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Making an Impact: “Don’t You Dare” by The Impacts {and the Mystery of “Kelly”}

Here’s a newly uncovered lost treasure we happened to find lying about. What a shame. This is one that is sure to have you grinding and grooving all the night through. Just shy of making you want to howl at the moon. This one’s called “Don’t You Dare” and it’s played by none other than The Impacts.

Hopefully we’ve all been there. That terrible yearning, the endless nights. Incredible emotions. Melting.

I am bound to a fate worse than death if I don’t have you around

Tell me how you really feel! The track really has the ability to bring you back. Back to a time. Back to a place.

Originally The Fogcutters, the band based out of St. Martin’s High School in Lacey, Washington delivers all the sadness and cool you could expect from the illustriously mysterious Pacific Northwest.

Locked in the bowels of a boarding school, the troupe of 8 would find constant challenge in having members from two States (Washington and Oregon), and the struggle to find a place to practice amongst the monks and cloisters of their privileged boarding Academy. The School on a Hill.

Usually when thinking “ivy style”, that ultimate mid-century academic cool you automatically think athletic. You think the jocks and their varsity jackets, cardigans, t-shirts- the whole bit. But with The Impacts you have that same All-American Vintage Academia with the radness only being part of a rock ‘n’ roll band can lend a young group of Dapper Dans! You have to admit, it just sounds good.

You might not always get the cheerleader, but who cares. They’re boring. They’d be doing homework instead of catching your shows. God knows how bad the world falls for a good boy band. Also, think groupies. Groupies. Catch a falling star, right?

The Impacts would make their run from 1961-1964 and ultimately consisted of 8 members. All have been accounted for except the 5th member, the original rhythm guitar. His first name unknown, all he is remembered as is his last name – “Kelly”

All in all, I get a real sense of mystery from these pictures, and this song. Not to mention, the mystery of “Kelly”, and his elusive first name. Have any clues or premonitions?

[Source: Pacific Northwest Bands]

Let us know in the comments below,

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+STYLE STAR+ ANDRE JUDD: PROPHET OF FASHION

If you’re a fan of Lookbook, or have ever had the chance to browse the online showcase of individual styles gathered to help foster the “collective fashion consciousness” that Lookbook is all about. While glancing past looks by a self proclaimed Mermaid from Neverland you are bound to stumble across this true one-of-a-kind Prophet of Fashion.

Just when you thought style couldn’t get more exciting or gloriously out-of-control you will meet Andre Judd. Andre treads the lines of dreaming and reality with a panache and attention to detail rivalling some of fashion’s greats. Time and time again, Andre has proved that the art of dressing is as much an art as any.

This type of talent is rare, and very few can achieve his bold unique punch of imagination, virtual reality, and pure abandon.  So, naturally we felt the need to connect with the Stylist, Designer, and Fashion Blogger Extraordinaire who answered a few of our questions on life, style, inspiration, and the unique fashion-forward fashion scene of Manila!

Most of all, we felt Andre was the perfect example of what we here at The Eye of Faith are always harping on about and that’s the courage to find inspiration and be your truest self to the highest extent.

“We see something new. Something exciting”

-Andre Judd.

EOF: There seems to be a lot of excitement and intrigue in the world of fashion in the Philippines. What would surprise or excite people most about the Filipino fashion scene?

AJ: Indeed. Every season we see new bright young talents emerge. These designers score high on the critics and fashion press because they have a refined focus on aesthetics as well being commercial.

I think what excites Filipinos about the fashion scene, is that every season it gets better and better. We see something new, something exciting.


EOF: Where would you say the epicentre of Filipino fashion is right now in the Philippines? Any favourite go-to spots?

AJ: Manila is considered the current fashion epicenter, drawing in designers from different parts of the country, as well as Filipino designers based abroad. There are a lot of cool retail shops and boutiques to check out in Manila. Top of my mind is Greenbelt 5, where a few concentrated stores are found selling current collections from my favourite local designers.

EOF: We love how many looks you create, and your undeniable knowledge for style. Who taught you these secrets? God, or deal with the Devil?

AJ: God. Definitely 🙂

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


AJ: Never say never. It’s my mantra ever since.

EOF: Creating so many complex and detailed looks must be quite the task. What is your secret to staying focused?

AJ: It’s not really hard. I wake up every morning with a strong idea on what I would wear.

