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Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 11 comments

Helen Oppenheim

Come with me on a historical journey into the hair fashion world.

The Helen Oppenheim Hair Fashion Photo Archives are a unique and inspirational resource for the media, movies, tv, theatre, anyone wanting a new hairstyle. There are  more than 5,000 photos from the ’60s to the present, many innovative firsts, many not dated, still relevant and wearable today, even from way back then. Scroll for More, More, More.

Ideas. This is what you will find on www.helenoppenheim.com, the result of my art directing, conceiving, taking and collecting photos over decades. Yes, I’m a hoarder. I specialize in hair and fashion trends, and have photographed myself backstage at NY Fashion Weeks for years. Most fun I’ve had. There are “treasures” hidden here and there and I hope you will find the time to discover them.

I use my blog mostly to highlight interesting photos on the website, as well as whatever tickles my fancy. I am not intending to be politically correct all the time, so I may ruffle a few feathers. Be warned. But I hope to keep you entertained. And informed.

I was born in London, lived in Montreal for years, and for the last few decades in New York City. All have influenced me. I  have toiled away as a journalist and PR for some of the world’s best, and have been US Correspondent for Peluquerias Magazine of Barcelona since 1982. I’m hard to please! Too honest, perhaps. So I have lots of friends, also lots of enemies and expect to make a few more of both.

Now, I’m working on my legacy, for posterity. This is a Work in Progress. I expect it will take forever. So, stay tuned…

This is a Work in Progress I expect it will take forever. So, stay tuned…

Helen Oppenheim - Hair & Photo Guru

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Brigitte Segura Fashion Styling Rescue – 2024

Posted by on May 6, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Brigitte Segura Fashion Styling Rescue - 2024

Photo: Joe Rivers

Take a look at Brigitte Segura’s short video on Instagram and how she rescues a Zara tunic top which I couldn’t wear all last year but will be able to this year.   CLICK HERE to see how the one and only Brigitte Segura solved the problem of a tunic top doing absolutely nothing for me by making it into a flattering fashion look with a simple solution.

If you want help styling your wardrobe, you know who to go to for help … @brigitte_segura

Photo: Joe Rivers

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Circles & Safety Pins on Hair NYFW – 2024

Posted by on May 5, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Circles & Safety Pins on Hair NYFW - 2024

Photos: for A. Potts (left) and Clara Son (right) by © Fred J. DeVito

Hair is decorated with safety pins at the A. Potts New York Fashion Week Presentation during New York Men’s Day for Spring Summer 2024 (left) and with silver loop circles of diffferent sizes at the Clara Son NYMD Spring Summer 2024 Presentation (right). To see 30 photos with fab fashions and makeup as well as interesting hair at both shows,  CLICK HERE

A. Potts (left) Lead Hair: Kien Hoang and Team Oribe … Stylist: Memsor Kamarake … Jewelry: Eva Thora Art
Clara Son (right) Lead Hair: Christian Ceja-Compin and Team Oribe … Stylist: Nyeelah Lewis
Photos: © Fred J. DeVito

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Visit to Dover Street Market NY – 2024

Posted by on Apr 17, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Visit to Dover Street Market NY - 2024

Photos: Helen Oppenheim. Collage helenoppenheim.com

A visit to the Dover Street Market in New York (and London) is always been such fun.  (Even if I have to go by elevator from floor to floor and once the lovely old elevator conked out in New York, on a Sunday, stranding me on the 6th floor, until the fire department came to the rescue to take me down!).  There’s 6 floors and a lower level, with mostly avant-garde inspo on every floor.  At a price, I must warn.   Here’s just some inspo from a recent visit.

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NAHA Wiinners Announced June 2 – 2024

Posted by on Apr 13, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

NAHA Wiinners Announced June 2 - 2024

Photos: Chrystofer Benson.  Collage: helenoppenheim.com

PBA/NAHA are celebrating 35 years with the North American Hairstyling Awards to be announced on June 2nd, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.   For more information and tickets CLICK HERE  and HERE  for NAHA

The most prestigious event in the salon industry honors top artists who push the boundaries of skill and creativity.  There’s still time to go to the Award event.    Meanwhile, there’s more inspo like this beautiful Bioluminescence Collection by Brayden Pellietier, nominated in the Master Hairstylist Category , click on the links above.

Hair: Brayden Pellletier, owner of Just B Hair Salons, Atlanta and Duluth, GA  … Makeup: Tatiana Kazana … Wardrobe Stylist: Hannah Leigh … Photos: Chrystofer Benson

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Fab Fun @ Easter Parade 5th Ave NY – 2024

Posted by on Apr 1, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Fab Fun @ Easter Parade 5th Ave NY - 2024

Photos Helen Oppenheim. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

It was fab fun at the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue for 2024.  As always, it is a joyful event.  Everyone was having such a ball, and the sun was shining. It started at 10 am and traffic was back on 5th Avenue at 2.30 pm.   The men outdid themselves this year but so did the women.  To see these photos larger, kids, dogs and many more check out my Facebook , CLICK HERE 

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

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Meike”Heist” Humor @ NYFW Fall – 2024

Posted by on Mar 28, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Meike"Heist" Humor @ NYFW Fall - 2024

Photos: Fred J. DeVito , Collage: helenoppenheim,com

The New York Fashion Week Meike Fall Winter 2024 collection was entitled “The Heist”.  The designer, Emma Gage, was inspired by the mischievous beloved  claymation series Wallace and Gromit, her most adored childhood film personalities.  She created a world of adventures which harmonized humor and craftsmanship.

