Grace Jones by Antonio Lopez – 70s

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

I always loved Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987.) His fashion illustrations inspired me, and I always loved this illustration of model/singer/actress Grace Jones with her hair which rises up to there, in colors which pre-date, by decades, the similar hair colors and looks we see today.

Antonio worked from life, and some of his best work, all of which has stood the test of time, was of Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, Tina Chow and Grace Jones, as seen here in the 70s, in Paris. They were subject of a 1982 book I adore, Antonio’s Girls (Congreve Publishing, Text Christopher Hemphill. )

Antonio Lopez discovered Grace Jones in Paris, while both were dancing with others, she went on to fame as much for her adrogynous amazing look and hairstyles as for modeling or her music – and she was in movies like the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to Kill as May Day. For more from the book, click :


La Coupe’s Kim Lepine On Stage in Spain – 1978

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

Photo: Courtesy Peluquerias Magazine

Photo: Courtesy Peluquerias Magazine,  Spain

Fourth in a series featuring the talent in action working on the photos in the Archives.

Here is La Coupe’s Kim Lepine working on her wave cut, in 1978.  This was the first bob with layers and it featured cut-in waves.  She was on stage here at the Jornados Internacional in Barcelona in front of some 2,000  people in the audience. For the finished look, click here    More of her beautiful, wearable and original work can be seen in many of La Coupe’s albums from the ’70s to the ’90s on  the website.  Just click away.


Forehead Flicks, Femme Fatale by Raphael – 1971

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Do you know your hair history?  Here’s a Femme Fatale from Raphael’s famous 1971 Collection, this one with flicks flicking on the forehead, very new at the time when flicks only flicked at the ends of long hair.  For other versions of this model’s very fine hair – and other Femme Fatales, click here

Hair: Raphael Santarossa, 1971 … Makeup: Jacques LaFleur … Model: Judi MacDonald …
Photo: © Klaus Lucka
Produced by Helen Oppenheim



Flirty Kiss Curl, Art Deco Collection – 1974

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre ... Collage: Kenchine Kurokawa

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Collage: Kenchine Kurokawa

This iconic photo from La Coupe’s famous Art Deco Collection of 1974 featured an Eton Crop, inspired by the ’20s version, and a flirty kiss curl. Note to hairstylists, sometimes just a little kiss curl can make all the difference to a simple front view.  For real life, a kiss curl can be very subtle but for a photo, fashion runway or the red carpet, it needs to be more like the one in this photo, to show.  This look had  a high, off-centre part, and a soft feather-y kiss curl, enough but not too much and it was not stuck down with sugar as they used to do.  The kiss curl can, of course, work with short or long pulled-back hair. For more Art Deco photos, click here:

Hair: Kim Lepine, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Deco Dress: Anne Klein … Long Black Kid Gloves: Iona Monohan Collection … Model: Bijette … Deco Mirror: Erik Neil Weiss for La Coupe … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre.  Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim



Détente – 1974

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

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin

Photos: © Serge Beauchemin … Collage:

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 …



Oscar Hair Story, 4 photos from website – 2014

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Oscar Hair Story, 4 photos  from website - 2014

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

As we near the Oscars, click on for a blog with Harold Leighton’s take on the state of hair today, in front of the camera and on the red carpet.  “Hair for Awards Season and Finding Our Way Back to Greatness” is his theme. He has selected 4 photos on from the 70s, ’80s and ’90s to help tell his story, click  –  for photos go to Page 2, click 

One of the four photos, shown here, is the Ritz Wrapz, by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, 1977 … Makeup Ted Nadel … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre.  Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


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


Swim Knot – 1977

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Swim Knot - 1977

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe’s King of  Chignons, created the Swim Knot Collection in 1977. The hair looked as good wet as dry.   He recommended making the chignon with wet hair, then letting it dry naturally.  He made a Naughty Knottie dead center at the front, and rolled the sides.  For one version, he wrapped the head with 3 strands of braided elastic going through the Knottie.  The photo
far right made Italian Vogue and that’s Antonio at work on Oksana the model bottom left.  For more Naughty Knotties, go to HairThen, La Coupe, scroll along MishMash on

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal … Swimsuit: Marilyn Brooks, Toronto … Model: Oksana Dykyj …Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre