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{MUSIC MINUTE} “Blood and Honey” by Amanda Lear

So, lately we’ve been obsessed with the decadence and glamour of the 1970s disco scene, especially in Europe! And when we found this video by avant-garde superstar Amanda Lear, we found it to be the perfect combination of vintage awesomeness and spooky elegance!!!

We didn’t know very much about this divinity (don’t worry…we will be working on giving her an honored place on our altar of Style Idols & Divinities), but we have been delving into this marvelous woman’s life like no one’s business!

Here is a woman who hobnobbed with The Beatles, David Bowie, Brian Jones, Bryan Ferry, Andy Warhol…had the model looks of Verushka and the voice of Marlene Dietrich. Not only that, she was a close confidante to THE Salvador Dali, and remained one of his closest friends and muses until his death. She even closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1980s pop music muses collection back in 2013!

What is so wonderful about Amanda is her mystery . . . sometimes things are best left to the imagination, and Lear keeps this enigmatic quality to this day (her birth date and nationality is still unclear, as well as other rumors circulating)!

This is what we respect most of this bad ass woman! Just be yourself, and everything else will fall into place.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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‘Concision in Style, Precision in Thought, Decision in Life”

You may have noticed those immortal words when browsing through our ABOUT US page, although the phrase is more like this:

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Since our inception, these words have helped build the foundations for creating The Eye of Faith, and we never forgot them along the way.

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Wise words from an icon in his own right,  Victor Hugo (and I’m not too sure if he would be one for musicals ) . . . but none the less, his “concision in style, precision in thought, and decision in life”, have made him and his work relevant to this very day!

It’s quite wild how the past comes and goes, and is brought back to life again. Inspiration finds it’s way through the cracks of your mind to infiltrate your thoughts and create something special. This comes into play every time you make your way into your own wardrobe, for example. You stare at your clothes and an idea might come to your mind, and thus a new look, and a new you is born!

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While our motto  CONCISIONEM STYLO, ACCURATIUS CORDE, IUDICARI VITA (it just sounds so F***ing good in Latin) has carried us far the past year, most mysterious 2014, we have a few new thoughts for the year ahead, and some new virtues we want to inherit and inspire for 2015.

+KNOWLEDGE+

The chemical preparation of Aurum Portabile (Sadeler II, Kilian, Geiger)

+KNOWLEDGE+ has always been an important piece of the puzzle here at The Eye, and for our frequent followers and visitors, you have come to expect in our approach an appreciation for history and all it’s secrets and quirks. We love to expose the {PAST} and examine where it fits into the {PRESENT} and hopefully, using our age defying wisdom, we can summarize a likely {FUTURE}.

Much like the alchemists and sorcerers of the past, the gaining and collecting of knowledge, every little bit no matter how esoteric, is a vital aspect of one’s true power, for when the time comes and all you are left to is you and you alone, you can count on yourself to follow through! Whether we’re talking life or fashion, no one is ever going to blame you for knowing too much.

We hope to continue in this vein, and bring you more and more vintage memories and musings that can both inspire and inform.

+INTEGRITY+

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Since we began creating The Eye of Faith, we have been told a million and one things we should be doing instead. Everyone and their mother has had an opinion on our vision, without even asking what that vision may be!

We came into this game knowing full well who we were, and what we intended to accomplish. You don’t see another site quite like The Eye of Faith online, and that is a good thing. We are not trying to fall into place behind other fashion blogs (most of which look the same) who recycle content from site to site, but we wanted to be true innovators on the scene. This dedication to our vision, and always standing by it without changing it to appease naysayers is why we have ruled +INTEGRITY+ as a continuing priority here at The Eye of Faith.

The Eye of Faith was conceived as a portal to the past with many seemingly disparate items, articles, and stories coming together to create a well-rounded vision of how little things have changed, and how cool the past really was! This will continue NOT to change.

We will also not be picking any random articles of vintage clothing to add to the collection. Nothing is arbitrary, and each piece speaks to a certain story or style we are aiming to incorporate into the vision of the collection as a whole. Believe us, it’s not as easy as it sounds! It’s called +INTEGRITY+

+COURAGE+

The Spirit of Contemplation (1901) by Albert Toft {1862 - 1949}
The Spirit of Contemplation (1901) by Albert Toft {1862 – 1949}

+COURAGE+ has always been our silent leader when it came to creating The Eye of Faith. In fact, the whole idea of the The Eye of Faith encapsulates this virtue entirely.

The Eye of Faith is an age old symbol of +COURAGE+, and by the pure belief in matters at hand, and some proper insight, one may be given sight to see the way to get to one’s destiny. It’s a silent pathway, but a strong one, and without proper reinforcement your trail could just wither into the wind before your eyes and you would be left to find your way without the guidance of the fates. . .

