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{style-wise} Gatsby Le Magnificent . . .

THE GREAT GATSBY

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We thought it would be cool to refresh all our memories with some of the classic looks from the iconic 1974 film that won an Academy Award for Costume Design by the legendary Theoni V. Alredge, whose costumes are some of the finest ever seen in a film to this day.

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The film starred Mia Farrow as the delicate Daisy, and a young, handsome, Robert Redford as Gatsby. The looks in this film were a revelation for the time, and continue to inspire to this day.

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And while we can’t wait to see Leo’s take, we were feeling particularly nostalgic for arguably Robert Redford’s most important and iconic roles. We showed you The Brooks Brothers collection which collaborated with costume designer Catherine Martin bring the Gatsby look to life for their stores, and give historical flair to the costumes of the film, but we wanted to delve into the past, and see how much Theoni V. Aldredge’s classic 1974 take permeates these characters still today.

It’s really a testament to classic style and its innate time travelling properties.

Also with Miucci Prada’s contributions to this latest film, who knows which one will be on top of the style castle by the end of it. . .

The role is bound to be another iconic one for Dicaprio. I guess we will have to wait and see which is your favourite –

 Past or Present?

There’s something about a little nostalgia that gets us here. Go figure, right?

Don’t forget to check out the {SHOP} for some dandy decadence of your own!

Until we meet again,

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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The Brooks Brothers Gatsby Collection “‘They’re such beautiful shirts’, she sobbed . . . “

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Seems like the whole world is talking Gatsby, and there’s not many moons before the curtains rise and the screens across the globe begin to flicker “The Great Gatsby” once again, this time in crystal clear 3-D. And while the effect might be just part of the movie, the filmmaker’s have made it possible to live the part in real life.

From The Brooks Brothers, Fitzgerald’s own personal favourite brand for dressing dapper which brilliant lent their archives to Catherine Martin to design the costumes for the film. Together, in collaboration, they have created an impressive capsule collection directly inspired by the film’s protagonist, and dandy idol, The Great Gatsby himself – Jay. And while Jay is described as an ever opulent and over-achieving man of style and substance, the pieces themselves are classics for every man to aspire to, and to admire.

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There is something magical about that moment in the novel when Jay and Daisy have just reunited, and in the excitement of the moment Jay finds himself touring Daisy through his home, and invariably ending up in his luxurious bedroom (Hint Nick, just leave already). From what it seems, Jay Gatsby really does have everything, and in a whirlwind of excitement he begins to throw his many neatly pressed and pastel coloured shirts into the air. They are so incredible that Daisy begins to sob.

I think Fitzgerald describes it best:

“He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them one by one before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher – shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple green and lavender and faint orange with monograms of indian blue. Suddenly with a strained sound Daisy Bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.

“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts before.”

{Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby (87)}

I am always baffled by this approach to the situation, but also admire Fitzgerald’s willingness to lose himself in the spirit of his story. I love the way he describes the shirts, and its this attention to detail that is really matched by The Great Gatsby collection by The Brooks Brothers.

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The Great Gatsby Collection - Brooks Brothers

There’s something so modern and sophisticated about the collection, and yet the pieces are perfectly matched to the era they are meant to come out of in the story. The pieces look well crafted, and to be honest, to find 1920s menswear in wearable condition is very rare, so the chance to buy period proper pieces that are wonderfully crafted from the Jay Gatsby repertoire is impressive. All the classic Gatsby looks are available from the striped blazers to the slick black party tuxedo, and even the most iconic Gatsbyism of style – a pink suit.

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Gatsby, a vision in pink, is a notion as classic as the story itself. It says a lot about his spirit, bravado and acute style sensibilities.  I mean, for a fictional character, he has got to be the best-dressed of any of them. We offered the behind the scenes on the collaboration, now bring you some of the unique pieces inspired by the Gatsby spirit.

Really dig the straw boater hats. That’s something that would be worth waiting to find.

Counting Down . . .

Until next time,

{theEye}

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OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Rare Marlon Brando Screen Test for “Rebel Without a Cause” !

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Just like our OUT OF THIS WORLD! look back at Buddy Holly goofing off with his friends on Super 8 mm, this is another rare intimate moment with another world-class rebel star.

Actually, before Buddy Holly, and even James Dean himself, Marlon was making a name for himself as a bad boy of the stage and screen. Originating the role of Stanley Kowalski in Tennesse Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” at just 23, he paved the way for method acting as the preferred style of acting in Hollywood throughout the 1950s with one electrifying performance after another. His appearance in the screen version would also see sales in men’s undershirts rise extraordinarily, making way for the modern T-shirt we are so used to in our everyday. We are looking forward to looking at more of Marlon Brando’s unique stamp on style, but in the meantime wanted to bring to you this lost moment and memory of what might have been. The actual screen test Marlon Brando performed to audition in the role that would change society forever, as the lead in “Rebel Without a Cause” (which, of course, was passed on to new rising star James Dean).

Marlon seems to engross himself in the role, and plays on his good looks and charm with ease. Perhaps, he was too handsome for the part in the end, and director Nicholas Ray needed someone fresher and new to the scene. James Dean definitely had that mumbly, vulnerable, dorkish quality about him, that Marlon would just never possess. And like they say, some things are just meant to be.


He would go on to make plenty more memorable parts in his life time, as well as one of the lucky actors to have won two Academy Awards for Best Actor. Thanks to the graces of modern technology we can glimpse at this long lost memory today, and submit to the land of might have been.

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The guy’s got some chops, you have to admit!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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+STYLE STAR+ El Principe Gitano, JJ Reyes !

