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Fashion Witch: Florence + Welch = Witch

Here at The Eye of Faith, we have a special affinity for those in life drawn to the mystical, magical, and wonderful.

Count us in the know, cause we can definitely feel the magic in the air. It seems like a new strand of fashionista has been making it’s way around the world these days, and it is about time we began addressing it!

With it’s ethereal notions, hard edges, brute romanticism, and a touch of the past; something wicked this way comes with our days’ most noted fashion superstars, and they’re not just on television. They roam the streets, the parks, the malls, the cafes, even the beach- and not just at night. No, no. All day they come to play, touching all those they pass with their psychic premonitions of fashion future-present: the Fashion Witch.

It’s all so witchy! But let’s be honest, now that YOU think of it, they’re everywhere too. Thank God it’s 2012, or we’d have quite the persecutions on our hands. With all the skulls, diamonds, and lace, it’s a blessing a Fashion Witch can ride the city bus without a jealous neighbour crying “Witch!”

But that’s all in the past, and the Fashion Witch truly seems to be reigning supreme! A Fashion Witch knows, and a Fashion Witch is always able to stay just a step ahead of the everyday crowd, and really tap into the universe for it’s greatest style secrets. Look at it anyway you like, The Fashion Witch is here to stay!

One of our favourite Fashion Witches of the moment, an individual who always seems to make it shine, is Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine. The 25 year old High Priestess of Pop has been probing literally everybody’s radar with her defiantly chic and sophisticated otherworldly styles (not to mention a killer voice to boot).

Welch’s preoccupation with witchery began long before the songstress began belting her beautiful battle cries. Indeed it seems a witch’s life was always in the cards for our beautiful friend.

“I wanted to be a witch when I was a kid. I was obsessed with witchcraft. At school, me and my two friends had these spell books; I always wanted a more magical reality. I had a little shrine at home and I did a spell to try and make the boy in the other class fall in love with me.”

Citing “Clueless”, “Mary Poppins” and “The Craft” as favourite style go-to’s growing up, it is no wonder the songstress always seems to dazzle with eccentric decadence and stylistic innovation. Watching her style continuously evolve with the days is a true treat.

For her latest album “Ceremonies” Florence has raised her own aesthetic playground from the Pre-Raphealite dreams of her past album, to a darker and stranger decadence. Citing Tamara de Lempicka and Gustav Klimt as two prime examples of the new influence in her aesthetics; the look is at once streamlined, soft, demure, but powerful, spiritual, and above all ornamental.

Looking through other works by artists of the same periods it is easy to see where her inspiration lies. In the heyday of the early part of the 20th Century, esoteric and occult knowledge was becoming of great interest, with many pop idols in the field including Aleister Crowley and Harry Houdini. As well as the worlds of the psyche were being opened by Freud and Jung, and suddenly the worlds of the unknown were at everyone’s doorstep and fingertip. These influences had a profound influence of popular culture of the time, and continue today.

Spooooooooky.

Nothing to be afraid of. Florence’s endeavours into the world of ceremony give great insight into her supernatural worlds. Watching “Shake it Out” it’s impossible not to see the allusions to everything from Freemasonry to the Illuminati. Heavy stuff. The song is a celebratory call asking each of us to look into the darkest depths of ourselves, and to set the light free. All it takes is a forboding dark mansion, some secret friends, and bit of dancing. Fashion Witches know!

“And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me”

-Florence + The Machine, “Shake it Out”.

Talk about secret societies! Baron Alexis von Rosenberg, great friend to the Rothschilds, knows you need a great mask to make a great party.

There certainly is a formality to the idea of “ceremony”, but often times during the rituals or rites being performed, strong emotions can be conjoured that overpower this formality. Check out “No Light, No Light”– our favourite Florence vid that completely lends itself to the power of these forces. Portraying a battle between Good and Evil- it’s an epically beautiful poem.

“I always wanted a more magical reality.” she said, and she definitely got it creating some of the most beautiful music videos of our time. No unworldly visions here, just plain truth. We feel a great kinship to Florence Welch who, without even us asking, has transformed into such a wonderful…well, Witch!

If you ever have the chance to see the wonderful Florence Welch live, definitely make the effort, as she really has a knack for commanding the stage, and seducing your heart. Like a modern Maenad, she makes her way from one end of the stage to the other in a blink, casting a spell with her song, and never letting go of her momentous energy from beginning to end. Not to mention, gracing the stage like a true Fashion Witch in something absolutely out of this world. Check out her site for a performance near you!

Taking the reigns of Popular Music, and steering it on a course towards the dark, the stars, and the great unknown will hopefully be Florence Welch’s greatest achievment. But rest assured, this daring 25 year old is already a style star in everyone’s eye, and EOF’s favourite Fashion Witch of the moment.

A new favourite of Karl Lagerfeld, Florence Welch had the priviledge of singing her heart out for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 show featuring an Oceanic theme, and although Ms. Welch has made a star in the heavens for herself with her witchy ways, it got us thinking maybe mermaids for our magic muse…I guess only time will tell!


