The Big Sleep /Crimped HaIr – 1975

Posted by on Aug 4, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

The Big Sleep /Crimped HaIr - 1975

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre / Collage

The Big Sleep 1939 book by Raymond Chandler is being re-issued in 2022 in paperback.  I loved this book, the way Raymond Chandler wrote, and I loved the 1946 movie with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  In 1975, I art directed a Hair Collection for La Coupe in Montreal and I used a copy of the book as a prop in some photos.  This is the short Cleopatra look.

Hair History was made with this Collection because we used a 50 year old crimping machine La Coupe’s Elmer Olsen found in his Grandmother’s attic – see it in action bottom right.  These were the first crimps of the modern era.  It wasn’t long before the modern crimping machine was invented and it is still popular today, as are crimps.  To see the whole iconic Collection and the US Vogue article recognizing the innovation  CLICK HERE

Hair: Lesley Walden, La Coupe, Montreal 1975 … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … White Satin Sheets, The Flower Garden. … Book: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler … Model:Melanie Bishop … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Art Direction/Styling: Helen Oppenheim


Long Lasting Hair Crimps – 2012-2016

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Long Lasting Hair Crimps – 2012-2016

Backstage @ New York Fashion Weeks. Collage by

Crimps in the hair are long lasting. They last longer than curls and waves ironed or set in. Crimps are also fun stuff. Hairdressers love doing them. And they do so for many fashion shows, as seen here photographed backstage at New York Fashion Week Shows from 2012 – 2016. Why more mere mortals and celebs don’t  wear them much is something to think about.
Top Row Left to Right: Edward Tricomi  teasing and crimping for a high life at Douglas Hannant 2012 … Tricomi’s finished High Life with strategic crimps here and there … Crimped human hair extension by Sherri Jessee, Intercoiffure 2013 … Jessee’s finished half up/half down Wild West style which is micro-crimped with the extensions added.
Center Row: Jon Reyman crimps being  crimped at Naeem Kahn Fall 2016 … Peter Gray’s crimpings on a blonde at Badgley Mischka 2013, also Bottom Right Inset: Peter Gray’s finished Midsummer Night’s Dream crimp with flowers.
Bottom Left and Center: Jon Reyman crimps for Big and Beautiful at Naeem Kahn 2016.
To see albums with how-tos, finished looks, many versions, check albums on The Website Like No Other –

Photos: Naeem Kahn by Jane Kratochvil … All Others by Helen Oppenheim



Rare Vidal Sassoon HighHair Photo – 1980

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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



That Iconic “Sleeper” Wide Hair Photo – 1975

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 That Iconic "Sleeper" Wide Hair Photo – 1975

Photo: Serge Beauchemin

Reposted. This famous image is from La Coupe’s iconic “Sleeper” Collection by Elmer Olsen in 1975, when he had found two 50 year old antique crimping machines in his Grandmother’s attic. And this was the result from using one of them – very wide hair, flat on top, with a new texture. To see all 17 photos archived in the “Sleeper” album, with the first crimps of the modern era, including crimps from the second machine, much copied, still relevant today, featured in American Vogue CLICK HERE. I use this image on my Facebook Helen Oppenheim Biz Buzz Page ( CLICK HERE) and on my @HelenOppeheim  Instagram Page ( CLICK HERE )

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe Montreal, 1975 … Makeup: Elect, Electa & Corrado … Fashiion: Renato Balestra Couture, Holt Renfrew Montreal … Model: Rudy Maciukas … Photo: Serge Beachemin


Interesting Crimping @ Juliana Bass NYFW – 2018

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Interesting Crimping @ Juliana Bass NYFW – 2018

Photo: Fred J. DeVito

Here is something simple, stylish and super at the same time. Crimping in just one area at the back of straight one-length hair. “The crimping compliments and contrasts the vertical pleats in the collection which inspired the horizontal crimping,” said Marco Vogt backstage at the Julianna Bass New York Fashion Week Show for Spring 2018 which featured some wearable technology fashions, subtle and exciting, just like the hair.  For more hair and fashions from this show, CLICK HERE

Hair: Marco Vogt … Products: Milbon … Crimper: R Session Pro Tools Hair Waver
Photo: Fred J. DeVito


Backstage @ Fashion Shows – 2016

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Backstage @ Fashion Shows - 2016

Photos: Helen Oppenheim

My latest Blog as a Guest Contributor for Modern Salon has just arrived. Backstage @ Fashion Shows is about photographing hair backstage. How to get the most out of what goes on backstage during New York Fashion Weeks, also for any show or event. I blog from the viewpoint of a PhotoJournalist after some sixteen years photographing backstage.   I also get personal!!   Here is just one of the images, all showing most of  the world’s leading hairdressers in action. Check it out, click HERE

Photo: High Life Crimps by Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi for the Douglas Hannant Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week Show … Makeup: Maude LaCeppe, Le Métier de Beauté … Photos: Helen Oppenheim


“Helen Oppenheim Producer” – 2015

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

"Helen Oppenheim Producer" - 2015

Photos/Collage: © Lorraine Sylvestre

Thank you Sandra Smith-Doghmi, Founder of Red Carpet Concierge, for the lovely “Produced by Helen Oppenheim” Lifestyle News story featuring Vidal Sassoon’s famous trend-setting 1980 HighHair Collection.  It isn’t often anyone gives me the title of a story and it does feel good to be recognized.  To see the Red Carpet Concierge website, the story and news about this and that, click HERE

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980 … Makeup: Ted Nadal … Model: Danielle … Photos/Collage: Lorraine Sylvestre.  Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Hair History, Wide Crimped Style – 1975

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

 Hair History,  Wide Crimped Style- 1975

Photo: © Serge Beauchemin

I am using this as my cover photo on Twitter and Google+. I am not very good at either! Don’t do them enough. Any encouragement if you Follow me on either or both would be good. Hope to see you here: Or there:

Do you know your hair history? This photo features the first crimped hair of the modern era, literally created with a 50 year old crimping machine from the 20s – in 1975. It is a photo I love, from the iconic La Coupe Sleeper Collection. For more of this wider than wide look, and more crimped styles, click:

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Model: Rudy Maciukas … Photo: Serge Beachemin … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim