The 007 steps to Bond style. Bond’s latest outing offers some gentle adjustments to his style; we look at how to emulate it.
By Stephen Doig
It’s a style formula that rarely frightens the horses and – befitting of a figure that’s as much a British institution as The Queen – nor should it; Gucci’s silken pussybows and Burberry Prorsum’s mosaic trenchcoats hardly scream “incognito”. Excitement is mounting over the launch of SPECTRE this month, with minor adjustments to Bond’s attire pointing to a nifty, more dynamic mode of secret agent than the Roger Moore-era rigidly be-suited figure of old. So what should we take away from Bond’s wardrobe choices this time around
1. The return of the rollneck
Daniel Craig may have attracted snorts of derision for his dad jumper at the press conference to welcome SPECTRE, but his sleek grey rollneck from cashmere house N. Peal is a sharper affair. Invest in one for winter and wear it Mad Men style with a blazer and formal trousers.
2. Travel in style
Heritage British luggage brand Globe-Trotter have guaranteed an upgrade for Bond yet again with its brand of discreet, handsomely-made cases. For the second time they render their classic style in ink blue with gold-plated hardware. Although we doubt he’s travelling Easyjet.
3. Embrace sports vim
Givenchy’s leather jogging bottoms might be a tad left-of-centre for 21 century Bond, but quietly he’s responded to the sartorial mood by embracing sports-luxe (due in no small part to Bond’s buffness under Craig). Padded Tom Ford ski jackets with be-toggled trousers – glimpsed slicing through the snow while he wears high-tech Vuarnet goggles – turn him into a high fashion Action Man.
4. Upgrade your wrist
It was something of a horological volte-face when Bond switched from his classic Rolexes, who had served him so impeccably in Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, etc, to Omega. But the Seamaster 300 and Seamaster Aqua Terra 150ml are less formal models, marking a move in the watch world towards specialist diving, driving and aviation-centric timepieces.
5. Buy British
SPECTRE’s Bond is dutifully supportive of home grown brands, patronising the likes of historical Northampton shoe brand Crockett & Jones, leisurewear brand Sunspel for his crisp white boxers in a shade their termed “spectral grey” ( cue collective sigh from the female population – and some of the male) and tailoring brand Timothy Everest for his neat, lean-cut suiting. As has been noted in the hallowed fitting rooms of Savile Row, however, it’s a style travesty that today’s Bond seems to have turn his back on their finest houses – bring back the Bond who wore Gieves & Hawkes, we say.
6. When all else fails; razzle dazzle ‘em
In a menswear era when casualwear infuses our formal attire like never before – see the rise in “dress sneakers” and soft suiting – it’s reassuring to see Bond fly the flag for unashamed, charismatic evening chutzpah. He does so to the nth degree in a pristine ice-white Tom Ford tuxedo.
7. Easy rider
While Hedi Slimane’s drainpipe trousers and leather biker jackets at Saint Laurent are probably pushing the boundaries for Bond (although we harbour hopes), the spy has embraced the rugged allure of Matchless via a fawn suede bomber jacket by the heritage British label. Next up, leather trousers?