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{January 22} Isn’t It Byronic? Happy Birthday LORD BYRON!

 

“Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.”

-Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron {6th Baron Byron}

ON THIS DAY, SOME MIGHT SAY. . .

A GENIUS

was born.

Others may just call him a MAD MAN.

 

+LORD BYRON+

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Byronic [ bahy-ron-ik ]

adjective
  • of or relating to Lord Byron.
  • possessing the characteristics of Byron or his poetry, especially romanticism, melancholy, and melodramatic energy.

Regarded as one of the most important English poets, as well as a leader of the Romantic Movement of the early 19th Century. . . he was a revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, a politician, as well as a major celebrity of the time!

Indeed, before Beatlemania – there was “BYRONMANIA”, as described by his own wife Annabella. Self-aware to the max, and huge proponent of personal promotion- his celebrity was equivalent to that of a modern day rock star of the time.

As an Aquarius, it is no surprise that he was extremely odd and eccentric about certain things. He had a fascination for the macabre and stories tell of him having a coffin at the dining table of his family’s Gothic manor, as well as collecting the skulls of animals which he proudly displayed in an enormous shooting gallery. He also loved to drink out of a monkey skull turned into an elaborate chalice…so they say.

His antics were legendary, however, as much as he enjoyed the spotlight, he retired to a self imposed exile from Britain later in his life. . . how Byronic. 

He knew himself a villain—but he deem’d
The rest no better than the thing he seem’d;
And scorn’d the best as hypocrites who hid
Those deeds the bolder spirit plainly did.
He knew himself detested, but he knew
The hearts that loath’d him, crouch’d and dreaded too.
Lone, wild, and strange, he stood alike exempt
From all affection and from all contempt:

“The Corsair” (1814) by Lord Byron

“I love not man the less, but Nature more”

-Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron {6th Baron Byron}

 

One of the most outrageous things the notorious playboy did in his life, you will get a kick out of!

Back in the 1800s, it was quite customary for lovers to keep mementos of their love of letters, drawings, even a lock of hair – however, Byron took this to the extreme and kept clippings of each lovers pubic hairs and kept them in labeled envelopes in his library for safe keeping…

Now that’s Byronic!

{also…AQUARIUS, much?}

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Below is a little style inspo gallery in the Byronic Hero fashion….


“Tis the perception of the beautiful, A fine extension of the faculties, Platonic, universal, wonderful, Drawn from the stars, and filtered through the skies, Without which life would be extremely dull”

-LORD BYRON

 

That man of loneliness and mystery,
Scarce seen to smile, and seldom heard to sigh— (I, VIII)

The Corsair (1814)

 

ISN’T IT BYRONIC? DON’T YOU THINK?

A LITTLE TOO BYRONIC….YEA, I REALLY DO THINK!

 

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Cannes Honours Alain Delon {STYLE IDOL} to the MAX!

Alain Delon was one of our first ever {STYLE IDOL} posts on The Eye of Faith, and quickly became and remains one of our most popular delves into classic timeless cool vintage style. It’s not a surprise – this guy just oozes bad ass nonchalant elegance, sophistication, and beauty!

He is always portrayed as a dangerous type, a rebel, a bad boy, a beautiful bad ass . . . but still very clean cut and classic.

So this year when we found out that the French bad boy would be honoured (and justly so) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival we were thrilled!

For his “wonderful presence in the history of film” the award is definitely  just, but delving back into his timeline of wicked looks over the past 50+ years it is impossible to deny his presence in the history of style, as well!

So, in honour of this God of Style we delved deeper into our archive of looks from an icon who is on the level of James Dean or Marilyn Monroe. We are fortunate enough to have him with us still today!

Not all the rebels die young…in fact, you can watch his acceptance speech here (it is in French):

We checked out this brilliant list of 12 of his best cult classics from DW to find some super vibes we hadn’t picked up on in our initial post 7 years ago (yikes!). From baroque to gangster, from dapper to scuba, modern playboy to Victorian dandy…he does it all!

One thing’s for sure …

No one rocks a cut on their face quite like him!

Bless his soul

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What’s your favourite Alain Delon look? Let us know in the COMMENTS below!

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “GIGI IN PARADISCO” by +DALIDA+

Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti ( 17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987) better known as Dalida (داليدا‎)

+Before Beyonce there was Dalida.+

This exotic beauty of Italian descent and born in Cairo, Egypt rose to international fame throughout the 1960s and all the way to her suicide in the 1980s. A suicide over a broken heart only days after appearing in television interviews perfectly normal…love was her worst enemy in life.

