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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {May 23, 2016}

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Wild Dance in a Graveyard! Night Drive [Part XXX] Neon Catwalk + Black Light Fashion Show After Party at Baltimore House {June 21}

We were tired of sitting idly by, and wanted to shake it up a little!

We are excited for our fashion show at the Hamilton Fashion Week Gala and can’t wait to cut up the dance floor at Baltimore House for Nigh Drive [Part XXX] Neon Catwalk + Black Light Fashion Show After Party .

It’s gonna be a wild night, so if you can make it, be sure to tap one of us on the shoulder and get a dance!

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If you can’t dance, if you can’t dance
If you can’t dance, if you can’t dance, if you can’t dance to this you can’t do
Nothing for me baby.

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“STOKER” – The Life and Styles of the Rich and Sophisticated . . .

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“Stoker” is one of those films that only come out once in a blue moon; when we’ve all done our chores, and said our blessings to the universe – then we get a film like “Stoker”.

Complex, beautiful, provocative, wonderfully acted, great dialogue, and stylistically beyond are some words you could use to describe it, but its more the indescribable feelings you are left with after leaving the picture, that truly speak to its prestige in the grand scheme of world cinema.

The term world cinema couldn’t be more appropriate in this case, as Korean Director Park (Chang-Wook of “Oldboy” fame) has choreographed this exquisitely sinister plot in a language foreign to most of the cast and crew. Even while working with the film’s biggest stars, a translator was used to communicate between actor and director. And while this is his first English language film, it will definitely not be his last. As any film buff knows, the language of film is universal, and from the film’s opening shots the director’s eye for detail and acute sensibility sing a song harking back to film makers of a time long gone like Bergman, Hitchcock, and Kubrick.

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Many things spoke to us throughout the film, from Clint Mansell‘s (“Black Swan”) haunting score, the incredibly articulated and imaginative Production Design of Therese De Prez (another “Black Swan” veteran), Wentworth Miller (“Prison Break”) and Erin Wilson’s sophisticated script, as well as the acting chops of Matthew Goode ( playing against type as the mysterious Uncle with a dark past), Nicole Kidman (the lonely and vindictive mother), and most especially Mia Wasikowska, as India Stoker, the film’s protagonist.

This young starlet is always good in everything she is in, but almost expertly does she manage to tackle this role which requires her to be many things, most of the time without many words, making for a most appreciated and most memorable character in the past decade.

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But what stood out in particular for us here at The Eye of Faith, had to be the incredible costume design by designer duo Kurt & Bart, who put together the looks to fully realize these strange personalities.

Indeed, they are very rich and very sophisticated, and from the moment India walks onto the screen in her crocodile skinned LaBoutins, flowy skirt and floral silken blouse – you just knew you were in for a style treat with this one.

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In fact, throughout the film, the costumes play a great deal in helping enrich the story being told throughout. The designers point out a green Marni cardigan, worn during the film’s strange piano duet, noting how the colour of the cardigan matches the colours of the walls in her own house, symbolizing India’s captivity.

Also signature to the film’s main theme is a pair of shoes – saddle shoes, to be exact, which represent the more child-like and homely version of India, before she foregoes her inevitable transformation into womanhood.

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While the film displays a nod to the 1950s with the styling of India, the duo point out that no vintage was harmed in the making of this film.

Instead, they studied day dressed and blouses from the era and used them as inspiration in the creation of India’s wardrobe, adding extra details, and unique clasps and fastenings that would indicate India’s obsessively detailed nature, as well as her rejection of the everyday – that’s my girl!

She is not of this world, but of her own, and throughout the film we are by her side in  her own elevated sense of reality.

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I’m gonna bet there’s already been a rise in saddle shoe sales, and I’m hoping to see more girls unafraid to rock a pretty blouse and skirt combination. After all, its all in the attitude – the India Attitude.

She’s definitely a new idol of sorts; Nouveau-Gothic, in a way, with her pastel coloured blouses, and prim and proper way of dress, but grossly morose in her attitude and presentation to the world around her.

She is a representation of that breaking point from teen to adult, and that indefinite feeling of not belonging to the world that surrounds you, and doing everything you can to not fit into it. She’s a strange poster child for our generation, in that way.

There’s no doubting the staying power of this film, and in 25 years from now, we will still be looking back on this one as a great one on the level of psychological horrors like “The Shining” and “Rosemary’s Baby”. Even compared to those great classics, there is something very different here with “Stoker” that cannot be compared. Perhaps it is the contemporary nature of the story, and it taking place today that is very different.

These days American films don’t often delve into the lives of the rich and sophisticated to come out with a vision so twisted and maniacal, so perhaps it is the appropriateness of this action that really helps speak to the “nowness” of it all. There is no denying the conspiracies and secrets of the world’s most affluent families, and as history as shown us, they often hide the most terrible and terrifying secrets . . .

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“Stoker” is a glimpse on what might just be the truth behind the family with the mansion, the housekeeper, the beautifully kept lawn, the designer furniture, valuable antiques, most incredible designer clothing, and carved stone art just laying about in the garden. After all, you never know . . .

