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{Style Wise} – Feathered Frenzy: Where Were You “Last Year at Marienbad” ?

Fresh off our post featuring an interview with Colleen Atwood and her immaculate creations for the new film “Snow White and the Huntsman“, {the Eye} began thinking of Charlize Theron’s haunting black raven feather “Transforming Cape” and how much it reminded me of Delphine Seyrig’s amazing feathered dress from the ambiguous and elusive 1961 French art house classic, “Last Year At Marienbad“.

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Since it’s release in 1961, the film has captivated it’s viewers with it’s sleek black and white photography, decadent Hotel backdrop (Marienbad), and it’s mysterious plot, which involves a Man named “X” and a woman named “A” who may or may not have met the last year a Marienbad. It’s a wild ride through flashbacks, memories, dreams, faded thoughts, and blurred desires that remains the pinnacle of the New Novel movement.

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Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, three, two, one, zero. Glass partition, letters.

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Written by the renowned French author Alain Robbe-Grillet, and directed by Alain Resnais, the film hoped to break the bounds of narrative and conventional film style all together, and in exchange offer us, the audience, the chance to shape our own perception of the story being unfolded before us.

We may never get an answer from Resnais or Robbe-Grillet on what the film truly is or isn’t about, but it truly is a remarkable and powerful thing to have complete control over our own perception – don’t you think?

From a style perspective, it only takes one look at Delphine Seyrig‘s iconic black feathered cape to understand its staying power in our style consciousness.  Chic and elegant, it would take some serious rock ‘n’ roll attitude to pull this kind of look off today. This didn’t stop Karl Lagerfeld from using the film as the jump point for his collection last Spring/Summer 2011 for Chanel.

While the collection captured some of the signatures of Bernard Evein‘s enigmatic costume designs – feathers, sequins, sheer, black – there’s something masterful in the simplicity and cleanliness of the film’s sumptuous designs.

Here at {the Eye}, we’re going to sit back and let this mystery of a film continue to confuse and delight, as the demons of fashion plant the seeds of inspiration from sea to sea. What Resnais and Robbe-Grillet attempted was to reject accepted notions of time in telling a story- they step forward, backward, under, and sideways creating a timeless lingering legacy.

Inspiration is a strange thing going on and on, snowballing on through time non-stop. Between Charlize, Delphine, and Chanel it might be safe to say, if you’re feeling a little frenzied by feathers – you may just be on the right track!

We love a good mystery, and know you do too, so check out “Last Year At Marienbad” at Criterion today!

++UPDATE++ “Last Year at Marienabd” is part of the TIFF Cinematheque Summer in France programme at the TIFF Lightbox. So if you are in Toronto, and want to enjoy this grand mystery on the big screen, get your ticket today. We will see you there.

Sincerely,

{the Eye}

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{STYLE WISE} – London Town as “Shot by Shooter”

If I’ve come to know you, the way I know I know you, you’re the kind of person that appreciates stomping off the beaten path, and can jump in the air for something different, interesting, genuine, and new! That’s why we’ve taken a short cut to the streets of London with the fantastic eye of Monsieur Shooter over at Shot By Shooter, an amazing street style blog from ye’ ole London Town.

London has always been the mecca in my mind for wicked style, and really cool, unique, vintage finds, so it’s no surprise to see the abundance of style aficionados on the many pages of this most special site. If you’re ever waning from your everyday, just glancing through the many faces, all with such different and contrasting styles, really can transport oneself to your own personal styling dreams and aspirations.

Blending fashion portraiture and street theatre, Shooter aims for candid and impromptu moments with his victims.  Most importantly, Shot by Shooter illustrates that true style really is removed from the world of trends and followings. Why would anyone want something you could run into a dozen people on the streets in? It’s not about what you wear, but who you are that really pulls a look together, and anything that allows for your individuality to shine is going to get you there.

{How about that for some Sacred Knowledge! Shine on, you crazy diamonds!}

Here at The Eye of Faith, we are always pushing for style as a means of self expression and creativity, so naturally we just had to pass this one on to all of our faithful and friendly followers out there. We know you’re thirsty, so get a little inspiration, and check out Shot by Shooter today!

{the Eye}

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Happy Birthday, Joan Chen!

Joan Chen b. April 26, 1961

Twin Peaks fans will definitely remember Joan Chen as the exotic Josie Packard, but this talented beauty has appeared in dozens of feature films including the Academy Award winning film The Last Emperor.

Initially the role of Josie, widow of the Packard Mills, was intended for Isabella Rossellini, but as fate would have it, the remarkably stunning and poised young Chinese actress would step in and completely redefine the character, and become an integral role in the goings on at Twin Peaks!

As well as being a role model to Asian women looking to make a career in television and movies, Josie remains iconic for the grace and elegance Joan was able to bring to the character creating looks both definitive to the show, as well as inspiring the fashion of the era.

In short, we love her! So in celebration, we’ve pick out a few of our favourite Josie looks from the show! Hope you enjoy!

Joan Chen turns 51 today. So, make sure you are wishing her a very Happy Birthday!

