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{PHOTOBLAST} Styled To Rock ! [Vintage Style Inspiration]

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Whether today, sixty years ago, or seventy-five from now, we will always have the need to look good, and put ourselves together in a way that says ‘this is me’. It’s our suit; our armor that lets the world know we mean business.

No matter the day for us, we always like to set the mood for the day with a healthy dose of style, and with the release of Rihanna‘s “Styled to Rock” (finally; the UK version was the SHIT) in the US, we couldn’t help but feel the need to do what we do best: look back to the {past} for clues to the {present} to help us foresee and shape the {future}.

Rihanna always gets it done, and with the epitome of laid-back rock n’ roll sophisticated bad ass cool, Erin Wasson, hosting the gig, it’s a wicked hour of fashion meets music, and the basis for this wicked {Photoblast} of vintage style inspiration that explores some of our predecessors who knew how good life can be when you are Styled to Rock!

Dress to Impress, or Undress…

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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{DISCOVERED} Bathing in Brighton: Vintage Memories and Musings

Who are the  dapper gents in top hats and scandalous bathing shorts?

None other than some of the original members of The Brighton Swimming Club. This photo was taken circa 1863 by photographer Benjamin Botham.

Seems like the boys of Brighton have been stirring up a lot of conversation on the net, which seems quite remarkable for a one hundred and forty nine year old memory!

It’s remarkable that photographs like this have survived,  helping keep the past alive, and showing all of us here in the {PRESENT} the weird and wonderful moments of the past they don’t teach you in history class.

The Brighton Swim Club was established on May 4th, 1860, following a meeting of swimming enthusiasts at The Jolly Fisherman in Brighton’s Market Street. The members, all serious for the sport, were completely revolutionary to the strict mandates of Victorian dress codes often ditching their scanty shorts to swim the seas nude.

As noted in our story on Men’s Vintage Swimwear Styles, swimsuits were made of heavy cottons or wools and covered most of the body, making it highly uncomfortable and straining.

Due to public outrage over the sight of the naked male swimmers, authorities in Brighton would introduce regulations that insisted that men who wanted to swim on the main beach between the hours of 8 AM and 9PM, would have to wear a bathing costume to “preserve public decency”.

{The club’s  “two-dolphins” crest is embroidered on these suits – a symbol of the seaside town. This photo was taken outside their clubhouse at No. 231 King’s Road Arches on March 1881}

That’s where the calecons, a French creation, came into play allowing for the coverage authorities desired, and the lack of coverage desired by the club members. They were truly rebels of the waters, treading the fine lines of societal morality and the function they knew they (and WE) needed!

The Brighton Swimming Club is still alive and well today! The Swimming Club has gone through great efforts to keep their history in tact so all can see. Floating Memories is an archive dedicated to preserving and curating their collected history, and features a remarkable database of vintage clothing and lifestyle. Their Vimeo channel yields some true wonders!


If you enjoy the beach (I know you do), and vintage styles (I know you do too) be sure to check this out!

Thanks to Callum James for bringing this remarkable tradition to our attention. His blog Front Free Endpaper features many cool vintage treasures to adore. Also David Simkin, whose Sussex Photo History blog featured a brilliant page on The Brighton Swimming Club, including a detailed breakdown of that fantastic picture of the gentleman wearing top hats that’s been buzzing around the place!

Once again, history prevails and shows it’s not going away anytime soon. So have fun! Do what you want!

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {JUNE 14, 2013}

Bag Ladies Mask{The weekend is near, but who needs sunblock?? To maintain that milky complexion just use a paper bag! Vintage tips on beauty and more, only @TheEyeOfFaith !}

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {May 24, 2013}

tumblr_mbhqldO1O01qfvv6oo1_1280{Who’s ready for the weekend? It’s time to show off!}
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{style-wise} Gatsby Le Magnificent . . .

THE GREAT GATSBY

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We thought it would be cool to refresh all our memories with some of the classic looks from the iconic 1974 film that won an Academy Award for Costume Design by the legendary Theoni V. Alredge, whose costumes are some of the finest ever seen in a film to this day.

Robert Redford - The Great Gatsby Tuxedo- 1974- vintage

The film starred Mia Farrow as the delicate Daisy, and a young, handsome, Robert Redford as Gatsby. The looks in this film were a revelation for the time, and continue to inspire to this day.

GQ The Great Gatsby 1974 Cover

And while we can’t wait to see Leo’s take, we were feeling particularly nostalgic for arguably Robert Redford’s most important and iconic roles. We showed you The Brooks Brothers collection which collaborated with costume designer Catherine Martin bring the Gatsby look to life for their stores, and give historical flair to the costumes of the film, but we wanted to delve into the past, and see how much Theoni V. Aldredge’s classic 1974 take permeates these characters still today.

It’s really a testament to classic style and its innate time travelling properties.

Also with Miucci Prada’s contributions to this latest film, who knows which one will be on top of the style castle by the end of it. . .

The role is bound to be another iconic one for Dicaprio. I guess we will have to wait and see which is your favourite –

 Past or Present?

There’s something about a little nostalgia that gets us here. Go figure, right?

Don’t forget to check out the {SHOP} for some dandy decadence of your own!

Until we meet again,

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {March 18, 2013}

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Hope you had a great March Break ! 

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {August 24, 2012}

Jeff – The”hot man” from Chicago.

We have plenty of good times ahead of us

this year and next, plus four year of

Princeton! Best of luck in tennis

this spring and always,

Arch

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{STYLE WISE} – The Boys of Summer, Part 1

Don’t know where you are, but here in Toronto the heat has been steadily on the incline. Seems like we’re experiencing a bit of a heat wave, which definitely isn’t the worst thing. After all, we could be getting whipped in the face by clawing cold winds! Not cool. Not in the least.

Apart from escape the cruel contempt of Winter, the Summer brings many unexpected joys such as seeing family, hanging with your chums, maybe even taking a little vacation to a sweet spot far from the hustle of the everyday. That’s what we LIVE for, here at The Eye of Faiththe glory of Summer, as it blooms from the blossom of Spring…

There’s something else the heat conjures from the sand, and that’s The Boys of Summer. No matter where you are, you can find them. Legend has portrayed them as a fun and rambunctious group of gents, grazing the shores for action. Some of them you can even spot in a variety of stripes, spots, or patterns.

The Boys of Summer have coexisted with Mankind now for thousands of years, but only since the development of photography have we been able to keep such brilliant record of these strange and wonderful creatures. While some things have changed (bathing suit fashions), one thing will always be the same, and that’s the pure fun and joy of being able to strut your stuff in the sun.

This is Part 1 of a series of photos entitled “The Boys of Summer“. The dates of the photos range between the 1910s to the 1970s, and really showcase the staying power of true vintage styles!

Enjoy the fun, and don’t get sand in your ears!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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