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Lost in a Paradise: {WWII Memories} Vintage Vernacular from Another Earth


This is a short clip from Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” which never ceases to inspire and engage the mind and soul with its thoughtful narration and invigorating visuals that take the viewer through the complex voyage of a soldier to war hidden by the beauty of “paradise“. . .

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It really must have been something to find yourself in a strange new world, another Earth far away from the hometown you left months before. You might never want to leave. You might hope to be left on a deserted island for the rest of your days; left alone by the complications of society.

Malick does a great job at creating this world, and you can get an even cooler glimpse into this world by digging into the world of vintage vernacular.

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Ask your grandparents and they probably have vintage snapshots to share with you, or dig through the bins of them at your local Flea Market or antique store. There are treasures to find. These memories of some lost paradise always seem to be like faded remnants of some beautiful black and white dream. . .

Here’s a few to quench your thirst! Soak it up, and bring this lost paradise with you wherever you go.

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Why should I be afraid to die? I belong to you. If I go first, I’ll wait for you there. On the other side of the dark waters.
Be with me now.

-BELL, “The Thin Red Line” by Terrence Malick {based on the novel by James Jones}

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What’s this war in the heart of nature? Why does nature vie with itself? The land contend with the sea? Is there an avenging power in nature? Not one power but two?

-TRAIN, “The Thin Red Line” by Terrence Malick {based on the novel by James Jones}

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+STYLE STAR+ Say Hello to Max Westin . . .

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What is there to say about Max Willebrand Westin? The 18 year old style savant from Gothenburg (best name ever!), in Sweden, was kind enough to let us break in on his busy school schedule to pick his brain a little, and learn a bit more about what makes his fashion clock tick.

We were drawn to the dreamy photographs on Max’s blog, and his blending of classic tastes with a youthful post-modern edge. Max is sure to jet to heights of style stardom, or any other place his heart takes him to – so keep a look out for this bright young +STYLE STAR+ right in our midst! One day we can graze the night sky with our eye and find Max shining bright above us all. . .

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First, a bit of an introduction to yourself. What is your name, and what do you do?
My name is Max and I live in the Gothenburg area in Sweden where I’m currently studying my last term in school. I’m into photography, fashion and I really enjoy travelling. Regardless of how daft this might sound, dressing myself in the morning is many times the highlight of the day. Vintage and retro clothing is an important key to my style.

What would be your earliest fashion memory, and has it played a part in leading you to your fashion future?

I remember starting to care about what I was wearing probably in fifth or sixth grade, when I was eleven or twelve years old. Back then I didn’t know too much about how to dress, but I was really fond of big, graphic t-shirt prints and always went for the bright and vibrant colours. I’m still a big fan of bold colours and prints, but I have fortunately learnt what goes well with what and what doesn’t.

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When you wake up in the morning, what thoughts go through your mind while picking out your outfit for the day?

Not much actually. I’m usually putting on four different outfits before I’ve made up my mind. I tend to go either all black or really matchy matchy (it’s a bad habit, I know) with colours and such.

Do you have any go-to inspirations or style idols you look up to in your own style?

Lookbook.nu is a great source of inspiration. There’s quite a lot of people posting and even though, in my opinion, the diversity isn’t the richest, I’m sure everyone would find people and styles that appeal to them. You just need to give it some time. To name a few of them:Mind the MustardJudasLouis PhilippeMinji and the twins Jalan and Jibril
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What has been your most important lesson in life when it comes to your own personal brand of style?

Dare to try your way! There’s no room for caring what other (mostly insignificant) people think about the way you dress and present yourself. For example, not that it’s groundbreaking, but I as a guy like to wear high-waisted pants and really short shorts and therefore I do so, even though some people may find it disgusting.

Where are your favourite go-to spots to go for killer fashion and style?

In terms of places to shop?  I do most of my shopping at Topman, Weekday, Asos and several thrift/vintage stores.

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You’re walking down the street and stumble upon a time portal that will take you anywhere you want to go in the history of time. Where do you decide to take it, and why?

Sometime in the 80’s without a doubt! I’d go all in for a hardcore shopping spree, buying tacky silk shirts and leather jackets with huge shoulder pads!

Here’s a fun one. You’ve accidentally conjured up an angry spirit who won’t get the hell out of your closet. You want to call the cops, but you know they won’t believe you so you pull out your exorcism kit and go to work. What is the one thing you are hoping to save from your wardrobe?

Some kind of jacket! My collection of jackets mean the world to me.

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What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever heard or been given?

I can’t come up with any specific advice that I’ve heard or so, but in general, I really must say I think that a lot of male style/fashion bloggers are dressing pretty safe and boring, and due to that, they’re also giving safe and boring tips!

Any thoughts of the future of mens fashion and/or fashion in general, through the eyes of Max?
I’d love to see (and I’m sure I will see) more people crossing borders and gender-bending in fashion

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You can check out Max’s blog here for more of his amazing brand of style!