Sincerely,

– The Eye x

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PhotoBlast: Music Lovers of Every Generation


We take in the soundtrack of daily life, like it or not.  It’s handed out and eaten up.  But what we don’t tune out, sometimes can bring us true bliss.  We find ourselves groovin’ on this collection of pictures and decided to share our buzz with you.   Images through the eras, of music lovers like both you and me.


Any favourites?
The Eye.

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Bad Girls Do it Well!!!

Sometimes it pays to be bad. Seems like British recording artist M.I.A. is always flipping someone off.  Her latest cry of bad girl BADNESS at this year’s Super Bowl, where her middle finger made more of a stir than even her performance.

It was no surprise here at E.O.F. when that illicit middle finger jumped to attention at the end of her verse for Madonna’s single, “Give Me All Your Luvin”, that featured her with fellow female hip-hop star, Nicki Minaj.

After all, M.I.A. has been paving the way for “bad girls” everywhere for nearly a decade now. Did nobody listen to her rap during the song: “I’mma say this once, yeah, I don’t give a shit” ?!!

For nearly a decade now she’s been conquering the landscape for bad girls everywhere.

A little swag, a pop of colour- trust M.I.A. to get it done.

It had been a while since she had exploded on the scene with her dynamic sound. A cool mix of afro, indo, elctro, alternative, and hip hop sound- she is definitely one of the true artists of the past ten years, who also  gives a distinct new definition to “World Music”.

More than that, M.I.A. is a constant activist. From genocide in Sri Lanka, to Palestine, and even African Americans in the U.S., M.I.A. is not one to sit idly on the sidelines as the world shatters before her feet. Not just that, but M.I.A. is a warrior of free speech, and an enemy to censorship and oppression. We’re dealing with a woman of power and action, and is that so bad?

With her latest music video “Bad Girls”, M.I.A furthers her frontier as a woman of power and action. The video transforms the rubble and ruin of the desert into a rapper’s paradise.

Rebel women in animal printed silks, vivacious neon, and drag racing desert gangsters. While the song is called “Bad Girls” it’s really about EMPOWERMENT and LIBERTY.

“Bad Girls” are not as much Bad, as they are Free.

All around the world it seems women are taking action into their own hands.

With 55% of the workforce in America being female, and the recent uprisings in the Middle East by women’s rights activists, it seems more and more ladies are grabbing destiny by the balls, and are not afraid to fight for it!

For so long, women’s roles have been dedicated to cleaning the house and caring for the family, and more and more these roles are being switched or lost altogether.


Living in North America it is easy for us to forget the unique advantage we have over our predecessors; things like microwaves, electric irons, food processors, toasters, vacuums, dishwashers, washing machines, television, computers, and cell phones have made our world a much easier place, and have contributed a hundred-fold to the advances in our society towards women’s rights.

However, the concept of “freedom” extends far beyond the idea of voting or going to work. While women have gained so many freedoms, women in nations such as Egypt and Iraq are fighting for their everyday rights and liberties.

Recently Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, a 20 year old media student drop-out from Cairo, posted nude pictures of herself on a personal blog in “screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy”- her bold action, in a country that deeply frowns against nudity of any sort, has started an outrage amongst both liberals and conservatives who do not know what to make of her actions. (for more)

Many fundamentalists accused her of being “mentally sick” and urged for her arrest. Others, agree that while her actions sudden, the immediacy of her art and message are powerful and signifying change all over the Middle East.

As Aliaa boldly stated on her blog to all naysayers:

“Hide all art books and smash naked archaeological statues…Then take off your clothes and look at yourselves in the mirror, then burn your body that you so despise to get rid of your sexual complexes forever, before subjecting me to your bigoted insults or denying my freedom of expression.”

Fiesty. Looks like a little M.I.A. has seeped into her.

While M.I.A. surely isn’t the first “Bad Girl” to hit the scene, we have to salute the Rebel Queen for defending the things that should value most: human life, liberty, freedom of expression, and love. Sometimes you have to be ‘bad’ to get your point across.

Living in such a noisy society,  it’s easy to get lost in the chaos.  So take it on yourself to ask what matters most to you, and to a better tomorrow. Then flip the bird, and promise you’ll fight for it! You are Supersonic! Like Uranium!

Enjoy the pictures. They are a collection of things we really thought brought out the best ideas of M.I.A.’s ultra-wicked new music video. Visit her site for more details.

Sincerely,
-The Eye x

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Playboy Shutdown!

Don’t panic, this is just a transition. It’s just been announced this week Playboys Chicago headquarters will be closing their doors, and editorial, art and photo departments will be moving to California to continue publishing the magazine. But no word on the fate of other departments which will still run from the Chicago location.

“Some of the magazine’s Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition,” Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said in a statement.

Hefner acknowledged the upcoming changes himself in an October 2012 interview: “I think we’re probably going to be doing that out of economic concerns, yes,” Hefner said. “We will be probably consolidating on the West Coast.”

The magazine was established from a Chicago apartment in 1953, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Hefner relocated to L.A. and founded the Playboy Mansion we know and love.

Today we pay homage to the fine art department that endured for so many years with some of our favourite Playboy covers.

Do you think Playboy still has a bright future in sunny California?

-The Eye