There were three hair looks by Britt Dion for Aveda.  The Bubble Braid, Mehndi/Mayon style (Pakistani bridal gowns) and Natural looks.  The makeup by Michelle Webb for Augment Tokyo, included flirty, feminine, heavy eyes, soft, lived in looks, full lips and cheeks blushed.    To see the Meike album with 30 photos, more hair, makeup and fashions, CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Britt Dion for Aveda … Lead Makeup: Michelle Webb and Team for Augment Tokyo …  Stylist: Cara Benevenia …  Tights: Les Belles … ,Footwear: Dr. Martens … Photos: Fred J. DeVito

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Photos Helen’s Blog Jan 3-March 22, 2024

Posted by on Mar 25, 2024 in All Photos on Blog | 0 comments

Photos Helen’s Blog Jan 3-March 22, 2024

Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Collage of photos, hair history, info and inspo on Helen’s Blog from January 3 to March 22nd, 2024.  Full credits on The Website Like No Other – helenoppenheim.com (To see all the latest blogs, CLICK HERE)

Top Row L-R : NY Fashion Week FW 2024 … Peter Gray’s “Simply Sumo” knotted pony, Mary Irwin’s Moody Blues Makeup for Badgley Mischka FW 2024 Show during NY Fashion Week  (Photos: Helen Oppenhem)… Gilded Age-inspired fashions, hair and makeup for Nardos Amam,, FW 2024, Hair: Brian Bueunaventure for Cutler/Redken, Marcello Costa’s glittering crystal eye makeup (Photos Helen Oppenheim)…(For more Nardos Amam’s Gilded Age fashions, see video post with all the fashions in the show on Instagram @HelenOppenheim)
2nd Row : Badgley Mischka FW 2024 fashions and earrings, Peter Gray Hair, Mary Irwin Makeup, (Photos  Helen Oppenheim)… More Nardos Amam … and more Nardos Amam … Hair Inspo from way back when by Harold Leighton, Hair Icon, Author, Personality, RIP, 1932-2024.
3rd Row : Masculine Feminine Florals at Juzui, FW 2024, wet hair by Rodney Cutler, Cutler Salons, makeup by Romana Lai (Photos Helen Oppenheim)…Chic Back Braids by Jon Reyman, makeup by Georgi Sandev for Naeem Kahn SS 2024 (Photos: Fred J. DeVito) … Men in brooches at the Oscars 2024.  (Photos Helen Oppenheim with thanks to ABC-TV) … RIP Graham Wren, Int. Art Director Vidal Sassoon 1979-1981 (Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre)
4th  Row :   Ballerina-inspired hair by Marco Maranghelo, Eliut Salon, Vincenza Caroviliano makeup  for Nabys Vielman’s Lattin Ignition SS 2024 Show (Photos Helen Oppenheim) … Safety Pin Hair Inspo by Kien Hoang for Oribe, Michelle Webb makeup at A.Potts Men’s Day SS 2024 Presentation (Photos: Fred J. DeVito )… Sakura Japan Textile Collection (Photos Helen Oppenheim)

Full credits and more shows for NYFW FW 2024 and NYFW SS 2024, CLICK HERE Fall 2024 and for Spring 2024 CLICK HERE

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Photos Helen’s Blog Jan 3-March 22, 2024

Posted by on Mar 25, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos Helen’s Blog Jan 3-March 22, 2024

Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Collage of photos, hair history, info and inspo on Helen’s Blog from January 3 to March 22nd, 2024.  Full credits on The Website Like No Other – helenoppenheim.com

