La Coupe’s Great Gamine – 1977

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

La Coupe's Great Gamine - 1977

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Hair History. “This great gamine will survive all weathers,” said Kim Lepine, La Coupe’s International Design Director in 1977. Not only would it survive all weathers, it has survived for all of time, and is not dated at all decades after it was created. “The hair was cut using :”modern seventies’ cutting techniques to achieve the chewed effect of the fifties’ gamines but the difference was that La Coupe’s gamine wisps were precision cut and shaped to stay, cut into the shape by cutting on an angle to suit the face and working with the natural growth patterns of the hair.”  The background is from a 1921 Harper’s Bazaar cover from Charles Spencer book by Erté  For more on this gamine and other styles from this Collection, CLICK HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/New York, 1997 … Makeup: Electra & Corrado … Model: Guylaine… Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre
Concept/Produced/Fashion Styling: Helen Oppenheim


Angel Hair Inspired by Religious Paintings -1987

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Angel Hair Inspired by Religious Paintings -1987

Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

Inspired by religious paintings and the French Napoleonic Empire period of the early 19th Century, Kim Lepine created this heavenly hair in 1987 for La Coupe’s Innocence Collection. There was a heady mix of textures with straight hair and tiny wave movements, strategically placed, irregularly. This is just one of the innovative, wearable looks from way back then by La Coupe that has not dated and could be worn today.  This Collection was styled by Arianne Phillips, early in her  career, and she went on to style for Madonna during her most famous time.  For more versions, CLICK HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, New York, 1987 … Fashion Stylng: Arianne Phillips/Creeative Workforce … Empire Dress: Melissa Chatain … Model: Krista, Montreal … … Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas.
Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Art Deco Hair Inspiration – 1974

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Art Deco Hair Inspiration – 1974

Photos: Serge Beauchemin

Hair History,  In 1974, the Art Deco Collection put La Coupe Salons on the map all over the world. Almost overnight. The most successful collection La Coupe probably ever did included not just the Deco Cuts and Styles but also a colorific “Shine-On” highlighting color idea which made almost every major magazine in New York, including a full page in Harper’s Bazaar. The Deco Cut here, by Charles Booth, featured cut- in waves with many angles, very accentuated, all fitting in, with the front the same length on one side, 1/4″ on the other and a very square back. For 23 photos with more versions and more Deco styles CLICK HERE

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe Montreal/NY … Makeup : Electa, Electa & Corrado … Long Black Leather Gloves: Iona Monohan Collection … Dress: Anne Klein … Deco T: Tania Vartan for Ruby-T … Model: Danielle … Mirror Graphic: Eric Neil Weiss … Photos: Serge Beauchemin.


Trend Alert. Hair Orbits Again- 1969

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Trend Alert. Hair Orbits Again- 1969

Photos: Bob Fisher. Collage by

Do you know your hair history?  ’60s hairstyle orbits in  2018.  Again. This look was very popular in the late ’60s.  Similar looks were done by many, first popularized by Vidal Sassoon, but I prefer this one by Charles Booth owner of La Coupe Salons from 1967 to early 90s and introduced as The Orbit in 1969, the year the US first  landed on the moon.  Now, Redken’s Guido has designed his version for Marc Jacobs F/W New York Fashion Week Show, colorized for the 21st century by Josh Woods, so there is another trend  alert for the look, which could catch on this time. It’s not flattering to all, but is for some, as it was here for Keitha McLean, at the time the Fashion and Beauty Editor of The Montreal Star, later  a reporter at WWD, and still  later the first Editor in Chief of Miss Chatelaine now known as Flare in Toronto.   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 a “V” on both sides. For more details and a longer  version CLICK HERE

Hair: Charles Booth, La  Coupe Montreal, 1969 … Model: Keitha McLean … Photos: Bob Fisher, ARB


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


Cadette Chignon – 1978

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 6 comments

Cadette Chignon - 1978

Photo: Larry Nichols


The Cadette Chignon was designed for an Armani fashion show in Toronto, by La Coupe, in 1978. It was worn with hair half up, half down, or all up. Jerome Pinsonneault, George Karkoulas and La Coupe’s staff made khaki-colored, satin-covered forms and the hair was tucked under, with an Armani medal added at the front. For more, HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, Hat Chignons on www.helen

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe, Toronto … Makeup: Stace Long … Blouse: Holt Renfrew …Model: Danielle Carbonneau … Photo: Larry Nichols …Produced by Helen Oppenheim


La Coupe Dancing Hair – 1986

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

La Coupe Dancing Hair - 1986

Photo: Geoffrey Hargraves Thomas. Collage: Pascalain Gianello

This is Dancing Hair.  By the then King of Chignons, Antonio da Costa Rocha.  I produced the famous La Coupe Collection in 1986 and the talented Pascalain Gianello made this gorgeous collage in 2013, a surprise gift. The lovely Carol Dlugos, a La Coupe muse and favorite, is the model.  I said at the time, there was a return elegance and romance.  And now is the time to forget all the greasy hair, the wisps flying all over the place and make that return too!  For the how-to  archived on the website, click HERE.  To see more Dancing Hair, all inspired by Ginger Rogers dancing with  Fred Astaire  in the movie, “Top Hat” click HERE

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, 1986 … Finish: La Coupe Glossing Wax, Fixatif Plus … Makeup: Honey Twigg … Fashion Stylist: Aleta Joy Wolfe … Dress: Oscar de la Renta … Photo: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas …  Collage: Pascalain Gianello


Gone OrientMental! Ping Pong Hair – 70s

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Gone OrientMental. Ping Pong Hair – 70s

Graphics: Eric Neill Weiss

Gone OrientMental! With Ping Pong Hair in the 70s, an idea which coincided with a Chinese table tennis fad, now playing at the Rio Olympics in 2016. La Coupe first introduced Ping Pong Hair at designer John Warden’s Fall Fashion Show in the 70s, featuring Chinese fashions. Ping pong balls were covered in matching hair, and added in various designs to heads, many with matching chopsticks in black, burgundy, some with flowers, all in colors matching the fashions. Some of the balls used in the show were made of real silver and gold, designed by jewelry designer/Olympic bob sled champ, Hans Gehrig. Fun. fun.

Hair: La Coupe, Montreal, 70s … Graphics: Erik Neill Weiss … Faces/Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim