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{STYLE WISE/MUSIC MINUTE} THINK PINK!!!

Everything on the great horizon,
Everything that you can think—
and that includes the kitchen sink,
Think pink!

FUNNY FACE

a film in love with fashion . . . “

{circa. 1957}

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Pink really is making a comeback in style these daze. No longer does it just represent that demure vision of femininity – today, it stands for power and strength!

Great to see things changing everyday.

{PAST} {PRESENT} {FUTURE}

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“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”

Elizabeth Taylor

Pink in the {SHOP}

Unusual 1980s Victorian Inspired Silky

Pink Ruffled Pussy Bow Blouse 

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Classic 1980s POLO by Ralph Lauren Ivy Style

Timeless Pink Stripe Cotton Oxford Shirt

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Unusual Vintage Pink Button Down

Sheer Sleeve Party Jacket

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“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn

Remember XIXIXI gets you 25% at the checkout.

So peruse the {SHOP} and don’t miss out!

One of a kind time traveled style.

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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{MUSIC MINUTE} LANA DEL REY’s “LOVE”: Is there life on Mars???

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“It’s like she’s the only one that gets me”

                              {the internet}

 

We are proud to admit that we are absolutely obsessed with Lana Del Rey (along with the rest of the internet) – her melancholic croons and her unapologetic approach to bringing the {past} to the {present}, truly mirrors our own approach at The Eye of Faith to try and shape our {future}.

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So, of course, we have been buzzing over her latest video drop just the other day for her new single “LOVE”. How apropos…

In true Lana style, her team takes us on a sweeping visual journey from grainy 1960s black and white realness to a dreamy extraterrestrial getaway for a pack of beautiful wayward youth. It’s like a picture from a dream; and no artist can really capture that mysteriously nostalgic vibe of needing to “escape our everyday” – I mean, who doesn’t want to escape to another planet with their best friends?

Truly breathtaking moments that conjure up feels from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia“. From floating trucks and many moons, to the spot on psych rock styling – this video is truly one of her greatest, and is not to be missed.

Vintage inspired posters of Lana Del Rey have been spotted plastered across the streets of Los Angeles, and elsewhere in California, so expect a big resurgence of the 21st Century’s truly unique Pop Diva this coming year!

Knowing how you feel about the things we love, we truly thought you’d appreciate “LOVE” by Lana Del Rey. Marvel at how so many inspirations truly have come to play to make this video come to life. That is what is so great, and important about staying {style-wise} – creatively, it can allow you to create a much richer and deeper experience which is exactly why we began The Eye of Faith in the first place!

So do enjoy the video below, and leave your comments when you are done, and stay tuned for more to come!

My Soul.
I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air,
“Upon the star that marks the hidden pole;
Fix every wandering thought upon
That quarter where all thought is done:
Who can distinguish darkness from the soul

-William Butler Yeats, excerpt from “A Dialogue of Self and Soul”

 

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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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]. }

{Michael Pitt for Prada S/S 2012 by David Sims}

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!

Make sure you also check out the E.O.F. {SHOP}!  We are stocking up more and more fashion forward pieces from our collected history so make sure to check it out!

{The Feedback and Support has been great! So thank you all!}

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Stay Style {WISE}, kids!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Vintage Mens Fashion {Style-Wise} Rebel Session Featuring “Child Star”

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CHILD STAR 

Look at this kid. What’s his deal? 

He was arrested on Valentine’s Day, of all days, also . . . 

California Boys are undeniable, after all. 

It’s all in the hair. Look at it go.

All slicked back, and such.

If this boy can get it done.

So can you!

I believe. Have faith also. 

Keeping your own personal eye of faith helps conjure your destiny. 

Believe it or not. You can do anything.

But best stick to being you.

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+STAY TOUGH+

We are all child stars . . . 

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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STYLE {WISE} Mens Vintage Workwear Inspiration – “You Better Work!”

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Since the dawn of civilization, man has been hard at work building the great cities we live in, gathering the food we eat, and finding the resources we need to stay afloat on this mad wild planet. It’s never been easy, but someone’s got to do it. So next time you’re walking down the sidewalk, or taking a stroll down the grocery isle, save a thought for the hoards of men and women who have put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the vision of this world a reality for us all.

We too have been hard at work, here at The Eye of Faith, gathering our wares, making connections, and always delving deep into our well of inspiration for new musings for all of our devoted friends and followers. So what better an inspiration for our STYLE {WISE} Series, than the world of work. We all know it, and there’s no doubt that this realm has become a constant staple in the minds of style aficionados worldwide.

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From the bandanas and kerchiefs (to cover the mouth from dust, dirt, and other particles), the jaunty caps and fedoras (to shield the eyes from the sun), the heavy work boots (to tread the rugged land), the flannel shirts (to keep one warm in the chill), and of course, the ultimate gift of the working man – DENIM. Where would we be without it? You can spend upwards of $1000 these days for a pair of jeans, but over a hundred years ago this extra strong material in all its hues of blue was the fabric of the working man who couldn’t afford to not wear this shell of durability.

Look around today, and you’ll still see all the staples and conventions of classic mens workwear. It’s everywhere you look these days, even with women’s clothing. In fact, it’s kind of a craze in many places (most especially Japan and Korea), to get that one-of-a-kind authentic vintage workwear piece that will elevate your outfit above and beyond anything you could find at the mall or high street.

