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What do all of our E.O.F. {STYLE IDOLS & DIVINITIES} have in common?

Perhaps its a lust for life? A certain je na sais quois . . .  the X-factor; whatever you want to call it, these men and women are imbued with a magnetic spirit that entices us to go above and beyond- and invoke our deepest self!

Over the years, we’ve truly learned that cool  is absolutely timeless, and classic style never fades, but it never hurts to give your own zest over to showcase why you stand out from the crowd.

This week we are featuring the effortless style of American actor Mark Frechette – best known for his role in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1970 counter-culture cult classic Zabriskie Point.  

Notoriously casted by Sally Dennison during a year long search to find America’s new rebel icon – Dennison spotted Frechette, a handsome 20 year old carpenter, throwing a flower pot at a woman on the streets of Boston (while another account describes him arguing vigorously with a third floor tenant of an apartment building), and the rest is history.

“He’s twenty, and he hates”

Sally Dennison

 

Bad ass to the core, don’t let this pretty face fool you – this guy’s got attitude for daze.

His effortless cool is emphasized by a distinctly American edge – denim shirts, oxford shirts, khakis, piercing blues, and perfectly unkempt brunette hair all juxtaposed by a rebellious heart. Very much a U.S. incarnation of Alain Delon (another E.O.F. {STYLE IDOL} )!

Mark Frechette quickly became a sensation even before the film was released, with much fuss and anticipation over Antonioni’s take on the counter-culture movement spreading like wildfire throughout the States. Frechette appeared on the cover of LOOK magazine, Rolling Stone, and even shot an editorial for VOGUE magazine in 1969 solidifying him as the next great all-American hero.

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However, a wild heart has no bounds, and while Frechette made two films after Zabriskie Point  in Europe ( Many Wars (1970) & La Grand Scofa Negra (1971) ) – his acting career was prematurely cut short by his bad ass antics.

Aiming to collect 5 million dollars to produce an American take on Dostoyevsky’s classic Crime and Punishment alongside Hungarian film maker Dezso Magyar, Frechette attempted to rob a Boston bank at gunpoint . . . unsuccessfully.

“[M]y first friend was Mark Frechette, protagonist of the film Zabriskie Point. We wanted to make a film, to adapt a part of ‘Crime and Punishment’ because we felt that America was like a Dostoyevsky-type world. Mark said that he would get the money in Boston. He phoned me every second day and always assured me that he almost had the money. One day he called me and said that he would bring the 5 million dollars the next day. Great! I was watching TV in the evening when it was announced that … Mark Frechette attempted to rob a bank at gunpoint … and was arrested.”

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So who knows what could of come from Mark Frechette’s career if he had gotten away with the robbery, and produced his dream film?!

Things unfortunately got even worse for the matinee idol who died in Prison from a tragic weightlifting accident involving a 150 lb barbell that fell onto his neck suffocating him to death, and reminding us all the importance of having a spotter when lifting heavy weights.

He was 27 years old.

Classic, right?!

They say only the good die young…

That just ain’t right.

WHO DO YOU THINK IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP?

LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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ITCHING FROM INSPIRATION? GET THE LOOK!

Mark Frechette is all about being effortless and relaxed. To keep it fresh, play with different textures, and look for cool details like embroidery or subtle patterns like stripes.

Pair it with your favourite pair of jeans, and a pair of desert boots and you’re pretty much set.

The most important piece to gather is your bad ass confidence- the most versatile accessory. This will truly elevate the look, and any other spirit you wish to invocate.

Here’s some ideas by yours truly!

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Vintage Mens Blue Denim Graphic Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt

BRAND: 955 JEANS
SIZE {LARGE}
MADE IN HONG KONG
100 % COTTON

PIT TO PIT: 23″
LENGTH (FRONT): 29″
LENGTH (BACK): 31″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 32″

{buy it now}

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Vintage 1960s  Mens Lightweight Ivory Button Down Collared Shirt w/ Navy Blue Stripe

Wear it oversized for optimal results. 

SIZE {LARGE // X-LARGE}

PIT TO PIT: 25″
LENGTH: 31″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 33″

{buy it now}

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Vintage Classic Cool Black Western Shirt w/ Embroidered Red Roses

Design by ROUGHSHOP
SIZE {SMALL}

PIT TO PIT: 21″
LENGTH (FRONT): 28″
LENGTH (BACK): 31″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 32″

{buy it now}

Slouchy Purple Silk Oversized Mens Vintage Button Down Shirt

tucked into jeans / worn oversized / bad ass +++

SIZE {LARGE}

PIT TO PIT: 22″
LENGTH: 30″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 33″

{buy it now}

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REMEMBER

XIXIXI gets you 25% OFF

BROWSE THE {SHOP}

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So, don’t throw away this summer by standing in line at the mall to look like everyone else!