From the very beginning it will really keep you guessing, but be warned – its not for the faint of heart. This is a thriller, and while director Park describes his film as a modern fairy tale, don’t be expecting ponies and rainbows from this one. There is a glass slipper at the end of it all – though be them black crocodile LaBoutins at the end of it all, which maybe a few hours afterwards will really strike you as a funny “Happy Ever After” to this very modern Fairy Tale; a fairy tale that, unlike most,  challenges its audiences, and asks you to question the characters motives and uncover their vices to help us question ourselves and our own everyday anxieties.

So if there’s one thing you get up to this week its getting your butt out the door to see this film!

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This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its colour, we are not responsible for what we come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free. And to become adult, is to become free.

-India, “Stoker” {2013}.

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Lovely Lydia {Vintage Style Inspiration}

You might remember the outrageously gorgeous Lydia from our Style Story “Daze of Being Wild“, and here’s some shots from a private session we were able to do together!

Lydia is a great friend to The Eye of Faith, and what we caught was beyond magic! We took disparate vintage finds and created an outfit that was 50s Fresh! A little sweet, a little sexy, and a little rock ‘n’ roll – just like Lydia!

Here are a few of our favorite shots arranged in a set we aptly named “Lovely Lydia“.

Please enjoy!

Lydia wore a 1980s Sparkly Knit with Angora Sleeve Sweater from THE EYE OF FAITH, Vintage Black Leather Cigarette Pant from THE EYE OF FAITH, Red Skyscraper Shoe by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, White Gloves with Pearls from THE EYE OF FAITH.

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Manic Monday: Hysteric for Charcot’s Mysterious Medical Muses

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Charcot {29 November 1825 – 16 August 1893}

Remembered today as a leading mind in the fields of neurology and psychology, Jean-Martin Charcot‘s legacy is as much in his strange medical photography, as his famous pupils (Sigmund Freud and Georges Gilles de la Tourette), and important breakthroughs in the field.

Taken for research purposes, these bizarre medical photographs were used to document the various affects and disorders of the 19th century’s most scandalous disorder – Female Hysteria.

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For thousands of years, hysteria has plagued the medical community as a bit of a mystery. Known as “the wandering womb” by Hippocrates since the Ancient Greeks, the known method for treatment was almost always pregnancy until the 19th Century when a vaginal massage and/or stimulation using a vibrator or water hose administered by your family doctor was the modern approach.

Charcot, however, was interested in the minds of these plagued women, and hoped to use one of technology’s latest advancements, photography, to aid his research.

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What resulted is a macabre collection of photographs that capture terrifying and strange lost moments between doctor and patient. He took these photographs over the course of many years with hundreds of different women, as well as men (murderers and convicts) to decipher the physical codes of the world’s most confusing ancient tradition – madness.

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Although some of his attendants and colleagues who describe these photography sessions as highly staged, with Charcot demanding perfection of the moment that usually occurred back at the hospital, beyond the truthful eyes of the 19th Century camera. He painstakingly ensured the detail captured in each photograph was true to, what he thought, was the true depiction of the disease and its many characteristics.

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The photographs are very specific and plain. No out of element lighting techniques or off angles – just the subject, and their explicit diagnoses. What came through is a very disturbing display.

The photographs were used to illustrate the true nature of this neurological disorder to a society fascinated by the elaborate and unusual. While many of the women were unable to be treated for their “problems”, they remain unforgettable figures of our modern life.

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Today, they are as awesome and curious as ever, with hardly anything in our contemporary culture to compare these majestic and mysterious medical muses.

We really wanted to share. Don’t get hysteric!

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {September 17, 2013}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {June 24, 2013}

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {JUNE 14, 2013}

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{PHOTO BLAST} Friends In All The Right Places . . .

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Where would we be without our friends?

Here at The Eye of Faith we are wise enough to know the importance of the people we keep close in our lives.

It’s a method that has been tried, tested, and true . . .

To only keep the ones that exhibit that simple true blue.

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So, here’s a {PHOTO BLAST} for your viewing pleasure

(We realize it’s been a while since our last)!

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“Friendship . . . is not something you learn in school.

But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

– Muhammed Ali

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{PHOTO-BLAST} Tattooed Sweethearts . . .

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“So What” it says. “Who cares?”

The reclaiming of the body by man and woman by taking ink to their skin has always been an aspect of any of our cultures. It has always been a “thing”, as one calls it, and it continues to thrive in our culture, becoming more and more popular in all of the world’s hemispheres . . .

For god sake, even young boy bands are appearing covered in tattoos (Harry Styles of “One Direction” most recently)! In fact, even neck tattoos and other extremities that could only have appeared in our grandparents most horrifying nightmares, are becoming more and more the norm, so how cool/crazy is that?

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You can find them all around the world from the streets of Brooklyn to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. The meanings are countless, and the styles evolving everyday. And with technology, and a renewed interest in sanitation, the process has become a lot cleaner, but probably not a bit less painful.

Indeed, we live in times of plenty, so let’s take a moment to look back on some of the more courageous people in the past who were not afraid of trying to make the world and more unique place that embraces our individuality and celebrates it to the highest degree.

Please enjoy this ode to some of the Tattooed Sweethearts who paved the way . . .

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“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.”

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