The latter is a path many of choose in life, but since we are beings with a choice, we definitely chose to trust that The Eye of Faith will get us where we belong.

It took a lot of +COURAGE+ to stand up and tell those we know and love our belief in it, but it definitely seems to be paying off, with everyday us getting stronger and stronger.

+STRENGTH+

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+STRENGTH+ comes in many forms. We need it constantly; in the physical sense, to keep up the hustle of getting our pieces from one place to another, and even more so in the emotional and spiritual sense, when it seems like you’ll never figure it all out.

Truth is, you’re never going to figure it all out, so best stop wasting your energy on that one . . .

Having +STRENGTH+ of mind is more powerful than any fist when it comes to life. Creeping deep down into oneself and building +STRENGTH+ from within is your best start. From there, everything else will seem like a cinch!

+IMAGINATION+

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I once read somewhere that +IMAGINATION+ is more important than +KNOWLEDGE+

But I don’t think that is quite true, as much as learning to utilize both to one’s advantage can be the most powerful tool of all.

+IMAGINATION+ is quite literally the God-Sense in all of us. If you seek the divine in the everyday all you need do is open a pad of paper and sketch, or write for an hour about any old thing, even messing about your wardrobe will suffice. It is simply that beautiful magical moment where your brain has decided to create something new, and completely you.

You are a well of ideas and inspirations, and once you are able to tap into that spring, you might find your true self overflowing!

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So there you have it!

Our five newly anointed principles that can be used not just for your style sensibilities, but use them in life, as well. If you use them right, the transformations will happen almost immediately.

Feel free to adapt our Rules to fit your own life, or simply come up with a few of your own.

What means most to you? In the end, that’s all that matters. We know what we need to do to survive, and we’re going to definitely be making it happen! So hopefully some of our words of wisdom have rubbed off a bit, and we can all make things happen together!

Take The Oath of The Eye

From the bottom of my cool blazing heart,

{theEye}

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Exciting Things Abound at The Eye of Faith! Hamilton Fashion Week Gala – June 21st!

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Some exciting things are abound at The Eye of Faith, these days.

In just a few days we will be presenting a fashion show at the Hamilton Fashion Week Gala to be held on June 21st at the glorious Christ’s Church Cathedral in the historic James Street North district. The show is being held from 7 – 9:30, with a special intermission by some fabulous opera singers, as well as aerial acrobats scaling the facade of the church.

It’s destined to be a beautiful night full of many surprises. Retailers and local designers from all over Hamilton will be taking part, and we are lucky to be one of them!

Hamilton truly is a hub of creativity and individual expression, so this show promises to be diverse and experiential.

We’re not going to reveal much about the show, except some clues:

 THE SUMMONING

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So, if you’re in Hamilton and are free that night do come on by the Christ’s Church Cathedral and see what it’s all about. It’s a rather historic night for Hamilton, as this is this kick off of the very first event of this kind.

We feel proud and honoured to be a part of it.

Tickets are $10 and are available at our store on 126 James Street North or from the boys at The James North General Store.

Tickets are going fast, so please don’t miss out! If you can’t make it, but want to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Hamilton Food Share, and the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre than do contact me to arrange a donation:

the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

We’ll update once the show is done, and show you all what we have been working on!

Until next time,

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Obsessed! Vintage Summer Style Supreme, Straight from Cannes 2013: Alain Delon’s “Purple Noon” (1960)

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Every year the Cannes Film Festival whips around, you can guarantee to start feeling the summer start shining on in. Just picture the French Riviera, the movie stars, the palm fronds, and sail boats. Champagne in sandals . . . the works!

It’s like a nostalgia, really. I think everyone, once in their lives will make an appearance on that legendary red carpeted staircase. At least once in our many lives, I guarantee it.

Once again, the line-up of films is quite impressive, and the movie on everybody’s lips has got to be Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” which brings together Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Isreal Broussard as the real life clique of celebrity obsessed High Schoolers who made a splash in 2009 for their wild and childlike antics.

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The bling ring gang

The bling ring in court

People want what they can’t have, and these kids just took it to the extreme in a whole new level. Its a lot about insecurity and acceptance, and if you get these things you might get the acceptance you are yearning for. 

Kate Chang for VARIETY

Also known as the “Hollywood Hills Burglars” and the “Burglar Bunch”, Vanity Fair would publish the iconic article entitled “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales in March 2010 on the cusp of the newly exposed scandal that was rocking Los Angeles by storm {click here to read the original article}.

How could a bunch of teens possibly have the know-how to break into their most worshipped and idolized celebrities (names like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Audrey Patridge, and Orlando Bloom) and steal upwards of $3 million worth of clothes and jewelry ? Easy, really – Google. The film hopes to shed light on the perils of our society, who raise our bright and beautiful youth to become celebrity obsessed criminals. It’s all just a bit of fun, they think, until things get serious. . .

