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E.O.F. {STYLE IDOL} CAETANO VELOSO: Lost in the Paradise. . .

“Viewed up close, nobody is normal”

-Caetano Veloso

 

When it comes to bad ass boho gods, I’m sure we could all name a few; but very little do I ever see the name Caetano Veloso pop up, and this is for us….OUTRAGEOUS!!!

We should be worshiping this icon of perseverance, elegance, rebellion, philosophical contemplation, compassion, counter culture, and activism. . .

Very few bohemian icons really get the credit they deserve when discussing men’s style . . . the mainstream would rather iconize GQ demi-gods Tom Brady or Ryan Gosling, and that’s all fine and dandy, but when it comes to that elicit feeling of cool. . . boho gods cannot be beat; and Brazilian tropicalia folk rock artist Caetano Veloso is on the top of our list!

 

Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso

 born August 7, 1942

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Bad ass to the core, Veloso’s music touched a generation in the heart of Brazil with his inciting lyrics and enchanting melodies that brought a fusion of traditional Brazilian sound with psychedelic rock and folk helping create the “tropicalisimo” movement alongside best friend Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, and other bold and innovative artists of the time.

First premiering in 1965, fresh in Rio De Janeiro, Caetano won a lyrics competition for his composition “Um Dia”, getting him signed to Phillips Records. Two years later he received a standing ovation for his song “Alegria, Alegria” at the Brazil Popular Music Festival, marking the first time rock n roll music was ever played at the festival.

Him and his psych rock buddies were pioneers for a new sound, a new world, a new way of being; however, the powers that be would do anything they could to stop this burgeoning. Marxist students and communist supporters condemned the music for commercializing Brazilian culture, and incorporating musical influences from the United States.

The tensions between the Tropicalistas and the student left peaked in September 1968 with Veloso’s now-legendary performances at the third annual International Song Festival, held at the Catholic University in Rio, where the audience included a large contingent of students who were vehemently opposed to the Tropicalistas. When Veloso (backed by Os Mutantes) performed in the first round of the Festival’s song competition on 12 September, he was initially greeted with enthusiastic applause, but the situation soon turned ugly. Dressed in a shiny green plastic suit, festooned with electrical wires and necklaces strung with animal teeth, Veloso provoked the students with his lurid costume, his sensual body movements and his startling new psychedelic music, and the performers were soon being bombarded with loud insults, jeers and boos from the students, who became even more incensed when American pop singer John Dandurand made a surprise appearance on stage during the song.

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Tensions would hit an all time high when he and his buddy Gilbert Gil were actually arrested in February of 1969 for little to no reason, and held in prison for three months, followed by four months of house arrest. Brazil’s military dictatorship which held the country under its grips until 1985, further had many and most of his songs banned or censored.

“… if you are the same in politics as you are in aesthetics, we’re done for!”

-Caetano Veloso

 

The two were exiled from the country for over a year, and spent most of their time in the dark and gloomy dims of London, England.  However, by 1972 the pair were allowed back into the country quickly returning to their musical careers that have since landed Veloso 9 Latin Grammy’s and a Grammy for World Music Album in 2000.

Here at The Eye of Faith we always have great respect for people who stand for something. After all, if you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing! And Caetano Veloso definitely exemplifies this.

Never fearing the opposition, never backing down on his own sense of self; apart from his penchant for wildly magical psych rock stylings, it is his character that truly makes this man an E.O.F. STYLE IDOL.

“I TALK too much…Everybody from Bahia is like this. We are always touching each other, too. We are a bit too much.”

-Caetano Veloso

Let us not forget this beautiful bohemian God and his willingness to stand for freedom, for beauty, and to live life to the fullest!

“Alegria means joy, or joyousness… It is the best-known song of any that I have written, and it was the opening song of tropicalismo, the first to use rock-and-rollish electric guitars. Whenever I sing it, it is just like the Rolling Stones singing ‘Satisfaction.’ It was the first anthem. It’s an affirmation-of-life kind of song, but it has an ironical hint to it.”

The song begins, “I’m walking against the wind, without handkerchief or documents in my pockets,” and ends with a chorus of “Why not?”

It’s about being able to walk and be alive and be real and feel the sun…It was against the dictatorship without saying anything about it. And everybody likes that ‘Why not?’ at the end.”

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So, with your help hopefully this brilliant spirit can live on . . .share his story, and invoke the spirit!

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“They didn’t imprison us for any song or any particular thing that we said…It was a difficult atmosphere for them to understand, so they thought, ‘We might as well put them in prison.’ ”

-Caetano Veloso {source}

So rage forward with your emblazoned souls, and keep on keeping on!!!

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Until next time,

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {May 23, 2013}

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Born out of a need for a national police force to implement the law in Canada’s newly acquired western territories, on  May 23 1873, the Parliament of Canada established a central police force who would be able to march across the land.  This sector has evolved into the red wearing, horse riding, yellow striped pant loving Royal Canadian Mounted Policemen we know today!

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+PARES CUM PARIBUS+ VINTAGE FASHION VIDEO from The Eye of Faith

Greetings followers, friends, and I don’t know you, but Greetings anyway!

As you know, we absolutely love a sense of mystery, a glimpse in the dark at what may or may not have been , and we wanted to combine this unique E.O.F. sensibility in a one-of-a-kind fashion video experience.

We aptly titled it +PARES CUM PARIBUS+ , meaning “Let birds of a feather flock together” in Latin; very apropos for us here at The Eye of Faith, because every day it seems we are growing in strength with our numbers.

So in spirit of our eternal goal +PARES CUM PARIBUS+ was made.

We were inspired by a classic; the ever stylish and silicious Ms. Audrey Horne of a town called Twin Peaks. Knowing that bad girls do it well, we took our favorite model Lydia, and placed her in a dreamy netherworld close to our own, but far enough away that unusual things might start to happen.

And like most cases, we just can’t be sure if The Young Lady could perhaps be but a lonesome ghostly memory permeating through the Universe’s frequencies…

Close enough to home, but far enough away that you could forget about it all together – that’s what The Eye of Faith is about, and that’s where we always aim.

Let us know what you think, and if you share our same feathers please share it in your circles and lets let this vision soar!

So, with that said, please enjoy the show!

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“It is not only fine feathers that make

fine birds”

{from Aesop}

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{theEye}

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{Mick Jagger photographed in the early 1970s.}
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For the Man who has Everything and more, we salute one of our Style Idols and sing Happy Birthday to You Mick Jagger!

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{Style Wise} – Feathered Frenzy: Where Were You “Last Year at Marienbad” ?

Fresh off our post featuring an interview with Colleen Atwood and her immaculate creations for the new film “Snow White and the Huntsman“, {the Eye} began thinking of Charlize Theron’s haunting black raven feather “Transforming Cape” and how much it reminded me of Delphine Seyrig’s amazing feathered dress from the ambiguous and elusive 1961 French art house classic, “Last Year At Marienbad“.

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Since it’s release in 1961, the film has captivated it’s viewers with it’s sleek black and white photography, decadent Hotel backdrop (Marienbad), and it’s mysterious plot, which involves a Man named “X” and a woman named “A” who may or may not have met the last year a Marienbad. It’s a wild ride through flashbacks, memories, dreams, faded thoughts, and blurred desires that remains the pinnacle of the New Novel movement.

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Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, three, two, one, zero. Glass partition, letters.

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Written by the renowned French author Alain Robbe-Grillet, and directed by Alain Resnais, the film hoped to break the bounds of narrative and conventional film style all together, and in exchange offer us, the audience, the chance to shape our own perception of the story being unfolded before us.

We may never get an answer from Resnais or Robbe-Grillet on what the film truly is or isn’t about, but it truly is a remarkable and powerful thing to have complete control over our own perception – don’t you think?

From a style perspective, it only takes one look at Delphine Seyrig‘s iconic black feathered cape to understand its staying power in our style consciousness.  Chic and elegant, it would take some serious rock ‘n’ roll attitude to pull this kind of look off today. This didn’t stop Karl Lagerfeld from using the film as the jump point for his collection last Spring/Summer 2011 for Chanel.

While the collection captured some of the signatures of Bernard Evein‘s enigmatic costume designs – feathers, sequins, sheer, black – there’s something masterful in the simplicity and cleanliness of the film’s sumptuous designs.

Here at {the Eye}, we’re going to sit back and let this mystery of a film continue to confuse and delight, as the demons of fashion plant the seeds of inspiration from sea to sea. What Resnais and Robbe-Grillet attempted was to reject accepted notions of time in telling a story- they step forward, backward, under, and sideways creating a timeless lingering legacy.

Inspiration is a strange thing going on and on, snowballing on through time non-stop. Between Charlize, Delphine, and Chanel it might be safe to say, if you’re feeling a little frenzied by feathers – you may just be on the right track!

We love a good mystery, and know you do too, so check out “Last Year At Marienbad” at Criterion today!

++UPDATE++ “Last Year at Marienabd” is part of the TIFF Cinematheque Summer in France programme at the TIFF Lightbox. So if you are in Toronto, and want to enjoy this grand mystery on the big screen, get your ticket today. We will see you there.

Sincerely,

{the Eye}

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Commercial Break: Cape Fear (1991) and (1962)

We have to take a moment to remember 1991’s Cape Fear.  Frankly, one of our FAVOURITE performances by Robert De Niro.  Not to mention our beloved Juliette Louis as sultry young daughter,  Jessica Lange and Nick Nolte make up a disturbed family struggling through some tangled up legal woe’s… to say the least.   We admire Martin Scorsese and have to applaud this throwback to pulpy, sexy, retro flicks.

Not to be forgotten, originally done in 1962 and in black and white, every bit of this flick is as exciting as the 1991 version.   Starring the legend Gregory Peck,  each scene is more suspenseful than the last.  We would highly recommend getting your hands on this one, and have a popcorn night snuggled on a sofa!

And a strange twist would have it, or we guess inevitable claims of fame, both actresses who played the young daughter have/had musical careers!  Juliette Lewis tours as Juliette and the Licks, and Lori Martin had a record deal!  Who’s better, you decide!


Have you seen either Cape Fears?? And what do you think of Lori vs. The Licks?
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Birds of a Feather.

Throw caution to the wind, and let the feather in. There’s something to be said about our generation of recycling, and if new isn’t even new anymore, new must be old, and old sure is a sight to behold. Don’t take things too seriously, because life is better, when you’re light as a feather.


“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.”
Emily Dickinson



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“Love and learn
Take your turn
Somewhere there’s a feather
Falling slowly from the sky
You need not know the reason why”

And remember, steer clear of high ambition, think of Icarus and his flight. Aiming for the Gods, his recycled wings melted in the sun, and to earth he fell. Ambition to death. A feather is the badge, reminding us of a dream that could be, if only we reached.

“The day is done, and the darkness, Falls from the wings of Night, As a feather is wafted downward, From an eagle in his flight”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.”
Katharine Hepburn


“I may have a feather duster down my pants.”
Johnny Depp

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