Debbie Dickinson Gallery Art Exhibit – 2023

Posted by on May 19, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Fresh, the Debbie Dickinson curated Art Exhibition at the Carl Hansen & Son Showroom at 150 Wooster Street in SoHo is worth a visit – May 4 to June 1, 2023.  It is a group exhibition showcasing the art of visionary working artists.   Featured, the work of  Bryan LeBoeuf, Bill Buchman, Evan Sebastian Lagache, David Richardson, Geraldo Perez, Iran Issa Khan, Anthony Haden-Guest, Tom Krantz, Prince Palace  and sculptor Jorge Vascano,

Top Left to Right : Ad for Fresh … Debbie Dickinson (@debbiedickinsongallery) … Bill Buchman’s abstract, Azure Te.
2nd  Row : Art by David Richardson whose work is about myth and how myth is the universal blueprint the helps make sense of life (@officialdavidrichardson) … Me with artist David Richardson  Photo: Fred J. DeVito … Guest Collette Lumiere (@colletelumiere) with Debbie Dickinson  … Artist Bill Buchman in front of his painting, Tango.  His abstract work presents a vibrant fusion of painting and music on canvas, and he is wearing a Robert Graham X Marvel Spider Man Embroidered Limited Edition Sport Coat   … Tango by Bill Buchman (@billbuchman)
3rd Row : Dinner plate Ditte Baum, Glass Carlo Moretti … Guest Juan Carlos Cedeno (@jccstyles81)  and his bracelets … Guest Fred J. DeVito (Street Scene/fredj.devito) wearing Tom Ford shirt and pants, Brookes Bros. seersucker sport coat,  Agnes B belt, Belgium shoes … Anthony Haden-Guest, an alert cartoonist who makes artwork that looks as strong on the wall as the page, also a writer, reporter, art critic, poet and socialite (@anthonyhadenguest) …  The musician is Avery Avanti Jax.

Photos: Helen Oppenheim


Mr. Classy. Fred J. DeVito – 2023

Posted by on May 17, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Mr. Classy. Fred J. DeVito – 2023

Photo : Helen Oppenheim

Fred J. DeVito is one classy man.  Always.  Not just inside, as a human being, but he’s also a classy dresser.  Here he is at the Debbie Dickinson curated Art Exhibition at the Carl Hansen & Son Showroom event for visionary working artists – Fresh –  on May 20, 2023, see blog above.   He not only came to fetch me from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side, but he also made sure I got home, door to door, after the event before going to his home on the other side of Central Park.

He is wearing a Tom Ford shirt, Tom Ford pants, a Brooks Brothers seersucker sport coat, an Agnes B belt, Belgium shoes. To see Fred’s Street Scene Blog, CLICK HERE
Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Karl Lagerfeld @ Met Museum May 5 – 2023

Posted by on May 1, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Karl Lagerfeld @ Met Museum May 5 – 2023

Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art., Collages:

The Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, May 5th and will be at the Tisch Galleries on Fifth Avenue, Gallery 899, until July 16, 2023.

The Exhibition features almost 200 items – sketches and garments for Chanel, Fendi and the Karl Lagerfeld brands – and for Chloé, Balmain, Patou.

Spotlighted, Lagerfeld’s “unique working methodology, focusing on the late designer’s stylistic vocabulary as it was expressed in “through lines” – aesthetic and conceptual  themes that appear time and again – in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019.  The exhibition is made possible by Chanel, with major support by Fendi and additional funding provided by Karl Lagerfeld and Condé Nast.
All designs by Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Germany, 1933-2019)

First Collage Top L-R : Karl Lagerfeld at work  (Portrait Annie Leibovitz)…
Sketch Chanel Coat, Fall 2014  … Runway Coat, Fall 2024
2nd  Row : Rachmaninoff Sketch, Dress Chloe, Spring 1973 …
Rachmaninoff Runway, Dress Chloe, Spring 1973 … Wedding Dress, Spring 2015.
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Second Collage Top L-R: Title Gallery …  21 _ Canonical Line
2nd Row: 33 – Satirical Line … 13_ Romantic Line
Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Marcel Waves Return, Again – 2023

Posted by on Apr 21, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Marcel Waves Return, Again - 2023

Photos: Serge Beauchemin, Lorraine Sylvestre, Helen Oppenheim

Hair Trend Alert – The New York Times published “Put a Crimp in It” article by Ruth La Ferla in the Style Section, April 18, 2023;  Subheading – “Rihanna, Halle Berry and Zendaya are just a few of the high wattage stars to have revisited the Marcel wave.”

Yes, Waving Beauties with Marcel Waves are returning as salons and people are enjoying the good life again. The fashion forward are fed up with beachy waves and nothing hair.  More groomed and interesting hair has started to appear on fashionable heads walking out of salons now, inspired by past eras like the Twenties and Thirties, again.

Photos here from a ‘70s HairThen album in my Archives which were inspired by past eras and updated then, still modern today, plus some photos I have taken backstage at New York Fashion Weeks when the hair was more groomed.

