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{STYLE-WISE} The Secret Society Style of Tom Buchanan

secret society style- joel edgerton as tom buchanan

Indeed there are many sinfully stylish idols to worship throughout “The Great Gatsby”; like masculine and cool Jordan, soft and feminine Daisy, even the bookish narrator Nick. And then of course there’s the poster boy himself, Jay Gatsby ,who shall always remain in the fore realm of our memory as a hero to determination and an eternal icon of excess.

leonardo dicaprio, carey mulligan, and joel edgerton in the great gatsby

But, one that is often overlooked has to be Tom Buchanan; the brutish and masculine husband of Daisy.

This powerful Yale alum is as much the style savant as any of the other devilish dandies that parade themselves throughout the story. This time around, however, Tom Buchanan is as much the idol of style as anyone of his other stylish co-sars.

For instance, actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Tom Buchanan mentions “There’s a Skull and Bones insignia sewn into it that may not even be visible,” to Empire Magazine, adding a unique twist to the characterization of the East Egg Prepster.

joel edgerton and elizabeth debicki in the great gatsby - secret society style

After all, Tom Buchanan is of the upper crust of society, and a recent graduate of Yale University, so why wouldn’t he be a member of the elusive Skull and Bones from which Presidents, Astronauts, and Great Leaders in society are born? Allegedly.

I thought it interesting that several years ago a human skull that had been carved into a ballot box was put up to bid at Christie’s (and later pulled under controversial circumstances), and more and more, this particular secret society  (No. 322)  is coming to the forefront of our own culture; it’s the perfect play on history and style that make for a refreshing take on such a popular story. The bold reinvention is most definitely in their favour.

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We thought it only {STYLE-WISE} to look at style through the eyes of the ivy league, and look at secret society style with a time travelling hustler’s unique eye for detail. . .

Does Tom fight for Eulogia?

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Now from the {SHOP} . . .

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Here’s our take on Tom Buchanan’s Secret Society Style

A cool and casual kind of look using only vintage finds from the {SHOP}

SHIRT: Classic Vintage Mens Striped Red and White Cotton Oxford { $50 }

SWEATER: Vintage LONDON FOG Mystery Ivy Emerald Graphic Sweater { $50 }

PANTS: Vintage Wool Blend Khaki Straight Leg Trouser {$30}

BLAZER: Classic 1940s Mens Striped Secret Society Blazer { $180 }

SHOES: Vintage VERSACE V2 Classic Luxury Mens Calf Hair Creeper Loafer – Size 8 { $200 }

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{remember XIXIXI gets you 25 % off in the {SHOP} ALWAYS! }

TIME TRAVELLING at its Finest. Pieces from disparate eras can be mixed and matched to create an overall look. Secret society cool is about luxury, strength, and standing apart from the rest.

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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“Filmmaking on the Riviera” (1964) with Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, & Lola Albright

“There is one place for everything glamorous and daring, and that is the Riviera….”

Which is exactly how this MGM Studios Promotional Film for a film by Renee Clement starring Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, & Lola Albright begins. (You love it already!)

Alain Delon, a favourite style star, is at his prime as the ridiculously handsome criminal on the run from the French Underground ( Yikes! The French Underground!), and Jane Fonda (“a foremost star of Europe”) is fiestier, sexier, and younger than you’ve ever seen her! Amazing!

One of the most interesting aspects is definitely getting to see some of the filming process! Check out how they shoot some incredible action right in the sea! No CG this time Movie!

The film was released as ‘Les Félins’ in Clement’s home country France, while in the US and UK it was released under two DIFFERENT names: “Joy House” (US), and “The Love Cage” (UK).

Promotional shorts like this one for MGM Studios, were not uncommon for the 60s, but you gotta love the special oomph the devil they chose to narrate this has with the gusto and punch he adds to his script. Maybe that’s the best part, but see for yourself!

I like that they mention “creating a spine chilling thriller is a painstaking, often dangerous business…”, as we at The Eye of Faith experience this almost everyday creating spine chilling thrillers in our minds for you to enjoy!