Top Row L-R : NY Fashion Week FW 2024 … Peter Gray’s “Simply Sumo” knotted pony, Mary Irwin’s Moody Blues Makeup for Badgley Mischka FW 2024 Show during NY Fashion Week  (Photos: Helen Oppenhem)… Gilded Age-inspired fashions, hair and makeup for Nardos Amam,, FW 2024, Hair: Brian Bueunaventure for Cutler/Redken, Marcello Costa’s glittering crystal eye makeup (Photos Helen Oppenheim)…(For more Nardos Amam’s Gilded Age fashions, see video post with all the fashions in the show on Instagram @HelenOppenheim)
2nd Row : Badgley Mischka FW 2024 fashions and earrings, Peter Gray Hair, Mary Irwin Makeup, (Photos  Helen Oppenheim)… More Nardos Amam … and more Nardos Amam … Hair Inspo from way back when by Harold Leighton, Hair Icon, Author, Personality, RIP, 1932-2024.
3rd Row : Masculine Feminine Florals at Juzui, FW 2024, wet hair by Rodney Cutler, Cutler Salons, makeup by Romana Lai (Photos Helen Oppenheim)…Chic Back Braids by Jon Reyman, makeup by Georgi Sandev for Naeem Kahn SS 2024 (Photos: Fred J. DeVito) … Men in brooches at the Oscars 2024.  (Photos Helen Oppenheim with thanks to ABC-TV) … RIP Graham Wren, Int. Art Director Vidal Sassoon 1979-1981 (Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre)
4th  Row :   Ballerina-inspired hair by Marco Maranghelo, Eliut Salon, Vincenza Caroviliano makeup  for Nabys Vielman’s Lattin Ignition SS 2024 Show (Photos Helen Oppenheim) … Safety Pin Hair Inspo by Kien Hoang for Oribe, Michelle Webb makeup at A.Potts Men’s Day SS 2024 Presentation (Photos: Fred J. DeVito )… Sakura Japan Textile Collection (Photos Helen Oppenheim)

Full credits and more shows for NYFW FW 2024 and NYFW SS 2024, CLICK HERE Fall 2024 and for Spring 2024 CLICK HERE

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RIP Harold Leighton Hair Icon – 1932-2024

Posted by on Mar 19, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

RIP Harold Leighton Hair Icon – 1932-2024

See Text For Photo Credits known. Collage by helenoppenheim.com

Goodbye, dear Harold Leighton, a hair icon like no other.  Born in England, ex Manager of the Salon at the famous Harrods Department Store, the man who introduced Paul Mitchell Hair Products to England and Europe, who worked for  S&L and other famous names, who created some of the greatest hair of his generation.  Harold lived his last decades in Florida from where he generated a buzz about too many products and ideas to list.

In 1957 he married the love of his life, Maxine. My heart goes out to you, Maxine.  There are no words.  Take a look at some of Harold’s work, and his life, lived to the fullest.  RIP, Harold Leighton.  You were loved by many and will be missed by all.

Top Row, left to right : Harold Leighton … Harold with Maxine …  Hair and photo of Maxine by Harold … Famous names, including Vidal Sassoon before he was famous, in 1950,  That’s Harold with hair, wearing glasses! … Many hairpieces and wigs linked together to create the finished big look, Photo: Barry Lategan.
Second Row: Harold and Max wed in 1957, she went on to own fashion boutiques in Hampstead and Conduit Street, in London … 1970 Million dollar hairstyle for Graf Diamonds, Photo Vic Singh … A fave look, a pony with a difference, Photo: John Hedgcoe … Harold, Jeanne Braa, Paul Mitchell , 1986 … “Snowballs” Photo: Tony Rawlingson  …Wigs and Hairpieces, 1963 …’70s extravaganza. “OMG, what was I thinking!” wrote Harold.
Third Row : Harold with”Viddy”  the friend he loved – Vidal Sassoon … One of many articles about Harold … “From Salon to Celebrity” coffee table book by Harold … Harold the dresser teaching … Hair for Fabergé, 1973

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Men Set A Brooch Trend @ Oscars – 2024

Posted by on Mar 18, 2024 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Men Set A Brooch Trend @ Oscars – 2024

Photos Helen Oppenheim with Thanks to ABC-TV

It was the men who set a trend at the 96th Oscars for 2024, some dazzling sparklers sparkled.  Brooches on the lapels of some elegant males made The Fashion Statement at these Academy Awards.   Both men and women wore red pins to support Artists4Ceasefire, who are calling for an immediate and permanent cease-fire in the Israeli-Hamas war.  The silent protest with these pins made a clearer political statement than words.

Top Row, left to right: Mark Ruffalo of “Poor Things” made a double statement – the red pin and a sparkling brooch on his Givenchy tux … Billy Eilish, who won an Oscar wit her brother for Best Original Song in Barbie’s “What Was I Made For?” wore the red pin on her Chanel black blazer … Sir Ben Kingsley wore a sparkler pin on his Dolce & Gabbana suit … Cillian Murphy, who won the award for Best Actor for his role in “Oppenheimer,” wore a Sauvereign gem brooch on his Vesace tux, his bow tie a different shape to classic bow ties.
Bottom Row: Robert Downey, Jr. added an Elsa Peretti brooch with a diamond-encrusted stem on his Saint Laurent suit.  He won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in “Oppenheimer” … Jeffrey Wright, nominated for his role in “American Fiction” wore a Giorgio Armani tux with a Chaumet brooch … Ke Huy Quan added a Cartier brooch on his Giorgio Armani suit … Writer-Director, Cord Jefferson, who won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for “American Fiction,” wore a red flower pin on his Zegna  lapel.  And these are just some of the brooches worn by men. The women played it safe for the most part and I didn’t see one interesting hairstyle on any of the women, who set no trends

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