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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