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{MUSIC MINUTE} “All The Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople

 

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All the young dudes (I want to hear you)
Carry the news (I want to see you)
Boogaloo dudes (and I want to talk to you all of you)
Carry the news

– All the Young Dudes,  Mott the Hoople {written by David Bowie}

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The band Mott the Hoople are all Gods of Glam in our eyes; and we weren’t the only ones who see that! In fact, the King of the Gods of Glam himself practically initiated them into the cult with this 1972 cult hit penned by the master himself.

Bowie also offered the band “Suffragette City” after learning the band was on the brink of breaking up just at the verge of their success.

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They went through several names for themselves including The Doc Thomas Group, The Shakedown Sound, and the Silence – but it was the 1966 novel, Mott the Hoople, by Willard Manus that truly stuck.

We love this jam, and hope you do too!

DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

Until next time,

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{MUSIC MINUTE} Brigitte Bardot’s “Harley Davidson”

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Brigitte Bardot

{b. September 28, 1934}

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I think its safe to say that Brigitte Bardot is fucking gorgeous.

Timelessly, so . . . a hundred years from now, we will rave on about her beauty.

A thousand years from now her face will emblazon the minds of youth tribes declaring her their new goddess.

Perhaps, that last bit is a bit of a stretch.

Currently searching for good tunes for the catwalk.

Came upon this, and just had to post based on our ever-current musing over biker culture.

Please enjoy!

 

“Harley Davidson”

{circa. 1967}

Now lets channel some vibes, people!

Conjure those style spirits!

Escape the Everyday.

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Vintage Harley Davidson “Righteous Ruler” Embossed Acid Washed Denim Jacket

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{PHOTOBLAST} It Smells Like Teen Spirit ! ! ! #whome #bitchimightbe

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Here we are now, entertain us . . .

 

With September unfolding, seems like we can’t help but get wrapped up in all the back to school spirit. The youth is on fire in the streets, and we’ve been given the chance to meet so many unique young individuals in the city and around the world. In fact, it’s impossible to not feel inspired!

We got the title of this {PHOTOBLAST} series from the classic Nirvana single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which still wreaks its foul mouthed odour over our culture and society.

On top of that, one of our favourite Youtube channels React by the Fine Bros. released a Teen React to Smells Like Teen Spirit video that just had our mind gushing with limitless energizing spirit.

 

Shock me one last time before I go back to the garden

 

This {PHOTOBLAST} is dedicated to the fiery souls of the cult of Teen.

It’s really more of a headspace, just like anything else. So don’t be shy, or feel embarassed when all you feel like doing is kicking back with your friends and having a good time. It’s right no matter how old you are.

Plus, it always pays to look good while you’re doing it.

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I can see my baby swingin’
His Parliament’s on fire and his hands are up
On the balcony and I’m singing
Ooh, baby, ooh, baby, I’m in love

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Things have been busy, so all your favourite finds might be gone already.

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Don’t be shy. Here we are now . . .

Entertain us.

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Summer is at its peak, and its time to embrace the ultimate piece for the summer. . . .the Hawaiian Shirt. For some reason, this idea makes some people cringe, but over the course of this post you will see the innate beauty and wonder that is the Hawaiian Shirt.

The Case for Hawaiian Shirts really began when I was 8 years old and my mother brought home a Hawaiian shirt for me from her trip to Hawaii. I had begged her to grab me one while she was touring the islands for work. Seemed to me like the coolest thing!

It was a wicked print, nothing too crazy, pretty much an example of a classic Hawaiian shirt.

I remember my locker neighbour saying:  “Whats wrong with you?”

“WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!” is what I wanted to say, but I just shrugged and laughed her aside. She didn’t even have a sense about her as she was herself wearing something completely typical of the girls in my classes around these times…

She just couldn’t appreciate it the way I did. For me, it made me feel the most ahead of the game. I was different than the rest, and that’s always a good thing. For me, there’s just no doubting a really great Hawaiian Shirt.

{Donna Reed + Montgomery Clift, “From Here to Eternity” [1953]. }

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Lately there’s been a huge influx of Hawaiian and tropical shirts in both runway shows and magazine editorials – it seems the world is finally catching on and getting a little more in tuned with not just my drift, but the truth of the whole matter. Open up any mens fashion magazine and you will find them littered in the colourful graphics.

