“Star Appeal” Cindy Crawford Vogue – 1987

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 "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

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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: 


Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair Updo – 1980

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Vidal Sassoon's HighHair Updo - 1980

Photo: Gérard Gentil

This is Tom Principe’s asymmetric up version from the romantic, dreamy and innovative HighHair Collection created in 1980 at the Vidal Sassoon NY Salon.

There was no teasing, two rats were placed inside the hair, which could be worn as high or low as one liked, asymmetric or simply going up high, as here.  For more on this, including an Anecdote and more HighHair inspiration from the famous collection, click here

Hair: Tom Principe, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadel … Clouds: Ansell Adams … Art: Avram … Collage: Jan Kosarin of Norman Kosarin, Inc. … Model: Vivienne … Photo: Gérard Gentil

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim



Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 1 comment

Corset scene "Gone With The Wind" - 1987!

Photo: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Inspired by a famous scene in the 1939 movie “Gone With the Wind” here is Scarlett O’Hara, the Southern Belle, getting dressed for the ball in this iconic Tara Collection from La Coupe in 1987.   Kim Lepine  attached ringlets to the mid-parted hair with flattering upswept sides.

The team left New York at 6 am for Connecticut to shoot this Collection (styled by a young but great Arianne Phillips, later Madonna’s famous fashion stylist) and arrived back in New York at 3 am.   Only regret, the nails in this photo are red!  Fiddle-De-Dee!

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, NY … Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips … Camisole Bloomers: Victoria Falls … Corset: Jean Hoffman-Joanna Starr … Model: Alayne/Zoli … Photo: Geoffey Hargrave Thomas.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim

For more from the Tara Collection, of which I am very proud:, scroll back and forth. click here


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 ModernSalon.com 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 www.helenoppenheim.com 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