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Commercial Break: Suspiria! (1977)

We had been anticipating watching this one for some time, and finally this past weekend we indulged in a masterpiece called Suspiria! Starring a young Jessica Harper who’s starred in The Phantom of the Paradise and Rocky Horror Picture Show II, and keeps us entertained to this very day as the Crabby Cook.

This is tale of an elite european ballet School where collecting on debt is a ‘charming habit’ of the students(insert the very sexy and very shadey Barbara Magnolfi), and the teacher’s and staff know more about the historic ballet school then they’d ever to let on.

From the Blind Pianist, to a creepy little blonde boy, this flick has got it all, including a killer soundtrack!

Drawn in by the Euro-Horror King, Dario Argento’s name alone, we knew we’d be in for some fun gore, sexy girls, and supernatural spooks, but were clueless to where the story may lead us other than reading a brief synopsis before hand. To our delight, every scene was as beautiful as the last!

With a set as beautiful as any work of art, adorned in blue and red velvet wallpaper, labyrinths of stripes,  a wide assortment of stained glass windows, shiny black lackerred wood panels and door’s, mile high ceilings, and an opulent Serpent staircase we’d love to climb.

We are introduced to the school through the eyes of a wide -eyed newcomer , played by Jessica Harper, who quickly grows suspicious of the happenings within the domineering school.

Upon her arrival, she witness a leggy buck-toothed blond fleeing from the school in a rainstorm, and learns the next morning of the school escapees dreadful fate (emphasis on the wide assortment of stained glass…).

Odd events lead to odder. Must be more than Voodoo? With everyday shrouded in mysteries, it isn’t until our heroin shares her suspicions with her classmate, played by lovely Stefani Casini, that the puzzle truly  begins to come together.  Leading Harper to a Psychiatric Convention and conversations of Witches and Covens.  Speculation leads to proof when it’s realized the Ballet school was founded by a great and powerful Witch who was said to be killed in a fire at the turn of the century.

If you’re a fan of Black Swan or Rocky Horror Picture Show, this one’s for you!

This is no chick flick by any means despite the gaggle of gals in ballet shoes.  Scene after scene, Dario Argento will keep you shocked and in suspense as this tale unravels.  Enjoy the Eyeful of opulence but be prepared for some gross yet charming gut-turning death’s.

Heed our words…This is a great film!!

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {April 16, 2014}

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1. Descriptive of those participating in political causes or campaigns who see marches or demonstrations as an alternative fashion show with themselves as the main model.

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MALEFICENT, MALEFICENT, MALEFICENT!!!

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Maleficent has always been a character that has captured our imagination. Since childhood, the prima donna of Disney villains seemed to strike a creepy chord in a way that no other cartoon evil could.

It could have been her sultry voice provided by the insatiably listenable Eleanor Audley (check her out in all her non-animated glory below), or perhaps it’s the sheer imagery of that everlastingly long black cloak with those crazy twisted ram horns that make her the epitome of devilish delight to our child-like eyes.

Whatever it may be, there’s no denying the staying power of she. It’s been 55 years since Disney first released its vivid version of Sleeping Beauty based off of Charles Perrault’s La Belle Au Bois Dormant, and the Grimms Brothers’ Little Briar Rose, and in the spirit of regeneration the {past} has made its way to the {present} yet again in a epic retelling of the story as seen through the eyes of the maniacal maven herself. . .

Maleficent.

It’s a name that will be on everybody’s lips in a few short months with an early release in France & Italy on the 28th of May, and the rest of the world, including the US on the 30th. It’s months away, but we can’t stop drooling over the new trailers which are feast for the senses in themselves, showcasing Elle Fanning’s angelic beauty as the Princess Aurora, and the Queen herself, Angelina Jolie taking the screen as the iconic villainess.

It’s bound to be a huge hit, and much praise shall be given to the cast and crew for creating this movie magic marvel. . . there’s no doubting it. Plus, how can you go wrong with Angelina Jolie leading the whole thing?

What strikes me most is that the film being told through the point of view of Maleficent will no doubt shed some light on why she decided to become so damn mean. I think I kind of get it – I mean, she was totally shafted from attending Aurora’s birthday party. That IS pretty rude, don’t you think? I guess we will just have to wait for all the insight . . .

In the meantime, you will find us getting drunk on another amalgamation of the {past}, {present}, and {future} with Lana Del Rey’s sweeping take on 1959’s Sleeping Beauty’s original love theme “Once Upon a Dream” based off a theme from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 ballet. With the cooing of her Monroe-esque voice, there was no one more perfect to elevate this classic to a place that resonates today, and beyond . . .

Listen to it below!

Don’t you love that feeling? Of having dreamt the moment before it happens . . .

I get that feeling a lot these days.

I guess that’s what you get for having that Eye of Faith.