Thanks again, Max! You really killed it !

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Vintage Summer Style Inspiration – Bikinis, Beaches, Babes, and Bond!

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Canada is infamous for its cold weather, but we were shocked to wake up to snowfall in April this morning! Needles to say, it had us yearning for those days of blissful sunshine and relaxing on the beach.

Sometimes we use inspiration to invoke a certain spirit to amp up our day, but on days like this, inspiration can be used to transport oneself to new worlds. In our case, we were looking for much hotter destinations to take us away from this bitter cold.

This being said, we easily found ourselves taken away to the beach, and who better to spend a day at the beach with than the impenetrable, secret agent, 007 himself – Bond. James Bond.

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And if you’re friends with Bond, you’re likely to rub shoulders and elbows (maybe more) with any number of his beautiful beach bunny sweethearts. But don’t get too cozy in the sand just yet. Some of these beach bod bombshells are not to be trusted, and some of them have a bark that’s worse than their bite. So maybe best to just admire from the distance and let Bond do the dirty work . . .

From Honey Rider to Agent XXX, Bond has had more than his handful of beautiful women, which could account for his own impeccable sense of style. He is a man that knows it pays to look your best!

So enough chit-chat! Feel the sand between your toes, and lets hit the waves!

Can you feel the heat already?

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Escape the Everyday . . .

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Music Minute: “My Only Love” by Roxy Music

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These guys are legends, and their music echoes like the voice of a lost memory. Dreams, and fantasy, illusion, and grandeur – these are all summoned by their music. Formed in 1971, Roxy Music lives on today as one of the most popular bands there have ever been, and were even honoured by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “Immortal” in a list of their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

We’d have to go ahead, and add them to our Best-Dressed Artists of All Time list with their wild nod to the past injected with the blinding buzz of Glam Rock England. We included a few pictures of these Idols, and were hoping the song be a great way to settle down into the night.

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And what do you know? Looks like foil metallics and leopard print are right on their way back, so watch out! Also green suits, mysteriously enough . . .

Hope you enjoy.

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Out of This World! Rare Buddy Holly & Friends Super 8mm Home Movie.

Was feeling inspired today by Buddy Holly, the chic geek with the rims to match…

There isn’t a lot about this young talent’s style that hasn’t stopped beating, so that’s why we felt the tragic rock n’ roll icon deserved a second look.

After a rocking night at Clear Lake, Iowa’s iconic Surf Ballroom the young star hopped in a plane to take him to his next venue. Amidst a harsh February snow storm, the plane crashed killing everyone on board, but strangely in the quietest of circumstances. No one heard a peep. Legendary rock author Harry Hepcat wrote,

“The bodies lay in the blowing snow through the night…… February indeed made us shiver, but it was more than the cold of February that third day of the month in 1959. It was the shiver of a greater, sometimes senseless, reality invading our sheltered, partying, teenaged life of the 50s.”

His death came for everyone a shock, as this was one of the budding musical talents and stars of the times. Born Charles Hardin Holley in September 7, of 1939, Buddy would live to be only 22 years of age.

Inspired by rockabilly and the teen scene around him, Buddy Holly today is remembered as one of the most influential rock n’ roll musicians of all time (ranked lucky #13 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists), as well as one of history’s most stylish individuals.

We found this wicked video online of rare Supper 8mm footage of the rock n’ roll icon at his most natural, comfortable, fun, and stylish self.

The thing with these guys is they aren’t even trying…

They know all it takes is a little guts, and a hell of a lot of glory to achieve those heights. And indeed he achieved. Maybe more than he might have ever imagined.

He was loved by his own, but then highly feared by religious leaders who insisted his work immoral, and hated by the police for inciting frenzy and riots. At just 20 years old, he was already gently shifting the tuning dial for much of modern music…

     

His one-of-a-kind attitude towards his own style is a reflection of this rebellious honesty. Sometimes you just got to do it your way.

And if you ask Buddy Holly, he’d most definitely agree.

So stay true blue, whatever you do. Don’t worry what other people are saying. In the end, it’s your essence which matters most. It’s what is remembered. That is how over fifty years later we still remember Buddy Holly as one of the stars that still shine bright in our world today.

“Death is very often referred to as a good career move.”

-Buddy Holly

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{PHOTO-BLAST} Pomp + Circumstance

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The Pompadour.