The film is getting a ton of praise for Sofia Copolla’s acute and withdrawn directing sensibilities, as well as its crisp cinematography by the late and legendary Harry Savides. However, this is not the only film to deal with the same startling themes.

Purple Noon Vintage Poster 1960

Cannes Classics brings to light  a much-too-forgotten gem of a film, 1960’s”Le Pleine Soleil” (or “Purple Noon“) directed by Renee Clement and starring original E.O.F. Style Idol himself, Alain Delon, in probably his most provocative and stylish role.

You know the story, already, I’m sure. The story of Tom Ripley – “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. It was only 14 years ago that Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law starred in the lead roles of this classic thriller. Published in 1955, and written by Patricia Highsmith, the story would be the first in a slew of novels starring the notorious anti-hero, Tom Ripley.

Dapper Devil- Alain Delon- Purple Noon (1960)

What are you trying to say? I don't look as good as you . .

“Purple Noon” would be Delon’s first big starring role, and it is what he brings to the camera that makes his performance the most magical and mesmerizing take on Mr. Ripley’s misguided eccentricities.

The film was released to relatively positive reviews, mostly for Delon’s masterful acting, but disappointed for an abrupt ending caused by studio standards of the time who refused to see a villain get away with his crimes (which is where the 1999 film comes in and wins major points).

Dont Kiss and Tell- Alain Delon- Purple Noon- Class and Identity- 1960

Tom Ripley Diary Entries - classic style seen in Purple Noon

But, nevertheless, “Purple Noon” pays off with its on-point portrayal of the casual life, style, and luxury of the comfortably rich and famous. The menswear is sublime, and almost every shot is a tour-de-force of classic Mediterranean cool.

Summer Whites- Alain Delon in Purple Noon 1960

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Alain Delon as Tom Ripley - la pleine soleil 1960

Tom Ripley is a chameleon of a man who begins to live the life of another more fabulous, and more wealthy man, and the best part is (for Ripley, least), this other man had a real knack for really great style. The rings, the loafers, the shirts, the jacket, the hair – it’s enough to make Daisy Buchanan break down in tears! How could he not want to take over this guy’s life?

This is the frightening paradox embedded within this maddeningly modern mystery.

Alain Delon is dapper in a cool vintage graphic summer shirt - 1960 Puple Noon

LA PLEINE SOLEIL - Purple Noon- Alain Delon in Tropical Graphic Print Shirt - 1960

When in doubt raid the closet of a discerning and wealthy friend

“He loved possessions, not masses of them, but a select few that he did not part with. They gave a man self-respect. Not ostentation but quality, and the love that cherished the quality. Possessions reminded him that he existed, and made him enjoy his existence. It was as simple as that. And wasn’t that worth something? He existed. Not many people in the world knew how to, even if they had the money. It really didn’t take money, masses of money, it took a certain security.” 

-Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

Trying on all these clothes was tiring indeed - alain delon- purple noon 1960

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Alain Delon as Tom Ripley- La Pleine Soleil Vintage

Take a look back and you can spot straight off the bat the timelessness of it all. It’s a film like “Purple Noon” that will stick in your memory forever, and become a staple repertoire of how you want to dress this summer: clean, cool, casual, and elegant. Those are just some keywords to keep in mind when venturing into these cool dark waters.

And even to a certain degree, become someone else if you have to. Moving through the streets with your cool clean shades on, feel the mystery embody you, and take to the streets like you’re about to buy them.

“Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.” 

-Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

Moocher, Musician, Madman; Tom Ripley is an enigma in many respects, which makes him all the more powerful in his sinister quest. His behaviour can be criticised, but also, he can be completely understood.

Who doesn’t want that easy life? The life of luxury and ease that you read about in the magazines, filled with all those expensive clothes, and beautiful women. Think about if you had the chance to exchange your life for someone else’s. . . would you?

Get your jacquard on

ALAIN DELON- vintage style idol - on the beach as Tom Ripley in Purple Noon (1960)

Vintage style rebellion- shirtless alain delon- Purple Noon 1960

The teens that formed “The Bling Ring” would have to agree, and are a mighty monument to the same themes portrayed in “Purple Noon”.

Isn’t it scary to think that over 50 years later, the same anxieties that were fiction, have now come full circle and are as real as ever. Patricia Highsmith was definitely onto something, so if you want to get a head start on the entire thought process make sure to check out “Purple Noon” this summer, and maybe rock the Ripley edge (minus the murder).

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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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Music Minute: “Feel Flows” by The Beach Boys

“Feel Flows” all day and night long with this track from The Beach Boys…

Every time it plays, we like to let the waves take over and go for the ride. Their smooth harmony is definitely the secret remedy to all your cares and worries.