“O well done! I commend your pains;
And every one shall share i’ the gains;
And now about the cauldron sing,
Live elves and fairies in a ring
Enchanting all that you put in. “

-William Shakespeare, Macbeth (Act 4: Scene 1)

Having a fascination with the great divide between the material and ethereal can bring oneself much pleasure and curiosity. Like staring into a flame- it wavers and shakes, it is real before your eyes, but never seems to fully materialize.

All you’re left thinking is, “Isn’t nature strange?” – well Yes, and for thousands of years the blind have kept on seeing in their veil of misunderstanding, while the Wake diligently sift through the information they have recieved and carried from each passing generation.

So, we get it! A Fashion Witch always does.

A big Thanks to Vigilant Citizen!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Right On, Cool Vintage Plate Reuse (Whaatt?! Whatever…)

Right On, Cool Vintage Plate Reuse on display through Etsy from Austin Modern.

Taking grandma’s plates takes a certain ‘no guts no glory’ type of edge…so wrong it, we’d rather leave it up to the pros. Check out the handsome quality – all done on unique antique plates. I think the pictures speak for themselves…good to see creative juxtaposition of the past and present.

Reinventing the past is a bold statement, and artists like Shary Boyle and Chris Antemann truly embrace some of the boldness and inventiveness artists have been taking in reinventing the crafts of yesteryear.  These wonderful works use historical techniques to create remarkable reinventions that are setting bold new directions for the craft.

The past holds many treasures, and often times they just keep on giving! Check out Austin Modern for a hand crafted piece of time that never siezes to stop!

Thoughts?

-The Eye x

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E.O.F. Approved: Epic Bob Marley Tee

We always love a bold print or huge graphic, so finding an awesome print of legend Bob Marley’s face was priceless. Hair lit by stage lights, the bold text across the shoulder, we really wish this was M/L for ourselves, but you can purchase a small over at Monster Vintage if you think it’s as appealing as we do.

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The Eye.
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Modern Mystery Men: Voyage to Voynich {Vintage Style Inspiration 2013}

The strange, wonderful, and perplex. The Voynich Manuscripts . . . the World’s most wildly weird book. Full of strange diagrams and cryptic text, many generations have passed and still no one has been able to make anything of it.

The book is hidden deep away in Yale’s Rare Book Collection making it kind of hard for eager schoolboys to study all of its mysteries . . .The word ‘mystery’, strangely enough comes from the Greek mustrion meaning ‘secret rite’ [from musts, an initiate, from mein, to close the eyes, initiate.]

The mystery would gather together at sacred times in sacred places performing rituals, celebrations, and rites of passage. These sacred ceremonies were held to ensure certain higher knowledge is passed on to the initiate who is chosen under certain circumstances (possessing special intellectual or spiritual prowess, or defining periods in one’s life eg. marriage)

Not to presuppose of course, we all remember Yale is home to one of the World’s most infamous ‘mysteries’ of them all; the notorious ‘Skull and Bones’ society. The notorious fraternity traces its roots to 1832 as ‘The Order of the Skull and Bones”, and includes such influential names as Rockefeller, Tate, Pillsbury, and Bush.

The group operates in secrecy, much as their ancient mystery counterparts, holding their rituals in a building known as ‘The Tomb’. The lost boys were said to possess the last remains of Geronimo. Sounds like a bunch of hocus pocus from an Indiana Jones movie, reads like one too.

Over the years the boys have gotten tied up in strings of allegations and scandals that range from sexual abuse, torture, and Satan worshipping! Not to mention the associations with the Illuminati . . . Seems to me like someone needs to do their homework.

“I don’t mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it’s got my name on it.”

                                              -Debbie Harry

What do you say? Is it all too convenient the World’s weirdest manuscript has landed in the same turf? Maybe they know something we don’t about this strange codex, its weirdly wonderful drawings, and the wisdom that it may entail. Perhaps it provides them with the ingredients to perform the rituals of their predecessors, or maybe they simply see it the same way we do, and this obscure Renaissance relic will continue to be at loss to modern man, and appear as a precarious dot in the framework of history.

I’ll give it to the boys, they have always been doing it in style. Exploring the delicate and strange beauty of the Voynich Manuscripts is a true wonder, and I’d study up now before they do.

The manuscript is available online courtesy of the Beincecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Looks to us like everyone’s bathing . . .

 

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Vintage Oscar De La Renta Designer Ivy League Oxford Shirt – SMALL {$39}

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Vintage American Sci-Fi Adventure Pulp Magazine

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1950’s “Conquerer” Vintage Tie Clip – {$25}

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“Voynich” Vintage Ivy Style Preppy Graphic Sweater – LARGE {$29.90}

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‘Order of the Eastern Star’ Decorative Masonic Antique Plate – {$30}

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E.O.F. Approved: In the Land of the Midnight Sun

We know we’d stay warm in this amazing hooded vintage fur Jacket from the famous furrier Jonas Brothers Seattle-Alaska from the 1950’s. Hand sewn triangle details, and made from genuine Pine Martens with Coyote fur trim, cuff and collar, we can see ourselves on a dogsled cruising village to village looking extremely wild.