EOF: You mix a lot of items one might typically prescribe as masculine or feminine, and it seems once they get the Andre Judd touch, it’s neither. Instead, it’s a whole new brand of cool. What do you call this?
AJ: Some call it non-conventional, others call it androgynous, but I call it post-modern and irreverent 🙂

“Fashion is about change”

-Andre Judd.

EOF: Interesting shapes, textures, and patterns are essential ingredients to your fashion magic. Do you have any tips on incorporating these ideas into one’s everyday style?
AJ: Try playing with shapes, textures, and patterns. For the novice, one can start with just one different detail. Like if you love black, why not play with colour – lets say fuchsia, and combine it with black. If you like wearing block colors, why not try a printed top? It’s the idea of adapting to new things. After all, fashion is about change. You don’t need to sacrifice your style, you just simply like it to evolve 🙂

EOF: 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?
AJ: Oh my, toughest question ever. I’d pick my accessories box. You can do wonders to your look just by adding a necklace or a brooch.

EOF: What is your favourite vintage find, and why do you think your devils approve?

AJ: Its my Gianni Versace bomber jacket from the 80s.  You wouldn’t believe how super cheap I got it. Its my number one treasured find because its real leather, it has chain mail, looks very contemporary,  the color of the leather goes with anything, and it gives an instant edge to any look.

EOF: We have received a lot of botched up advice on fashion in our lives, but we have always stayed pure to what is inside. What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever been given?

AJ: Men shouldn’t wear women’s clothing.

EOF: For us, fashion is definitely an escape, and the style or look we wear is the story being told. You are an expert in storytelling, with a seemingly eternal well of inspiration. With almost 400 looks on LOOKBOOK, dark we ask – do you have a favourite?

AJ: Every new look I post is my favourite.

EOF: Here at The Eye of Faith, we like to think of ourselves as soldiers marching for a better tomorrow. Are there any causes or struggles in your life that you are fighting for?

AJ: I am a huge advocate of Filipino fashion so as much as I can I like to wear Filipino designers in my looks. That way I can help promote their names in the international scene via LOOKBOOK.

EOF: What sort of things can the readers of The Eye of Faith expect from Andre Judd in the future?

AJ: Expect the unexpected 🙂

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{MUSIC MINUTE} LILI MARLENE by Marlene Dietrich

 

 

 

MARLENE DIETRICH- DEVIL MAY CARE- the eye of faith vintage

Marlene Dietrich is one of those timeless idols of style that will always be remembered. Owe it to the fact that she always acted an individual – this was not a woman to rely on when it came to playing by the rules. In fact, she made her own, and when it came to her style, it was nothing typical of Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s.

Sure, she had plenty of glamour and glitz, but she fused this with an androgynous flair that left men and women addicted to her. Overall, there is a mystery and sensuality that goes hand in hand when speaking to Marlene Dietrich’s style, life, and music – which is the key reminder that staying true to who you are deep inside is the most timeless thing anyone can do.

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So listen to this beautiful song, and always remember, don’t fade into the sequins, but shine bright like a diamond from within!

 

If you’re inspired, don’t forget to check out the {SHOP} to bring the {PAST} to the {PRESENT} and set the {FUTURE} on fire!

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We actually have a wicked tribute piece to the star in the {SHOP} right now.

Bad Ass Vintage 1990s Crazy Colourful Hand Painted One of a Kind Bejewelled Hollywood Marlene Dietrich Graphic Party Rave Metallic Blazer- FRONT- THE EYE OF FAITH VINTAGE

It is a Gorgeous 1990s Hand Painted Metallic Bejewelled Art Blazer featuring Lili Marlene on the front, and back! Pieces like this are extremely special, because they are actually one of a kind, and something like this, can be truly said to be a work of art.

Bad Ass Vintage 1990s Crazy Colourful Hand Painted One of a Kind Bejewelled Hollywood Marlene Dietrich Graphic Party Rave Metallic Blazer

A  statement piece like this is truly in the spirit of the Goddess, as it takes real guts and glory to be the one donning this at your next party. Lucky for us, we know a lot of people with real guts and glory – you included!

So, don’t miss out on your chance! Pieces are always coming and going and you don’t want to be the one asking us in a couple months about it, when its already gone!

For more details, check out the listing by clicking here.

