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{MUSIC MINUTE} “Sunset Boulevard / Main Titles” by Franz Waxman

{circa. 1950}

It has come to my attention that there may be people out there who have no idea about Sunset Boulevard – only one of the best films of all time by iconic director Billy Wilder. This disturbs me slightly, so here’s a glimmer of that inspiration in guise of one of our classic {MUSIC MINUTE}s.

Scored by legendary Hollywood composer Franz Waxman, the moody jazzy score provides the perfect sultry and mysterious backdrop for this strange tale. If I had a dime for every time I said “they don’t make them like they used to” . . . but this film is the epitome of that sentiment.

The film opens as a murder investigation, but delves into the twisted depths of an aging silent movie starlet who coerced a handsome screenwriter to be her live-in gigolo. When he decides its time to leave, things get very . . . dramatic.

Gloria Swanson who was an aging silent movie star herself brings such complexity, vulnerability, and diva strength – you are sure to be shook. On top of that, the film is a gorgeous display of midcentury Hollywood style and glamour; from the grandeur of the mansion (which was also used in Rebel Without a Cause) littered with gold leaf, exotic mouldings, tapestries, and furs to some seriously chic loungewear – there really is inspiration at every turn.

So watch these Main Titles, take in that awesome score, and get yourself a copy of Sunset Boulevard! 

You wont regret it.

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Fly Me To The Moon! 1967 Cosak by Dormeuil Mens Suit Advertising Campaign

The competition for mens suiting was fierce throughout the 1960s – an absolute essential piece of every working man’s wardrobe, while also a time that signalled the decline of this timely tradition.

More than ever, ad men and women were looking for new and exciting ways to capture the attention of dapper gentlemen around the world.

This 1967 Ad Campaign for Cosak by classic French textile company Dormeuil displays the fun they had doing just that!

Obviously inspired by James Bond or any of the other number of mens genre media / plus the overall futurist movement of the 60s; the campaign features a well-dressed man in several of the classic suit designs alongside a bombshell blonde, and it appears they are prepping to go to space…or are in space already? Not quite sure all the exact subtleties of the scenario…its all very entertaining and more than that – stylish as ever!

These images appeared in Tailor & Cutter magazine, and were found courtesy of Voices of East Anglia. 

We were drawn to these images while doing some research finding we were lucky enough to have a Dormeuil cloth suit of our own. We recently uploaded it into the {SHOP} so click here to check out the listing, or scroll below for a quick look!

 

Classic 1960s Mens Vintage Graphic Stripe Ivy Style Secret Society Playboy Blazer

PIT TO PIT: 22″
LENGTH: 33″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 33″

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Super rad find, in our eyes! Hope you, or someone deservingly discerning you know, thinks so too!  Share it, or comment below to tell us what you think!

Really cool to find out that this piece comes from a certified lineage of cool!

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{HOW-TO} Vintage Style Inspiration : Jonny Quest !

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It seems Summer is finally here, and with the warming weather we are sure to find ourselves in the midst of more and more adventure as the season rolls on.

Yes indeed, and probably for many, the joys of the Summer heat are sure to incite one or many exciting and unexpected journeys and voyages.

Whether they be jet setting the globe, or simply hopping the hoods of your own town or city, a true adventurer knows that as much as anything that looking good and feeling great on your exciting expedition is as much the fun as averting danger and uncovering sinister ploys against humanity . . .

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So we couldn’t NOT visit the ultra-cool, hip, and happening, bad-ass, crime-fighting, science seeking, gun toting, mid-century realness of one we have always so admired- Mr. Jonny Quest.

Jonny starred in his own television series, created by Hannah Barbara (the folks that brought you “The Flinstones” and “The Jetsons“), called “Jonny Quest” which premiered in 1964 and would run for two seasons, ending in 1965.

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The blonde boy in black and blue is indeed an unmatched original, with his sophisticated turban-wearing side-kick Hadji at his side, and his adorable pal Bandit; the two kick-ass kidsters found themselves against everything from ninjas, mummies, and giant robot spiders, to pterodactyls, and knife wielding scuba divers.

With careful wit, precise execution, charm, and a bit of luck they always seem to manage. . .

 

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Also along for the ride, and taking part in festivities, are the equally style savvy father of Jonny, Dr. Quest, and his hunky white haired “bodyguard”, Race Bannon. Race is a strong and physical war vet who likes to spend his off-time in a bikini on the beach, while Dr. Quest takes his handsome ginger beard and lab coat inside to research new advancements in engineering, chemistry, and physics.

Race Bannon on the beach

They make a great couple, if you ask me. And they take such great care of the kids (when they’re not putting them plain into the face of danger). . .

