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Now, It's not very often I find inspiration for a blog in a red-top, but after noticing this article in one of the best selling red-tops in the UK, I had a thought. For once, the article was factual and insightful.
The topic was centred around some chaps who had gained a certain level of acclaim in the UK for their acting skills, more than their looks. However, once a move to Hollywood beckoned, these chaps had (what's being called) a Male-Over.
I'm only going to look at a few of the chaps mentioned. Mainly the ones which I feel have had the biggest transformation since moving to Hollywood, and to be honest, the biggest change in each chap is the styling. First up, Here we have our current 007, Daniel Craig. I must admit, I'd heard of him before he was named as the new James Bond, but I wansn't overly familiar with him. The transformation, however, is plain to see. Here we see a rather relaxed looking Daniel Craig (circa 2004), but with the help of a good haircut, and a fantastic looking suit , we can see the difference. (Tuxedo is Midnight Blue in colour with Black Silk Shawl Lapel, Black Silk Jetted Pockets and furnished with a White Handkerchief ).
Next is a chap who has been on our screens for years, yet he's still only 26 years old. First seen in the Harry Potter movies (2005 onwards), it's hard to imagine the rapid rise to fame that Twilight has brought him.Looking very casual in the older photo, we can see the change brought about by a tidy haircut and a sharp looking suit . The colour really suits his skin tone too, working with his hair colour to compliment his tone. Nice slim lapels, with a slim tie to match. Very trendy.
Last, but not least, someone you'd probably least expect to see on this page, however, i think he's very underestimated in the Style word. Hugh Laurie has had a fantastic career on both sides of the ocean, with his recent portrayal of Dr House winning him much acclaim in the USA, and a whole new army of admirers.
During his time on British TV, I always found him rather drab, although his talent was never in doubt. Admittedly, I am a fan of the 3 piece suit being worn in the older image here (mainly because I loathe the open shirt neck), but the more modern picture does him justice as the suit colour matches his profile much better.
So, in conclusion, if all it takes is a decent haircut and a sharp looking suit, why haven't you already booked an appointment with me? We have all seen the difference it can make. See you all soon?
We've all been waiting for it. Been teased and tempted by various clips, reports and photographs. and FINALLY we have the official premiere of the newest James Bond film Skyfall back where it belongs in London.
The last year of anticipation has only served to increased every man's desire to be James Bond and every woman to be wooed by James Bond. If you can't get the Licence to Kill or afford the insurance for the Aston Martins - dressing the part is absolutely the next best thing.
So with all eyes undoubtedly on the man of the moment, James Bond himself in the form of Daniel Craig - he certainly didn't disappoint. A classic black dinner suit worn with a crisp white dress shirt , dress studs, matching pocket square and bow tie - simple, fabulous. Though in a reversal of the traditional black jacket with satin lapels , Craig has gone for a matt shawl collar with textured satin jacket . If you're looking for something similar our blue collection-D5 would be the best selection.
Pictured here with Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe who looks absolutely divine in this sumptuous Vivienne Westwood creation (I have an obsession with her incredible bodices) you can see the Bond suit in more detail with his straight flapless pockets and straight tapered trousers - even a satin cummerbund . He's stuck to a thoroughly classic tailored suit which I think is quite appropriate for the occasion celebrating one of Britain's finest.
Shedding the black cape of 'You Know Who', villain Ralph Fiennes gave us another excellent example of a classic dinner suit , complete with satin shawl collar , flapless pockets and satin piping down the trouser seam. You'd normally see a slightly wider satin stripe but this finer piping looks rather edgy!
Amongst the glamourous cast of Skyfall there was also a glittering array of celebrities including Ms Naomi Campbell. I mentioned this new trend of the female interpretation of the dinner suit and I was delighted to find another superb example!The extra-wide peaked lapels enhance the jacket 's feature shoulder pads which give a really dramatic shape to the jacket , and the sweeping cross-over of the striking white lapels bring your eyes into her already tiny waist - very elegant. You'll also notice the back-to-front double vent - most probably intended as more of a stylish slit than a vent but I certainly appreciated the irony!
Every man at some stage of his life aspires to be like James Bond - licence to kill, access to an equally sexy selection of cars and women, and of course the ultimate tuxedo. When putting on a flawless suit that fits like a glove it makes any man swagger along oozing with confidence - which as all men know is the key to attracting a woman.
In the build up to the release of the eagerly anticipated 23rd James Bond film 'Skyfall' there have been several photos of the current Bond, Daniel Craig, doing the media rounds; filming on set and with his wife Rachel Weisz.
I particularly like the above photograph as it shows James Bond in an everyday light that most men can actually relate to - just holding hands with the wife in your lunch break. And yet, even in this more casual pose, how is he still projecting such an air of effortless, debonair sophistication? With a pale grey, mohair, two piece suit, white shirt and metallic, spot-print tie, that's how. This specific suit shows a double vented, two button jacket with straight flapped pockets and a medium width notched lapel and three cuff buttons. The last button has been left un-done for what I can only assume to be some magnificent cufflinks.
