The Toronto Cut – 1977

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The Toronto Cut - 1977

Photo: © Lorraine Sylvestre

This short ruffle-y cut, super soft, pretty, easy, was created by Jerome Pisonneault for the opening of La Coupe’s Salon in Toronto. In 1977. The back went up at the back, to fit in with the high ruffled and frilled collars so popular that season. The front fringe was cut asymmetrically, shorter over one eye, with wisps strategically cut into the hair all around the face. For more details and more Toronto Cuts, click HERE 

Hair: Jerome Pinsonneault, La Coupe Toronto 1977 … Makeup: Electa & Corrado … Ruffles: Marilyn Brooks … Model: Mil Bastien … Background: CN Tower Toronto… Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre. Fashion Styling/Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim, who lived in Montreal at the time and spent six whole weeks in Toronto preparing for the opening. The Salon was on Yorkville, and we did take Toronto by storm, for a while.  Anyone remember?


Naughty Knotties. Zig-Zag Part, Zwiggles – 1978

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Naughty Knotties. Zig-Zag Part, Zwiggles – 1978

Photos: © Lorraine Sylvestre

Asymmetric Naughty Knotties, one higher than the other, with a zig-zag part zooming across the head, and zwiggles flirting on the forehead. The photo on the left made US Vogue in September 1978, and other magazines world wide. Antonio da Costa Rocha, who did the hair for La Coupe, was the darling of New York Society Ladies with his chignon and dressed hair talents, his charm, his manners, a true gentleman, sadly missed. For more on his Naughty Knotties, scroll back and forth, click HERE  

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, /New York/Montreal … Model: Melissa Hargraves … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre.


’60s Space-Age Hair Orbits Again – 2016

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'60s Space-Age Hair Orbits Again – 2016

Photo: © Bob Fisher, ARB

TREND ALERT.  Gucci have a similar style to this in their current ad campaign. I first posted on the trend in early in 2015. Which leads me to think something similar to this very popular hair shape from the late ’60s could well return. This version was by Charles Booth, of La Coupe in 1969. We called it The Orbit and it was inspired by the 1969 US Landing on on the Moon. Face on, the space-age hair style 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 cap graduated to a long, wide “V’ on both sides. For more, an anecdote, another version, click HERE

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe, Montreal … Model: Keitha McLean, Fashion Beauty Editor, The Montreal Star … Photo: Bob Fisher, ARB


Sparkle With Jewelry In Your Hair – 1993

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Sparkle With Jewelry In Your Hair – 1993

Photo: © David Webber

It can be so easy to dress up your hair for the holiday season, whatever the style, length or texture.   Here’s an idea, from 1993, which will never date.  Three sparkling mis-matched rhinestone barrettes were strategically placed on a glam pageboy. But the look can also work beautifully with your Grandmother’s antique brooches, bobby-pinned on securely.

This idea, by Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe Salons at the time,  was one of many created at La Coupe’s famous creative evening.  He went into action way after midnight, his first hairstyle in 8 years!   For many more great holiday ideas like this by the talented hairdressers at the Creative Evening, click HERE 

Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe NY/Montreal, 1993 … Makeup: Barbara Sansone … Model: Rose … Photo: © David Webber.    Produced by Helen Oppenheim.


Art Deco “Shine-On” Hair Color – 1974

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Art Deco "Shine-On" Hair Color - 1974

Illustration: Tom Huffman

This is a detail from two pages in The New York Sunday News Magazine article on La Coupe’s 1974 Art Deco Collection.   The “Shine-On” hair color (my idea!) was applied where a lamp caught the light on straight hair. Colorist Jan Hughes added the “Shine-On with either cosmetics, food colorings, or real color, whether blue on black, or lighter blonde on blonde. Everyone, press and clients, was fascinated with her method –   using the light from a photographer’s umbrella, set up in the salon, to guide her where the color would be added! La Coupe got tons of prestigious publicity from this original idea, light years ahead of its time – including a full page in Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen and this two page spread in The Sunday News Magazine. To see the photos from this very famous Collection from which this illustration was inspired and which put La Coupe on the world map, click HERE

Hair Left: Peter Green. Right: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1974 … Illustration: Tom Huffman


Unruly Naturally Curly Hair With Wisps – 1977

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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



Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


Photo: © June Sauer

1969.  The year when America landed on the moon.  This Space-Age Hair Sculpture was baked in the oven by Peter Sant of La Coupe.  Simple,  elegant, very futuristic then, it was created for the Montreal Fashion Group Designers Show. Click for  More ’60 hair, 

Hair Peter Sant, La Coupe, Montreal, 1969 …. Model; Monica Clayton … :Photo: © June Sauer.




Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


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