Hope you enjoy!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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FAME, LOVE, and EXCESS: Behind the Scenes of Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra”

Scott Thorson and Liberace - Vintage Black and White photograph

Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at “Behind the Candelabra”, HBO’s newest film by Academy Award winning director, Steven Soderbergh. The film is a decadent look back at the life of famed musician Liberace and his “tempestuous” six year relationship with his young lover and limousine driver, Scott Thorson.

The film is crashing the Cannes film festival, and is being eaten up alive by critics for its passionate performances by Michael Douglas (as Liberace, himself) and Matt Damon (as the apple of his eye), and the sumptuous reincarnation of Liberace’s over-the-top lifestyle.

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matt damon as scott thorson in behind the candelabra - vintage inspiration

behind the candelabra - matt damon and michael douglas - liberace and scott thorson - vintage inspiration

We can’t wait to check this film out as soon as we get the chance, but until then, we were happy to come across this in-depth video of all the trials and tribulations of making the film itself. So check it out below:

 

Scott Thorson and Liberace

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {August 10, 2012}

{Late Super Model Gia Carangi poses it up with a gaggle of Models. Circa 1970s.
We could see any one of these looks on a runway today}
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Glamour, Glitter, Fashion, and Pills!

The glamour, the fashion, the fame! The lives of the rich and famous sure seems fabulous, but it seems clear to us there is a lot of pressure once you’re on top. Everybody else is doing it… you may think it would help you network, or maybe feel more relaxed.   But when it comes down to it, there are too many ‘yes men’ in this alienating industry. It’s no surprise that substance abuse, be it alcohol or chemical, has become far too prevalent in our time. But pop that pill! If it’s perscribed, it must mean that it’s tailor made for your condition… whatever that condition may be, right?

We want to take you back to a time of “female hysteria” in the early 1900’s, when women were not only condemned as being over emotional and erratic, but the most plausible solution is that these women had cravings their husbands were not fulfilling. So naturally the cure for a over hyped women’s libido was to get ‘some’. Now, its the ‘what’ of the ‘some’ you may be asking, will she ‘get’?? Well, back in the day, the good doctor only needed his own two hands, maybe even just a finger, to help satisfy a women’s cravings. This was the logic then, though most doctors are less hands on today.

Now we look back on this with a horrendous idea of what our society was, but the reality is, it was not too long ago!! These women trusted their doctors, who of course are educating themselves daily, constantly learning new techniques, and being fed tactics from ‘higher up’ declaring the latest craze to hit the medical world. Be it a snake acid injected into the skin to help alleviate age, penicillin, or some kind of sedative promised to kill or calm whatever isnt letting you ‘feel good’ so you can feel a hell of a lot better feeling nothing at all!

Anxiety and depression are curable with a pill, if you live in North America.  Yet astonishingly in poorer nations where water and food is a luxury, the population riddled with anxiety doesn’t seem to exist. We’re so distracted by our worlds innovations, we’re loosing the concept of finding simple joy.

We all have witnessed someone we love battle with their own content.  We are bombarded by countless pressures telling us that what we have isn’t enough. Whether it’s the stresses of our mundane work day, or a quiet ambition driving us to be the perfect version of ourselves, we have become brainwashed to believe that it’s wrong to be unhappy.

In truth, its the up’s and downs of our lives which give us humility. But answers are handed out far too quickly in the form of a prescription. Sure seems like the best remedy for a mild case of celebrity is some kind of a numbing pain killer.

The influence of our prescription bound society is not only evident through tragedy but also found in modern art works.  Back in 2002, Lullaby Spring, a humungous display of  6136 hand painted pills by Damien Hirst recently sold for whopping 22.8 Million Dollars. More recently, we can find work by Beverly Fishman, where pill play has a major role in the efficacy of the Art piece called “Pill Spill“.

