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Could Ya KAMA SUTRA ?

The Kama Sutra is an ancient Hindu text written by Indian philosopher Vātsyāyana between 400 and 200 BCE, and is an in-depth manual on “virtuous and gracious living that discusses the nature of love, family life, and other aspects pertaining to pleasure-oriented faculties of human life” – however, today in popular culture it is probably most well-known for its comprehensive list of sexual positions.

From mild to wild and everything in between, the Kama Sutra is definitely an amazing resource to spice up your sex-life, and no one knew this better than the Victorians! Privately published by popular orientalist writer Sir. Richard Francis Burton in 1883, the erotic world of the Kama Sutra coupled with the discovery of the Khajuraho Group of Temples in the 1830s brought a special spice to the otherwise bland and well-mannered world of the Victorians.

Imagine the shock! Although, I’m sure we’re all aware of Queen Victoria’s kinks – having forced her husband Prince Albert to pierce his penis to help restrain it to ensure a flat front seam in his trousers….is this a myth? We might never know. But, we know that they were curious!

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We’ve covered the film Bram Stoker’s Dracula quite a few times on our blog for its insatiable style inspiration (courtesy of Eiko Ishioka’s special genius), and one of our favourite scenes involves Lucy and Mina giggling over a copy of the Kama Sutra.

[warning: clip in Spanish]

“So long as lips shall kiss,and eyes shall see,so long lives this ,and this gives life to thee.” …

Vātsyāyana

So, with these things in mind, we couldn’t help but take the opportunity to bring you a beautiful treasure from the {past} and invite it to the {present} to help invigorate the {future}!

This is a very rare and unusual piece that we are sure someone out there needs to rock!

Vintage 1970s KAMA SUTRA All-Over Illustrated Graphic Print Long Tunic Shirt

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Told you this one was special! How wicked is this?! Rare, elegant, chic . . .

The palette is super romantic and cool, and you can’t beat the long shirt vibe. Great worn open or closed with a belt. It’s up to you!

PIT TO PIT: 21″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″
LENGTH: 44″

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We might never see or find anything quite like this again, so don’t miss out!

So, could ya Kama Sutra?

I’m sure you could!

QUESTIONS?? MESSAGE US!

Until we next time,

{theEye}

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Johan Renck Brings 1960s French Sci-Fi Cool to Latest Ad for Perrier

Something about this new ad for Perrier really brings me back in time. The french brand has impressed us before with a series of videos featuring legendary style icon Dita Von Teese taking us on a glamorously risque tour of her body and the elusively decadent Perrier Mansion.

Entitled “The Drop“, this latest film continues on the blazing train of creative ingenuity, with this brilliant bend of 1960s French Sci-Fi aesthetic glory. The auteur helming the creative vision is Johan Renck, a director of Breaking Bad, and Walking Dead.

We love the gold space suit and artful editing – it’s just a scorching hot day on Earth, and and only one woman who can cool us down…We also love the India Inspiration!

The visuals immediately reminded us of Roman Copolla‘s 2001 film “CQ” that featured supermodel Angela Lindvall as Dragonfly in a fake French 1960s Sci-Fi film. The film was hardly a blimp on the radar, which is a shame, because it features some great design, a wicked soundtrack, and really fun and playful acting (especially Lindvall).

What’s better than bringing the idea of a low-budget French Sci-Fi film in 1969 Paris to life??! Can’t think of anything else at the moment…

Perrier‘s latest campaign,”The Drop“, takes the 1960s sci-fi aesthetic to a whole new level, reinventing it for 2012, but staying clearly reminiscent. With an artist like Renck involved, it’s hard to go wrong. But it really is an artful eye that makes this such a captivating and clever little film.

Until next time,

{the Eye}

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INDIA INSPIRATION.

The fashion world is a buzz for Karl Lagerfeld’s oppulent Maharajah musings in his latest collection for Chanel, Pre-Fall 2012. A grand opus to all the glamour and societal decadence you could imagine to spill from Monsieur Lagerfeld’s vivid fashion fantasies he has delivered for the last four decades.

His nod to the heyday of the royal courts of India and the evening moods of the British Raj are a spectacle [not to mention the venue itself- a feast for the eyes, done up in true Maharajah decadence], with his models donning Goan dreadlocks, and sporting nose and ear piercings of the Devadasi- he brings all the formal elegance of the court, plus a bit of rock and roll nasty to the entirety.

Mr. Chanel must have had the pleasure of viewing Ernest & Young’s “Maharajah” exhibition, which we had the pleasure of viewing last year at the AGO. Lagerfeld quotes his collection “a concept of India. More Chanel than India. The Parisian version of an India that doesn’t exist”, and we’re definitely taking the voyage.

What’s wonderful is the mix of pattern, texture, and playing with ornamentation are what really take the cake, and that’s what really makes it real rich France . . . for which Monsieur Lagerfeld is by now, a Crowned Jewel. Didn’t know he was such a Bad-Ass, or at least, his girls reflect that.

Moreover, the collection included several takes of menswear that are equally sublime in both craftsmanship, and ornamentation. We love the classic strokes, precise details and accessories, and utopian Eurasian decadence come to life, not to mention the same Bad-Ass appeal as forementioned. Lagerfeld succeeds in creating further modern mythologies of man.

Guessing it ultimately depends on your own personal Bad-ass-ness in the end of things.

Start getting ready for the forthcoming of gems, rhinestones, pearls, and paisley. Any proper Dandy knows all it takes is getting dressed in the morning. We’re seeing it tomorrow, so why not start your outfit today. Call it culture clash; more than East meets West. The Jewel in the Crown. God Save the Queen. A little Tikka Masala while we’re at it.

“All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They.”

Being shy is no mood for a king- nay, a Maharajah. Mixing textiles, patterns, and exotic jewelry with a British academia aesthetic is a surefire way to kickstart the look into the new year. Doesn’t have to be campy, at all, and treading the line between the exotic and the everyday always leads one to a higher ground. The look is spiritual and sublime, decadence and oppulence supremo.

India has been on our mind since French model extraordinaire Patrick Petijean took on the role with Nathaniel Goldberg back in 2008, fusing the wild jungles of India’s core with a fine aristocratic edge simply only for the wild at heart.

Trends come and go, but strokes of inspiration are interventions from the divine. So here goes some images to help make you walk the walk. All taken from the past, sharing with us for a newer tomorrow.



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[CAUTION: In no way do we support Imperialism, the by-product of Colonialism. Imperialism was born out of the ignorance and disregard to the beautiful ethnic and cultural diversities existent in our world. Many lives have been trampled and destroyed by the armies of Imperialism- India is no exception. The world is not meant to be owned, operateted, and managed. The heydey of Imperialism is long over, but the results and consequences are still being seen today. We must learn from the past, as so greedy power-hungry leaders cannot do the same wrongs today. The war for resources is on, and we cannot make the same mistakes again.]

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