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Indeed, vintage mens workwear is continually coming to the forefront, so we thought it appropriate to give it a little praise ourselves. So sit back and enjoy this {STYLE-WISE} gallery dedicated to Mens Vintage Workwear Inspiration!

You Better Work!

So next time you see a cool kid sporting a pair of Levi’s and a plaid button-up shirt and cap, hopefully your mind will go straight to the men at work, and the inspiration they have left, and the legacy of style we continue from the 19th and into the 21st Century!

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Until Next Time,

{theEye}

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{Style-Wise} Kurt Russell IS “The Thing” (1982) [Vintage Winter Menswear Inspiration]

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With winter in full force, we couldn’t help but search for some credible vintage inspiration to set the mood for us here, and make the frigid cold all the more bearable and at least something fun to emulate through the day. Fight that cold with some bold bad-ass style.

Change your attitude, and you can change your life. Sometimes the clothes on your back really help. . .

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Kurt Russell is totally bad-ass in John Carpenter’s 1982 Horror classic, “The Thing”. Playing a scientist at a base in Antarctica who stumbles upon an ancient evil that can hide amongst humans undetected, Russell conjures some real classic conservative cool even while he battles the odds in a sub zero hell-on-earth.

It’s all about the goggles, the big hats, the poofy jackets. And remember, sun glasses aren’t out-of-bounds just because it’s cold. Let them protect you from sun glare while you shovel and feel fucking cool while you do it. Not cold, because you’ll remember to wear a good scarf, and no, your beard does not count (but do grow it).

The point is to stay warm. Pick classic pieces and you don’t ever have to worry.  Even if you have to cover everything. I feel like there’s no real rules in winter when you need to stay warm.

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Vintage Winter Menswear Inspiration- The Iceman Cometh- 1920s

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Sometimes it’s best just to wear EVERYTHING.

Check out {The Iceman Cometh} also for more vintage winter menswear inspiration. . .

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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TCM Event Series Presents The Birds!!

An exciting event has been announced by Turner Classic Movies along with Universal, in celebration of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1963 classic The Birds, and in honor of its upcoming 50th Anniversary will be presenting TCM Event Series Presents The Birds, a special engagement screening of this Horror Classic in select theaters across the US.

On September 19 the event that features TCM host, Robert Osborne, giving an introduction to the film, will also feature an exclusive interview with the film’s blonde bombshell, Tippi Hedren, and how she was picked for her iconic role.

The film, which has been glorified by Barbie, as well as inspire the late Alexander McQueen, is an unexpected and vital piece of our collective style consciousness! So if you have a chance to catch it – definitely do!

Here’s a list of theaters taking part! Click here to find one near you.

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Sincerely,

{theEye}

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{STYLE WISE} – London Town as “Shot by Shooter”

If I’ve come to know you, the way I know I know you, you’re the kind of person that appreciates stomping off the beaten path, and can jump in the air for something different, interesting, genuine, and new! That’s why we’ve taken a short cut to the streets of London with the fantastic eye of Monsieur Shooter over at Shot By Shooter, an amazing street style blog from ye’ ole London Town.

London has always been the mecca in my mind for wicked style, and really cool, unique, vintage finds, so it’s no surprise to see the abundance of style aficionados on the many pages of this most special site. If you’re ever waning from your everyday, just glancing through the many faces, all with such different and contrasting styles, really can transport oneself to your own personal styling dreams and aspirations.

Blending fashion portraiture and street theatre, Shooter aims for candid and impromptu moments with his victims.  Most importantly, Shot by Shooter illustrates that true style really is removed from the world of trends and followings. Why would anyone want something you could run into a dozen people on the streets in? It’s not about what you wear, but who you are that really pulls a look together, and anything that allows for your individuality to shine is going to get you there.

{How about that for some Sacred Knowledge! Shine on, you crazy diamonds!}

Here at The Eye of Faith, we are always pushing for style as a means of self expression and creativity, so naturally we just had to pass this one on to all of our faithful and friendly followers out there. We know you’re thirsty, so get a little inspiration, and check out Shot by Shooter today!

{the Eye}

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Beautiful Dreamers: Back to the Garden With Lord Byron + Dries Van Noten Menswear Spring/Summer 2014

“Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.”

-Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron {6th Baron Byron}

“I love not man the less, but Nature more”

-Lord Byron: George Gordon Byron {6th Baron Byron}

Lone, wild, and strange, he stood alike exempt

From all affection and from all contempt: (I, XII)[2]

“The Corsair” (1814) by Lord Byron

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2012: Year of the Boy Scout!


The news is out, and hipsters and cinephiles everywhere wish they could be in Cannes this year to watch this year’s opening film for the 65th Annual Film Festival: Wes Anderson’s newest flick, “Moonrise Kingdom”.

With an all-star cast that includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the story’s young heroes – we cant’ but help gush.

Wes Anderson is a rare breed of man who has been able to harness and build his own brand of style which he displays throughout each of his films. It’s a style that is as much quirky as it is conventional, blending and arranging vintage elements in ways that are wholly unique.

We knew there was something special about this film the second the trailer blazed before our eyes, but the recent news has just made the excitement grow even more!

Hate to say “I told you so”, but looks like Boy Scout Style is here to say. And from the looks of everything, it could really end up being the Year of the Boy Scout.

So put on your pins and khakis, tie on that neckerchief, and let’s explore!


Loving Jason Schwartzman’s aviator glasses, but can’t help notice Kara Hayward’s styling Suzie. Could she be this generation’s Margot Tenebaum? My bet is on YES.

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{sincerely, THE EYE}

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