60s First Long Layered Look – 1968

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 5 comments

60s First Long Layered Look - 1968

Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB

Do you know your hair history?  Charles Booth created the first long layered look, in 1968, by placing a short wig over long hair, blending the wig and longer hair together imperceptibly to get the effect.  The bottom was long with soft curls cascading down the back, encircling the neck, the top was short, sculptured, shaped, framing, flattering the face. This iconic image made headlines and is now recognized for the trendsetter it is.   For more 60s hair, CLICK HERE

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal … Model: Nicole DesLauriers … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB

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Wishing US Olympians Wins in 2016 – 1976

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Wishing US Olympians Wins in 2016 – 1976

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. Graphics: Georgine Strathy

The Olympic Games start Friday, August 5 in Brazil. Here’s wishing the USA teams success as imagined here for winners in photos from La Coupe’s 1976 Olympic Hair press release, early 1976, before the Montreal Olympics. I wrote that the girl on top might have been winning the 800 metres on a hot day, with a time of 1:58.2, beating West Germany’s Hildegard Falck’s 1972 record of 1:58.6. Our hero might win the 5,000 and 10,00 metres faster than Finland’s Lasse Virren. How times have changed! Both for the atheletes’ times and for the hair styles we would have made hair winners for La Coupe’s atheletes today.  I sewed all the vests myself, added names, numbers, trimmings for La Coupe’s athletes, having trudged in sub-zero Montreal January weather to find the plain vests and all the additions. Talk about dedicated! More from this famous collection, click HERE

Top Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1976 … Model: Debbie Keyes. Bottom Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1976 … Model: Elmer Olsen.   Graphics: George Strathy … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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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)

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’60s Space-Age Hair Orbits Again – 2016

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

'60s Space-Age Hair Orbits Again – 2016

Photo: © Bob Fisher, ARB

TREND ALERT.  Gucci have a similar style to this in their current ad campaign. I first posted on the trend in early in 2015. Which leads me to think something similar to this very popular hair shape from the late ’60s could well return. This version was by Charles Booth, of La Coupe in 1969. We called it The Orbit and it was inspired by the 1969 US Landing on on the Moon. Face on, the space-age hair style was just a cap of hair, with a heavy round smooth fringe rising up to a soft point in the middle of the forehead. It was cut right from the crown and the hair orbited all around. The cap graduated to a long, wide “V’ on both sides. For more, an anecdote, another version, click HERE

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal … Model: Keitha McLean, Fashion Beauty Editor, The Montreal Star … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB

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Sparkle With Jewelry In Your Hair – 1993

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Sparkle With Jewelry In Your Hair – 1993

Photo: © David Webber

It can be so easy to dress up your hair for the holiday season, whatever the style, length or texture.   Here’s an idea, from 1993, which will never date.  Three sparkling mis-matched rhinestone barrettes were strategically placed on a glam pageboy. But the look can also work beautifully with your Grandmother’s antique brooches, bobby-pinned on securely.

This idea, by Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe Salons at the time,  was one of many created at La Coupe’s famous creative evening.  He went into action way after midnight, his first hairstyle in 8 years!   For many more great holiday ideas like this by the talented hairdressers at the Creative Evening, click HERE 

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe NY/Montreal, 1993 … Makeup: Barbara Sansone … Model: Rose … Photo: © David Webber.    Produced by Helen Oppenheim.

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Art Deco “Shine-On” Hair Color – 1974

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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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The Orbit – 1969

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

The Orbit - 1969

Photos: © Bob Fisher, ARB

Do you know your hair history? In the late ’60s, this look was very popular, similar done by many. There is a version or two making a comeback in 2015, so time to have another look at this 1969 version by Charles Booth, La Coupe Montreal.. It was called The Orbit and it was launched to celebrate the 1969 US landing on the moon.

Face on, it was just a cap of hair, with a heavy round smooth fringe rising up to a soft point in the middle of the forehead. It was cut right from the crown and the hair orbited all around. The back was short and the cap graduated to “V” on both sides.

The model was Keitha McLean, a client, at the time the influential fashion/beauty editor of The Montreal Star, who went on to WWD in its heyday, then later returned to Canada as the first editor-in-chief of Flare Magazine. For more details and a longer version, click here:
Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal, 1969 … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB

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Art Deco, ’20s Style Hair – 1974

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Art Deco, '20s Style Hair – 1974

Photo: © Serge Beauchemin

This is the Deco Cut, with a ’20s influence, created in 1974 by Charles Booth, La Coupe Salons. The short cut, all angles, and very complicated was part of the Art Deco Collection which put La Coupe on the map worldwide. “This is The Great Step Forward,” Charles Booth said at the time, “so many angles but it all fit in, going against everything we’ve done before, very accentuated. If you cut a wave into the hairline,” he continued, “it stays.”

La Coupe backed black, jet black, the hair color for the Deco Cuts – great with pale faces. Deco Cat’s Eyes Makeup, by Electa, featured cat’s eyebrows, a brow not seen for a few decades at the time.    For full details on the hair, hair color, the makeup, click here

Deco Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, NY/Montreal … Deco Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado …. Deco Dress: Anne Klein … Long Black Leather Kid Gloves: Iona Monohan Collection … Model: Danielle …. Photo: Serge Beauchemin. Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

 

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