Anne V, Age 15 @ NY Fashion Week – 2002

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Anne Vyalitsyna, known as Anne V, Russian born model/actress, 10 years in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and ongoing.   At 16 she was the face in Chanel’s Chance perfume ads. And from then has worked for all the majors of everything.

When she was just 15 years old, I photographed her backstage at the J. Lindberg NY Fashion Week show, with this amazing wide hair by Edward Tricomi, Warren Tricomi Salon, NY. I remember, I wanted to photo no one else, I waited and waited, and caught her for a brief second just after her nails were done and not dry for this photo.

Hair: Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi, NY … Model: Anne V … Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

(One day, I will scan years of Fashion Week Photos which I have on film, as this was.)


Super Model Kelly Emberg, Hair Harry King – 1980

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Super Model Kelly Emberg, Hair Harry King - 1980

Photo: © Scavullo

It’s Kelly Emberg’s birthday today. Just look at this photo of her with hair up to there, by Harry King, in 1980.  He remembers “Kelly Emberg was my first BIG hair for Cosmopolitan Magazine. I LOVED working on her hair, it was the texture, a lot of semi fine hair and I could do anything to it – up or down.”  For more by World Great Harry King, go to WorldGreats on

Hair: Harry King … Makeup: Way Bandy .. Fashion Stylist: Sean Brynes … Photo: © Scavullo


Buzz Buzz. Gisele Bundchen’s New Crop – 2014

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Buzz Buzz. Gisele Bundchen's New Crop – 2014

Photo: Steven Klein

OMG, what has supermodel Gisele Bundchen done with her glorious tresses?   She has buzzed them off, that’s what. The new buzz cut can be seen in the new Balenciaga ad for Alexander Wang. I think she will regret this crop. It is, in my opinion, unflattering and her face needed the great hair she had. Or the great hair she will grow from this edgy but ugly shorn style.   Watch for some new short hairstyles as Gisele’s hair grows … Unless this is a brilliant Photoshop manipulation or a clever wig, as suggested in   Whichever, Gisele Bundchen, Alexander Wang and Balanciaga will get lots of exposure for their latest ad campaign.     For more on the supermodel’s new look, click the Daily Mail article by Erin Clements

Hairstyled by Anthony Turner … Photo by Steven Klein
(The more I look at it and the more I think about it, I think this may well be a brilliant Photoshop crop – and supercool idea!)

Gisele is at the World Cup, July 13,  2014, with her long hair.  So definitely not cut.


Two In One, The Genius of John Sahag – 1997

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Two in One, Genius of John Sahag

Photos: © Helen Oppenheim

With color and cut inspired by the Manhattan skyline at night, the genius of the legendary John Sahag can be seen in these two very different looks which have one haircut and one hair color. On the left is what he called the painted canvas with cut and color precisely shown for a special night out on the town. On the right, the precise cut and color are hidden by Sahag’s magical styling.   This was 1997 and hair color with a cut like this had not been before, nor had a top model ever allowed anyone to do anything like this magic, as Siberian-born SuperModel Irina Penteava did on her hair.  And these  looks are as relevant today as then.  For cut and color how-to’s, more versions, click:

Hair Concept/Cut & Color: John Sahag, The John Sahag Workshop … Hair Color: Dario Arias … Makeup: Susan Houser … Fashion Styling: Lisa von Weise … Fashions: Elisa Jimenez/The Hunger World … Gloves: Naomi Misle … Model: Irina … Photos: Helen Oppenheim.