Art Deco “Shine-On” Hair Color – 1974

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Art Deco "Shine-On" Hair Color - 1974

Illustration: Tom Huffman

This is a detail from two pages in The New York Sunday News Magazine article on La Coupe’s 1974 Art Deco Collection.   The “Shine-On” hair color (my idea!) was applied where a lamp caught the light on straight hair. Colorist Jan Hughes added the “Shine-On with either cosmetics, food colorings, or real color, whether blue on black, or lighter blonde on blonde. Everyone, press and clients, was fascinated with her method –   using the light from a photographer’s umbrella, set up in the salon, to guide her where the color would be added! La Coupe got tons of prestigious publicity from this original idea, light years ahead of its time – including a full page in Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen and this two page spread in The Sunday News Magazine. To see the photos from this very famous Collection from which this illustration was inspired and which put La Coupe on the world map, click HERE

Hair Left: Peter Green. Right: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1974 … Illustration: Tom Huffman

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Détente – 1974

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin … Collage: helenoppenheim.com

The references for these interesting photos were Détente, Russia’s bid for a peaceful co-existence, in 1974 (!)  and the 1974 hit  Roman Polanski movie “Chinatown” which featured Faye Dunaway with some wonderful wavy hair.  Both influenced La Coupe for this famous Collection.  For more hairstyles and info on the photos, Click here: 

Hair: Kim Lepine, waved by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal, l1974 … Makeup: Electa & Corrado … Black Cossack Tops created by Cassar, Lily Simon for La Coupe … Rings: John Warden … Cigarettes: Sobranie Russian Black … Model: Beverly Abazar … Photos: Serge Beauchemin
Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced  by Helen Oppenheim, with apologies for the Cigarettes, something I’d never use today in a photo!  I had some fun with the prop styling, take a look at the details …

 

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Divine Helmut Newton – 1974

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Photo: © Helmult Newton

Photo: © Helmult Newton

Iconic Fashion photo by Helmut Newton for American Vogue, 1974.  Two girls dancing in Maui, Hawaii.  I always loved this photo.  Everything about it.  Divine perfection.

“Fashion pictures rarely have any logic. Each one is a moment without a beginning or an end,” said Helmut Newton.  He warns: “You mustn’t take my pictures too seriously. Don’t look for a message, because there isn’t one.”   More from Helmut Newton’s 1984  provocative thriller of a book, Women Without Men, click

Fashions: Left – Stavropoulous, Right: John Anthony  … Photo: © Helmut Newton for American Vogue Magazine.

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Waving Beauties – 1974

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Waving Hair Accessories - 1974

Photos: Serge Beauchemin’s Assistant

Do you know your hair history?  Looking at all the hair on the BBC’s Downton Abbey wave love fest on PBS every Sunday, I thought these 1974 waves by La Coupe inspired by the movie “Chinatown” maybe of interest. In the days before waving with an iron, waves took a long time to dry and I had this brainwave that one could even go out on the town wearing the decorated wave clamps I had designed – made of feathers, glitter, pearls, whatever.  Decades later, I saw decorated wave clamps being sold as hair accessories! For more great waves, click here  also see how WWD  picked up the trend!

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Models left: Bonnie Bernier, right: Beverly Abazar …  Photos: Serge Beauchemin’s Assistant … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Art Deco – 1974 Part 11

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Art Deco 1974 - Part 11

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

From the Art Deco Collection by Kim Lepine for La Coupe, 1974.  These photos include blue Shine-On a 20s bob in the 70s.  And there’s more photos, sketches, more of more from this very famous collection that put La Coupe on the world map.   HairThen  La Coupe  Art Deco
Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Art Deco – 1974 Part 1

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Art Deco 1974

Photos: Serge Beauchemin

Just a few photos from La Coupe’s  Art Deco Collection, which made them famous, in 1974.  20s hair in the 70s, with deco cuts, deco cat’s eyes, a strong theme with a zillion hair ideas.  For more photos, full credits and great inspiration go to HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, Art Deco.
Hair: Charles Booth, Peter Green, La Coupe, NY …Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Models: Danielle (short) Carina … Photos: Serge Beauchemin …Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Kiss Kiss – 1974

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Kiss Kiss -  La Coupe 1974

Photo: Serge Beauchemin

Kiss Kiss, from La Coupe’s famous Art Deco Collection, which put them on the world map, overnight – in 1974.   This was a WWD Art Department Photo of the Week and stopped traffic in the window of La Coupe’s Madison Avenue Salon.  For more photos from this Collection and some good anecdotes, go to HairThen, La Coupe, 70s.
Hair left: Peter Green, right: Charles Booth, La Coupe … Makeup: Electa … Models left: Carina, right: Danielle … Photo: Serge Beauchemin …Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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