Released in 1971 with their album Surf’s Up, the song was featured in the 1972 surf documentary “5 Summer Stories”, which would lead to the second-coming of the Surf Movie (The first being the ever iconic “Endless Summer” whose poster has become an ever popular go-to graphic). Many fans consider it “one of the best surf films ever made”.

Here’s a short Prologue for the film provided by The Surf Shop!

The Surf-Film genre is still an ever-popular genre today, with a quickly growing audience that loves to embrace the tide, the beauty of nature, and above-all adventure! In fact, the influence of nostalgia for surfing day past can be seen in many of the industry’s top brand names.

Who can blame them? The allure of water and the ocean is about as old as time itself. Not to mention, it’s a great way to play off of time-tested classics, and create something new!

Band of Outsiders

Alexander McQueen

Givenchy

God of the Surf - Galveston - Vintage Photograph - The Eye of Faith {SHOP}

{DETAIL} GOD OF THE SURF – Galveston, Teas [circa. 1970s]

8 x 10 , Original Vintage Photograph

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SPRING/SUMMER 2013

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Why not do it your way ?! We make it easy.

Check out our Spring/Summer 2013 Stock in the {SHOP} today. 

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+E.O.F.+ LEGENDARY ISSUES No. 3 – NUMERO {Aug 2007} Starring Caroline Trentini and Masha Novoselova

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NUMERO Magazine {Aug 2007}

Starring Caroline Trentini and Masha Novoselova

Available Exclusively This Week at our LEGENDARY ISSUES Auction Sale

Legends are made everyday, and in the fashion industry, magazines like this are like Bibles, full of all the Gods & Goddesses we are to worship. This one is a particularly coveted fashion jewel.

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This beautiful August 2007 issue of avante-garde international French publication “Numero”, features Caroline Trentini & Masha Novoselova in a now-iconic cover shoot.

This is a very rare and highly sought after issue of the magazine, full of some this generations most iconic supermodels at the blossoming of their fruitful careers, including Daiane Canterato, Coco Rocha, Daisy Lowe, and Natasha Poly.

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The level of craftsmanship put into this magazine is absolutely unbelievable. These photographs are historical and important in the timeline of fashion history.

So let your style savvy friends know about our sale, or save the best ones for yourself. We are starting the bidding extremely low and holding NO RESERVE on the pieces, so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to have your own piece of the past, present, and future of fashion.

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235 pages of inspiration and a great way to start a conversation.

Click here to place your bid! Check out more listings from the LEGENDARY ISSUES collection here.

Until next time,

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MONDAY {MUSIC MINUTE}: “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev

Monday Music Minute - Dance of the Knights - Prokofiev

This piece from the 1930s, entitled “Dance of the Knights”, is a piece from Prokofiev’s score for a ballet version of Shakespeare’s famous work “Romeo + Juliet”. The piece has since been used hundreds of times over in film, television, fashion, and music. Bands including The Smiths, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tears for Fears, and Muse have used the piece as their walk on music.

It was also famously used in the 1990 commercial for Chanel’s perfume, Egoiste, to great acclaim.

The music perfectly captures the mood of strong, handsome, and powerful men taking on the world. The piece is a little dark and moody; tough, but elegant – we thought it was the perfect piece to kick off the week, for everyone! So here goes.

This is Prokofiev’s “Dace of the Knights!

Would make a great song to listen to as you storm the sidewalks, and the tell the world who’s boss. . .

Hope you Enjoy!

Sincerely,

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Elvis and Priscilla - Immortal Icons of Style and Modernity

Elvis and Priscilla : Immortal Icons of Style and Modernity!

Who said Rock N’ Roll has got no class?!

This is a {REBEL SOCIETY}

Don’t forget it.

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MUSIC MINUTE {Birthday Edition}: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE!

David Bowie 1963

It’s hard to believe that the Starman is 66 years old today (That’s one 6 away from being the Antichrist – powerful stuff . . .)! Not too many seniors look as god damn good as this odd fellow – it’s hard to believe he’s a day over 30, still.

If looks could kill, there would be a lot of people dead from Bowie’s one-of-a-kind style sensibilities he rocked throughout the 60s and 70s; embracing androgyny and flashing it up to the max. And yet, his way has become a sort of classic in our day and age, and you can still look back and aspire to his flamboyant elegance . . .

Bowie has released a brand new single today, as well, entitled “Where Are We Now?” (good question), but in true Eye of Faith style I think we need to take it back a little and celebrate Bowie in all his Glamour Glory!

Please enjoy . . .

“I don’t know where I am going from here, but I can promise it won’t be boring.”

-David Bowie.

Sincerely,

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