Love predicting the {future}. Love keeping you posted.

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Krampus Christmas Time! Santa’s Personal Devil Side-Kick Might Just Be Visiting a House Near You . . .

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You better not shout. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why . . . Krampus is coming to town!

That’s right, kids! Hide under your blankets, and seal your window tight, because this Holiday Season not only calls for the arrival of our good friend St. Nick, but along with the classic jolly do-gooder also comes his hungry devil friend!

No, my words are not tied. You heard it right! A devil friend! Every year for many hundreds of years, European tradition has depicted a very cruel and very hideous counterpart to Santa known as Krampus.

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Krampus is pretty much your stereotypical vision of the devil: red fur, horns, claws, even a weird sick little tongue he likes to stick out. Best part of all is he likes to carry around chains to beat and whip the kids that get in his way!!!

Throughout Northern Italy, Austria, and other parts of Europe, people celebrate Krampusnacht in honor of this holiday beast. Party-goers dress up as demons, devils, and witches, masquerading through the town intoxicated and terrifying adults and children, alike!

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Many people believe this tradition dates back thousands of years to Pagan traditions where both Krampus and Santa Clause can be seen in the archetypes of Old Man Winter and the Goat-Man. This must also be part of the whole SANTA = SATAN mythology.

Krampus isn’t a character you see anymore in the mainstream, but during the 19th Century and early 20th Century a huge craze for Krampus Greeting Cards swept Europe.

Surreal and a little cheeky, there is no avoiding the grim horror of such a devil beast actually torturing and even eating children for Christmas! But, seeing as this is The Eye of Faith, we thought some of these cards would be the perfect thing to share with our readers, and perhaps we may even start to see a resurgence! (This would make Krampus very happy . . .)

{Special Thanks to Morbid Anatomy for some of the Krampus pics . . . }

I always thought something was missing to the story of Christmas. Now it all seems to make (a bit more) sense . . .

Don’t forget to share these with your friends, and for more images and to learn more about the traditions of Krampus, please visit the official site!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays!

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HOT LOVE: SWISS PUNK + WAVE 1976-1980 {Conversations with Lurker Grand}

Punk Is Not Dead
Here at The Eye of Faith, we often use the term Punk in reference to items we uncover, and stories we bring to the surface on the site. While the general consensus may be that Punk is defined by a definitive span of time, we like to believe the Punk has always been in fashion, and goes far beyond the safety pins, spikes, and mohawks that became the aesthetic calling-card of the various tribes around Europe and the Americas that began to emerge in the late 70s and 80s that have left an undeniable impact on music, art, style, and popular culture that resonates to this day.

    Far beyond the image, however, is the true meaning of punk, which is the unending quest to defy the status quo, and to change the confines of the world that enslaves us in a rigid stereotype of life. Contrary to popular belief, the idea of punk is not to not care, but is in fact to care far beyond most. They want change. They incite it, and have been for centuries.

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    When you look back in time you will see many punks throughout history. From Socrates to Genghis Khan, Cleopatra, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Joan of Arc. Issac Newton stands out in my mind, as does Abraham Lincoln. And of course, our punk timeline couldn’t be complete without the punk of all punks- Nikola Tesla, and his quest for innovation and free energy, which could have truly changed everything.

 

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    But sadly, there are many people in this world who do not want this change, whether it be for the greater good of humanity. That’s why punks are so important to this world, because they provide an antithesis to this structure. These dissidents make sure that the wall will never be built that encloses us from our greatest gift – the freedom to be.
    
    Our faithful correspondent John Wisniewski had the opportunity to pick the brain of Lurker Grand, a legendary dissident who was at the forefront of the Swiss Punk & Wave movement, as well as being one of the many authors of the wicked cool book “HOT LOVE: Swiss Punk & Wave 1976 – 1980” which chronicles the rise of the movement in Switzerland with first-hand details and wicked cool imagery.

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JOHN: When did you begin for the book “Hot Love Swiss Punk”?

LURKER: It was released in Fall 2006, because of the 30 years anniversary of Punk Rock. We put almost 3 years of work on it, this with several hundred protagonists of that particular time. That means, this book was done by all of us from that period, and that is THE difference to all of the other Punk Rock books…

JOHN: Who were some of the most popular Swiss punk band of the 70’s?

LURKER: In the US you are aware of the all female band Kleenex later known as Liliput, they are represented by Kill Rockstars and in particular the Riot Grrrl Movement was influenced by them. Kill Rockstar and Mississippi Records did release 2 years ago a 4 LP box of them. Then of course, the Nasal Boys, Sing Sing records out of New York did a re-release last year of their 1978 single “Hot Love” and the most famous, Dieter Meier from Yello, first with his two 7″ and later in the 70’s with the first Yello releases on Ralph Records.

JOHN: Punk rock had exploded internationally, but how was the Swiss Punk uniquely “Swiss”?

