Vidal Sassoon Gold Lamé RagSet – 1981

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 6 comments

Vidal Sassoon Gold Lamé RagSet - 1981

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Hair History.  This is the short version of Vidal Sassoon’s P-P-Puff, by Graham Wren in 1981.  The silhouette was injected with a healthy dose of fresh … air.  The natural-looking, casual silhouette was very new at the time, not just for Vidal Sassoon but for the world.  One could go from rags to riches to get this look if the hair was not naturally curly.   Our model, Kay Romero, wife of the then-President of Vidal Sassoon Salons, USA, Fernando Romero, had her hair set in gold lamé rags, which looked more glam than rollers, and she could have gone out on the town wearing them as her hair set!  The gold lamé rags made a Peluquerias Magazine Cover and captured a lot of press all over the world at the time!    For more, longer versions and how-to’s, CLICK HERE

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1981 …Makeup: Mariella Smith-Masters … Dress: Ellen Gleason … Earrings: Ken Begun … Model: Kay Romero … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre
Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Vidal Sassoon Soft Cubism Hair – 1979

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Vidal Sassoon Soft Cubism Hair - 1979

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Hair History.  Vidal Sassoon’s Soft Cubism-inspired haircut by Graham Wren had no hard edges, all corners and points were rounded and soft.  The looks were inspired by the graphics of cubism, constructivism, modernism, futurism – and the circle, the square, the triangle. All versions here are on the same model, the lovely Susie Kozak.   For more Vidal Sassoon Soft Cubism hair for day and night, CLICK HERE

Hair: Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1979 … Graphics: Avram … Makeup: Ted Nadal … Model: Susie Kozak … Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

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WHY? Breaking Vidal Sassoon News – 2013

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Helen's Blog | 5 comments

WHY? Vidal Sassoon News - 2013

Setting the Record (and the Hair) Straight

Reposted because the record is not yet straight. Here is the  true story.
From an article by “Your Invaluable Sleuth of Hair History” in the Style Section of the New York Times, January 24, 2013.

Those in the know have known that Vidal Sassoon was not the first to cut Mia Farrow’s hair to that famous pixie cut, and that she cut it herself, then – not mentioned in the New York Times – then, Christopher Brooker re-cut it – all before the famous $5,000 hair snip that helped make Vidal Sassoon famous.  Read the article, a letter from Mia Farrow herself.  Why didn’t she – or Vidal – speak out before?!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/fashion/setting-the-record-and-the-hair-straight-mia-farrow-weighs-in-on-her-60s-pixie.html?ref=fashion&_r=0

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’80s Wide Shoulders – Antonio Lopez – 1979

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'80s Wide Shoulders - Antonio Lopez - 1979

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

Trend Alert. ’80s wide shoulders.  I first posted this when they made an appearance in the Fall 2016 Collections, especially in Paris.  Now, Marc Jacobs and others showed  wide shoulders on the 2018 Fashion Week Runways.  They can make a difference to your wardrobe!  A new and flattering direction for many. This amazing illustration is by fashion/beauty/art illustrator, the one and only Antonio Lopez, from his book “Antonio’s Girls” ( published by Congreve.) The dresses illustrated are by Lux International, as in Italian Vogue, 1979. The series is one of the most exciting Antonio created. For more Antonio Lopez masterpieces, see Icons on my website, click HERE and to see the actual dress on the left in two photos from Vidal Sassoon’s 1979 Soft Cubism Collection, click HERE

Illustration: © Antonio Lopez

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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 helenoppenheim.com

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

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Vidal Sassoon HighHair Collage – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon HighHair Collage - 1980

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Collage helenoppenheim.com

1980. A memory.  Some of the photos from Vidal Sassoon’s famous inspirational influential HighHair Collection.  At the time, fashion hair was not high.  Having hair rising up on top was new. The concept for this collection was mine and some big talents at the Vidal Sassoon New York Salon in the General Motors Building in NYC helped make it happen. To see each photo bigger, more HighHair, to read the whole story, click HERE

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The Presidential Wave – 1980

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The Presidential Wave - 1980

Vidal Sassoon’s Presidential Wave, 1980

For Election Year, 1980, Vidal Sassoon elected The Presidential Wave by Barbara Melser of the Vidal Barber Shop in NY.  My tongue in cheek press release stated that The VS Poll interviewed its prestige Barber Shops in NY, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto and predicted victory in November for its Fall 1980 Men’s Campaign.

When this was photographed, in my office one Sunday, it was hoped Edward Kennedy would be nominated with his similar hairstyle!    However, The Presidential Wave was an interesting movement, with new proportions and mood, democratically romantic as well as classically conservative, and was influenced by the women’s Soft Cubism Collection which had enjoyed such success in Vidal Sassoon’s Summer 1980 Campaign. For more, click HERE

Hair: Barbara Melser, Vidal Sassoon Barber Shop. NY, 1980 … Model: Burt Kyle …Jacket and Shirt: Thierry Mugler …Photo: Gregory Kitchen …Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim.

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With Model Icon Peggy Moffitt – 1993

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

With Model Icon Peggy Moffitt - 1993

Photo: Unknown

Here I am with Peggy Moffitt, the world-famous icon model at a Vidal Sassoon 50th Anniversary event.   She wore her hair hair exactly the same way she did in the ’60s when Vidal Sassoon famously cut it.  Just look at what’s she’s wearing in 1993.   Wonderful.  To view a beautiful and brilliant Peggy Moffitt/Rudy Gernreich VIDEO with smashing Swinging ’60s fashions and hair inspiration, click HERE

Video Hair: Jacques Lawler, Vidal Sassoon … Fashions: Rudi Gernreich … Models: Peggy Moffitt, Leon Bing, Ellen Harth …  Video Created and Directed by William Claxton …  1993 Photo:Unknown (from a laser copy)

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