But, apart from the bizarre family dynamics described above, there’s no doubting that Jonny Quest has what it takes to be a bold and sophisticated taste-maker of today and tomorrow with his impeccably simple and classic get-up; one that can easily be recreated for yourself!

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Though, there are plenty of options out there, the one that stood out for us was this Chunky Wool Knit Turtleneck by T BY ALEXANDER WANG ($265), because of its thicker knit that adds a bit more to the number. It doesn’t have to cling to your body. A comfortable and relaxed fit is best, especially in the summer. {source: OPENING CEREMONY}

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For the pants, we wanted to stay as close to Jonny’s light-blue washed denim look he has in the cartoon. With all the adventures he has been on, we figured this washed out and distressed look works great for achieving that true adventure spirit. We think we found the perfect pair here from Topman – The Bellfield Cabrera 5-Pocket Jean (£40.00).

5 Pockets are perfect for storing skeleton keys, pencils, chewing gum, notepads, compasses, anecdotes, pocket knives – all those things young adventurers would need for a good day of adventuring. Roll up the cuffs to stay truest to our vintage inspiration.

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And last but not least, the shoes. Looks like our Jonny Quest look is almost complete! But not before we pick out the perfect pair of white sneakers to round out the look. Since Keds are so classic, and really became popular around Jonny’s time (the early 1960s), I can just picture Jonny kicking up his heels and running straight from whatever was chasing him in a pair of these puppies. They are always super affordable, durable, and timeless.

We went for the classic Keds Men’s Champion Originals in White ($45), because that’s just how our inspiration, Jonny Quest would do it.

And that’s it! It was that easy. Now, the adventuring can begin, and vintage style can yet again win! ! !

 

If it aint broke, don’t fix it, they always say. The same thing goes for style. When we look back to the past at a great thing like Jonny Quest, we can’t help but let our style motors run on overdrive at the potential for greatness today with some of their amazing midcentury atomic takes on classic American sportswear and utilitarianism.

Everything about the cartoon was groundbreaking for the time, so in our heart we find ourselves beating to that same rebel beat, and wanting to keep this heritage alive and well. The graphic nature of the cartoon made for a revolutionary look on the screen (jet black was rarely used and never as heavily as before “Jonny Quest“, and the uber jazzy soundtrack was also another selling point towards a radical and refined new take on the adventure genre.

No doubt, a viewer could find new ideas and stories to tantalize and spark the imagination each and every time they watched the show, but very rarely are the characters’ unique and sophisticated sense of style brought to the forefront in this way.

That’s why we thought it important to see out this vintage style inspiration, the Jonny Quest way.

Lest we forget!

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{Do it Right} “The Two Faces of January” (2014) starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen

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Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (‘Purple Noon‘/’The Talented Mr. Ripley’), and directed by the screenwriter of Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive‘, not to mention, starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen in a Hitchcockian thriller set against the backdrop of Greece in the early 1960s- ‘The Two Faces of January’ is hands down one of our most anticipated films of 2014.

The ingredients are all there for a great film, and the reviews have been generous in its favour, so I guess we will just wait until it makes its way to this end of the world to enjoy all the intrigue and vintage fashion splendor.

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 1962 does good on them both, as both Viggo and Kirsten have never looked so good.

A nod to the {past} never hurts!

In fact, it is always preferred.

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Don’t be Deceived! Devils Wake, Walk, and Bite (too) !!! {Open 24 Hours}

Was this man genuinely exorcising wayward evil spirits from this young woman in the Philippines, or is this an elaborate missionary hoax? This photograph was taken from a souvenir pictorial to the film “Bitten by Devils” produced by the ordained Evangelist minister, Lester Sumrall.

Lester was born in New Orleans on February 5, 1913, and after winning a battle with tuberculosis, he was sure of his true calling. Sumrall was continuing in the traditions of his mentors Smith Wigglesworth, and Alfred Howard Carter– both prominent pioneering heroes of the Pentecostal faith who served as mentor to the young Southerner with loads of charisma.

The boy knew how to talk, and was well versed in the Gospels. He embodied a passion unseen by most people. But above all, Lester had a sense of style. His New Orleans upbringing would teach him to add a little flair, and embrace the power of tailoring, and the finest suits. Throw in some slick hair, and you’re bound to create a following. And indeed, he would.

Young Lester Sumrall (Circa. 1930s) {Art by The Eye of Faith}

In the 1950s, Sumrall had travelled to the Philippines to search for demons trapped in the body of a young woman. Lucky enough, they would find a “comely Visayan maiden whose experiences in prison triggered medico-religious investigations and front-page news.”

As you can see from the list of books above, Lester’s fascination with the dark side would be a priority for most of his life. Whether true or false, many of Sumrall’s stories are terrifying to this day.  “The Invisible Boy” tells of a young Filipino boy tormented by ‘alien entities’.