LURKER: This is a very good question and not easy to answer. There are certainly different aspects to mention. First, we call it rather SWISS WAVE, than Swiss Punk. If we would have had only PUNK, I would have never made the book. WAVE is the very important aspect in it and gave it that SWISSnes.

Switzerland did not have the youth mouvements in the 50/60/70’s like you did expiercene it in the States. With the idea of Punk, you had many interessting aspects in it…I like to mention  – lettrisme, dadaism, situationism, anarchism, individualism and very important DIY (Do it yourself). Then Switzerland was always a rich and well organiZed country and exaclty when this movement started in New York and London some Swiss did experience it from the beginning over there and brought it to us right away. With the knowledge of those past art movements and the kind of rock n roll (musical) and revolutionary desert in this traditional milk and honey country those seeds found a couple of hundred hungry addicts.And let’s say it, they knew more or less exactly what was to do.

My point is, you had some already intelectual mature persons that did form that scene, they had some influence and sometimes also the right amount of money and on the other hand there was a traditional, very conservative society and on top, a direct democracy. Like.. WE all are the state and we can make things change or not. But nobody did ever want to change anything and the Swiss hippie generation (the youth generation before us) did only talk about it, so it was time for us to really do it and talking did not exist anymore.

This is in my opinion the major aspect in it. Another very important aspect for the Sound of SWISS WAVE is the lake rock n roll culture in our country. So at the time no recording studio knew how Punk did really sound and we did not know how to record it…so all of our early recordings have a typical sound that you can only find in Switzerland. Most of our post productions or re-editions are realized by small labels from around the world. I believe, because we sound different for their
ears, it’s kind of exotic and often very charming to them.

Another and the last aspect I want to mention is, that most of us never did believe that we can make a living out of it. We did not have a Pop music industry somewhere…so we where all very free in expressing our ideas and in many ways very creative…and one thing is for sure, that our scene and the Post punk scene of the 80s did influence and help change many things in today’s Swiss society and everybody I know from that time feels very proud on this.

We have a saying: We don’t know what we want, but we know how to get it!

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JOHN: How is the Swiss punk scene different now, than that of the 70’s and early 80’s? Are there any new Swiss punkers that you like?

LURKER: My point is, punk is not only music, it’s a way of thinking, you want to make dessions for yourself, and you are responsible for yourself and your decisions….so go out there and do it!

Punk became a global phenomenon and you can find it from China to Chile. So I guess in some places of the world it still does mean something…in Switzerland like many other places, punk became a lifestyle thing- pure entertainment for the kids (for a short period in there lives), the media, and everybody that can make a buck out of it…Do I care? Absolutely not! Do I like their music? Sure,why not! Is there more to it? I do not see or feel it, does anybody else?

To give you a better idea, I live partly in Berlin in Germany and last week we had the major elections. The conservative party did win and for their celebration party on TV they did use a song called “Days Like This”..this is an actual song by one of the first Punk bands from Germany, called “Die Toten Hosen”. This band is still going strong today and it’s more than ever time that Punk Rock gets replaced by something that kicks ass again!

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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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

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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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1980’s French Psychic Predicts 9/11, Obama Presidency, & 2012 Alien Encounters!

capturedcran20120113133We stumbled onto this video full of revelations this morning.

We were astonished by the blatant similarities that mark our present, that this French psychic, who’s name is unclear  (either Albert Florintie or Sean Mciver),  told of back in 1980. With talking of ‘Change’ and clear references to  Chernobyl, we knew we found something for our readers to Eye.

Full of eerie warnings of nuclear powered disasters in the coming decades, and warnings of us crippled by our need for fossil fuels, we were a bit disturbed by the accuracies we are warned of in our impending future including talk of religious wars, and promises of an attack on American soil.

The predictions weren’t only doom and gloom: visions of electric cars on the way, change in America, even a revolution by the People. The most interesting of all has to be the vision of a “black man” becoming President of the most powerful country in the World.

Hoax or not, we are intrigued.  The most alarming revelation of the future would have to be the impending encounter we will face with ‘People from another Galaxy”.  Perhaps this will be a lesson to man kind, and we will see the flaws in our ways and become stronger than ever.

Or, as this French Psychic seems to think . . . impending doom of mankind will surely come our way in 2012.

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Balenciaga: A Man For All Seasons . . .

Portrait of Alexander Wang by Sebastian Kim (styleexaminer)

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It was announced on the 3rd of December that the high fashion label Balenciaga had appointed Alexander Wang as the new creative director of the historical and revolutionary brand.

Chief executive of the brand, Isabelle Guichot cites Wang’s “modernity and his individual and cosmopolitan vision of design” as just some of the reasons for bringing the 28 year old Taiwanese, California bred, New York based designer on board to steer Balenciaga into the future.

