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Last night marked the London premier of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall. Fans turned out in droves to catch a glimpse of the stars of the film, and even Charles & Camilla. Daniel Craig walked the red carpet in what appeared to be a blue shawl collar dinner jacket from Tom Ford which differed only slightly from the classic black number he sports in the movie.
At some point in the film – my guess is it follows London – 007 finds himself in Shanghai where he encounters the beautiful Severine played by French actress Berenice Marlohe. The trailer shows an encounter where he inquires about her boss, who we may assume to be Javier Bardem’s character. They later film a shower scene together, and at another point he watches her in a hotel room from across the street (more on that later this week.)
The shawl collar tuxedo is very classic, and fairly easy to find in most stores including, yep you guessed it, J.Crew. And if you hadn’t already figured it out, I have assembled a kit below highlighting the elements to Bond’s sleek style using mostly items found at J.Crew. Can you spot the one that isn’t?
Clockwise From Top Left:
Ludlow Shawl-Collar Tuxedo with Slim Pants in Italian Wool | $525, Jacket $265, Pants
Satin bow tie | $52
White linen pocket square | $42
Omega Seamaster Special Edition | From $4,195, Omegawatches.com
Preston bluchers | $215
Black satin cummerbund | $75
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew Ludlow bib tuxedo shirt | $148
Like in an good Bond film, Skyfall takes Commander Bond back to London. From what I can gather from the story & trailers (possible spoiler alert) is that after the first scene in Istanbul, James is presumed dead and “enjoys death” somewhere in Turkey (more on that tomorrow) before some unknown forces him to come back to London to make things right with MI6, etc. In the above image, we see Daniel Craig as Bond standing on some London rooftop gazing out over his home city with the Union Jack flapping in the background.
Bond’s style here is rather simple and London conservative. Luckily, I was able to find good options for all pieces at J.Crew (see, I don’t like to scour a lot of websites for this sort of thing. I do 90% of my shopping at J.Crew, so why not feature it predominantly?) from a heavy English wool suit to the black shoes, overcoat, scarf, & gloves.
Clockwise from top left:
Ludlow Fielding Three-Button Suit in Heathered English Wool | Jacket, $750, Pants, $375
Thomas Mason® For J.Crew Spread-Collar Dress Shirt in Fine Stripe | $135
Portolano® for J.Crew cashmere-lined leather gloves | $138
Mayfair topcoat in wool-cashmere | $398
Alden® for J.Crew black leather longwing bluchers | $515
Mini-herringbone wool tie | $59.50
Cashmere scarf | $98
Those of you who know me well (or maybe even not so well) know that I am a big fan of the James Bond 007 film series. I have been watching Bond films since sometime in the 80’s when my dad and I were flipping channels, and landed on Octopussy. Since then I have watched all films – some many times over – I’ve bought the merchandise, drank the drinks, and have even attempted Commander Bond’s style here and there.
James Bond has always had high, yet classic style, and from what we’ve seen so far for Skyfall (November 9th, US) lives up to the gold standard. This week I present a series of kits based on Daniel Craig’s Skyfall wardrobe ranging from his suits, to the razor sharp tuxedo, and even a more casual option perfect for scorpion drinking games. I look to my favorite outpost, J.Crew for most options, though you’ll notice a little something extra thrown in here and there as necessary.
In the image above (top) we see Bond on a motorcycle whipping through the streets of Istanbul in pursuit of…somebody. He’s wearing a classic, medium grey suit, and a light tie, white shirt, and a pocket square. We don’t see his footwear, but one can only imagine it’s something stylish, yet practical (for running, etc). We can also see a glimpse of his watch which is undoubtedly an Omega, but for the sake of creativity I chose an option that he may wear had Omega not been an endorser of the film (no worries, the real one will show up later this week.)
Clockwise from top left:
Ludlow Suit in Grey Worsted Wool | Jacket, $425 Pants, $225
Mougin & Piquard™ chronograph watch in black | $695
Stitched-edge belt | $59.50
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew spread-collar dress shirt | $125
Alden® for J.Crew cap toe cordovan boots | $645
Bird’s-eye wool tie | $69.50
Walther PPK | $629 – $859, Smith & Wesson
‘Tis the season to be toasty. If nothing else, J.Crew’s October launch of new items features a good amount of colder weather outerwear, sweaters, and accessories. Many of these are the same as in years past. This is not a bad thing. Sometimes one just needs to replace a peacoat, or a knit hat. You can click the smiley fella above to see everything. What I have highlighted below are a few of my favorite items from the mix.
Ludlow two-button suit jacket in Prince of Wales check Italian wool flannel $425
My favorite of all the new items is this one. Prince of Wales has been very popular for the past couple of years thanks, in part to Michael Bastian’s version for GANT.
Click on this image for closer detail. If you are a fan of the pattern, and of the Ludlow cut, then I imagine you will be one of the first to purchase this. It can actually be obtained as a full suit, but I don’t see why one couldn’t pair it with jeans.
Ludlow slim suit pant in Prince of Wales check Italian wool flannel $225
Don’t forget your pants. They come in classic fit too.
Ludlow sportcoat in velvet $288
Sticking with the Ludlow theme for a moment, J.Crew has also re-released the black velvet sportcoat. This would make a nice alternative to the dinner jacket for a New Year’s Eve party. Is anyone even thinking of NYE yet? Goofy facial expression not required.
Wallace & Barnes Shetland wool Sutherland sweater $128
I don’t normally give a ratatouille about the W&B offerings. I mention this one because last month I noted that I really liked the slub merino sweater with elbow patches. Turns out it didn’t look very good on me. Perhaps this one would be better? Maybe I’ll try it.
Marled lambswool shawl-collar sweater $75
I am still digging the shawl collar sweaters too.
Dacota down jacket $218
Nice update on the down jacket. Price isn’t too bad either.
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew spread-collar dress shirt in gingham $125
I really like the Thomas Mason dress shirts. This month, it appears they have dropped the price from $135 to $125. Every little bit helps.
Thomas Mason® Archive for J.Crew slim shirt in 1887 check $168
A new development in the TM collection. The website describes the shirts as follows:
‘This heritage plaid hails from Thomas Mason, the first name in fine shirting since 1796 (their fabrics have been a long-time favorite on London’s Jermyn Street, the acknowledged shirt-making capital of the world). Originally produced over a century ago, this pattern was brought back to life by our design team after visiting the British shirt maker’s archives in Italy. After combing through their library of over 200 historical prints (some dating back to the 1700s), we hand selected this plaid for its standout pattern, which feels just as fresh today as it did when it was first designed. Recreated exclusively for us with the same attention to detail that you expect from Thomas Mason, this limited-edition plaid can only be found here at J.Crew. Slim fit—a trimmer version of our regular fit that’s cut more narrowly through the body and sleeves.’
TouchTec® gloves $85
These are probably one of the most practical items available. You can be wearing these, and still be flipping through emails, texts, etc on your iPhone, Android, or tablet. If I find that I will be spending a lot of time outside this winter (could happen) then I may buy a pair of these.
Alden® for J.Crew longwing boots in antique natural $539
Another Alden collaboration gem!
Billykirk® for J.Crew padded briefcase $380
A very handsome and practical briefcase that tethers the line between rugged, casual, and luxurious.
Croc-embossed leather flask $42.50
Finally, I include this for that little hint of indulgence. It’s not real croc, but it looks pretty authentic. Now you can feel a bit more sophisticated when sneaking a swig of your favorite cold weather spirit. I know I will.
All items available at jcrew.com and select J.Crew stores.