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



Thank You’s And Memories – 1978-1985

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Thank You's And Memories - 1978-1985

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I just found these thank you cards from various people I worked with from 1978 to 1985. Memories.

Top Left: The Perfecto! Gracias! card came with some earrings from Cartier in 1978.   I had just produced a show for La Coupe in Barcelona, Spain, in front of over 2,0000 people and we were a huge success. Charles Booth was very happy.

Top Right: This card came from John Sahag. For Christmas 1985. It wasn’t alas forever. But the sentiment was beautiful. And it came with a magnum bottle of Dom Pérignon.

Bottom Left: This card came with a huge bouquet of flowers so not his signature.  Vidal Sassoon had just seen my first Collection I had produced in 1979 – Soft Cubism.

Bottom Right: Memo from George Shaw, publicist and philanthropist who worked to help promote everything Vidal Sassoon when I worked there as PR and Creative Director of the Vidal Sassoon Salons USA and Canada.

More to come …


The Frizzie Lizzie – 1967

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Photo: Unknown

Photo: Unknown

This 1967 photo of The Frizzie Lizzie inspired by glamorous ’30s hair was by Charles Booth for La Coupe in Montreal (before he opened in NYC.)  The photo inspired Harold Leighton in 2014; he has written an article for The Epoque Times – “Hair Fit For The Oscars” which also shows more La Coupe  photos from the ’70s to ’90s.  We love the fact Harold and Epoque love our hair from the Archives on this website all these decades later.  To read the online version of the article, click here.  (Full page newspaper version to come.)   For more on the Frizzie Lizzie and La Coupe’s ’60s hair, click

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe … Photo/Model: Unknown


Short Brush Cut With Tiny Tail – 1969

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

Short Brush Cut With Tail - 1969

Photo: Bob Fisher

This is the Mary Johnston Cut by Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe (then known as Le Cartier.)    The  great summer style was a big sensation and considered very daring then, around 1969.

The supershort soft brush cut rippled up and back, ending in a delicious tiny tail curving at the neck.  It was ideal for those with coarse or slightly curly hair and a great summer style still. This story – and photo  – was given a full page in the Montreal Star, big daily newspaper at the time.

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal … Model: Mary Johnston … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB … Courtesy: The Montreal Star (Keitha McLean/Fashion Beauty Editor.)  For more 60s styles go to HairThen, La Coupe, 60s, on


Sleepers Wide and Wild – 1975

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Sleepers Wild and Wide - 1975

Photos: Serge Beauchemin

In 1975, hair was getting bigger in Europe and in Montreal, La Coupe’s testing ground for high fashion hair trends, the world-class innovators made the hair bigger than big, and wide, very wide. With a new texture, thanks to an old crimping machine.  More later on that. For more Sleepers, HairThen,  La Coupe, 70s on

Hair Cut: Charles Booth, Crimped: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Fashions: Renato Balestra Couture, Holt Renfrew Canada … Crystal Glass: Baccarat … Model: Rudy Maciukas … Location: The Royal Suite, Chateau Champlain Hotel, Montreal … Photos: Serge Beauchemin  … Produced/Concept/Fashion Styling: Helen Oppenheim


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


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