If only it wasn’t already sold by the time we stumbled onto this one at Monster Vintage, you better believe we’d be rocking this in the city!

 

Beauty or a beast?! Let us know what you think.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Approved: Cool Cameo Cuffs!

From 300 AD to 400 AD there was an artisan movement defining the world. The creation of the ‘cameo’ displayed itself in works of art and jewelry which we still see echoed today in modern design. You may see a more traditional take of a Cameo shown as a silhouette of a female with luscious wavy hair, but it’s these cufflink’s with a more unique take on the technique that caught our eye.

Over at Ruby Lane, they have a huge selection of fun finds and lot’s of timeless recreations. Though it was these Cameo cufflink’s from a 1950’s Dante Masterpiece collection which we spotted, and knew we had to share with the world.

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E.O.F. Approved: Vintage Mens 1940s/1950s Tiger Sweater

Anyone who thinks vintage shopping is all drab and dust has got it all wrong. Case in point, this handsome 1940s/1950s era ‘Bud Berma’ Sweater with Tiger!

‘Bud Berma’ is one of the original purveyors of menswear in America, and while I’ve mostly seen your typical flannel checks from the brand, this is definitely one rare and unique catch! We’re always on the hunt, like vintage fashion predators, looking for the coolest finds.

Be the one on the prowl! Love the emerald green tiger everywhere, and definitely love those Varsity stripes. This is Academic style with an edge. You could take your look anywhere with this one: clean cut, grunge, rockabilly, punk, or preppy- it’s all up to you how you’re feeling. Definitely something fun to accessorize too. You’ll be turning heads, for sure!

This super cool find is currently up for grabs, but don’t take too long, there seems to be a lot of interest! Click here for it to be yours.

The Eye.

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E.O.F. Approved: Take Ivy! [Vintage 1930s/40s ‘Princeton’ Mens Sweater]

Take Ivy is right, ladies and gentlemen. The epitome of style, the roots of civilization (as we know it), stems from the halls of the Great American Ivy League Schools. Princeton is no exception, and there’s a chance to own a piece of the tradition here.


Great vintage wear to it, and I absolutely love the bright orange ‘P’. Very cool!

The neckline is very nice, as well. Love the way it’s knit. Can’t recall seeing anything like that on store shelves today.

The best thing about vintage is these things can be yours! To buy , click here. But quick before it’s too late!

You’ll definitely be a Dapper-Dan. Who named it the Depression anyway?

Simplicity is always key! Doesn’t take an Ivy League education to know that, just some Ivy Style. For more Ivy Style we reccomend Teroyushi Hayashida’s photo documentation of the American Ivy League during it’s heydey in “Take Ivy”.

First published in 1965, the book became a cult hit in Japan, with it’s showcasing of hundreds of authentic Ivy League looks.  For a long while, the book was out of publication, and has only last year come back into print. Each page is amazing, lush, and detailed; setting you up for thousands of your own stories of life behind Ivy League walls…

Grab your own copy, or head to Amazon to get the perfect gift for that fashion obsessed friend. Either/Or. You pick.


The Eye.
xo

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E.O.F. Approved: Vintage ‘Flying Tigers’ Jacket

The famous Flying Tigers fighter squadrons of WWII definitely were a group of bad-ass troops! Being the “1st American Volunteer Group” (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force between 1941-1942. While most of the news in the U.S. came back in defeat by Japanese Forces, the ‘Flying Tigers’ used innovation, skill, and above all style, to make a crash landing fight to victory. Some also argue the men as mercenaries working under hefty contracts from the Chinese Government. Either way, we have to admit these men had some guts.


Check out this extremely rare WWII Avirex A-2 Chinese Air Force Bomber Flight Military Leather Jacket (say that three times fast). Such great condition, and with a story to tell too. Takes a real hero to pull this one off.

When looking for vintage leather pieces, always look for that beautiful distressing that happens to leather when it’s been worn. Why spend a lifetime getting a jacket to the most perfect soft wear, if you can get one whose already had a lifetime of use? And in this case, very exciting use!

Check out the Blood Chit tag at the back! This is the most fascinating bit of history sewn on the back with the Blood Chit used to identify a friend. Love seeing clothes as a communication tool on such a huge level.

Keep history alive, and rock this coat with a slick pair of dark denim jeans, and a simple white t-shirt. Couldn’t even imagine a cooler coat.

Want it? Check it out.


The Eye.


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E.O.F. Approved: Vintage Chicago Cubs MLB Japan Watch

Crazy good find- an immaculate Vintage Chicago Cubs MLB Japan Watch for sale through Montosito-Mall on ebay. Love the black leather band, and that face! Oh, the face; simplicity, chic, modern, cool.

For the jock and geek, alike, it’s definitely the kind of laidback piece everyone needs to have to elevate any look in an instant.

With an equally impressive pricetag,  I’d definitely check this one out here. You need it.

The Eye.


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