And stray away from the trends they force onto us.

Help bring back the {PAST} to the {PRESENT} to shape our {FUTURE}

Until next time,

{theEye}

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{MUSIC MINUTE} Rainbow Melody: Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass and Mary Travers.

 

We are so excited to announce that we will be costuming “HAIR” at Hamilton Theatre Inc. this May, and for the first time in ages your boys at The Eye of Faith will be gracing the stage as peace-loving, flower-wearing, fringe-flinging New York City hippies during the Summer of Love!

So to celebrate the news, we thought we’d bring back this {MUSIC MINUTE} that we originally posted back in 2012!

We love this performance from the 6.26.1969 episode of “The Mama Cass Show”! Like, the fact that a celebrity like Mama Cass existed and went as far to hosting her own T.V. show is so flipping cool! This performance features Mama Cass herself, Canadian Lady of the Canyon Joni Mitchell and Peter, Paul & Mary’s own Mary Travers. It’s a beautiful song, and they all look beyond great!

Photos courtesy of Joni Mitchell

Its a great way to kick-off our dive into the rabbit-hole of 60s psychedelic glory, and we can’t wait! We will be posting more inspirations in the days and months to come!

Also in the spirit of The Eye of Faith and our union of the {past},{present}, and {future} check out how remarkable of a parallel it is between the fashion donned by especially Mama Cass and Joni Mitchell align with Chloe’s latest S/S 16 showcase in Paris!

What’s more is that the Claire Waight Keller’s Chloe collection is actual ly an ode to the 90s (after all, 60s bohemian fashions had a bit of a revival in the 90s), so we are actually being treated to quite the smoothie of fashion style, going to show how important it is, and empowering it is to have all eyes open, and take in all we can to create a richer, and ultimately more beautiful life!

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+EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN+

If you haven’t ventured, be sure to check out the depths of our blog by using the side menu where it says ‘BLOG’. From there you can access the dozen+ topics and categories we have covered over the year, and as we like to say, use it to escape your everyday . . .

So, don’t be shy! Fall down the rabbit hole!

What a vintage gem!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Music Minute: “Penumbra” by Bobby Beausoleil and the Freedom Orchestra

Bobby Beausoleil- Friends with Satan

Bobby Beausoleil- Vintage- Tattooed King

Bobby Beausoleil has a bit of a bad rep. Bad rep could be an understatement, but it’s true.

It never helps to be friends with Charles Manson, or get caught up in a war against society,  but its sad to have this overshadow some of his greater achievements, like music. It goes without saying that he was a rebel to the extreme; a hardcore bad boy, his music translates a certain genius that was erased by his life’s tragedies.

Bobby Beausoleil - Do What Thou Wylt

This is a track that was recorded for the Kenneth Anger film “Lucifer Rising” (Anger is also an E.O.F. Style Idol).

Entitled “Penumbra”, and composed by Beausoleil himself, the track was not used for the film, but can be heard today along with the Freedom Orchestra to create a magical and mystic ride to other places. It’s definitely something to jam to, and knowing how the darkness delights you, I’m sure you will find this one truly intrinsic.

Bobby Beausoleil appeared also appeared in Kenneth Anger’s magic short, “Invocation of My Demon Brother”, alongside Anger himself, and the notorious Anton LaVey – the founder and High Priest of the First Church of Satan, and a staple haunt of the entertainment industry in California during this time.

Invocations of My Demon Brother- Body

Bobby Beausoleil - My Demon Brother- Vintage Memories

Bobby Beausoleil, insane in the membrane in “Invocation of My Demon Brother” (1969)

The Eyes of Bobby Beausoleil

So, what do you think of the tune? HAUNTING? ?  ?

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I don’t mean to scare you . . .

So,

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THE FEBRUARY FLEA, YOU, AND ME : Some Cool Stuff Found @JunctionFlea

The Eye of Faith at the February Flea

The February edition of The Junction Flea came and went, and was again, a blast.

Just to be there among our vintage and style savvy peers, who run some of the city’s finest and best vintage stores; to be in this company, is an absolute dream! We love what we brought to the table, and got to meet some really rad people in the process.

Come To My Table

We are going to continue working towards getting even more things online at the {SHOP}, so stay tuned.

We’ve also been excited to join the ETSY community as we recently opened up a shop with them with some of our favourite and most desirable pieces. From the feedback of peers, we figured this would be a great place to promote {theEye} and the wicked finds we have accumulated.

We’re just trying to get the word out there to every available platform we can, so that our visibility online can be at its max. So don’t forget, if you are, or know any style savvy individuals, make sure to direct them to THE EYE OF FAITH!

Boozy Hot Chocolate Courtesy of Micah and Paul

This month’s flea was not just a home-run because of the boozy hot chocolate, but it there was simply a great vibe about the day.