She sold upwards of 140 million albums; Beyonce has sold 17 million solo, and 17 million with Destiny’s Child which really puts it into perspective (although, our girl Rihanna has sold upwards of 230 million records, so . . . ).

Special thanks to +THE ULTIMATE FASHION HISTORY+ Channel and its fabulous curator Amanda Halley for introducing us to this dazzling Diva. I’m sure we will focus on her again in future posts! The more you dive into her memory, the  more incredible she becomes.

There was actually a biopic released in 2017 about her which we are dying to see! Check out the trailer here.

This is a wonderful disco extravaganza from 1979-1980 (?) entitled “GIGI IN PARADISCO”. It’s a total odyssey of 1970s crazy euro party glamour!

 

Let us know what you think in +COMMENTS+ below…

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…

I hope you dance!

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {DECEMBER 6, 2016}

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Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson {circa. 1933}

by George Hoyningen-Heune  //seminal art photography of the 1920s & 30s

Stay {STYLE-WISE}

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {NOVEMBER 30, 2016}

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1920s bad ass Paris bedroom interior. 

exotic art luxe. 

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allen Poe,  A Dream Within A Dream

Until we meet again,

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Give me the order! Give me the order! Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh. . . 

So, Happy Saturday! Thanks for a great +Art Crawl+

Those we saw, and those we didn’t . . .

Been digging the summer?

Jungle life.

[Props to our girl Whit at Girl on the Wing – check out her safari window on King St. W]

This one’s for you . . .

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NOTE how everyone be using them green screens for this same effect.

Here’s one example (and I’m not mad at it)

In fact, I love me some Ay-Yo-Ay-Yo-I-Hear-You’re-Riding-On-The-Same-Tall-Tall-Tale, especially on a Saturday night!

And, I know you might too! So, enjoy this one also . . .

It’s a double, on the house, from The Eye of Faith!

Oh, and in case you’re like wha?

It’s Azealia Banks.

She’s our girl.

But really.

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ATLANTIS

At·lan·tis

 [at-lan-tis] 

noun
a legendary island, first mentioned by Plato, said to have existed inthe Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath thesea, but linked by some modern archaeologists with the island ofThera, the surviving remnant of a much larger island destroyed by avolcanic eruption c1500 b.c
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A little WITCH POP never hurt anybody.

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Elegantly Wasted: A Trip to the 90s with Hedi Slimane for Saint-Laurent

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When it was announced that Hedi Slimane was to take the place of Stefano Pilati as creative director of the iconic label Yves Saint-Laurent, the fashion world was left wondering what new innovations the Swiss designer could bring to the brand. Then he dropped the Yves.

That’s right. For over fifty years the brand has existed as YSL,a brand coveted for its luxury, craft, and intuition; and yet within a few moments under Slimane’s guiding eye, the brand switched from Yves Saint-Laurent, to Saint-Laurent Paris. A seemingly small change, but for fashion insiders, it seemed to represent a much grander prophecy.

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It should come as no surprise, however, considering Hedi Slimane is a designer who is known for being a somewhat of a revolutionary when it comes to fashion. He is the man that ushered a tidal wave of change nearly a decade ago when he was appointment menswear designer for Dior; making Dior Homme not only a coveted brand worn by celebrities from Brandon Flowers and Pete Doherty to Cate Blanchett, but seriously revolutionized mens fashion altogether. While most collections stuck to a very standard approach to mens styles, Slimane flipped it on its head exchanging boot cuts for skinny jeans, made suspenders cool, had young guys think hats are cool, wearing skinny ties, and switching their blazer for cropped motorcycle jackets.

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On top of that, he single handedly changed the standard of beauty for male models, exchanging the buff All-American dreamboat for the skinny skater kid you see hanging out in the alleyway with his friends sneaking a joint and giving each other tattoos. What would have been referred to as the ‘Teenage Wasteland’ by our grandparents, has now turned into the standard ideal of luxury by fashion insiders, which you have to admit is pretty damn cool.

And if there’s anyone who knows cool its Hedi Slimane, who took a break from designing and took a dip into the realms of industrial design, exhibition design, curating, and of course his photography which he showcased on his site, the Hedi Slimane Diary.

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Now, Slimane has kicked it off with his debut menswear collection for Saint-Laurent in this latest F/W 2013 runway show, proving that he’s still got it in the bag when it comes to making mens fashion that feels fresh, cool, casual, with all the bad ass luxury of a world class rock star.

There’s plenty of vintage inspiration thrown in there too, with a definite ode to the 90s.