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The stars in the sky will shine bright tonight knowing that we pay tribute to one of their brightest young consorts. As we are always expressing here at The Eye of Faith, style is about the attitude, and bringing a truly individual edge that will set you apart from the rest, and the +STYLE STAR+ we have chosen this week invokes all these attributes and more.

JJ Reyes is a talented style savant from Seville, Spain, showcasing his passion for things fashion on his personal style blog El Principe Gitano. On top of JJ’s ultra rad and sophisticated take on style, his site is a beautiful escape to some of Spain’s most iconic and beautiful landmarks.

This handsome Gypsy Prince took the time to let us pick his brain on his unique style, the things he loves most, and the future seen through his most exceptional and unique eye!

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First, a bit of an introduction to yourself. What is your name, and what do you do?

My name is JJ Reyes, I am studying Advertising & PR in Seville (Spain), where I live. I have a fashion blog titled ‘The Gypsy Prince’ (http://www.elprincipegitano.com) that I opened a year ago. It has more than 50.000 visits, with the intention of sharing a virtual space to show my ambitions, concerns, places, pleasures and even the people who usually are next to me.

I am in love with everything about fashion and trends, a passion I show weekly on the blog through my different looks. I am also working as a DJ and model.

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

I don’t think I will ever give an answer to this question, since I have no clear memory of fashion in my childhood. However, I can assure you it wasn’t until 14 years old when I began to focus my attention on fashion, which led me to an evident change of style in my early teen years.

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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?

I always have in mind a specific garment that I want to wear, just that one. The other garments that go with it appears in my mind while I am standing in front of the closet. Obviously, the weather is an important element when I am choosing what I’m going to wear.

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

I don’t. I just want to have something from these three groups: 90s, Bloggers and Disney. I want the camera equipment of Chiara Ferragni, I want Pocahontas’ black long hair and I also want to make love to 90’s Kate Moss and Johnny Depp couple. I really think that my own style is the mix of random elements that apparently have no sense together to create the perfect look.

What has been your most important lesson in life when it comes to your own personal brand of style?

Biggest lesson in fashion life is undoubtedly swimming at the middle. The best thing is to stay there, between austerity and excess.

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

I am a big fan of Spanish brand ZARA. It gets to you every single huge prèt-a-porter trend from the catwalk to their worldwide stores.


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?

90s. I want to make love to Kate Moss and Johnny Deep couple.

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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?

Doc Martens boots, I can’t live without them.

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

The worst fashion advice is when your friend is tired of shopping with you and put on her “It’s okay, it fits you well’’ face when you are trying some clothes, because all that she wants is you to buy those fucking jeans so she can leave the store.

Any thoughts of the future of mens fashion and/or fashion in general, through the eyes of J.J. ?

Skirts. A Texas conservative man wearing a Givenchy skirt, that could be a great accomplishment for men’s fashion industry in the future.

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And wouldn’t that be a sight for sore eyes . . .

Thanks so much to JJ Reyes for taking the time to sit down with {theEye}, only at The Eye of Faith!

Rock On El Principe Gitano!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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MONDAY {MUSIC MINUTE}: “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev

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This piece from the 1930s, entitled “Dance of the Knights”, is a piece from Prokofiev’s score for a ballet version of Shakespeare’s famous work “Romeo + Juliet”. The piece has since been used hundreds of times over in film, television, fashion, and music. Bands including The Smiths, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tears for Fears, and Muse have used the piece as their walk on music.

It was also famously used in the 1990 commercial for Chanel’s perfume, Egoiste, to great acclaim.

The music perfectly captures the mood of strong, handsome, and powerful men taking on the world. The piece is a little dark and moody; tough, but elegant – we thought it was the perfect piece to kick off the week, for everyone! So here goes.

This is Prokofiev’s “Dace of the Knights!

Would make a great song to listen to as you storm the sidewalks, and the tell the world who’s boss. . .

Hope you Enjoy!

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{theEye}

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ALL {EYES} ON:

I came across the article completely at random.
With the New Year just in our midst, it has had me reflecting much on life, the passing of time, and the revolution we have been living in and witnessing around us.
The world has changed profoundly. So profoundly so, that many people are still being left in the dust of our sound barrier breaking world!
This photo story from cabel.me really illustrates that paper thin barrier between the {past}, {present}, and {future}. I was really impressed with the photographs, and fell in love with the story.

A story of “An incredible basement, a video-game-level basement, a set-decorator’s dream basement” in Portland, with a beautiful past hidden, yet so completely on the surface of today’s quickly evolving future.
So please CHECK IT OUT! Enjoy !!

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Somewhere in Portland, there’s a very old building, and that very old building has a very, very old basement. An incredible basement, a video-game-level basement, a set-decorator’s dream basement.

And when you walk past the janitors office, with the wonderfully decked halls…

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And tromp down a sunken hallway…

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You find a old room. Mostly empty, dusty, and dead quiet.

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And then you start to look closer at the walls.

And you start to see things.

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(You see that Brown didn’t often pay his dime for coffee.)

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(You see that a lot of calculation was done right on the wall.)

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(You see that World War I was front and center on everyone’s mind.)

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(You wonder what was being tallied, and if it was better to win or lose.)

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(And you learn the tongue-in-check “rules” of the room.)

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And eventually, you crawl behind a corner, and discover a bundle of conduit.

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Conduit for…

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E.O.F. Snapshot fo the Day {December 28, 2012}

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Friends, Fans, & Followers – We hope the Holidays have been treating you as good as they have been treating us here!

Lots of overdue time for friends, family, and FASHION!!!!

Check out the {SHOP} for new deals for the New Year!

Let’s catch up soon, then . . .

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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