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{Let’s do the Time-Warp Again} Best of the 80’s in Menswear Spring 2013


The best fashion is timeless, so no surprises here at the Eye of Faith we are always trying to reinvent the classic’s through modern interpretations of the best basics!  We love to pick out different era’s and reference those ‘era-descent’ influences in our current looks.  We are so happy to see the latest runway shows from around the world are straight up our alley!

From London-town, to Paris and Milan, there is an undeniable 80s influences in most of the shows from this coming Spring 2013 Season.

Weather it’s through unconventional Metallics or lace, or acid washed hair, dyed to perfection.  We love when we can see the past turn it’s cheek and rock it’s way into a jagged-edged future.


A wise man once said “Everything’s already been done”, but we hate to think there isn’t room for anything new at all! We aren’t talking about reinventing the wheel here, but we do miss the days of David Bowie’s gender bending orange head of hair, and Billy Idol’s undeniable sexual swagger.

The greatest idols of the 80s are back in a big way, and all their razzle and dazzle is back on display though the Spring 2013 Menswear season (Through you’d swear this might be 1983).

  

Staring with one of our all-time favourites, Burberry Prorsum is always classic at it’s finest, with Christopher Bailey at the helm, we are always captivated by his modern spin on tradition.  Described as an exercise in contrasts, this Spring collection has a bit of everything—matte versus shine, traditional versus tribal, strict versus oversized. Mylar-esque metallic trench coats and shiny silk shirts play off the brand’s fitted wool suiting. Classic outerwear pieces evolve as well, with Bailey interpreting mac jackets in the new fabrications and turning the classic bomber into a cropped cocoon, worn over a business suit. Bailey explores new territory, while keeping one well-burnished foot firmly planted in the house’s heritage.

  

Anne Demeulemeester always kills it for us, with a spin at modernist edgy, and classic vampire fashion.  What’s more nostalgic of the glam decadence of the 80s than gothic-chic suiting, and lush fabrics fit for Royalty.  Running the gamut from solids to stripes to prints, and relaxed silhouettes, Ms. Demeulemeester’s spring collection seethes with a dark-prince edge—indeed.  From Prince to Keith Richards, any rock star, past and present, would rock these looks on stage.

  

Comme des Garçons always has been an absolutely innovative brand season after season, so no surprises here that they would take influence straight from the Laboratory.  So maybe the nod to 90s cartoon Dexters Laboratory isn’t so totally 1980s, but you can’t deny us the bold black and whites and orange coloured hair are straight out of a 80s hair catalogue in the best possible way (Annie Lennox anyone?!).  Every look included matching trouser-and-shirt combos with topcoats: in sterilized white, pinstriped, with toggles, or with doodled print panels, with a slender silhouette billowing down below the waist.  Menswear at it’s finest, Dexter’s Laboratory‘s eponymous kid genius would be proud.

After that, we want to run out to the nearest vintage store, and try to scrounge up some pieces that will elevate us to an 80’s icons level!  If you need us we’ll be Dancing with Ourselves, and watching every season of Jem and the Holograms.

We hope you’ve found inspiration in our recap of the latest show’s, with a touch of the past. Remember even if it’s ‘been done’, we know it can be done better! The 80s wouldn’t of been possible without the emblematic era’s that came before.  Honour the past, present and future!

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Truly Outrageous and Beautifully Bold!

You may love the hair colour you were born with, but life truly truly truly is too short to pass on an opportunity to go NEON! And why stick with just one tone, you can keep changing your locks, and go brighter and brighter than the time before. One bold head of fuschia, or maybe one strand of hot pink, with some blue tips. We say run to a local pharmacy or beauty supply store and grab a can of cheap can of spray on temporary colour, and have a hair colouring party!

This is no passing trend. Perhaps popularized by celebrity culture with star’s like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Katy Perry all donning techno coloured tresses, this is a look that’s cool from the red carpet to the city streets.

Timeless on 80s icon Cyndi Lauper, you can trust to see her with some wild colour. We take some personal inspiration from cartoon rock star, Jem, and her band the Holograms, where hair and its height had nothing to do with God, it was just BIG and outrageous! Even rock/pop goddess Gwen Stefani showed off pink hair in the 90’s, unfortunately to mixed reviews proving she marches to her own fashion drummer’s beat. We don’t think the world was ready yet back then, sometimes trends and fads need some breathing time before they can come back fully in swing. But we say buck the trend! Now’s the time to show off!

This isn’t just a trend for the ladies either, this one is for all the young dudes out there! We’re seeing a lot of guys sporting colours from deep blue, to hot pink! Colour isn’t defining orientation, no no no. When we want to feel aggressive and hit the town, we pick up a can of punk’d Green, toss on a leather jacket and nobody fucks with us. Trust you can rock this style, and no one will question you.

This is truly a look that crosses the board. Whether your an Indonesian punk or an American bread grunge kid, this look is for you! People need to stand out, especially in our consumer junkie world where what’s hip and cool is in yesterday’s paper’s before it’s off store shelves. This is a simple, timeless way to add a little extra something to your signature look.

We hope to see some invitations to upcoming hair colour parties soon!

-The Eye

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