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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

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

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Regular readers of Crabapple know that there are few things I covet in life more that watches, sunglasses, and socks.  I find myself buying socks more often than I care to admit – saving the larger scale purchasing of the other two for more prosperous and special occasions. 

A few years ago I picked up the Longines Hydroconquest Automatic with the stainless steel bracelet at a sample sale in New York for probably about a third of the retail selling price.  I wear this watch probably 80% of the time.  The other 20% I switch between a Tissot with a brown leather strap, two dressier watches from Longines and Raymond Weil, and a couple Timberland watches.  Read the rest of this entry »

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