The case for Hawaiian and Tropical print shirts is that they are as much a classic staple in ones wardrobe as other pieces heralded as being part of our sartorial lineage.

There is plenty of mythology revolving around the the true origin of the Aloha shirt (as they are also called) that range from birth in the Philipines to the islands of Samoa. Until the early 18th century, kapa was the main currency of many islands of the South Pacific. Kapa was a simple patterned cloth found in the South Pacific made from pounding and dyeing the bark of a mulberry tree. These prints later made a splash again in the 1950s. However, it is safe to accredit much of why we still sport and wear these styles to the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial efforts of one, Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, Musa-Shiya was one of the top Japanese tailors in Honolulu, who profited from his made-to-order custom silk shirts made with colourful and bright Japanese fabrics with Western-style tailoring.

These shirts helped tourists visiting the island make that final transformation to truly being on vacation, taking it easy, and saying goodbye to the stresses of the mainland. Forget your troubles, come on be happy! Soon after other Japanese tailors were doing the same, and quickly the demand for these tailored tropical refuges only began to soar. The 1953 film, “From Here to Eternity” would pretty much seal the deal with stars such as Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and even Frank Sinatra sporting the casual cuts of florals and tropical sunsets.

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From here on out, it pretty much has become the go-to expression of ease. Picking the right pattern is about 90% of the magic. There must be literally thousands, if not millions of different Aloha prints floating around in this world, and not all of them good. The key is equal parts colour as it is pattern – make sure both are really slamming. Compromise on this and you could really fall flat.

 

FIT would be another major point. So make sure it fits to your liking, or get it altered to fit your needs. Alteration is often the key to vintage, so if you haven’t already, be sure to check your local yellow pages for tailors or alterers in your neighbourhood. They will be happy to oblige, and you’d be surprised at how cheap it can be.

If you’re feeling a little more lax and party you may want to embrace some volume (think Sean Penn as Spicoli from Fast Times, or Johnny Depp in Fear & Loathing) or you can keep the cut classic and simple with a bit more of a tailored look to emulate classic stars like Clift, Sinatra, or Delon. Either way – you’re pretty much laughing …

{After World War II, a gradual change in aloha wear took place with the breakdown of rigid dress requirements for business attire. The business tie and jacket certainly were not comfortable in Hawaii’s summer climate. In 1946, the Honolulu Chamber of commerce appropriated $1000 to study aloha shirts and prepare suitable designs that clothing businessmen could wear.}

And just in case you’re unsure, check out our pics of style stunning inspiration that ranges from the {PAST} to {PRESENT}. So take a look, and decide your {FUTURE}…it’s calling! All year round, these shirts takes you where you want to go! It’s time to declare the Hawaiian Shirt an equally valuable piece of everyone’s wardrobe.

It’s a defining piece with the magical ability to transport us from our everyday, and for those dedicated followers of fashion these pieces are definitely gaining visibility.

This is what I’m saying!

If you don’t look back, you can never go forward!

So hopefully you appreciate this menagerie of the exotic and wild! Check out The Vintage Hawaiian Shirt for more history, and a look at the web’s most impressive collection of them! Don’t be stuck staring at your everyday checks, plaids, and plain…carry on the {TRADITION} and accelerate the past!

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Stay Style {WISE}, kids!

Sincerely,

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Poems by Greta Bellamacina PLUS “London at Night” EOF Exclusive Poem!

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The last time we spoke with the gorgeous and talented Greta Bellamacina she was getting for a poetry read in Paris, the city of lights, and we were lucky enough to read an original poem written for The Eye of Faith on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Now she is back, with another exclusive poem, and a new book of poetry hand-picked by the divine poet laureate herself, as well some gorgeous black and white portraits that portray the artist in the most gorgeously mysterious manner. . .

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Even as she works hard on a commission by the Royal Academy for their annual summer show, she still has time to be one of the world’s most intriguing style stunners, most especially at the release of POEMS which was featured on the VOGUE UK blog!

 

 

 

London at night 

 

the unbearable night

the night building which washes water 

the night wind which sounds like trapped radiator spirits

the night red light mill

the night full of ship tears

the night window that pains

the mystery that calls you old-fashioned

the night meadow of drafts

the water you would plant under the ground

to save a generation. 