 

It’s a decadent rock n roll roller coaster of goth and grunge (very of the moment) that elevates the styles to a whole new level (being Saint-Laurent, after all). Plaid shirts, cardigans, ripped jeans, leopard print, fur coats, and oversized jackets – these are the new standards. Vive Revolution.

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There’s definitely nods to the great, late, one-of-a-kind, king of sadness, rebel bad boy, Kurt Cobain in the mix. And while, we’ve seen this vintage inspiration dozens of times in the past, somehow Slimane is able to rejuvenate the look with unexpected combinations of texture, colour, pattern, and shape. And what might seem like odd styling choices, at times, only adds to the eclectic decadence.

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You could even say it ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, as the anthem goes, but its more likely an invitation to  ‘Come as You Are’, when you think about it. No need to fuss or muss. Just throw it on, and march. That’s the best part for us, and the most alluring and beautiful representation of Cobain’s unique style we’ve yet to see.

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I see a little bit of River Phoenix in there, too . . . he was, of course, a forefather to that grunge look, and probably would have come to represent it even more if it weren’t for his untimely death. There’s also a little Jordan Catalano thrown into the mix . . .

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His F/W Women’s Collection is equally full of these rebel notions, and 90’s attitudes. You can spot inspiration everything from Courtney Love, ‘The Craft’, ‘Daria’, ‘My So-Called Life’, ‘Reality Bites’, ‘Poison Ivy’, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bridget Fonda in ‘Singles’! It’s every fashionista’s dream collection, pretty much. Expect to see even more of this on the streets, and anyone who was doubting this particular breed of style, can suck it because this is Yves Saint-Laurent, baby – sorry, SAINT-LAURENT, baby!

Hats off to you, Slimane. You bring the past to life in a whole new way, and that’s what makes us love you most. You show that fashion is about reinvention as much as invention, and to look to the past and give it a new spin is about as innovative as you can get. You remind everybody that everything old is easily new again with a little bit of imagination.

Your vintage inspiration is out of this world, and you keep reinventing, not just how we dress, but yourself, in many ways, which is both aspirational and incorrigible to all those of us who call ourselves dedicated followers of fashion….

So, Merci Beaucoup. Somehow, you’ve made me feel like we’re definitely doing something right. And remember, it’s not about being perfect; it’s what makes you imperfect that really counts.

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“But Love Most” E.O.F. Exclusive Original Poem by Greta Bellamacina

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But Love Most

by Greta Bellamacina

I can stand inside of you 

Inside your cotton field, as fine as Chinese tea.

 

Your memories transform my internal eye

In depths of frost, deeper than wood.

 

Your ring eyes are the tires to this upwards prize. 

This is you, the spindle and the lifelong. 

 

Next you appear, when I will be gone

Not to miss, for all you can 

But love most.

 

And she has grown

And now she is yours, to water

Under the pocketwatch moon.

 

All is bare

For you to shade, toast, lose.

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Don’t forget to visit Greta at Télescope Cafe in Paris  

at 5 Rue Villedo from 6:30p-7:30p, February 13 (tomorrow) for an

exclusive pre-Valentine’s Day poetry reading

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A Devotion To She: Greta Bellamacina at TÉLESCOPE Café {February 13, 6:30p – 7:30p}

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Greta Bellamacina is one of the world’s extraordinary talents today. Not only has she a gorgeous face (which is signed to VIVA Model Management in Paris & London), but she has a most beautiful mind.

A graduate of King’s College in London with a BA in English, she was also short-listed as the Young Poet Laureate of London, and has worked for Vogue US, UK Harper’s Bazaar, The Telegraph, and PURPLE Magazine covering everything from fashion, travel, design, and literature.

Greta has been travelling, and has just returned from New York City promoting her latest collection of poetry entitled A Devotion To She. 

We were lucky enough to find out about her exclusive pre-Valentine’s reading at TÉLESCOPE Café in Paris at 5 Rue Villedo on February 13 from 6:30p – 7:30p. So if you’re in the city of lights, please be sure to mark your calendar, and make it to this exclusive one-of-a-kind showing of pure talent and passion.

This is what dreams are made of . . .

Well, until we meet again!

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Beautiful Dreamers: Back to the Garden With Lord Byron + Dries Van Noten Menswear Spring/Summer 2014

“Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.”

-Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron {6th Baron Byron}

“I love not man the less, but Nature more”

-Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron {6th Baron Byron}

Lone, wild, and strange, he stood alike exempt

From all affection and from all contempt: (I, XII)[2]

“The Corsair” (1814) by Lord Byron

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