Rare Vidal Sassoon HighHair Photo – 1980

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Rare Vidal Sassoon HighHair Photo – 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

This is a color version of the famous Vidal Sassoon HighHair black and white photo with hair by Graham Wren, with the same model. It is rare, not known at all. It was photographed in 1980, as part of the iconic collection, which included this Sassooning for Evening look with crimped hair, half up and half down. “For dreamy nights out,” I said in the press release. For more info, how-to’s, CLICK HERE  or for just a few of the best of the 20 HighHair photos archived in the website album, check two pages on Helen’s Blog – CLICK HERE

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadal … Opalescent Dress/Background: Avram … Model: Danielle … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre
Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim



Chic To Cheek Dancing Hair – 1986

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Chic To Cheek Dancing Hair - 1986

Photos: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas. Collage helenoppenheim.com

Reposted, favorites from The Website Like No Other.  Chic to Cheek, Dancing Hair by Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, inspired by Ginger Rogers in the 1935 movie, Top Hat. For more Dancing Hair, a how-to plus a clip from the romantic movie,  CLICK HERE

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, 1986 … Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Styling: Aleta Joy Wolfe … Fashions: Jackie Rogers (blonde) and Oscar de la Renta (brunette) … Models: Carol Dlugos (brunette) and Marilyn Coe (blonde) … Photos: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas


Vidal Sassoon Gold Lamé RagSet – 1981

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 6 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


“Star Appeal” Cindy Crawford Vogue – 1987

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


 "Star Appeal" Cindy Crawford Vogue – 1987

Photo: Irving Penn

This is fun fabulous ’80s hair by the legendary John Sahag from a “Star Appeal” editorial in American Vogue featuring SuperModel Cindy Crawford wearing hairpieces placed for art – under a hat! (Sahag always wanted to “score” so hats and makeup stories didn’t faze him! He just came up with amazing ideas, like this.)   This was the first of the 4 page editorial photographed by Irvin Penn for “The Color Report” with makeup by Kevyn Aucoin, other pages featured more of Cindy, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. To view, click HERE

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop, 1987 … Makeup: Kevyn Aucoin … Model: Cindy Crawford … Photo: Irvin Penn


Soft, Fashion-Forward Wearable Hair – 1987

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Soft, Fashion-Forward Wearable Hair - 1987

Photos: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

This 1987 hairstyle is the straight version of the Angelic Looks from La Coupe’s Innocence Collection to help launch a new La Coupe Hair Care product line which was Fragrance Free, hypo-allergenic, dermatologist-tested, pure and gentle. Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe Salons and Hair Care products at the time (and  making some great products now as well) gave some basic gems of advice,  valid today, often not known, still.   “Where, how and when to use which hair product is key and they can alter the texture and quality of the hair, making it fuller, curlier or straighter, softer or stiffer, shinier. The trick,” he continued, “is to use the right product in the right place, in the right way to help achieve that magic.”Amazing how many  do not know this, even today!  The magic here was by Kim Lepine who had that magic touch with all her hair work, making it pretty and soft, wearable, also fashion forward. At the time, most long hair was one length, so this inteesting haircut was new’ish then. To see more magic, for a romantic curled version, and an evening version, click HERE
Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1987 … Makeup: Nadiya Nottingham … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips/Creative Workforce  … Empire Dress: Melissa Chatain … Ribbon Bow: Hyman Hendler … Model: Krista/Giovanni, Montreal … Photos/Tinting: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas (Collage by Helen Oppenheim)


The Queue, Vidal Sassoon – 1980

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo (from a laser copy): Lorraine Sylvestre

Photo (from a laser copy): Lorraine Sylvestre

There was a fencing and romantic theme to Vidal Sassoon’s 1980 Queue Collection.  The hair was romantic, the shirts had frills and ruffles, very new that season.  The Queue made short hair long, in a flash.  For both him and her.  The all-in-one hair ornament, invented by Avram of Vidal Sassoon, NY, included a brushed gold bow to cover the ponytail, clipped onto the hair in one simple movement.

For more on The Queue, and a great anecdote, click 

Her Hair: Avram, His Hair: Barbara Melser, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel …  Models: Lynn Snowden and Avram … Photo (scan from a laser copy here, original lost) : Lorraine Sylvestre


Romantic Boudoir Hair – 1987

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

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

A romantic feeling from La Coupe, in 1987.  Hair for the boudoir.  Kim Lepine introduced The New Curl in the Boudoir Hair Collection – a tiny, angel-like curl. She said at the time that The New Direction was small heads, closer to the head, with softly rounded but a definite “V” back. ‘No more squared-off, cut-across or cut-up napes,”  advised Lepine the trend-setter whose backs of heads were always feminine and pretty, whether her hairstyles were short, medium, long, straight or curly. A trend in the late 80s, the look is still relevant today.   For more Boudoir Hair, more versions, how-to’s and details, click here

Hair:  Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1987 … Texture: Rita Starnella  … Model Lori Hope … Fashion Styling: Aleta Wolf-Gentile … Photo: Geoffrey Hargraves Thomas.   Produced by Helen Oppenheim


A Collage Mistake, Revisiting Favorites – 2011

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Dancing Hair Photos by Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas … Origami Hair Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Dancing Hair Photos by Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas … Origami Hair Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Sometimes, mistakes can be beautiful.  Right, a collage which just happened, a mistake.  But so interesting, I thought you’d like to see it.  Top and to both sides are photos from the website cover (Dancing Hair, La Coupe’s Antonio da Costa Rocha, 1986) and center are photos from Carolina Herrera’s Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week Spring 2011 (Orlando Pita’s Origami Hair.)  All photos just happen to be my all-time favorites.  Revisited, the Origami Hair to left, a beautiful innovative hair idea,  the kind of hair not seen often enough at NY Fashion Weeks!

For more Dancing Hair and a video of Fred and Ginger Dancing Cheek to Cheek in Top Hat, click here:
For more Origami Hair, backstage photos, more versions and fashions, click here: