John Sahag Hair Inspired By NY Skyline – 1996

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John Sahag Hair Inspired By NY Skyline – 1996

Photos 1-2: Roland Levin … Photos 3 – 7: Helen Oppenheim. Collage helenoppenheim.com

Hair History. 1996. The legendary John Sahag was inspired by the New York skyline for this haircut and color on the world-famous model Siberian-born Irina Pantaeva.   Sahag described the hair color by Dario Arias as “unnatural-looking, with unusual unexpected frankly fake sheer sparking tones of bright reds, burgundy and purple, coppers and browns all woven in to alter her base color, which was black.  For every day, the distinctive abstract colors and shapes could be hidden. For more of the 14 photos archived in this album CLICK HERE

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, NY, 1996 … Color: Dario Arias … Makeup: Susan Houser … Fashion Styling: Lisa von Weiss … Fashions: Elisa Jimenez … Model : Irina Pantaeva/Ford
Photos 1-2: Roland Levin … Photos 3-7: Helen Oppenheim

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Chic To Cheek Dancing Hair – 1986

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Chic To Cheek Dancing Hair - 1986

Photos: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas. Collage helenoppenheim.com

Reposted, favorites from The Website Like No Other.  Chic to Cheek, Dancing Hair by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, inspired by Ginger Rogers in the 1935 movie, Top Hat. For more Dancing Hair, a how-to plus a clip from the romantic movie,  CLICK HERE

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, 1986 … Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Styling: Aleta Joy Wolfe … Fashions: Jackie Rogers (blonde) and Oscar de la Renta (brunette) … Models: Carol Dlugos (brunette) and Marilyn Coe (blonde) … Photos: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

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Vidal Sassoon Gold Lamé RagSet – 1981

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 6 comments

Vidal Sassoon Gold Lamé RagSet - 1981

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Hair History.  This is the short version of Vidal Sassoon’s P-P-Puff, by Graham Wren in 1981.  The silhouette was injected with a healthy dose of fresh … air.  The natural-looking, casual silhouette was very new at the time, not just for Vidal Sassoon but for the world.  One could go from rags to riches to get this look if the hair was not naturally curly.   Our model, Kay Romero, wife of the then-President of Vidal Sassoon Salons, USA, Fernando Romero, had her hair set in gold lamé rags, which looked more glam than rollers, and she could have gone out on the town wearing them as her hair set!  The gold lamé rags made a Peluquerias Magazine Cover and captured a lot of press all over the world at the time!    For more, longer versions and how-to’s, CLICK HERE

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1981 …Makeup: Mariella Smith-Masters … Dress: Ellen Gleason … Earrings: Ken Begun … Model: Kay Romero … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre
Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Vidal Sassoon Soft Cubism Hair – 1979

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Vidal Sassoon Soft Cubism Hair - 1979

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Hair History.  Vidal Sassoon’s Soft Cubism-inspired haircut by Graham Wren had no hard edges, all corners and points were rounded and soft.  The looks were inspired by the graphics of cubism, constructivism, modernism, futurism – and the circle, the square, the triangle. All versions here are on the same model, the lovely Susie Kozak.   For more Vidal Sassoon Soft Cubism hair for day and night, CLICK HERE

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1979 … Graphics: Avram … Makeup: Ted Nadal … Model: Susie Kozak … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

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Art Deco Hair Inspiration – 1974

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 Art Deco Hair Inspiration – 1974

Photos: Serge Beauchemin

Hair History,  In 1974, the Art Deco Collection put La Coupe Salons on the map all over the world. Almost overnight. The most successful collection La Coupe probably ever did included not just the Deco Cuts and Styles but also a colorific “Shine-On” highlighting color idea which made almost every major magazine in New York, including a full page in Harper’s Bazaar. The Deco Cut here, by Charles Booth, featured cut- in waves with many angles, very accentuated, all fitting in, with the front the same length on one side, 1/4″ on the other and a very square back. For 23 photos with more versions and more Deco styles CLICK HERE

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe Montreal/NY … Makeup : Electa, Electa & Corrado … Long Black Leather Gloves: Iona Monohan Collection … Dress: Anne Klein … Deco T: Tania Vartan for Ruby-T … Model: Danielle … Mirror Graphic: Eric Neil Weiss … Photos: Serge Beauchemin.

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Modern Abstract ’20s-Inspired Wigs -2011

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Modern Abstract '20s-Inspired Wigs -2011

Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Dramatic black wig by Edward Tricomi with cut-in waves at Douglas Hannant’s Deco-inspired glamorous New York Fashion Week Show for Fall 2011. The Warren-Tricomi well-trained staff had a great time each cutting their own versions of the look and they all worked!  Accolades to  good salon education in the hands of Edward “Scissorhands” Tricomi, who is now offering Education Workshops at the Plaza Salon location.  For 27 photos from this show with a detailed visual how-to on preparing to wear a wig on long thick hair, CLICK HERE

Hair: Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi Salons, NYC … Makeup: Romero Jennings for MAC Cosmetics … Model: Unknown … Backstage Photos: Helen Oppenheim

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The Quiff Hair History – 1972-2011

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The Quiff Hair History - 1972-2011

Photos:Karl Stoecker,Lorraine Sylvestre/Serge Beauchemin,Helen Oppenheim

Hair History. You can be inspired by the past. Without even knowing it.  The Vidal Sassoon connection to the quiff from 1972-2011 in all four hairstyles here is interesting. I art directed and produced two of these photos (top right/bottom left) and didn’t realize the connection until recently.  It all started in 1972 with Christopher Brooker at Vidal Sassoon London in the UK (top left).  Charles Booth of La Coupe, trained by Vidal Sassoon in the UK and, at 19 years old, came to New York as one of the young stylists for Sassoon’s first Salon, on Madison Avenue.   In 1974, he created the hair in the photo (bottom right) for his La Coupe Salons.  In 1979 , Graham Wren of Vidal Sassoon in New York created a softer Sassoon  version in the photo  top right.   Edward Tricomi, was Pipino-Buccheri, who were trained by Vidal Sassoon, created his abstract version on a wig at a New York Fashion Week Show in 2011 (bottom right.)  I think all created their looks not connecting the dots.  More archived on Facebook’s Old School Sassoon and more versions on my website
Top Left The Quiff 1972: Christopher Brooker, Vidal Sassoon UK … Model: Lauraine Scrigmaglia
Photo: Karl Stoecker

Bottom Left Art Deco 1974:  Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal/NY, 1974  … Model: Danielle
Photo: Serge Beauchemin
Top Right Soft Cubism 1979: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, US … Model: Suzie Kozak
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Bottom Right Abstract 2011: Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi, NY, 2011 … Model: Unknown
Photo: Helen Oppenheim

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Marlene Dietrich Making Waves – 1931

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Marlene Dietrich Making Waves - 1931

Photo: © Robert Richée

Reposted because I love love love this photo, the hair and the lighting.   Marlene Dietrich seen here making waves in the 1931 movie “Dishonored” photographed by Robert Richée for Paramount,  costume by Travis Banton from the book, “Hollywood Glamor Portraits” edited by John Kobal (published by Dover Publications, New York, now on Amazon) – a book I used for researching lighting as well as hair.

This hair inspired the Modern Marlene for Vidal Sassoon’s 1980 Soft Cubism Collection. CLICK HERE.  In retrospect, I realize it is also very similar to some of the hair in La Coupe’s 1974 Détente Collection. CLICK HERE.    The lighting inspired many of the early 70s La Coupe photos on the website. More on this famous Richée photo and others in the Movie Icon album, CLICK HERE

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