The energy was so real.

Perhaps it was the Valentine’s Day atmosphere, but we were definitely feeling the love. So, Thank You everybody who made their way out, and hopefully bought something 😉

We were delighted to be set up beside the booth for OPTICIANADO – the city’s only purveyor dedicated to vintage glasses and frames.

Not only do they have a wicked selection of frames to choose from, but they are full on stylists willing to work with you to find the look that not only suits you, but can elevate you to heights of vintage style glory.

We love their store (located at 2919 DUNDAS ST W.), and being just down the street from us, we are always getting to see their wicked window displays.

There’s something really cool going on there, so we would definitely recommend any vintage lover to make their way over there to, if not grab a pair of vintage frames, at least get to browse through their incredible inventory.

FOLLOW them on TWITTER, and don’t forget to check out their site for more information.

Also fun was the fact that we got to do a little shopping of our own.

Going to a Flea Market is hard enough not buy anything, but then to work there all day, is pretty much impossible! Especially, as the other vendors are unfolding their treasures in the early morning. You are pretty much keeping tabs on the things you like the entire day. It becomes a funny process, really.

You don’t exactly set up {SHOP} to be buying, but with all the great things to be found, at such great prices, it was impossible not to dip into our own wallets for something special.

Just a few things:

The Mod Squad Book From Mrs HuizengaBack Cover of THE MOD SQUAD 1969 Book

We’ve already started reading this “MOD SQUAD, Assignment: The Arranger” book from 1969 that we picked up from the lovely Mrs. Huizenga. She always knows how to get my invested with nostalgic teenagery-type books from the sixties, and this one, with its wild psychedelic front and back cover illustration was no exception.

“Me? A cop? Why, less than a year ago, I spit in a cop’s face!” says Julie, the story’s main heroine (played by Peggy Lipton in the TV Show, who would later go on to play Norma in “Twin Peaks“), and that’s just the beginning. Can’t wait to get even more invested in this one. And for $10, how could we say “NO” ?

Tenesse Williams Paperback- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE- Vintage Marlon Brando Cover

Finding a paperback version of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is not as easy as it sounds. For months we’ve been trolling the shelves of used book stores and thrift shops, and we’ve never hit the jackpot on finding one. UNTIL, unloading time came and tucked away in one of Liz Ikiriko’s bins was this beauty.

Liz owns and operates The Arthur on College Street (550 to be exact), and has a real eye for treasures. Treasures like this one! And for $3, it was definitely too good to be true. In these cases, its always best to just take it with you.

The last treasure we picked up on our day at the Junction Flea this February came from the booth of the beautifully romantic and decadently decayed stock of one of our favourites, Tattered and Torn. Kim has a unique eye for really beautiful pieces that are not shy of their age or history. She carries everything from beautiful vintage clothes to desirable pieces for any well-dressed home. Somehow tucked away amongst a pile of old handwritten letters I came across one of the most captivating pieces of the day:

Tattered and Torn- Vintage Playing Card - Queen of Diamonds- Her Name is Rachel

A beautiful Victorian playing card. She is the Queen of Diamonds, and from the looks of her, she is named “Rachel”. It was such a beautiful and mysterious object that truly resonated, and for $1, I was completely sold. She now sits watching as we type at our writing desk. Don’t be surprised to see her show up later around these parts, too.

So, as you can see, it was a pretty sweet day for us at The Junction Flea, and we can’t wait to do it, again. The Junction Flea is every second Sunday of every month, so mark the date, and make it out for a great afternoon of bargains and treasure hunts!

Valentines Day Streamers at The Junction Flea 2013

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Music Minute: Fosse’s “Rich Man’s Frug”

This one can’t be beat. Always thought Fosse was a genius, but this one cements it. It’s fun, it’s freaky, it’s twisted, it’s uncomfortable, it’s strange – it’s positively goofy; but every second of it is pure vintage magic!

Superstars Beyonce and Lady Gaga have learned and taken a lot from the legendary choreographer/director extraordinaire, but unfortunately for them, the original just can’t be beat!

Bob Fosse was a true dare-devil in every sense of the word. Just check out those dance moves – looks simple, then just try to hold it, and I dare you DANCE the number. His dancers are immensely talented, especially Ben Vereen who manages to steal the show (three years before his Tony win for Fosse’s “Pippin”).

Go to it for the costumes, the music, the dancing, the sexy men and women – just make sure to stay all the way up to the “Big Finish” !!!

Little did critics pay attention to the innovative camerawork that Fosse had meticulously obsessed over. However, almost fifty years later the shots explode. The scene ignites! If anyone could do it like this today, they’d be set for life!


If you enjoy dancing, and I know you all do, you’ll be trying to get this one done. This is one song we wouldn’t mind being stuck in a dance-mob full of people with.

Enjoy!

– The Eye x

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