The James Bond Wardrobe/Style Thread

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  • MI6HQMI6HQ SIS Building, London, United Kingdom
    edited April 27 Posts: 1,255
    I have a suggestion:
    Can we have an elimination game on this?
    The Best Wardrobe/Style/Outfit elimination game for example?
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 2,860
    This thread waking up reminds me to mention 'Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007' by Llewella Chapman:

    https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/fashioning-james-bond-9781350164666/

    I know very little about clothes (and usually dress like I woke up in a bin) but I found this fascinating. Film by film analysis of the clothing choices for the cast, costume directors, wider contemporary fashion context, even tie-in merch (like the reproduction of Tracy's wedding ring, which for some reason didn't sell very well).

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  • ByRoyalDecreeByRoyalDecree Stockholm/London
    edited May 9 Posts: 457
    I quite like the current Swedish suit trend: jackets with big lapels and dropped shoulders. What do you think?

    I think it looks vastly more elegant than the tight fitting suits Tom Ford made Craig wear in Skyfall onwards.

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  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    Not for me. I'm not a sartorial expert, but something about those lapels is just slightly off. Maybe because I expect such a wide lapel to go with a double breasted suit? Or it's the dropped shoulders meeting the lapels at an unexpected point? I can't really put my finger on it.
    They do fit well, but I would say the Tom Ford suits could have been made to fit better.

    One thing I would like in the new film would be for the clothes to be mentioned in the film. Not in a product placement way, but something along the lines of the dinner jacket in CR.
    Your post just reminded me of a fun little scene in Kill Chain one of the comics by Dynamite, were Bond and a woman working for I think the DGSE are fleeing after an altercation in an auction house's warehouse (sidenote: do that whole sequence with an auction and a fight in the warehouse. Come to think of it, just do Kill Chain. It's really good.) and they constantly snipe at each other about who knows more about antiques and intelligence work and all that culminating in her dissing him by saying he doesn't have style because notch lapels are totally out. You'd have to punch that up a bit for the screen obviously, but I still think something like that could work. Show that Bond knows and cares about these things and can have a verbal sparring match while in a car chase, without breaking a sweat.
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    slide_99 wrote: »
    I was watching this interview with Lindy Hemming last night.

    interesting exchange at 49 mins:

    Interviewer: Does [going from Brosnan to Craig] create challenges or opportunities for you?
    Hemming: Well I have to say, it was the last one I did, so that should tell you something.

    I take it Craig had her replaced, as she goes on to say that he wanted a more modern look for Bond in the follow-ups.

    That's a shame because Hemming was a godsend to this series. Brosnan was the only Bond who not once wore anything that didn't work on him. Casual or formal, everything Hemming gave him was immaculate. He looked natural in everything. Hemming also did well with Craig in CR, dressing him down somewhat while still making sure he looked stylish.

    Craig's wardrobe in QOS good for the most part, but certain outfits he had like the white jeans and dark shirt in Haiti screamed, "I just got back from a haul at the AX outlet."

    Then in Skyfall things really start to go awry, and they only got worse with each new movie. The tiny suits, the garish ensembles (barbour jacket and scarf, peacoat over a sweater and tie with leather gloves, the corduroy suit (WTF?), and of course this atrocity:
    https://www.bondsuits.com/the-duster-coat-with-two-shirts-for-norway-in-no-time-to-die/

    If Craig indeed was instrumental in getting Hemming sacked, the producers should have stepped in and overruled him. By the time he was finished with the role, Bond didn't look like Bond anymore.

    Agreed on all points.
  • ByRoyalDecreeByRoyalDecree Stockholm/London
    edited May 8 Posts: 457
    Not for me. I'm not a sartorial expert, but something about those lapels is just slightly off. Maybe because I expect such a wide lapel to go with a double breasted suit? Or it's the dropped shoulders meeting the lapels at an unexpected point? I can't really put my finger on it.
    They do fit well, but I would say the Tom Ford suits could have been made to fit better.

    I think the lapel creases are cut a bit too high up on the chest and not deep enough by that particular brand, but I still much prefer larger lapels to smaller. I also think colour combinations are important and strayed away from italian luxury to british office worker and made Daniel look boring. He looks more well dressed in press junkets and interviews than he does in his last three films.

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  • ByRoyalDecreeByRoyalDecree Stockholm/London
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    What do you guys think about shirt collars?
    For me, all cuts go as long as they are stiff and somewhat tall. Like in this clip of Brad Pitt in Joe Black.

  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
    Posts: 1,072
    That’s too long for me nowadays. Collar length should work with the lapel and the size of the tie. It works for him, because the other pieces fit, but it's just not a package in total, I would go for now. That suit jacket front looks like it's an overcoat in the mid shots with those splayed lapels. The tie is kind of cool with the waistcoat (i suspect it would be too much fabric if it were loose).

    I've recently moved towards more of a semi-spread collar. I think it's more versatile with a tie or without. That is also, because I have a rather short neck and wearing something as high/long as Pitt does in the clip would make me look like I'm cosplaying as Fat Karl Lagerfeld. Full spread is too much for me and I cannot fathom how people wear full spread collars without a tie. Looks ridiculous.
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