Keeping you entertained – and informed

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 10 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, 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 am 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

Love it. Absolutely love it. Thank you, Mitchell Field, for this great gift of a bus with wonderful words!


Vidal Sassoon Gold Lamé RagSet – 1981

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 8 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


Art Deco Hair Inspiration – 1974

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 Art Deco Hair Inspiration – 1974

Photos: Serge Beauchemin

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.


The Quiff Hair History – 1972-2011

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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


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


Louise Brooks With Her Lulu Bob – 1929

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Louise Brooks With Her Lulu Bob - 1929

From “Diary of a Lost Girl” 1929 Pabst Movie

Know your hair history.  This is Louise Brooks drinking champagne in the whorehouse in “Diary of a Lost Girl” a 1929 silent film directed by Pabst in Germany.  She was the first to make the bob famous, way back in the early 20s, way before anyone else.  The look was her trademark, a look she wore in every movie she made.  It will never date.   To see more on this and more hair on Old Hollywood Icons, CLICK HERE


Classic Lulu Bobbed Hair @ NYFW – 2009

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Classic Lulu Bobbed Hair @ NYFW - 2009

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

We came across the model Misha Yakovenko taking a breather in Bryant Park before the Sabyasachi New York Fashion Week Show in 2009, when her Lulu bob walked the runway. Not new, classic, always beautiful. And very easy to maintain. It probably needs a cut only every 6-9 weeks and if it rains, there it will be, not losing its shape.  There is never a bad hair day with this haircut if well done. Not so easy as it looks to do it well, with harmony front, back and sides. Her makeup was by Patrick Eishler for M.A.C. and included lips with a deep semi-matte currant color and a beautiful see-thru oil on eyes and cheekbones.

Hair Cut: Alan, Hobbs, London … Makeup: Patrick Eishler for MAC … Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Spring Wonderland Hair – 2011

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Spring Wonderland Hair - 2011

Photo: Andrew O’Toole

Angelo Seminara’s Wonderland hair for Spring was inspired by the vibrant, exotic shapes and colors found in nature. He has united the natural world with modernist design and futuristic vision creating a blend of innovative color and intricate structure, some wearable, some avant-garde, all inspirational.  This image gets more shares  on my Pinterest (even though I am not for now posting anything new since one nano-click lost one of my best folders, of New York Fashion Week hair, which I was informed was gone for good.)  To see some more of the Seminara Wonderland collection and more of the breathtaking hair by one of my WorldGreats archived on the website, CLICK HERE

Hair: Angelo Seminara …  Color Concept: Angelo Seminara, assisted by Eduardo Paludo …  Makeup: Laura Dominique …  Fashion Styling: Georgie MacIntyre … Photo: Andrew O’Toole