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STYLE {WISE} Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

HŠxan (1922) Filmografinr: 1922/06

Poor little hysterical witch! In the middle ages you were in conflict with the church. Now it is with the law.

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We really ought to be saving this one for our own private inspiration board, but a higher wisdom has urged us to share.  We swear!

This sinisterly beautiful Style {WISE} is from the archives of cinema history. Back to the days of the silent film, where the power of imagery ruled supreme.

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The film is the 1922 Pseudo Documentary Art-House Horror Silent Classic, Häxan (pronounced “hek-sen”). Imaginations soared through creative interpretations of alleged real-life events right up through to the early twentieth century.  The Swedish Film was directed, written, and starring Benjamin Christensen as the Devil himself.

Ultimately  comparing the hysteria of contemporary (1921) women with the behaviour of the witches in the Middle Ages; the film concludes that they are very similar. Hey, we never said a peep! {click here for more}

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Title Card: Centuries have passed and the Almighty of medieval times no longer sits in his tenth sphere.

Title Card: We no longer sit in church staring terrified at the frescoes of the devils.

Title Card: The witch no longer flies away on her broom over the rooftops.

Title Card: But isn’t superstition still rampant among us?

Title Card: Is there an obvious difference between the sorceress and her customer then and now?

Title Card: We no longer burn our old and poor. But do they not often suffer bitterly?

Title Card: And the little woman, whom we call hysterical, alone and unhappy, isn’t she still a riddle for us?

Title Card: Nowadays we detain the unhappy in a mental institution or – if she is wealthy – in a modern clinic.

Title Card: And then we will console ourselves with the notion that the mildly temperate shower of the clinic has replaced the barbaric methods of medieval times.

Häxan (1922)

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What’s most fascinating is the way they amp up the already iconic images we have in our mind when we turn our thoughts to the idea of witchcraft, the frenzy of the medieval times, and the rugged decay of the Medieval Times. All these elements are intensified and, almost glamourized, for the silver screen in a way only the 1920s could make happen.

Wouldn’t it be great to  see more powerful imagery like this come to the forefront today, while still staying beautiful ? Perhaps some of you beauties will find some inspiration to take with you after your visit here with The Eye of Faith.

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Witchcraft through the Ages (1922 Sweden) aka Haxan Documentary

Häxan: Witchcraft through the ages, is a true experience for the eyes and ears,  with music beautifully composed by Emil Reesen.

Seemingly a silent horror sensation, but truly a documentation of modern man.

So much faith is thrown into the blind eyes of God, as fellow man takes judgement and punishment upon himself.

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Just a little something-something to get those juices flowing!

Until we meet again?

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Crime of Passion or Crime of Fashion?

Everyone enjoys a mugshot, as much as the next. Invasive? Essential? Photography lent itself as a most incredible resource for law enforcement around the world. No one can doubt that!

These days we’ve all seen the Mel Gibson, Heather Locklear, and the yearly Lindsay Lohan. Somehow, it seems, the mugshot has lost all it’s vintage charm! What happened to the mugshots of yesteryear?! Not to fear, we have unearthed some treats!

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman.”

David Bowie.

Some cultures believe a picture holds your soul- your very essence. Before the days of digital, photographs were rendered using chemical processes that captured the very essence of the moment. So, if not your soul, definitely a true essence of ‘time’ has been made.

Pictures speak a thousand words, and most of the stories told here are in the eyes, and naturally, outfits of these “fallen” individuals who were all “taken in” for one thing, or the other. What could their crimes have been? Definitely ask yourself as you take in some special one-of-a-kind cruise through vintage angst, vanity, and liberation.

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”

Janis Joplin

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”

Malcolm X

“The best revenge is massive success.”

Frank Sinatra

“Vanity is my favourite sin.”

Al Pacino

“I don’t believe in that phony hero stuff.”

Steve McQueen

Why are we always fighting for freedom when we are all supposed to be free? We all have our reasons, and whatever they be- being true to yourself will never be a crime, no matter how you are judged. Keep on keeping on!

“But the whole point of liberation is that you get out. Restructure your life. Act by yourself.”

Jane Fonda

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Audrey Says . . . {PLUS! Music Minute: “Come Wander With Me” – Bonnie Beech}

Well?! ISN’T IT?!

She’s talking of our new playlist over on our TUMBLR page.

So if you’re bored and wondering what fun you can get up to, don’t be shy and head on over. Stop listening to the same old stuff on the radio before it dies in your mind…

Plus, we’ve got plenty of pictures that don’t end up on our website that for sure deserve to garner your attention!

They’re all waiting for you over there, including our favorite inked gal pal (she’s new)….

So have fun, and wander a bit…

You never know who or what you might come across!

{“Come Wander With Me” by Jeff Alexander, Sung by Bonnie Beech

from Twilight Zone’s 1964 episode by the same name.}

Sincerely,

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+STYLE STAR+ INTERGALACTIC SUMMER WARRIOR of the Wu-Tang Clan, Morris Fox.