The trousers, slightly unusually, have a 1 inch turn up, straight cut and tapered down the leg. If you fancy trying this style for yourself, I have the design ready and waiting so just follow the link: grey two piece . A very appropriate quote that has always stuck in my mind from his first Bond film, Casino Royale:James Bond: I have a dinner jacket. Vesper Lynd: There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter. And I need you looking like a man who belongs at that table. James Bond: How?... It's tailored. Vesper Lynd: I sized you up the moment we met.
It is evidently the jacket that maketh the man. And I say maketh the jacket work for the man! (or woman) For example, when I tried to take my partner's attention away from the PlayStation to show him these photos his first comment was, Now that's a Classic Bond Suit, which got me thinking.
All actors honoured with the role of 007 have also been fitted with their own unique take on this classic grey number. The number of buttons, width of trouser, point of the lapel and colour of tie may change but the impact is equal on each man.
It would be hard to make a definitive top 10 list, so I will discuss some films that stand out to me as having outstanding wardrobes and are particularly inspirational.
The James Bond series is one that comes to mind first of all. From early days of Sean Connery in Dr No, sporting what would soon become his trademark, the 'turnback' shirt cuff, to the modern day iteration of Daniel Craig who does the classic black tie so well in Casino Royale.
A Single Man is also one of my favourite films, as a film in its own right and also for its stylistic content. Directed by Tom Ford, he also does a magnificent job of the wardrobe, taking cues from 60's Americana with slim ties and lapels, tab collars and materials such as mohair.
Wall Street 2 is another recent film which caught my attention. It updates the look of the 80's stockbroker, depicted in the original film by contrast collars and braces replacing them with dashing 3 piece suits and peak lapels. Back in the 60's, Michael Caine perfected the suited gangster look in Get Carter looking particularly good in the navy 3 piece below.
In my opinion, the most stylish film of all is the Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest. We see Cary Grant wear an exceptionally well tailored blue-grey suit that has become synonymous with the film. The suit has achieved iconic status, with GQ voting it the best suit in film history in 2006.
A fine bit of sci-fi hook'em, the old Wild West meets Aliens from outer-space well some one had to do it and the action skills of Harrison and Daniel are put through their paces....
Harrison Ford now looking older, but more refined cuts a strident figure through the film and is sartorially kitted out in the longer riding jacket of the day teamed with a and not that far removed from the .
In everyday life Harrison has changed his style slightly to encompass the lightening of his dark locks and beard.
Now with his silver hair he can wear the darker tones more strikingly as here with a black suit , black shirt and black silk tie.
Daniel Craig on the other hand sill has his darker hair and as such chooses from a wider range of colours for his everyday attire, grey , blue and brown being his preferred choices.
While in the film he wears a a darker black 3-piece, like Harrison.
All-in-all the film looks good fun and a fair vehicle for both Harrison and Daniel's action scenes.
With the recent news of Daniel Craig's marriage to Rachel Weiz, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at how to achieve the style of James Bond; a character whom Craig has been able to demonstrate his brilliant sartorial prowess in the last two Bond films Quantum of Solace (2008) and Casino Royale (2006).
1. Colour/pattern: A solid Charcoal grey , a subtle check light grey or a subtly patterned navy weave will do well for the Bond uniform.
2. Material: In the novels, 007 often opted for navy blue suits in a light weight worsted wool, this is possibly because most of his assignments seem to take place in gloriously warm locations so I would opt for whichever all year round fabric your budget will allow.
3. The details: This will make your suit a James Bond suit . For a true 007 look, the jacket should have the following: two buttons, standard width notched lapels, four (working or not) cuff buttons, double vents and flapped pockets. Slanted flaps work better on slimmer builds, but ultimately it's personal preference - as is the ticket pocket option. The lining should match the jacket ; Bond does classy not fancy. The cut of the jacket should be one that is strongly tapered into the waist.
The trousers should be straight cut, have side adjusters (Bond only wears braces with dinner jackets and belts in the late 90's), ideally un-pleated and turn ups are optional as some of the Bonds have worn them.
If you favour the three-piece variety, the waistcoat should be single breasted with two pockets and only if attempting to achieve the Sean Connery look in Goldfinger would I recommend the notch lapel, otherwise keep it plain.
4. Other details: The shirt should be either light blue or white in either a plain or very subtle pattern, double cuffs and have no breast pocket. The tie should be subtle, unadventurous and should harmonise with the suit/shirt. For example a Charcoal grey suit, white shirt and dark grey grenadine tie would work. Bond would also never wear a Windsor knot as it is far too garish, stick with a four in hand. Add a crisp white pocket square if wearing a white shirt . Shoes should either be plain black oxfords, or plain black slip-ons.
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