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Bullet Breasts and Beatnik Poetry, “High School Confidential” with Phillipa Fallon

Phillipa Fallon

Sometimes you can just wake up in the mood for some Beatnik poetry.

We want to hear that wa-dee-ya cry from that broken saxophone on the dusty radio . . .the wisha-wish-washish from the pipe in my basement sink . . . that shining reverie from that crusty Madonna posing as some telephone operator on the other end of this plastic cup. . .

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Something like that, right? But even better (though I’m gonna give it up for myself on that one)!

Check out this clip from the classic not to be forgotten 1958 film “High School Confidential” starring Russ Tamblyn, John Drew Barrymore and Mamie Van Doren (to name a few). The film was meant to be an expose on the horrifying beat generation and their libertine ways infiltrating every dark corner of the American Dream! And GASP! Your children ! ! ! EEK!

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A Young & Shirtless Russ Tamblyn}

You’d think most parents would be proud to see their daughter schmoozing it up at some artsy bar, and rattling out some rhythmic articulation of her soul, but amidst the repression of the era, this film was just another hot potato of controversy tampering with societal morals and hardcore stepping on accepted standards of decency.

Today it’s fun to revisit, and imagine life the way it was in the movies . . . Phillipa Fallon, the lovely brunette in the clip, totally attacks the scene and will make you want to watch it over and over again . . .Not much is known about the actress, but there is a site dedicated to her which I have included the link above! Interestingly, she was signed to the same agency as the notorious Frances Farmer . . .

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So take me to the Beatnik Bar, Daddy! I have a ringing in my brain that needs to be let free!

Tomorrow is a drag, Man! Tomorrow is a King-sized bust!

Sincerely,

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Diary of a Small Town – Vintage Dreams and Nightmares

We have quite the tale in store for you today at The Eye of Faith. This one is taken from the darkest depths of our imagination and tells the hidden tales of a quaint small town, not too far from where you sit. It could be any small town, but this one is brimming with mystery, and dare I say, perhaps even evil!

Things started out innocent enough, but there are certain places on this Earth where malevolent energies cluster and stay for many thousands of years. It is in the quiet of the country, far from the claws and chains of the city, that have provided families and individuals with the peace and calm they desire. But often times, it is the unsettling chill of calm that can provide the most fright.

Even in a town where everyone knows your name, you never know the myths and legends being made behind closed doors or the grim memories lost deep beyond the trees at night. This one is all about wayward youth, rebellion, seduction, secrets, mysteries, beauty, and strength.

To our vintage dreams, and  to our vintage nightmares – this one is to a town not yet forgotten. Keep the mystery close, for you never know what clues you may stumble upon. For all you know, they might still need your help.

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Bringing the Past Back to Life! Behind the Scenes THE GREAT GATSBY & BROOKS BROTHERS

Lets Party! (Gatsby Style)

Brooks Brothers is offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming film remake of the classic 1920’s novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

While the 1974 version is iconic in its own right, but Baz Luhrmann’s revamped hyper saturated glittered tour-de-force looks to reimagine the classic tale of lost love and the unrelenting politics of class – it’s a story that manages to continually mirror our own society into 2013.

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In fact, the remake has been a long time coming, and its great to see such attention to detail brought by legendary and award-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin, who seems to have pulled out all the stops to bring a fresh and accurate portrayal of 1920s Gatsby glamour.

For the film, Martin was lucky enough to get a chance to muse through the historical archives at Brooks Brothers (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s  personal favourite place to shop for clothes) to achieve the greatest amount of period accuracy and detail. The result is a much-needed revival of classic American style.

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From the dandy that is Gatsby, to the more humble narrator Nick; each character is rich with their own personality, and is bound to inspire countless cults of must-havers!

The most intriguing detail, by far, has to be the skull and bone lining added to the blazers of Tom Buchanan (played by Joel Edgerton) for the film to play off of the character’s privileged Yale roots. . . . Secret society details for days, my dear! Secret society details for days . . .

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I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.

– Quote, ” The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Back in 1974, fashion definitely had a 1920s revival of sorts, and there’s no doubt in my mind that this film is going to take the fashion world by storm again. After all, the vintage-style has been growing stronger and stronger for years now, heading more towards that dandy style that Gatsby epitomizes, and in the world of womenswear, Deco-styles, metallics, sequins, fur, and all-out luxury have been for years on the map. They had it in the cards all along it seems.

Brooks Brothers has prepared an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look with Catherine Martin who talks of their unique involvement with the film, as well as a bit about the characters she created, so please check it out below!

Enjoy this sumptuous feast for the eyes, and come back soon for more Gatsby indulgences!

The film is set to release May 10, so mark your calendars!

2013 has been a great year for vintage styles, so lets keep ’em coming, Universe . . .

Until next time,

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Vintage Valentine’s Day Fashion + Life Crush: Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman

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Of all the Hollywood stars who hitched a ride with each other  in the highway of life, our most beloved, and favourite of them all has to be the All-American dream team of Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman.

Never a dull moment with the two. Despite their classic appearance, the duo definitely display some spunk in their relationship. When you go through pictures of the two, they are always laughing, or hugging, kissing, playing games – this is the kind of couple everyone wishes they were in their life.

Newman & Woodward On 'Person To Person'

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And you know, they never ever did divorce (unlike so many other Hollywood heat-of-the-moment marriages). Instead, they were loyally by each other’s side all the way to the Newman’s death in 2008. The two would even open a hospital for children in their lifetime together, as well as starring in 10 films together (and 5 more that Newman directed but did not appear in). Yes indeed, there were quite the power couple.