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We were pleased to find Montreal/Toronto artist Morris Fox rocking his summer best the other afternoon and were eager to catalogue his Intergalactic Urban Summer Warrior look for the books.

He is wearing a hand-dyed and painted galaxy take-over of a vintage Wu-Tang tank top (a Morris Fox Original), and a sick pair of DIY denim shorts (artists have all the secrets to getting the job done right).

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The pièce de résistance? An amazing vintage trucker hat with a killer 80s ‘INTRUDER’ graphic that includs radiating Hawk Eyes and a jet plane racing down a runway. Beyond!

Round it all out with a pair of leather boat shoes and you’re in style stardom, for sure, my friend!!!

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Talk about bring the {PAST} into the {FUTURE}; this is a great example of how a little imagination and skill can appropriate a tired article of the past into a vivid work of art that treads past the trends of today, and leads a vision towards a distinct new hope.

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Morris Fox from “Supra Violet Emanations”

Morris is inspired by archaeology, mythology, contemporary culture and seminal works of artists in the 20th/21st centuries, and also happens to be a close friend of The Eye of Faith.

This summer he is co-curating the Roundtable Residency at The Dragon Academy which The Eye of Faith’s own co-editor and artistic director Aaron Robert Duarte is very proud to be a part of.

Will keep you posted on all the art news, but until then, enjoy the wicked outfit, and check out some of Morris’ out-of-this-world-in-this-world art on his website, and be sure to GIVE HIM A LIKE on Facebook while you’re at it.

Morris Fox, “Foxhole” Installation – Wreck City, Calgary (2013)

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{STYLE WISE} – “Stranger Than Paradise”

“STRANGER THAN PARADISE . . . “

by The Eye of Faith

On a journey through the mystery of the most beautiful place on Earth.

Taking us to a world both wild and exotic, this series was inspired by the faded 1940s dreams and memories of life on the high seas in the South Pacific. It is the tale of society’s soldiers taken hostage by the wild. In many ways, it is a true Paradise Lost lived . . .
In a place where the air is hot and its perfume sweet it is hard not to be intoxicated by your surroundings –
lost in a paradise.

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The Eye on the Street – May 9, 2013 + THE JUNCTION FLEA

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The Eye of Faith‘s own Aaron Robert Duarte took the street, and captured some magic moments that really showcase our neighbourhood’s most unique quality. There is a great blend of past and present, old and new, and nature and man-made that make this a one-of-a-kind corner of the globe that must be showcased and admired.

Also, if you are in Toronto this weekend, make sure to make a stop in the Junction this Sunday, and visit {theEye} at the Junction Flea. The event is from 9am – 4pm, and is located in the empty lot on Indian Grove and Dundas Street West – the original outdoor location where the Junction Flea was born. Admission is $2.

For more details, check out their blog!

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+E.O.F.+ LEGENDARY ISSUES No. 2 – PARIS VOGUE {Dec 2007/Jan 2008} Charlotte Gainsbourg Signed Cover

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+E.O.F.+ LEGENDARY ISSUES No. 2

VOGUE Paris {December 2007/January 2008}

*RARE* Charlotte Gainsbourg Signed Edition

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This week, we bring to you a set of most legendary fashion publications from the past 10 years. Legends are made everyday, and in the fashion industry, magazines like this are Bibles of the Idols to Worship, and Knowledge to Kindle.

As time goes on, they become valuable portals on the fashion and culture of the moment. And with Stars coming and going, and coming back again, it is always cool to trace the paths of our Idols; from one legendary photo shoot to another.

Our second issue in our series of LEGENDARY ISSUES features the French Chanteuse and Award-Winning Actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg (or G.C.). Very much Music & French Royalty, Charlotte is the daughter of French Pop Stars Serge Gainsbourg, and the beautiful Jane Birkin.

She is known for her roles in Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia”, the disturbingly beautiful “Antichrist” (for which she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009), Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep”, and Todd Hayne’s poignant Bob Dylan inspired “I’m Not There” .

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She is also a singer and songwriter, as well as a living fashion icon; having been muse for Nicholas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga. She is definitely one of today’s eternal IT Girls, with a heritage, and sense of self that is unmatched today.

She is definitely well on her way to being an E.O.F. Style Divinity if she keeps it up!

The entire issue is curated around the French Style Star with attention paid to the inner workings of her life. The issue exquisitely showcases the finer details of her inspiration, family life, work life, and art & style knowledge. There really isn’t a better portrait of her to date.

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There is also a particularly wonderful tour of her beautiful Paris Apartment, showcasing her signature Charlotte Gainsbourg edge. A rich mixture of history, glamour, sex, and decay. Anyone would be crazy not to love her beautiful space filled with priceless antiques and heirlooms mixed with a sexy dose of 1970s glamour. And it just wouldn’t speak “Charlotte Gainsbourg” without a touch of mystery.

