Wishing US Olympians Wins in 2016 – 1976

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Wishing US Olympians Wins in 2016 – 1976

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. Graphics: Georgine Strathy

The Olympic Games start Friday, August 5 in Brazil. Here’s wishing the USA teams success as imagined here for winners in photos from La Coupe’s 1976 Olympic Hair press release, early 1976, before the Montreal Olympics. I wrote that the girl on top might have been winning the 800 metres on a hot day, with a time of 1:58.2, beating West Germany’s Hildegard Falck’s 1972 record of 1:58.6. Our hero might win the 5,000 and 10,00 metres faster than Finland’s Lasse Virren. How times have changed! Both for the atheletes’ times and for the hair styles we would have made hair winners for La Coupe’s atheletes today.  I sewed all the vests myself, added names, numbers, trimmings for La Coupe’s athletes, having trudged in sub-zero Montreal January weather to find the plain vests and all the additions. Talk about dedicated! More from this famous collection, click HERE

Top Hair: Charles Booth, La Coupe 1976 … Model: Debbie Keyes. Bottom Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1976 … Model: Elmer Olsen.   Graphics: George Strathy … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre. Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Hair Olympics Remembered – 1976

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Hair Olympics Remembered – 1976

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

As the 2016 Olympic Games start on Friday, August 5, 2016, I remember the 1976 Olympic Games held in Montreal and La Coupe’s Hair Olympics Collection.  “I dreamed I was Mark Spitz and won my eighth gold medal,” I wrote for this photo which showed a wet-hair look. (For those who don’t know, Mark Spitz was the Michael Phelps of his era and had won seven gold medals at the Berlin Olympic Games 4 years earlier.) To see hair history and more of this famous campaign, released at the beginning of the year, in time for maximum press, which included one of the press photos published in US Vogue, check the album, click HERE 

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/NY … Medals: Olympic Coin Jewelry … Model: Elmer Olsen … Graphics: Georgine Strathy … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre
Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim


Soft, Fashion-Forward Wearable Hair – 1987

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Soft, Fashion-Forward Wearable Hair - 1987

Photos: © Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas

This 1987 hairstyle is the straight version of the Angelic Looks from La Coupe’s Innocence Collection to help launch a new La Coupe Hair Care product line which was Fragrance Free, hypo-allergenic, dermatologist-tested, pure and gentle. Charles Booth, owner of La Coupe Salons and Hair Care products at the time (and  making some great products now as well) gave some basic gems of advice,  valid today, often not known, still.   “Where, how and when to use which hair product is key and they can alter the texture and quality of the hair, making it fuller, curlier or straighter, softer or stiffer, shinier. The trick,” he continued, “is to use the right product in the right place, in the right way to help achieve that magic.”Amazing how many  do not know this, even today!  The magic here was by Kim Lepine who had that magic touch with all her hair work, making it pretty and soft, wearable, also fashion forward. At the time, most long hair was one length, so this inteesting haircut was new’ish then. To see more magic, for a romantic curled version, and an evening version, click HERE
Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, 1987 … Makeup: Nadiya Nottingham … Fashion Styling: Arianne Phillips/Creative Workforce  … Empire Dress: Melissa Chatain … Ribbon Bow: Hyman Hendler … Model: Krista/Giovanni, Montreal … Photos/Tinting: Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas (Collage by Helen Oppenheim)


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

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 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