Cornelio and a friend were walking home one afternoon cutting across a large open space. Suddenly Cornelio stopped. His eyes were bulging out of their sockets. He was pointing ahead. He said: ‘See the girl in a long white dress? She is beautiful. She is calling me’. Cornelio left his friend and walked forward. Suddenly his friend saw Cornelio disappear from sight.

The Invisible Boy, Lester Sumrall

Creepy stuff, alright.

It makes you wonder why someone (an ordained minister) would make something like this up. There is a long history of church inaccuracies when it comes to the documentation of fact from fiction, so naturally we resist. But in all actuality, perhaps the young boy from New Orleans really was on to something.

Lester Sumrall would take his mission one step further forming The Lester Sumrall Evangelical Association {LeSEA} in 1957.  By 1968 LeSEA would launch WHME-TV, followed by WHMB-TV serving the Southern United States as the first 24-hour Christian television station. With all his showbiz charm and charisma, it is not surprising.

However, the question remains… Do You believe in The Devil? or Demons? Spirits? Ghosts? Were the stories he wrote about and portrayed in films actually real? Can they attack and make us disappear into thin air? Lester Sumrall sure thought so, and made an entire life exploring the unknown.

Don’t be deceived! Perhaps this calls for some reading of our good friend Ralph Hart. Or should I say, Reverend. Seems like he has some advice on the subject. All you need to do is ask yourself one thing:

Library books are fun. Found this one tucked away in that dusty corner. Why would that be?

Hope you enjoyed!

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Watch Kenneth Anger’s “Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” (1954)

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When I first saw “Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” several years ago I immediately fell in love. I had seen some of Anger’s other works in the past, and happened to stumble upon this amidst my online wanderings, and was blown away by the sheer magnitude and forte this film offered, whilst also being, at heart, a relatively simple film.

It’s the emotion the visuals portray that elevate this film to the realm of the sublime. They take you places your mind has only wandered to in the deepest of sleeps, and brought it to the forefront. It is a portrayal of strange Gods, demons, and spirits in a magic netherworld that is bathed in multi-color technicolor hues that extract this midcentury mystic exotic mood that is purely Anger.

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There is a divine decadence in their states of dress paired with the exceptionally sublime music paired to the imagery that create this mood, and it’s forever a place that lurks in and out of our consciousness and inspires the day-to-day. It’s also shocking how forward thinking his visuals are, and how much they have influenced our culture over the years, whether we knew it or not. To think that this film dates back to the 50s is a far cry from the poodle skirts and picket fences we are used to thinking back to in reference to this period.

In the spirit of society, we thought it best to share this with our friends, and let the joy and mystery influence your day-to-day, too. From the sights to to the sets to the sounds, there is everything here to help make your life a more interesting and beautiful place.

Don’t be afraid . . . it’s all a guise.

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{Music Minute} “Shaung Shaung Yan” by Den Bai Ying

Found my In the Mood for Love soundtrack lying around at home.

It’s been a while since I’ve listen to it. I had boughten it high school, enticed by the album cover and vaguely noting some Awards buzz that had been circulating on the internet at that time, I thought my disposable teenage income was worth the $25 I remember it costing. . .

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To say the least, I was enthralled immediately by the solemn tone of the soundtrack mixed with eclectic vintage oldies that ranged from Nat King Cole to this cool Chinese track entitled “Shaung Shaung Yan” by Dan Bai Ying.

It brings me to a place. I like that place. It conjures up images from the film which are as haunting as every Wong Kar Wai film always is.

He always brings a stylistic edge that is so cinematic, but simple, and absolutely graceful in its visual prose and chemistry in action. The film is a menagerie of mood through colour, and watch how drastically and dramatically colour plays a role in his movies.

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This matched with the cuts and characters of the clothing chosen for each scene, and you have a virtual vortex of vintage inspiration before your eyes. . .

I like to conjure this film when I want to feel cool and relaxed but sophisticated and worldly.

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Slick suits, hair, graphic ties, and sun glasses at night for the boys; and for the ladies, try some Asian inspiration with a glamorous 1960s edge that always gives off the ultimate sense of cool. Give everything a tropical edge to make it true.

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Things are going, so don’t wait too long to jump at it.

Feel free to email me at the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

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Obsessed! Vintage Summer Style Supreme, Straight from Cannes 2013: Alain Delon’s “Purple Noon” (1960)

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Every year the Cannes Film Festival whips around, you can guarantee to start feeling the summer start shining on in. Just picture the French Riviera, the movie stars, the palm fronds, and sail boats. Champagne in sandals . . . the works!