We’ve been seeing a lot of these, as of late, on our virtual style quests, and find this mythic hairstyle’s history absolutely fascinating. The hair-doe characterized by its voluminous waves and carefully coiffed height was first coined in the 18th Century after French aristocrat, Madame de Pompadour – the mistress of King Louis XV. EOF - Pomp and Circumstance- Gibson Girl The style was later revived in the later part of the 19th Century and onward through the First World War, and became synonymous with the “Gibson Girl” ideal of beauty popularized in this era. The do became a “Do” again, in vogue, as a much tighter version of it could be seen on Hollywood movie starlets of the ’40s like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Bette Davis- Now, Voyager- Pomp and Circumstance EOF- Vintage Style Illustration- I like Your Hair, It Would Look Better on Me- Leather Warrior - Pomp and Circumstance However, it would be the 1950s that would totally turn the style around, and have the men sporting the look. Popularized by rock stars of the day like Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and Billy Fury, as well as actors like James Dean.  The style was quickly taken up by youth culture and society’s outcasts to become a staple of counter culture style and individual beauty. From movie stars to street gangs, the style was versatile, slick, and of course, “cool”.   Tribal Pompadouria You Got It or You Dont- VINTAGE TEDDY BOY FASHION:STYLE - EOF Pomp and Circumstance EOF- Pomp and Circumstance at Bottega Venetta

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The rest is history, as even today, hundreds of style obsessed and nostalgia driven guys (like ourself) pain away the day to get their hair high and enough waves to keep it up there. What do they say again? “The higher the hair, the closer to God”. In that case, we might be looking at the Tower of Babel of Hair with how popular the Pompadour is getting. Check out this latest {PHOTO-BLAST} for a one-of-a-kind blast to the past of “Pomp + Circumstance”. . .

Even we are addicted! 

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Can you name any current idols rocking the Pompadour? Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae comes to mine . . . any others?

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STYLE {WISE} Mens Vintage Workwear Inspiration – “You Better Work!”

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Since the dawn of civilization, man has been hard at work building the great cities we live in, gathering the food we eat, and finding the resources we need to stay afloat on this mad wild planet. It’s never been easy, but someone’s got to do it. So next time you’re walking down the sidewalk, or taking a stroll down the grocery isle, save a thought for the hoards of men and women who have put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the vision of this world a reality for us all.

We too have been hard at work, here at The Eye of Faith, gathering our wares, making connections, and always delving deep into our well of inspiration for new musings for all of our devoted friends and followers. So what better an inspiration for our STYLE {WISE} Series, than the world of work. We all know it, and there’s no doubt that this realm has become a constant staple in the minds of style aficionados worldwide.

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From the bandanas and kerchiefs (to cover the mouth from dust, dirt, and other particles), the jaunty caps and fedoras (to shield the eyes from the sun), the heavy work boots (to tread the rugged land), the flannel shirts (to keep one warm in the chill), and of course, the ultimate gift of the working man – DENIM. Where would we be without it? You can spend upwards of $1000 these days for a pair of jeans, but over a hundred years ago this extra strong material in all its hues of blue was the fabric of the working man who couldn’t afford to not wear this shell of durability.

Look around today, and you’ll still see all the staples and conventions of classic mens workwear. It’s everywhere you look these days, even with women’s clothing. In fact, it’s kind of a craze in many places (most especially Japan and Korea), to get that one-of-a-kind authentic vintage workwear piece that will elevate your outfit above and beyond anything you could find at the mall or high street.

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Indeed, vintage mens workwear is continually coming to the forefront, so we thought it appropriate to give it a little praise ourselves. So sit back and enjoy this {STYLE-WISE} gallery dedicated to Mens Vintage Workwear Inspiration!

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So next time you see a cool kid sporting a pair of Levi’s and a plaid button-up shirt and cap, hopefully your mind will go straight to the men at work, and the inspiration they have left, and the legacy of style we continue from the 19th and into the 21st Century!

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A NEW DAY FOR NEW WAVE! BEHIND THE SCENES of Prada’s FALL/WINTER 2013 – 2014 Menswear Campaign

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Check out this wicked behind the scenes of Prada‘s latest menswear campaign for this Fall 2013 starring Academy Award winning actor, Christoph Waltz, the devilishly talented Ben Whishaw, and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” star, Ezra Miller. It’s another testament to the power of the past, and its never ending influence on the world today, and in the process of it all, even tomorrow.

We’re also including a few snapshots and stills from some actual 1960s French New Wave classics to give you the edge on what its all about.

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New Wave was a “tidal wave” of creativity by some of France’s most hardcore film fans – the critics of the Cahiers du Cinéma. Names like Godard, Rohmer, Truffaut, and Chabrol spearheaded the movement which is still remembered today as one of the single most important periods of film making which would revolutionize modern movie making closer to the films we see today. It was all about innovation and bringing the medium to a new level with influence from their master predecessors stemming from a passion for the moving image.

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Just watch Godard’s classic film “Breathless“, and it will all make sense.

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Many of the stars of these films such as Paul Belmundo, Anna Karina, and the tragically beautiful Jean Seberg (she died of an overdose at 40) remain style icons and divinities worshipped to this day. The look was easy, classic, and a little disheveled, partnered with some serious chain smoking and a non-chalant sense of being and you are right on your way. Get a great pair of sweet sun glasses and a cool hat, and you’re pretty much set.

The New Wave campaign by Prada is a cool ode to the vibe using bold colour and stark minimalism to evoke the period. Great to see such a well-rounded and talented group of actors called to helm the vision.

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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.

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