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A very special and unique edition, even for Paris Vogue – one of the leaders in great Fashion Photography & Inspiration.

So, why not indulge in tradition and inspiration, and own a little piece of fashion history of your own??

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The issue has been “signed” on the front by the chanteuse in metallic pink.

306 fabulous pages full of iconic imagery. This issue, and other LEGENDARY ISSUES are available now, exclusively for a limited time. We are starting the bidding low, with NO RESERVE, so you might just get an exquisite bargain. Click here to bid now!

These are very Rare issues that read LIKE NEW.

If you have any friends who might love this sort of thing, make sure to direct them over here to The Eye of Faith!

To check out more LEGENDARY ISSUES, and make a bid on this one, click here.

Also check out some of our other listings on some of our best items from the {SHOP} that are looking for a good home. . .

Don’t miss out! Bidding ends Saturday.

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E.O.F. STYLE IDOL: Speak of the Devil! Kenneth Anger’s Fornication with Fashion!

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Well, well…what have we here? Come back for some more?!

While we’re on the topic of Devils, it seems, we couldn’t resist bringing you this little niblit of the Film & Style Divine. Kenneth Anger. From “Invocation of My Demon Brother”, to “Fireworks”, “Lucifer Rising” , “Scorpio Rising”, and “Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” – this auteur to the max has brought to the world an esoteric, rebellious, and divine sensibility to all of his works.

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Inspiration we are still reaping today! Take for instance, Ryan Gosling’s iconic gold satin jacket with scorpion on the back in 2011’s “Drive” – it was Kenneth Anger’s “Scorpio Rising”, an experimental film made by Anger in 1963 about bikers, the occult, the underground, Catholicism, and Nazism that inspired the logo that would become synonymous with Gosling’s “Driver” character.

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Throughout his work you can see his love for cinema, for art, for style, for fashion, for creative people that don’t see the world the way other people do. People who gather together to be the truest, and most extreme versions of themselves they can be. It takes a true creative mastermind to bring that into fruition.

Blending the world of the occult with pop culture and art-house cinema, Anger’s films are all one-of-a-kind, kaleidoscopic dreams (and sometimes nightmares).

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For instance, take “Invocation of My Demon Brother” from 1969. With music by Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones Mick, Yes), and cameos by some of 1960s California’s most notorious esoteric celebrities including Founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey (making yet another appearance here at EOF), and Bobby Beausoleil (later charged in committing a first degree murder with members of the “Manson Family ).

Invocation of My Demon Brother” is a rare glimpse into a dark underground world, as well as a visual poem to the horrors of War, humanity, and nature itself.

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There’s nothing really to be scared of here. Just a bunch of Hocus-Pocus…Movie MAGIC, if you will. It’s really lucky to recieve an entire commentary on the film by the artist himself, as there are not many interviews with the often recluse director.

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Anger usually centres his work on ideas of the divine, spiritual, decadent, sexual, and supernatural. The now 86 year old auteur (Happy Belated! His birthday was February 3)  got his start in the glorious heydays of Hollywood Babylon itself, as the Changeling Prince in Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle’s 1935 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Having seen the ins and outs of Hollywood and such a young age- a land full of magic, glamour, decadence, and of course, EVIL – it is fantastic to invite yourself into a Kenneth Anger piece, as you can always leave from it feeling a certain “je ne sais quoi”, as the French would say.

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The French, and Europe in general, have always lauded this Prince of Darkness for his unique dark styles, as well as humor (yes, Humor!). Though it took upward of 40 years (40 YEARS!!!), the Fashion World finally seemed ready to let out a little Anger, and the American Auteur was given the helms of a short fashion video for Missoni’s “A/W 2010-2011.

We’re having that “je ne sais quoi” type of feeling again, how about you? If you want to learn more about the dark Prince of style you can visit his official website here. And to buy his masterworks, click here.

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Until next time,

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Anatomy of a Motorcycle Jacket

Vintage Schott Motorcylce Jacket (courtesy of VICE)

If there’s one product of American culture that strikes a chord deepest with those special individuals out there who just love rebel style, and all things vintage related to – it’s the Schott Motorcycle Jacket.

First released in 1928 for a whopping $5.50, this beautiful piece of American design reached iconic status when they appeared on the back of Marlon Brando and his gang in 1953’s “THE WILD ONE”. Since then, the Schott Motorcycle Jacket has appeared on the backs of many style idols from James Dean to Jay-Z, and its influence doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.

VICE, the world’s leading counter-culture website, gives a great run-down on the history of the Schott family, a tour through their factory and warehouse, and the full effects of this brand’s gift to the world; so be sure to check it out here! They also provided a wicked summary of the famous jacket’s parts. So time to study up vintage style aficionados, this is 101 when it comes to this kind of stuff!

Anatomy of a Schott Motorcycle Jacket (Courtesy of VICE)

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Looks like it really could be the Year of the Rebel!

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