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E.O.F. Style Divinity – {Nature Girl} Francoise Hardy

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What is it about Francoise Hardy that captivates the world so? It is a question as mysterious and enigmatic as the living icon, herself.

More than just a 1960s French Pop sensation, she is also an immortal idol of beauty, individual style, and tameless adventure. Apart from her legendary music career, the timeless beauty is iconized to this day in film, music, and of course, fashion.

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Whether playing the girl next door, boho hippie chick, tomboy, or the sexy biker, Francoise was able to captivate all of those who laid eyes on her with her striking beauty and fearlessness. Like a siren, her spell is not easily shaken from the captivator.

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A shy girl, Francoise grew up in Paris with her mother and younger sister, while her father lived apart from them with little time spent with his two young girls. However, her father would play a huge part in her life by buying her her first guitar for a birthday, which would nurture her love and talent for music and song.

As fate would have it, after a year studying at the Sorbonne, Francoise spotted an ad in the paper looking for young singers, and in 1961, at the age of 17, she signed her first record contract with VOGUE, and by the next year her first record, “Oh Cheri Cheri” was released, co-writted by Johnny Hallyday – the French Elvis, as he was known.

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It would be her classic song, “Tous les garçons et les filles” (“All the Boys and Girls”) that would become a huge hit, and put the enchanting songstress on the map. With a growing wave of popularity towards French Pop Music, or yé-yé, it wasn’t long before her song was a hit in Quebec, the UK, and soon the world!!!

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Most recently her charming croon has been hitting the screens around the world in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”(click her to see the iconic dance and kiss from the movie), introducing her to a whole new generation of listeners looking for a break from the monotony of today’s music scene.

Indeed, she provides something classic in her music, which has a modern yet timeless quality to it. And whether you speak French, or not, it seems her music touches a supernatural sensibility in all of us, allowing us to enjoy the pure essence of what she sings without even knowing a word of it.

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Perhaps this can be attributed to her background as an astrologer (told you she wasn’t just your average singing belle!), and her interest in the mystical and esoteric. In fact, she has published an entire series of books under her name that deal with the subject matter, making her an expert in the field. And having trained with legend in the field, Jean-Pierre Nicola, you can trust her ability to finely tune into life’s sensitivities.

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Francoise is a Capricorn, which explains her cool demeanour, unending ambition, and scholarly approach to life, but what still remains a mystery is that certain je na sais quois, and what it is exactly that has beguiled the world so.

After all, she was the quoted muse of Nicholas Ghesquiere, designer of Balenciaga, and you can almost always count on any credible fashion blogger to have a piece on the belle.

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But, as any wise man or woman knows, that is an element that is best left alone, for it is that untouchable, unknowable, strange, and desirable quality that does hold us so, and in so, one has the chance to truly be immortal.

Sometimes, I think her life can be best described using the lyrics to Nat King Cole’s all-time classic – “Nature Boy”. But of course, for the sake of gender, it should be aptly called “Nature Girl” when dealing with the one and only Francoise Hardy.

Perhaps, you can see it too:

There was a girl
A very strange enchanted girl
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy
And sad of eye
But very wise
Was she

And then one day
A magic day she came my way
And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings
This she said to me
“The greatest thing
You’ll ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
In return”

In 1981, Francoise Hardy married her long time companion, Jacques Dutronc, who she remains married to this day.

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Perhaps that’s her secret; just to love. Start with yourself, of course. But if we could all do the same, perhaps we can all be remembered someday as seductive, enchanting, and down-right stylish as she.

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The one and only Francoise Hardy.

Yours truly,

{theEye}

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Music Minute: “Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Cuckoo”

Please! By all the might of the Gods in the HEAVENS – get your ass to the theaters and check out Wes Anderson’s latest film master marvel- “Moonrise Kingdom”. Themes of young love, destiny, and of course, the unpenetrable forces of nature all collide in this beautifully nostalgic and thoughtful film.

This piece, performed by the London Children’s Choir, and composed by the legendary Benjamin Britten is one of our number one favourites! If you are unfamiliar with Britten and his works, you might be best checking out the film, as the composer and his works are heavily featured throughout! {BUY THE SOUNDTRACK}

Many people delving into classical music for the first time might be familiar with Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra” – a guiding light for millions of people wanting to educate themselves on all the sound and fury classical music provides!

Enjoy,

{THE EYE}

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Bill Murray Brings Tiny Camera to Cannes {And No One Suspects A Thing}

[Source: Vogue.it]

Opening ceremonies for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival were today, and everyone is psyched for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom to open the show. Luckily vogue.it has us covered, and more photos can be found here.

Madras on checks on plaid, this is what most stylists might regard as one huge offense. However, any skilled style stunner could only find absolute joy and envy Murray’s dapper deliciousness. Bill Murray has always been known for his offbeat character, so it’s good to see an outfit that expresses his true colors. Excuse the pun.

The contrast of different stripes and plaids really is the key, not to mention the mix of colors. Obviously, Bill Murray’s character (who wears plaid pants) seems to be sticking just a little.

Surprised no one is paying more attention to his very tiny camera. Could be more to it than meets the eye. No one seems to suspect a thing.

[Old Time Religion]

Not suspicious, even a little? Say ‘Hello’ to Cannes for me!

Sincerely,

{The Eye}

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{MOONRISE KINDOM} behind the scenes . . .

“Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.”

Nothing resonates quite as much with us as a good old summer island mystery. Check out these short inside scoops with actor-extraordinaire Bob Balaban on the film’s stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and director Wes Anderson over at Inside Movies with Entertainment Weekly. 

Bob gives his insight on the actors, offering such insight as “He’s laughing. I don’t think that is part of the scene.”

So enjoy these snippets from Focus Features in the links below!

{Bill Murray}

{Edward Norton}


{Bruce Willis}

{Wes Anderson}

This looks like it’s gonna be one very khaki-extraordinary-Francoise Hardy-sort-of -extravaganza of the summer. Definitely check out the Moonrise Kingdom site for an interactive look at a map of New Penzance Island, the fictitious island portrayed in the film.

Moonrise Kingdom will kick off the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, and premiere to audiences May 25.

This is the only time I’ve been consciously trying to capture a sensation, which is that emotion of when you’re a 12-year-old and you fall in love….I remember that being such a powerful feeling, it was almost like going into a fantasy world. It’s stuck with me enough that I think about it still.

Wes Anderson (New York Times.)

Hope you enjoy!

Sincerely,

{THE EYE}

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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.

{[THE END]}

{sincerely, THE EYE}

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Commercial Break: Moonrise Kingdom

We are more than excited to see the new Wes Anderson. This may be his most sublime film yet.

{ UPDATE } – Beyond Amazing. SEE THIS MOVIE. 

Thoughts?
– The Eye

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