oppenheim … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Comment

Violet Braids by Guy Tang @ Intercoiffure – 2015

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Violet Braids by Guy Tang @ Intercoiffure – 2015

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

Beautiful braids, violet, the shade of the moment, by #GuyTang for #Intercoiffure’s Fall Atelier for 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria. This “Hair Bestie” is by the hot hairdresser who has almost one million followers on Instagram.  “The Power of Social Media” was the subject of his talk at the event. For more Intercoiffure, click the last two albums, HERE

Hair: Guy Tang for Olaplex … Hair Color: Kenra Professional … Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

Comment

Chic Vampire- 1995

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Chic Vampire - 1995

Photo: © David Webber. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Chic vampire hair idea presented at a John Sahag Creative Evening in 1995, by Art Director Mark Schwartz who designed the beautifully crafted Styx himself for this Morticia vampire horror look with beauty on Brigitte Callister. For more on the inspirational and very special Creative Evening, which finished at 3.30 am, click HERE

Hair: Mark Schwartz, John Sahag Workhop … Makeup: Linda Mason … Model: Brigitte Callister … Photo: © David Webber (Collage by helenoppenheim.com)

Comment

Unique Evocative Hair Color – 2014

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Unique Evocative Hair Color - 2014

Photo: © Andrew O’Toole

Angelo Seminara creates unique, evocative hair color.  This is from the Soul Collection,  “hair that looks into a woman’s soul” and just one of the unusual creations from that collection by The Davines Artistic Director, designed for the British Hair Awards in 2014.  He has advice to new hairdressers out there – “Be a sponge, learn as much as you can, stay focused, have fun, find your hero.  Most of all, keep an open mind.”  For a bio and more wonders by WorldGreat, Angelo Seminara, click HERE
Hair: Angelo Seminara … Makeup: Lynsey Alexander … Photo: © Andrew O’Toole

Comment

Art Deco “Shine-On” Hair Color – 1974

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Art Deco "Shine-On" Hair Color - 1974

Illustration: Tom Huffman

This is a detail from two pages in The New York Sunday News Magazine article on La Coupe’s 1974 Art Deco Collection.   The “Shine-On” hair color (my idea!) was applied where a lamp caught the light on straight hair. Colorist Jan Hughes added the “Shine-On with either cosmetics, food colorings, or real color, whether blue on black, or lighter blonde on blonde. Everyone, press and clients, was fascinated with her method –   using the light from a photographer’s umbrella, set up in the salon, to guide her where the color would be added! La Coupe got tons of prestigious publicity from this original idea, light years ahead of its time – including a full page in Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen and this two page spread in The Sunday News Magazine. To see the photos from this very famous Collection from which this illustration was inspired and which put La Coupe on the world map, click HERE

Hair Left: Peter Green. Right: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1974 … Illustration: Tom Huffman

Comment

Woman in Gold, Peter Gray Hair Magic – 2015

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Woman in Gold, Peter Gray Hair Magic – 2015

Photo: © Miguel Reveriego

Peter Gray’s Woman in Gold for Beauty Pages Magazine in 2015 was inspired by Persephone, the Goddess of Springtime & Rebirth in Greek Mythology. But can be golden for any time of the year.  To get the look, the hairdresser mixed metallic gold and copper powders into a paste, which he then applied to the hair.  He used the Gray magic to work drops to drip strategically here and there, like tendrils, with the long hair twisted to end in a coil of gold to one side.  Brilliant. For more magic by WorldGreat Peter Gray, click HERE 

Hair: Peter Gray …  Makeup: Ozzy Salatierra …  Stylist: Ada Kokosar …  Model: Crista Cober
Photo: © Miguel Reveriego

Comment

Trudeaumania Encore Arrives in Canada – 2015

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Trudeaumania Encore Arrives in Canada – 2015

Photo Top Left: Waiting Election Results, nbcnews.com/ Collage helenoppenheim.com

Trudeaumania is sweeping  Canada, again, as Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s son, Justin Trudeau, takes over as the Prime Minister of Canada for the Liberal Party, after almost ten years of Conservative Harper rule. Justin Trudeau is good looking, with a good looking family, young, almost 44 years old. I have a few memories of his Father, and his Mother, Margaret, the beautiful “flower child” he married when she was 22 and he 52. Margaret came to La Coupe Salon in Montreal when she was the First Lady of Canada. It was late on a Saturday night, she had no appointment, was not recognized, turned away because no one was free to do her hair. But. She came back. And someone did her hair. I remember having long discussions, while she was there, with La Coupe’s owner, Charles Booth, should we or should we not do some PR . We decided to be chic about it, and do nothing. She must have loved it because she came back many times. One time, she came to the salon just before a visit to Paris, and was given a new haircut and color, something different. When she arrived back a short while later, major media talked of her great new hairstyle she got in Paris!! So much for being chic!!! (The photo bottom right may well be that cut?)  I saw her later in New York, dining at Raoul’s, a trendy restaurant on Prince Street. And sat at the next table to Pierre Trudeau one night at Indochine in New York. a very hot restaurant then and now. He had no reservation, was about to be turned away, I think someone recognized him. For some reason he thought Guy, my husband, had arranged the table and he said “thank you.” He was very elegant. In every way. Can’t wait to see the impact of his son, Justin Trudeau.

 

Comment

Memory. My Bazaar “Haircolor Art” Piece – 1991

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

Memory. My Bazaar "Haircolor Art" Piece - 1991

Bazaar – 1991

As Leland Hirsch prepares to launch “a secret new visionary hair product in 2016,” I am reminded of the Jackson Pollock-inspired “Haircolor Art” Piece in the the October issue of Bazaar in 1991. They assigned me to cover HairColor USA in Miami,  he was co-founder.  It was July. Steaming hot. Outside. In the basement of the famous Fountainbleau Hotel, where the event took place for 2 or 3 days, it was freezing cold. I came back with a cold and soaring temperature, and wrote the piece hardly able to sit up. As you can see from the Bazaar Thank You letter to the left, there were changes and my full coverage was not used.  However, it turned out well for the visionary haircolorist, then co-owner of NuBest Salon, and the man behind the brilliant ARTec products, later sold to L’Oréal.

The original assignment came from Carlotta Karlson, the Bazaar Beauty Director  (she  had recommended me to do PR and be Creative Director in-house for Vidal Sassoon USA Salons in 1979.) I am also very proud of the wonderful words by Ellen Breslow of Bazaar, with whom I worked on this piece,  when she returned my portfolio: “Helen: Thanks. Quite a show … reconfirms my belief in you as the hair woman of the Western Hemisphere! Have a great trip and think trends (HOT!) … not only in terms of style and color, but ingredients, products, people, etc., too! Best, Ellen” I floated for a while after that …

Comment