The night walls that shudder flowers

the night woman who is bare 

the equal distances from arms and closed eyes

and gardens that makes a city wide. 

The great face of street kingdoms

the letting of strangers

with metal coloured necks and the sex of swans.

The night cars that are already knocked at doors

the eyes of god lamps 

the night love of dead trees

the five stoned fat of sunlight behind the night

the nights spangle of solace

the park firing of birds

the parks angels

the denial of kneeing

the fear of the colour grey 

the night that is your collar bones

the night which is a wife

the nights common breath

the night watching over the year

and requiting the vertical fires of land

with sea-sore heads.

The unforgiving night

the polite notion of restarting and the barking of roses.

The night skin of summer

the eight ways you became bother and sister

for the sake of rainwater

freely whiter than burnt wood. 

 

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@AGOToronto Gives us Moore with a Side of Bacon, and We Want Seconds!

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Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait on Folding Bed (1963)

The latest exhibit from the AGO gives us Moore with a side of Bacon, and we want seconds!

Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty” which runs at the AGO from April 5 to July 20 is a compelling retrospective overview of the two artists’ parallel lives and works, and how they were affected by the evolving world around them. Impacted by war, society, and religion, their works went on the become some of the cornerstones of modern art, and the images we see in our mind when we think of it.

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Francis Bacon, Second Version of Triptych 1944 (1988)

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Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait VI (1953)

We have always been huge fans of Francis Bacon’s work so it was such a treat to get to see some of his most iconic and monumental pieces in plain sight. His use of colour and his treatment of form are to this day as raw and exciting as they were over fifty years ago when they first made their premiere to the world at large. His vivid triptych, with its monolithic expanse, as well as his haunting portrait and studies of the Pope are alive with wonder, and indeed, beauty and terror.

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Bill Brandt, Henry Moore in His Studio (1940)

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Henry Moore, Spanish Prisoner (1939)

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Henry Moore, Falling Warrior (1956 – 57)

No stranger to the work of Henry Moore, the AGO has always housed an impressive collection of his work since first stepping foot in the museum as a child, and has since remained a pleasure to gaze at. His contorted figures which resonate with an almost ancient wisdom and mystic mystery were given new life juxtaposed amongst Bacon’s equally amorphous figures and mysterious backdrops.

Curator Dan Adler has done an excellent job of showcasing equally the similarities and discrepancies between the two artists, and is sure to bring fresh views on both artists’ life and works.

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Not only does the show offer a comprehensive and distinct juxtaposition of the artists, it also lends the viewer a greater vision of the world as a whole, and how history and the events therein contribute to the creation of our culture.

Some of the most stunning, but quiet works include Moore’s beautiful depictions of sleeping figures inspired by the surrealistic memories of the thousands of people who made their ways to the underground during the London Blitz.

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These sketches, and photographs of London during the blitz provide further insight into our own world today, and the devastating affects they have had on our society, and the musings these travesties have inspired.

The most interesting thing about the show was that although the artists’ aesthetic similarities are plain to see, it is impossible to ignore the individual voice of the artists and seeing the differences between the two. The mind easily deciphers them, and while so much in their lives run parallel, I never felt like there was a true intersection. Henry Moore was very much in his realm, and Bacon very much in his, and it’s these differences that really sing throughout your time walking amongst the spaces filled with their individual iconographies.

We hold them both very close to our hearts now, and no doubt, our soul will be pumping with the inspiration the AGO has brought forward with this exquisite showing of two of the world’s finest architects of the mind.

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We also can’t wait for what they have in store for us next!

Rumor has it: MICHELANGELO!! 

In the meantime, lets invoke the spirit and seek our style inspiration from the master of modernity himself-

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FANCIS BACON- Vintage menswear inspiration- PVC trench coat

Here he is rocking out a black PVC trench coat in front of one of his wicked fine masterworks. The classic mens trench coat is given an ample boost of modernity and edge crafted from oil slick black vinyl, giving the look a dark cool that is the epitome of Bacon’s style. He wears it with slim cut trouser and a black turtleneck for a sophisticated and timeless togetherness.

Now, you can get the look at our {SHOP}!

A fine black vinyl PVC trench coat exclusively from The Eye of Faith Vintage! A rare find, indeed . . .

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INVOKE THE SPIRIT!

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Get it while you can . . .

And if you’re in Toronto, don’t miss out on the show!

Details and tickets can be found at the AGO website. 

You won’t regret it!

Until next time,

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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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{Let’s do the Time-Warp Again} Best of the 80’s in Menswear Spring 2013


The best fashion is timeless, so no surprises here at the Eye of Faith we are always trying to reinvent the classic’s through modern interpretations of the best basics!  We love to pick out different era’s and reference those ‘era-descent’ influences in our current looks.  We are so happy to see the latest runway shows from around the world are straight up our alley!

From London-town, to Paris and Milan, there is an undeniable 80s influences in most of the shows from this coming Spring 2013 Season.

Weather it’s through unconventional Metallics or lace, or acid washed hair, dyed to perfection.  We love when we can see the past turn it’s cheek and rock it’s way into a jagged-edged future.


A wise man once said “Everything’s already been done”, but we hate to think there isn’t room for anything new at all! We aren’t talking about reinventing the wheel here, but we do miss the days of David Bowie’s gender bending orange head of hair, and Billy Idol’s undeniable sexual swagger.

The greatest idols of the 80s are back in a big way, and all their razzle and dazzle is back on display though the Spring 2013 Menswear season (Through you’d swear this might be 1983).

  

Staring with one of our all-time favourites, Burberry Prorsum is always classic at it’s finest, with Christopher Bailey at the helm, we are always captivated by his modern spin on tradition.  Described as an exercise in contrasts, this Spring collection has a bit of everything—matte versus shine, traditional versus tribal, strict versus oversized. Mylar-esque metallic trench coats and shiny silk shirts play off the brand’s fitted wool suiting. Classic outerwear pieces evolve as well, with Bailey interpreting mac jackets in the new fabrications and turning the classic bomber into a cropped cocoon, worn over a business suit. Bailey explores new territory, while keeping one well-burnished foot firmly planted in the house’s heritage.

  

Anne Demeulemeester always kills it for us, with a spin at modernist edgy, and classic vampire fashion.  What’s more nostalgic of the glam decadence of the 80s than gothic-chic suiting, and lush fabrics fit for Royalty.  Running the gamut from solids to stripes to prints, and relaxed silhouettes, Ms. Demeulemeester’s spring collection seethes with a dark-prince edge—indeed.  From Prince to Keith Richards, any rock star, past and present, would rock these looks on stage.

  

Comme des Garçons always has been an absolutely innovative brand season after season, so no surprises here that they would take influence straight from the Laboratory.  So maybe the nod to 90s cartoon Dexters Laboratory isn’t so totally 1980s, but you can’t deny us the bold black and whites and orange coloured hair are straight out of a 80s hair catalogue in the best possible way (Annie Lennox anyone?!).  Every look included matching trouser-and-shirt combos with topcoats: in sterilized white, pinstriped, with toggles, or with doodled print panels, with a slender silhouette billowing down below the waist.  Menswear at it’s finest, Dexter’s Laboratory‘s eponymous kid genius would be proud.

After that, we want to run out to the nearest vintage store, and try to scrounge up some pieces that will elevate us to an 80’s icons level!  If you need us we’ll be Dancing with Ourselves, and watching every season of Jem and the Holograms.

We hope you’ve found inspiration in our recap of the latest show’s, with a touch of the past. Remember even if it’s ‘been done’, we know it can be done better! The 80s wouldn’t of been possible without the emblematic era’s that came before.  Honour the past, present and future!

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Music Minute: Ghosts – Japan (1981)


While sitting in our favourite local cafe, Cool Hand of a Girl,  we heard a favourite melody and it reignited our love of gothic new-wave (Not that we’re saying the flame ever went out). We were in fact listening to Japan.

Forming in 1974, it would be this band from South London who’d help usher in NewWave.  Achieving success in the late 1970s, early 1980s, they have been cited as an important influence on 1980s synthpop bands such as Duran Duran and Camouflage.
They would forever be associated with the ‘New Romantic ‘ fashion movement, an association which would always be denied by Japan.

In the early 80s, the group would garner their most notable success with “Ghosts“.  From the 1981 album ‘ Tin Drum, it reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1982.   Although it was their biggest hit, this was not enough to stop the band splitting only a few months later.

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