Modern Mullets, Hair Fashion Trend – 2020

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Modern Mullets, Hair Fashion Trend – 2020

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There’s a big change happening in the hair world. At last. In spite of the virus. Instead of long nothing hair, mostly ironed or dressed straight, the same on almost everyone’s head, there will be more layers and more shape. The Modern Mullet has arrived, by mistake on the head of Billie Eilish (top left)  There are more extreme versions than I show here, the horrors from yesteryear some will remember too, but these are wearable fashion looks to rock for 2020, and beyond. Some look like updated shags, some cheat a little for the line by just tucking layered hair behind the ears. All are a fresh change, a look now hot and getting hotter. As for Eilish she is already growing hers out!

Photos: Billy Eilish: Getty Images and
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Nude Shoes Booties Flapper Dress – 2020

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Nude Shoes Booties Flapper Dress – 2020

Photos: Courtesy Elisabetta Franchi. Collage:

These nude colored shoes, booties, the dream flapper dress with flying fringes with the glittering
headpiece are all so chic they make one want them all. For the 21st Century, they are by Elizabetta Franchi as shown at her Milan Fashion Week Show for Fall/Winter 2020/21.  Everything in the exquisite show was in nude, pink, rose, gold or beige colors. For more photos, CLICK HERE

Hair: Peter Gray, CloseUp Agency Milan for GHD-Italia … Simone Bell using L’Oreal Makeup … Head Designer: Fillipo Zazaganoni … Fashion Stylist: Simone Guidarelli … Photos: Courtesy Elisabetta Franchi ( and )


Helmut Newton “King of Kink” Doc – 2020

Posted by on Aug 3, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Helmut Newton "King of Kink" Doc - 2020

© Helmut Newton

Love and have always loved Helmut Newton. “The Bad and the Beautiful” is a documentary movie starring Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Catherine Deneuve, Grace Jones. And Helmut himself. Directed by Gero von Boehm. For those into fashion, you know the controversial photographer of statuesque beauties also known as the “King of Kink” was a photographer like no other The documentary missed its New York opening in April, but it has now been released in Germany and virtual cinemas, and it  can be seen at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in October.   I wrote the press release for his book “World Without Men.” 14 provocative photos from the press release for the book are archived on my website, CLICK HERE


Mani-Pedi Prices Thru The Roof – 2020

Posted by on Jul 14, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Mani-Pedi Prices Thru The Roof - 2020

Nails: Deborah Lippmann @ Badgley Mischka MBFW 2014. Photo: Helen Oppenheim

Be aware. At least in New York. But maybe everywhere.  A manicure pedicure which may have cost $30-$40 in New York City can now cost $70 -$90. A pedicure alone can cost $40. I used to pay $31 for a mani and pedi in Manhattan.  Prices can be sky-high, through the roof.  And many shops are not telling their customers of the price increase until they come to pay.   One has to wonder if customers will come back to pay at those prices.   Many, like me, have perhaps got used to doing their own mani-pedis, or they have lost their jobs. And, for now, many are not seeing anyone anyway. Can these shops, of which there were too many, at least in Manhattan, stay in business?
(Of course, the image here shows fab fashion nails, they could be worth the extra money, but these are not the classic nails most people have.)


Vidal Sassoon’s Marlene Dietrich – 1980

Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Vidal Sassoon's Marlene Dietrich – 1980

Photos: Peluquerias Magazine

At the end of 1980, I produced a hair show in Barcelona, Spain with Vidal Sassoon US. There were 2,000 people in the audience for a spectacular event hosted by Lluis Llongueras, Llongueras.   This is the Sassoon Marlene Dietrich played by a Spanish model, who had never heard of Marlene! She ad libbed to Marlene’s career signature song “Falling in Love Again” from the German 1930 movie – “The Blue Angel”   Later in the show the Sassoon Team showed their versions of the Modern Marlene hairstyles from a recent collection.   To see those, CLICK HERE and scroll down. (This is the first time this has been seen since 1980 and is part of a multi-page spread of all the looks shown from the show in Barcelona’s Peluquerias Magazine.)

Hair: Avram, Vidal Sassoon NY (who also master-minded this fantastic sequence) … Color: Edward Moore, Vidal Sassoon NY … Photos: Peluquerias Magazine, Spain.


Happy Birthday America – 2020

Posted by on Jul 4, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy Birthday America - 2020

Wishing all my Followers a Happy Independence Day as can be this July 4.  With love.  Please wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe.


Joy Reid of MSNBC And Her Hair – 2020

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Joy Reid of MSNBCAnd Her Hair – 2020

Photos Helen Oppenheim/MSNBC

You have to give it to Joy Reid of MSNBC, she is into hair. And changes her styles almost every TV appearance. She went from many different short haircuts and wigs to longer hair, mostly braided now and many different designs. They don’t all work and sometimes I want her to bonk her hairdresser, but she is a joy to behold and gets an A for effort. Here she is over the last few months, mostly with braids, but once during the height of the lockdown, she showed her own natural hair, quickly changed. Go for it, Joy. Go for it … You are not only a great journalist but must also be an Inspiration to many.
Joy Reid MSNBC-TV Host/National Correspondent and Political Commentator. Hosts the weekly MSNBC morning show AM Joy on weekends, often does Rachel Maddow and other MSNBC shows, graduated from Harvard University, two-time author, former controversial blogger and popular Twitterer, also on Instagram   ( @JoyAnnReid )    


Will Salons Be Blow Drying When Open – 2020

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Will Salons Be Blow Drying When Open – 2020

Photos: Helen Oppenheim

A thought. Will salon stylists be blow drying while the Covid virus is still active? Will clients feel safe going to a salon where blow dryers are blowing all over the place, even at 6′ distances? Alternatives can be shorter haircuts, like the bob with the style cut in, here by Edward “Scissorhands” Tricomi –
cut dry backstage at the Rosa Cha Spring Summer 2008 New York Fashion Week Show. No blow dry needed on this lovely model, Barbara Berger.   Curly hair with the right cut can dry naturally and look good, like the original Sassoon Greek Goddess or the long natural look currently trendy. But let’s bear in mind, most people with straight or  barely curly hair need some volume here and there. Another alternative can be rollers, but remember how they usually make hair look old-fashioned. Other options are teasing, crimping, braids, wearing hair in an updo.   Or will the blow dry survive?