It’s like a nostalgia, really. I think everyone, once in their lives will make an appearance on that legendary red carpeted staircase. At least once in our many lives, I guarantee it.

Once again, the line-up of films is quite impressive, and the movie on everybody’s lips has got to be Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” which brings together Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Isreal Broussard as the real life clique of celebrity obsessed High Schoolers who made a splash in 2009 for their wild and childlike antics.

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The bling ring in court

People want what they can’t have, and these kids just took it to the extreme in a whole new level. Its a lot about insecurity and acceptance, and if you get these things you might get the acceptance you are yearning for. 

Kate Chang for VARIETY

Also known as the “Hollywood Hills Burglars” and the “Burglar Bunch”, Vanity Fair would publish the iconic article entitled “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales in March 2010 on the cusp of the newly exposed scandal that was rocking Los Angeles by storm {click here to read the original article}.

How could a bunch of teens possibly have the know-how to break into their most worshipped and idolized celebrities (names like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Audrey Patridge, and Orlando Bloom) and steal upwards of $3 million worth of clothes and jewelry ? Easy, really – Google. The film hopes to shed light on the perils of our society, who raise our bright and beautiful youth to become celebrity obsessed criminals. It’s all just a bit of fun, they think, until things get serious. . .

The film is getting a ton of praise for Sofia Copolla’s acute and withdrawn directing sensibilities, as well as its crisp cinematography by the late and legendary Harry Savides. However, this is not the only film to deal with the same startling themes.

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Cannes Classics brings to light  a much-too-forgotten gem of a film, 1960’s”Le Pleine Soleil” (or “Purple Noon“) directed by Renee Clement and starring original E.O.F. Style Idol himself, Alain Delon, in probably his most provocative and stylish role.

You know the story, already, I’m sure. The story of Tom Ripley – “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. It was only 14 years ago that Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law starred in the lead roles of this classic thriller. Published in 1955, and written by Patricia Highsmith, the story would be the first in a slew of novels starring the notorious anti-hero, Tom Ripley.

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What are you trying to say? I don't look as good as you . .

“Purple Noon” would be Delon’s first big starring role, and it is what he brings to the camera that makes his performance the most magical and mesmerizing take on Mr. Ripley’s misguided eccentricities.

The film was released to relatively positive reviews, mostly for Delon’s masterful acting, but disappointed for an abrupt ending caused by studio standards of the time who refused to see a villain get away with his crimes (which is where the 1999 film comes in and wins major points).

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But, nevertheless, “Purple Noon” pays off with its on-point portrayal of the casual life, style, and luxury of the comfortably rich and famous. The menswear is sublime, and almost every shot is a tour-de-force of classic Mediterranean cool.

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Tom Ripley is a chameleon of a man who begins to live the life of another more fabulous, and more wealthy man, and the best part is (for Ripley, least), this other man had a real knack for really great style. The rings, the loafers, the shirts, the jacket, the hair – it’s enough to make Daisy Buchanan break down in tears! How could he not want to take over this guy’s life?

This is the frightening paradox embedded within this maddeningly modern mystery.

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When in doubt raid the closet of a discerning and wealthy friend

“He loved possessions, not masses of them, but a select few that he did not part with. They gave a man self-respect. Not ostentation but quality, and the love that cherished the quality. Possessions reminded him that he existed, and made him enjoy his existence. It was as simple as that. And wasn’t that worth something? He existed. Not many people in the world knew how to, even if they had the money. It really didn’t take money, masses of money, it took a certain security.” 

-Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

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Take a look back and you can spot straight off the bat the timelessness of it all. It’s a film like “Purple Noon” that will stick in your memory forever, and become a staple repertoire of how you want to dress this summer: clean, cool, casual, and elegant. Those are just some keywords to keep in mind when venturing into these cool dark waters.

And even to a certain degree, become someone else if you have to. Moving through the streets with your cool clean shades on, feel the mystery embody you, and take to the streets like you’re about to buy them.

“Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.” 

-Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

Moocher, Musician, Madman; Tom Ripley is an enigma in many respects, which makes him all the more powerful in his sinister quest. His behaviour can be criticised, but also, he can be completely understood.

Who doesn’t want that easy life? The life of luxury and ease that you read about in the magazines, filled with all those expensive clothes, and beautiful women. Think about if you had the chance to exchange your life for someone else’s. . . would you?

Get your jacquard on

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The teens that formed “The Bling Ring” would have to agree, and are a mighty monument to the same themes portrayed in “Purple Noon”.

Isn’t it scary to think that over 50 years later, the same anxieties that were fiction, have now come full circle and are as real as ever. Patricia Highsmith was definitely onto something, so if you want to get a head start on the entire thought process make sure to check out “Purple Noon” this summer, and maybe rock the Ripley edge (minus the murder).

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