Raphael’s Femme Fatale Turban Look – 1971

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Raphael's Femme Fatale Turban Look – 1971

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Here’s something different. From 1971. By the great Raphael Santarossa, who had tressed superstars and supermodels in London (as the Raphael of Raphael & Leonard) before moving to North America.

For this terrific turban look, Raphael cut and sculpted a fall in 3 steps, into 3 lengths, to look like 3 different fringes on one head. He then strategically placed the hair in the turban to waterfall down one side of the face, softening it.  Note the thin brows of the era, a fad in 1971 but so many found their brows never grew back as they were!  For more Femme Fatales, click here: 

Hair by Raphael Santarossa, 1971 … Makeup: Jacques LaFleur … Turban Designed by: Irene of Montreal … Model: Judi McDonald … Photo: Klaus Lucka … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Veil on Hair Hat Chignon – 1978

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Hair Hat Chignon with Veil

Photo: Larry Nicholls


The veils worn with hats in the 2012 movie version of “Anna Karenina” are so beautiful they could set a fashion trend.   In 1978, a black veil with a  feather was added to La Coupe’s Cadette Chignon, a hair hat chignon for a drop dead chic look.

This unique chignon with a veil added was designed by Jerome Pinsonneault of La Coupe for an Armani fashion show in Toronto, and was worn with hair all up or, as here, with hair half up and half down. Nothing like it had been done before.  For more, full credits and how to make your own, go to Hair/Then, La Coupe, 70s, Hat Chignons on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe, Toronto, 1978 …Makeup: Stace Long, La Coupe, Toronto … Veil/Feathers: George Karkoulas …Model: Danielle Carbonneau …Photo: Larry Nichols … Produced by Helen Oppenheim