Top Left to Right : Détente Hair by Kim Lepine/Antonio Da Costa Rocha, La Coupe Montreal, Photos: Serge Beauchemin 1974…. Retro Modern Hair by Kim Lepine, Coupe, New York, Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre, 1992 Bottom Left to Right :  Chic Faux Bob Hair: Paul Labreque, Paul Labrecque Salon,NY, Spring 2008 … Waving Beauty Hair by Marco Vogt for Grubenhelden, Fall 2019 … Romero Jennings, Mac Cosmetics wearing his signature look at the Frederick Anderson Show, Spring 2022.

To see more details and more inspo archived on the website, CLICK HERE and go to HairThen.  To read the full New York article, CLICK HERE 
Collage by helenoppenheim


Easter Parade 5th Ave Fab Fun Hats – 2023

Posted by on Apr 10, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Easter Parade 5th Ave Fab Fun Hats - 2023

Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Just a few of the fun photos I took at the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue 2023.  Huge Rose fascinators were on many heads, but there was so much more.  To see all the fab fun, bigger, on my Facebook Biz Buzz CLICK HERE

Top Row, Left to Right: Huge Rose Fascinators organizer Jane Flynn (Captain of the Roses) … Left: Kristen Varganova with friend… Emma Snowdon-Jones
Bottom Row: Easter Cat Christopher McIntyre… Queen of Hearts, Shay … Jaylie Dipietro… Yulia  Fomenko-Kirpalani and Susheel Kirpalani with baby Kira

Photos: Helen Oppenheim


Transatlantic on Netflix 1940 WW11 – 2023

Posted by on Apr 8, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Transatlantic on Netflix 1940 WW11 - 2023

Photos Left and Bottom Right: Courtesy Netflix.  Top Center and Right: Helen Oppenheim

I am watching Transatlantic on Netflix, a limited series of 7 episodes based on a book based on a true story about a very brave group who helped refugees escape the Nazis in occupied France in 1940 during the early days of WW11.  When America was still neutral.  They helped artists, writers, Jewish thinkers who were on the Nazi’s “Most Wanted  List.”

Varian Fry, the American journalist who helped 2,000 escape in real life is credited for helping some famous names we all know escape to America –  Max Ernst, Thomas Mann, Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, amongst others the group helped escape from Marseilles, where most the action  in the tv series takes place.

Mary Jayne Gold an American heiress portrayed by Gillian Jacobs, featured in photos, played an important part funding the heroic rescues.  Lucas Englander is German Jewish Refugee Albert Hirshman. Corey Michael Smith portrays Varian Fry.

The Vichy French, to their shame, and the American government, to their shame, were no help.   Transatlantic is good, could be better, but it is worth watching ….   To see the official trailer, CLICK HERE


Georgia O’Keefe Exhibition @ MoMA – 2023

Posted by on Apr 5, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Georgia O’Keefe Exhibition @ MoMA – 2023

Georgia O’Keeffe at MoMA. Collage

The Georgia O’Keeffe: “To See Takes Time “like to have a friend takes  time” must-see Exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art opens on April 9 to August 12, 2023.   Georgia O’Keefe (American, 1887-1986) known for her magnificent  close-up, large-scale flower paintings also made drawings, and she made them in series using charcoal, graphite, watercolor and pastel in works that range from observational to abstract.

In O’Keeffe’s breakthrough period of 1915-1918, she made as many drawings as she would over the rest of her life. In the exhibition, she  returned to producing series on paper at key moments of experimentation and change, even after she turned increasingly towards canvas.  An abstract sequence might comprise several nearly identical compositions, as the two top left, just some of the Evening Star train drawings series.

The exhibition is sponsored by Getty through The Paper Project Initiative. Organized by Samantha Friedman, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, realized with the participation of the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe.

Top Left to Right: Blue Hill 11, 1916 …  Evening Star No. 111, 1917  … Evening Star 11, 1917  Center: No. 12 Special, 1916
Bottom Left to  Right: Seated Nude X1,1917 … Train at Night In the Desert, 1916
… Evening Star, 1917


Big Hair Then 1975- Big Hair Now 2023

Posted by on Mar 24, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Big Hair Then 1975- Big Hair Now 2023

Photo Left: Serge Beauchemin. Runway Photo Right: Zigen

In 1975, Elmer Olsen of La Coupe Salons, then in Montreal and New York, created this big hair, crimped with the first use of a crimper in the modern age – a fifty year crimping machine found in his Grandmother’s attic.  The Collection was called “Sleeper” and it started the crimped hair trend which is still happening.
Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe … Makeup: Electa, Electa and Corrado … Fashion: Renato Balestra Couture Gown/Jacket, Holt Renfrew Canada … Model: Rudi Maciukas … Location: The Royal Suite, Chateau Champlain Hotel, Montreal … Photo: Serge Beachemin For more on the Collection, CLICK HERE

In 2023, Tadashi Harada created his big hair for the Hiroko Koshino Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo A/W 2023 Show – “A Magical Mystery Hiroko Tribe.”
Hair: Tadashi Harada … Makeup: Setsuko Suzuki … Runway Photo: Zigen
For more hair and fashions, see the following Blog or CLICK HERE: