Unruly Naturally Curly Hair With Wisps – 1977

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Unruly Naturally Curly Hair With Wisps - 1977

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

1977.  This La Coupe photo made US Vogue. They probably loved the earrings as much as the unruly naturally curly hair of this star performer.  There was a new-looking volume at the back and charming little wisps flirting on the forehead.   The earrings were by Niky, an award-winning Jewelry Designer, who created the super modern spray to fit over the ear with assorted-sized diamonds on 18 carat gold. For more on this collection and more details on the hair, click HERE

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, Montreal, 1977 … Makeup: Electa & Corrado … Model: Lillian De Freeze … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

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RUFFLE HAIR WITH GLASSES – 1977

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RUFFLE HAIR WITH GLASSES – 1977

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Short ruffle cut looking like an upswept chignon for with the Fall 1977 fashions of ruffles, frills and high necks. By Elmer Olsen, for La Coupe. Worn with big glasses.

ANECDOTE: I was in the NY office of Diane Von Furstenberg’s then PR, Mary Blake, who liked La Coupe’s photos, and she gave me a box of sunglasses by the designer and said: “See if you can use any of these in your next photo shoot.”  I used this pair, called “Bliss” for Diane von Furstenberg’s Optique du Monde Collection. Still have them somewhere, and some of the rest of the great glasses. From more from this collection, click HERE

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe , 1977 … Makeup: Sherry, Electa & Corrado … Ruffles: Marilyn Brooks … Glasses: Diane Von Furstenberg for Optique du Monde … Model: Sherry Diekrager
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre. Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Romantic Wisps Whisper – 1977

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Romantic Wisps Whisper - 1977

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

For pure romance, long wisps whispered on the cheek, tickled the temple, kissed the nose, caressed the neck on this lovely look, just one innovative idea from La Coupe’s 1977 Wisp Cut Collection. This one was so new-looking then, who knew it would be the beginning of wisps falling all over the place because perfect hair was what everyone wore at the time.

Fine wisps were pulled out from the hairline here and there, and precision-cut into a shape, using the natural growth patterns to romantically frame the face and neck. Elmer Olsen, who created this style, advised “for long wisps to be left out for this look,the hair has to be a good length before one can start.”  More, technical details, click here:

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, Montreal … Perm: Tanya Pawley/Wella Firm and Gentle … Makeup: Electra & Corrado … Corselet Top: Pat MacDonagh … Soft Body Jewelry: Doris May … Model: Josée St-Jacques … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre. Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Hair History, Wide Crimped Style – 1975

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 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: https://twitter.com/HelenOppenheim Or there: https://plus.google.com/+HelenOppenheim/posts

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

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Growing Out Gamine With Wisps – 1977

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Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Growing out gamine, with wisps. Created by Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, Montreal, 1977.   The model had an exceptionally high forehead. Feather-like wisps and Elmer to the rescue.

The knock-out Soft Body Jewelry, by Doris May, was one long piece, which wrapped around the fingers as rings, then wound around the wrists as bracelets, snaked up the arm as more bracelets, slithered across the body, then down and around the other arm, wrist, hand, fingers. For more on this and more wisp cuts click here:

Hair: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe, 1977 … Makeup: Electra, Electra & Corrado … Corselet Top: Pat MacDonagh … Soft Body Jewelry: Doris May … Model: Josée St-Jaques … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre. Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Sleepers Wide and Wild – 1975

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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 www.helenoppenheim.com

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

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Chic Punk – 1977

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Punk

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition due May 9  to August 14, 2013 is going to make punk hot again.  Not that it ever really went away.   I dread to think how some punk hair cuts will ruin many a lovely face!    Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) will be one of the co-chairs. Wonder if she will cut her now long hair to a punk style again?

Fashion is another story.  Punk. Chaos to Couture will examine punk’s impact from its birth In the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today.

There will be approximately 100 designs for men and women, by all the usual suspects.  Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion showing how pailettes were replaced by safety pins, feathers by razor blades, bugle beads by studs.  Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

Organized thematically, gallery sections will include Rebel Heroes, Pavillions of Anarchy and Elegance, Punk Couture, D.I.Y.  Style, La Mode Destroy, all organized by my favorite Curator, Andrew Bolton. Guido Palau will design all mannequin head treatments and masks.

Hair here by Elmer Olsen, La Coupe 1977
Models: Sherry Diekrager and Elmer Olsen
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

For more on this chic punk-influenced hairstyle, go to HairThen, La Coupe, 70s Hair, Toronto Collection, Photo 10, on helenoppenheim.com – and watch out punk influences everywhere…

 

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Gamines – 50s to 80s

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Gamines 50s to 80s

Seberg, Hepburn, La Coupe, Bumble and bumble, John Sahag

Remember the gamines of the fifties – Jean Seberg, Audrey Hepburn, Lesley Caron, Zizi Jeanmaire.   Well, here are gamines from the 50s to the 80s.  They haven’t dated and are as relevant today as they were then.

Clockwise, top left – Jean Seberg (50s), Audrey Hepburn (50s), Elmer Olsen, La Coupe (1977), Kim Lepine, La Coupe (1977) , Michael Gordon, Bumble and bumble (1984),  JohnSahag (1986.)  For more and full credits, go to Icons … HairThen, La Coupe Wisp Cuts Short … HairThen, John Sahag Press Photos …HairThen, Three to See.
Photos: Bill Willoughby, Unknown, Lorraine Sylvestre x 3, Helene Joseph.

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