We are not suggesting a complete rebellion against the North American healthcare system (necessarily), but we do suggest readers look deeper than their prescription slip. Often if investigated, the ‘discovery’ or ‘root’ of so many modern ailments, are shrouded in as much mystery as the illness itself. It’s disheartening to think that a system which is structured to take care of us, is actually striking fear into us, and draining us of all logic and dollars.

Ingesting something synthetic asking for a cure will not save us, we must embrace what is true to our experiences as we go through them. Trust that tomorrow will be a brand new day.

R.I.P. We love you Whitney.
The Eye.

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American Hunk

Shocking, bloody, upbeat, vulgar, disturbing, outrageously 80s, misogynistic, and aspirational?? Too many adjectives could describe the story of the American Psycho. With rumblings of a remake, we take a moment to remember the performance of Christian Bale as the psychotic Patrick Bateman and recognize the instant cult classic film set in the 1980s from 2000.

Originated as a novel in 1991 by Bret Easton Ellis, the idea of a rich Manhattan businessman that took too much pleasure in his own violent vices. Written mostly as a drafted story, all of the explicit scenes of violence did not come until the book was almost finished. Ellis spent a lot of time researching gruesome murders at the New York Public Library to help paint a the violent picture.

“[Bateman] was crazy the same way [I was]. He did not come out of me sitting down and wanting to write a grand sweeping indictment of yuppie culture. It initiated because my own isolation and alienation at a point in my life. I was living like Patrick Bateman. I was slipping into a consumerist kind of void that was supposed to give me confidence and make me feel good about myself but just made me feel worse and worse and worse about myself. That is where the tension of “American Psycho” came from. It wasn’t that I was going to make up this serial killer on Wall Street. High concept. Fantastic. It came from a much more personal place, and that’s something that I’ve only been admitting in the last year or so. I was so on the defensive because of the reaction to that book that I wasn’t able to talk about it on that level.”   -Bret Easton Ellis

Ellis has taken any stereotype of a killer, and reinvented fear using the American dream. Obsessed with beauty and youth, armed with an iced sleeping mask, tanning bed, chainsaw, designer suits, and love of pop music, the character of Patrick Bateman surely redefines what’s expected from a Sociopath.

We know Christian Bale can pull of any role, but to see the bad boy pull off the over tanned, and toned yuppie American style of Patrick Bateman is a real treat. His American accent, which could be one of the faults to this film, becomes an endearing quality, adding to the overall over-the-top-ness of the whole damn movie!

The aesthetic of this film is one of the major reasons why people keep talking about “American Psycho”. Since it’s set in the 1980s, many elements come into play. With productuon design by Gideon Ponte and Jeanne Develle as the set decorator, every scene is as blatantly expensive and 80’s-tastic as the last. We get a clear sense of the O.C.D. nature of Patrick Bateman in the first glance of the film, with a panning shot of his sterile trendy living room.

Style resonates from every scene of this movie, whether it be Bale in a blood soaked plastic raincoat, or Bale getting a migraine from the mundane in a chic suit. We hope people aren’t reading this and fantasizing about what they could do to a prostitute with a chainsaw, but taking notice of the fashion. While this guy was becoming blood hungry and more and more unhinged, people around him were taking note on how great he looked in designer duds.

We can find the American Psycho style on runways all over the world today. Maybe in the form of some splattered blood on a chest, or an executioners mask wearing model in leather, you could pin the influence to many historical figures or idea’s, but we see Patrick Bateman.



The film got the sequel treatment in 2002, in American psycho 2, starring no other than the Black Swan herself, Mila Kunis. And in 2008, development of a broadway musical based on the novel and film began. Duncan Sheik, a Tony and Grammy Award-winner for the Broadway smash Spring Awakening, is partway through writing the music and lyrics for American Psycho: The Musical, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is in the midst of penning the book.

So can crazy be sexy? Or the biggest turn off? Maybe it’s just Christian Bale, or all the nude shower scenes, but we are turned on.
Su Su Sudio,
-The Eye xx

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