Until we meet again,

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+E.O.F.+ LEGENDARY ISSUES No. 2 – PARIS VOGUE {Dec 2007/Jan 2008} Charlotte Gainsbourg Signed Cover

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+E.O.F.+ LEGENDARY ISSUES No. 2

VOGUE Paris {December 2007/January 2008}

*RARE* Charlotte Gainsbourg Signed Edition

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This week, we bring to you a set of most legendary fashion publications from the past 10 years. Legends are made everyday, and in the fashion industry, magazines like this are Bibles of the Idols to Worship, and Knowledge to Kindle.

As time goes on, they become valuable portals on the fashion and culture of the moment. And with Stars coming and going, and coming back again, it is always cool to trace the paths of our Idols; from one legendary photo shoot to another.

Our second issue in our series of LEGENDARY ISSUES features the French Chanteuse and Award-Winning Actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg (or G.C.). Very much Music & French Royalty, Charlotte is the daughter of French Pop Stars Serge Gainsbourg, and the beautiful Jane Birkin.

She is known for her roles in Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia”, the disturbingly beautiful “Antichrist” (for which she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009), Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep”, and Todd Hayne’s poignant Bob Dylan inspired “I’m Not There” .

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She is also a singer and songwriter, as well as a living fashion icon; having been muse for Nicholas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga. She is definitely one of today’s eternal IT Girls, with a heritage, and sense of self that is unmatched today.

She is definitely well on her way to being an E.O.F. Style Divinity if she keeps it up!

The entire issue is curated around the French Style Star with attention paid to the inner workings of her life. The issue exquisitely showcases the finer details of her inspiration, family life, work life, and art & style knowledge. There really isn’t a better portrait of her to date.

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There is also a particularly wonderful tour of her beautiful Paris Apartment, showcasing her signature Charlotte Gainsbourg edge. A rich mixture of history, glamour, sex, and decay. Anyone would be crazy not to love her beautiful space filled with priceless antiques and heirlooms mixed with a sexy dose of 1970s glamour. And it just wouldn’t speak “Charlotte Gainsbourg” without a touch of mystery.

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A very special and unique edition, even for Paris Vogue – one of the leaders in great Fashion Photography & Inspiration.

So, why not indulge in tradition and inspiration, and own a little piece of fashion history of your own??

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The issue has been “signed” on the front by the chanteuse in metallic pink.

306 fabulous pages full of iconic imagery. This issue, and other LEGENDARY ISSUES are available now, exclusively for a limited time. We are starting the bidding low, with NO RESERVE, so you might just get an exquisite bargain. Click here to bid now!

These are very Rare issues that read LIKE NEW.

If you have any friends who might love this sort of thing, make sure to direct them over here to The Eye of Faith!

To check out more LEGENDARY ISSUES, and make a bid on this one, click here.

Also check out some of our other listings on some of our best items from the {SHOP} that are looking for a good home. . .

Don’t miss out! Bidding ends Saturday.

Until next time,

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E.O.F. Style Star: Introducing Lorenzo Liverani . . .

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Lorenzo Liverani is one of those rare talents in the world of fashion today. Multi talented, impeccably stylish, dapper, and business savvy – it should come as no surprise that this Style Star calls Florence, the hometown of the Renaissance, his home. Lorenzo’s style is showcased on his blog, Your-Mirror, and we are consistently impressed with Lorenzo’s signature style, so it was great to get the opportunity to pick the master’s brain, and learn a bit more about what makes his style his own, and his thoughts on fashion, and the future. 

 
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First, a bit of an introduction to yourself. What is your name, and what do you do?
 
My name is Lorenzo and I’m a studying fashion designer in Florence, where actually I live. The last October I decided to open Your-Mirror man’s blog.  Until now it has more than 40,000 visits.
 
What would be your earliest fashion memory, and has it played a part in leading you to your fashion future?
 
Since I was a child, I lived surrounded by clothes. In fact, my Dad has a big clothes shop and I was always there, so I lived fashion work and fashion life every day, so I think this is my world
 
When you wake up in the morning, what thoughts go through your mind while picking out your outfit for the day? 
 
When I choose my outfit I always think about my day’s commitments, weather, and absolutely depends on my mood.
 
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Do you have any go-to inspirations or style idols you look up to in your own style?
 
Honestly I haven’t a fashion icon, and my typical style is classic informal, younger, modern and contemporary. Especially in the summer, my outfits are easy wear.
 
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?
 
Really fun and nice question. Absolutely in nineteenth-century when dandy style was born. I love the fashion and lifestyle  of  that period.
 