In fact, before marrying each other, Newman was already a married man, and Woodward was dating the Dapper Dan of the Decade, Gore Vidal (the iconic writer and style aficionado). Vidal later claimed the entire relationship was a ruse to distract and entice Paul Newman to Woodward. I guess it worked, because it wasn’t long before Newman was filing for divorce and making the final arrangements to work it out with the talented Ms. Woodward.

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The two both won Oscars: Newman in 1986 for “The Color of Money“, and Woodward in 1958 for “The Three Faces of Eve” (sort of a 1950s version of “The United States of Tara” – a great performance).

Yes indeed, it’s like they had everything. On top of it all, they always seemed to display such class and dignity. Both their style is never over-the-top, and especially Newman is always going for simple classics in his wardrobe. Check out the gallery we have dedicated to our Vintage Valentine’s Day Fashion + Life Crushes below:

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{ Keep it Simple Sam }

Until Next Time,

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Trailer for ‘The Master’ Drops!

A few months ago we were excited to find a series of photographs taken behind the scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest creation, ‘The Master’. Not much seems to be known about the film’s plot, or it’s possible themes. But now that the Weinstein Co. has premiered footage of the film at the Cannes Film Festival (along with Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’), new conversations and buzz has definitely exploded, and propelled the film to the forefront of “Must-See” lists for cinephiles all around the Globe.

And while many of us are not able to make the trip to the elusive Film Festival in the south of France, a tantalizing teaser trailer has dropped full of clues and mystery. Are these men stuck on an island? What is Joaquin Phoenix drinking? Is he crazy?  Well, of course he is!

It will be good to get the full scoop come the end of the year when the film is set for release. One thing is for sure, the good ole’ Phoenix we know and love seems to be back! Just watch how his eyes jitter, and he bites at that dialogue – this might be his most shining moment he’s had in a while.

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This will be Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since his triumphant 2007 film ‘There Will Be Blood’, exposing the crooked evils of the American Dream bathed in dust, sunlight, and crude oil  (“I Drink Your Milkshake!”).  The film has already left a legacy for Daniel Day Lewis, who won an Academy Award for playing the film’s anti-hero, as well as the dark and dusty American fashions that you can spot today on many runways.  Anderson has never been one to follow the status-quoe , so expect the unexpected with his latest!

Check out the undoubted Paradise Found inspiration in the middle of the teaser! Foresight! We are not Style ORACLISTS, for nothing! Seriously, though – don’t think you won’t be seeing that again this summer!

Fight! Fight! Fight! FIGHT!

Soldiers Having Some Extreme On-Deck Pre-‘Planking’ Planking {Circa. 1940s – Courtesy of The Eye of Faith}.

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Ad Libbing: Vintage Advertising [1960s-1970s] – Hook, Line, and Sink Um!

When you’re out of words, it always seems those damn advertising guys and gals have a dozen! Now, we’ve been browsing the E.O.F. Collections for something juicy for you fine folks and came across some dandy and outrageous ads from the 60s and 70s.

Picked out of a few of the favourites. These ads are both humorous and shocking. Read the headlines and laugh, but don’t say we didn’t warn you- some of the featured ads are both racy, scandalous, and above-most politically incorrect!

Nevertheless they are a fine testament to the fancy and folly of our modern day! As well as leaving us wondering just how much truly has changed in fourty or fifty years?

Have fun with these ones!

Yours truly,

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Paradise Found: Adventures in the South Pacific

“Ah, to think how thin the veil that lies Between the pain of hell and Paradise.”

-George William Russell

We like to think of The Eye of Faith as our own special island. Seeing these brave young men embracing nature, the islands, the beach, flowers, and  sky made us quite nostalgic for the faded dreams of these long lost memories.

Faded technicolour dreaming and utilitarian practicality make this look fresh and easily reinventable. So, let’s all find our own Bali Hai this Spring and Summer!

“I seen another world. Sometimes I think it was just my imagination”

-Terrence Malick, The Thin Red Line

Sincerely,

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Strictly Come Dancing!

Wish we had some of these moves! Not to mention, all looking pretty darn shap. Even 70 years later, they still have modern looks with a sporting edge. Love the way you move!

Makes me feel like being part of the cool crowd.

Could we call it ‘American Classic’? Take a look!

If you liked it, Click here for more.

Sincerely,

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Pinky’s Dream – David Lynch ft. Karen O

Does the man never cease to amaze? David Lynch, once again, with an amazingly unique approach, with his signature creative moxy and editorialy dark underground blues. Crazy Clown Time is a new album from the sinister auteur, mostly known for his feature films including Mulholland Drive (2001), and most iconically Blue Velvet (1986), starring the exquisite Isabella Rossellini, not to mention a fresh and young Laura Dern and Kyle Maclachlan epitomizing, a well be it dark, American Dream.

While not his first stint in the music industry, having made several musical collaborations with long time partner Angelo Badalamenti , his latest album is only his latest artistic pursuit.

We will always need the incurable vision of great creators like Lynch, and the songs of his album only further texture the great dream David Lynch creates.

Great reviews, and this amazing track feature personal contemporary icon, Karen O – its a strange match made, but there is a darkness to Karen O’s voice that compliments the cool creepiness of the musical landscape Lynch has created for this tale of love and woe with a strange and bizarre Pinky.

You might get the chills a little bit, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

The world can always use a touch of rockabilly! Love the combination for a cool vintage look. You can get this look with real vintage finds! (Thanks, NIBS)

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