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Born in the town of Basque on January 21, 1895 to a seamstress mother, Cristobal Balenciaga quickly began his fashion career as a tailor’s apprentice, and by his teens was catapulted to Madrid by Marchioness de Casa Torres, a local noblewoman who saw potential in the young Balenciaga to become a great designer.

He is known as one of the only couturiers in history to possess the artistry and talent to design, cut, and sew his creations. He opened his first boutique in 1919 in the city of San Sebastien, and was forced to Paris in 1937 by the out brink of the Spanish Civil War. There on Avenue George V, Balenciaga opened his house of couture.

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It wouldn’t be until after the war, and into the 1950s that the designer would take his biggest leaps, revolutionizing the shape and form of the woman’s silhouette, and become notable for his unique and modern designs. Often sculptural and completely transformational, Balenciaga’s creations were, and are still, regarded as masterworks in the worlds of haute couture, modern design, and even art.

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Balenciaga would eventually retire from his craft at the age of 74, and in 1968 closed down all houses in Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris. Several designers who had the opportunity to work under the famed auteur of fashion went on to open their own successful and now legendary fashion houses including Hubert De Givenchy, Oscar De La Renta, and Emanuel Ungaro to name a few.

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{Young Hubert De Givenchy (left) & Oscar De La Renta (right)}

Actress Kristen Stewart and designer Nicolas Ghesquiere

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It wasn’t until 1997, under the hand of Nicholas Ghesquiere, that Balenciaga became again known as one of the highest and most elite of labels in the fashion world. Like Balenciaga himself, Ghesquiere was self-taught and immediately caught the attention of the media and celebrities with fresh reinterpretations of Balenciaga’s already revolutionary classics such as the sack dress, and semi-fitted jackets.

One of our personal favourites from Ghesquiere’s reign at Balenciaga was delivered on the cusp of threats to fire Ghesquiere by the Gucci Group if the line was unsuccessful within the year 2007.

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{Campaign Images for Fall/Winter 2007 by David Sims}

His Fall/Winter 2007 ladies wear collection is an opus to the urban woman. A cultured woman, in the academic sense, as well as the worldly sense. With some careful consideration to tailoring and fit, and the use of eclectic accessories and prints, Ghesquiere breathed new life to the idea of the Preppy female, and blended tailored traditions with the melting pot of our society. Credit Ghesquiere and his F/W 2007 collection for that “World Traveller” look that we have consistently seen on the runway and magazines since.

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Though his run is over with Balenciaga, Ghesquiere has plans to start his very own fashion house under his own name; a long overdue and much deserved step up for the 41 year old Belgian born designer.

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{Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Menswear Campaign}

So, all we have to do now is wait and see what Alexander Wang has to offer. Since the incarnation of his brand upon dropping out of design school, his line has been heralded by both fashion’s elite and a new generation of fashion lovers looking for something fresher, darker, younger, edgier, cooler. . .

Wang has taken many cues from fashion’s past to successfully reinvent them into modern and sexy new looks for today. One of the best examples of this would most definitely have to be Wang’s ode to athleticism in his Spring/Summer 2010 collection that had him reinventing everything from the gym short to the sweat shirt into sexy, sophisticated, and beautifully dangerous new pieces.

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If this is any indication of the type of innovation and ingenuity we might expect from Alexander Wang upon his first presentation for Balenciaga in the coming months, then we can not wait to see what is coming next; next for Wang, and next for Cristobal Balenciaga and the long lineage of raw talent and exquisite artistry that he has established.

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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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Music Minute – “The Black Dog Runs at Night” from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

From the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which is directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels , we bring you a small piece of the soundtrack, The Black Dog Runs at Night.

The iconic television series from the 90s, Twin Peaks, was cut short during it’s second season due to fleeting ratings.  Though not short of fanfare, this sequel/prequel film was released in 1992 to cap off  storyline established during the shows run.

Attempting to wrap up the story of the small lumbering town in the woods would prove to miss the mark by certain standards.  With several actors unwilling to reprise pivotal roles, and a mixed up story line consisting of flashbacks, and leaps ahead in time, mainstream audiences had trouble wrapping their heads around the movie at the time of it’s release.

But die hard fan’s of the franchise will tell you this film is not to be missed!  Not only was the show great during its run, but this retelling of key events in the series gave the Twin Peaks fan’s a taste of what they so craved; closure!

With Halloween in the air, we are cultivating a mood not only for ourselves, but for you our readership! Special thanks to domtakis for his comment on a previous story and bringing our attention to this one-off track from the movies soundtrack.

With effective lyrics by David Lynch himself, and music by Angelo Badalamenti,  we appreciate the cool and eerie tone of such a short piece. Like all of Lynch’s work, this really packs a punch! Devilishly effective, and all together quite creepy, we love this!

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