You get the chance to work with anybody in the fashion industry, who would it be and why?
 
Anna Wintour because I want to know if she is as bad as she seems (ahah). No,  honestly I’d like to much work for Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent… iconic fashion.
 
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?
 
My sunglasses. I never go out without them.
 
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What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever heard or been given?
 
OK,  I think the fashion world is so big and different from country to country, so everyone has a peronal style. So for me, there isn’t good style or bad style because it subjective, however, I don’t remember because honestly I didn’t listened to many suggestions from other people about fashion.
 
Any thoughts of the future of mens fashion and/or fashion in general, through the eyes of Lorenzo?
 
I think that classic style will win always. I think usually some designers or people exaggerate with whimsical style and thus becoming circus people.
 
 
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You can browse through and buy Lorenzo Liverani’s own collection here, so take a look!

We will be showcasing E.O.F. Style Stars on our site, so if you are one, or know of a stylishly gifted individual out there who deserves some praise, give us a shout at the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com

“Every man and woman is a star”

-Aleister Crowley

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E.O.F. Style Divinity : Maila Nurmi AKA {VAMPIRA}

“Vampira is a kind of entity (and you can call her a woman though she is androgynous)  that survives in this world. I, Maila Nurmi, am not.”

-Maila Nurmi

This one is sure to petrify! If there is one woman who recognized the importance of standing out from the crowd, it’s Maila Nurmi [December 11, 1922 – January 10, 2008], or as most people would recognize her, the legendary Vampira.

Leaving Finland at the age of two, Maila would move with her family to the United States of America. After high school, she quickly gathered up her possessions and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of the dream!

The blonde knock-out with razor-sharp cheek bones would soon be working with the likes of art legends Man Ray, Alberto Vargas, and Bernard of Hollywood. Then in 1951  upon attending the Bal Caribe Masquerade as Charles Addams’ cartoon character from The New Yorker, Morticia Addams, Maila would catch the attention of a local television executive searching for a new star.

On April 30, 1954 on KABC-TV at 11pm Dig Me Later, Vampira aired followed by The Vampira Show the very next night. From that night on, the legend of Vampira was in full swing inching its way up the time slots, and creating from scratch an entire sub genre of Horror-Hosts on television!

Unfortunately the series was cancelled in 1955, but Maila would retain her rights to the character she created. Maila would continue her fascinating career taking bit parts in several films as Vampira including “Sex Kittens Go To College”, “The Beat Generation”, and Ed Wood’s iconic “Plan 9 From Outer Space”.  She also shared a fascinating and close friendship with rebel icon James Dean.


Vampira is a rare character for its time. With her dark wit, and forbidden sex appeal, Maila became a one-woman crusade against the stereotypical portraits of women on television, and Vampira would more than help break the mould.

A combination of the Dark Queen from Snow White, Theda Bara, and Gloria Swanson’s menacing Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard, it was unlike anything the world had ever seen!!

However by the 1960s Maila Nurmi would no longer find herself the glamorous dark diva, and was instead filling her time installing laminate flooring and making custom hand-made jewelry for extra cash. I guess that’s just how it goes in Hollywood: the city of broken dreams.

Come 1981, Nurmi was called to KHJ-TV for a revival of the character she had created nearly 30 years prior. The station would go on to cast young actress Cassandra Petersen, who would create the spirited Elvira we all know and love. Nurmi would bring the case to court claiming Elvira infringed on Vampira’s “distinctive dark dress, horror movie props, and…special personality.”

Sadly Maila Nurmi passed in 2008 leaving behind her legacy for art, style, and above-all originality. In this fantastic interview with Time Magazine she explains the creation of her iconic alter-ego and how creating this facade would help battle her personal demons.

One thing’s for sure today: there will only be one Maila Nurmi. Perhaps it was just the times, but no horror-host does it with the same sense of danger, charisma, and worldly sophistication. This of course was all an act according to Maila, but you don’t get fired for upstaging Mae West for just standing there!

We’ve inserted a gallery of our most wickedly wonderful images we could find of our diety of the dark to enjoy! So please do!

This girl had something special: it was up to her to find it! So let this be a lesson to us all! Dreams come and go, but only you remain in the end. So always remember to stay true. You’ll only have yourself to thank in the end.

We’re feeling like a Vampira cocktail ourselves about now. So until next time!

Forever yours,

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