007 Style

December 1, 2008 • Magazine

007 Style

007 Style

Fri, 2008-11-28 03:00

I am not a Bond buff by any means, but I loved Casino Royale and am looking forward to seeing Quantum of Solace. If a storyline can continue to thrill 22 movies later, there’s something to be said about the characters, the scenery and the action. There’s also something to be said about the fashion. A Bond woman is sexy, powerful and mysterious, not a bad combination to invoke next time you’re getting ready for a night out. Channel your own Jinx, Vesper or Agent Fields by embracing the elements that make up true iconic Bond girl style.

A Bond girl has a wardrobe bursting full of floor-skimming, body-molding gowns necessary for many a night of intrigue. Though we might not have an occasion for this kind of serious eveningwear, style cues to take away are mixed metallics and bustier-inspired silhouettes. I love the flashiness of Badgley Mischka’s gown from their Fall ’08 collection because, after all, Bond likes his women to make a splash.

Alber Elbaz of Lanvin cleverly told Harper’s Bazaar, “If I was a producer in Hollywood, James Bond today would be a woman, and I would call her ‘Jane Bomb.’” In honor of this designer of the moment and his modern thinking, learn from Lanvin’s Fall ’08 ready-to-wear collection and think stark, opulent and drop-dead gorgeous, as seen here with a tight, asymmetric cocktail dress.

Okay, a bad play on words, but this rising fashion trend is perfectly fitting for a daring Bond girl. Hervé Léger has long been known for tight, banded mini dresses and Max Azria interpreted this look for fall ’08 ready-to-wear by incorporating dip-dyed luxurious colors. Givenchy presented criss-crossing and tied fabric for Spring ‘09 by way of cut out tops. For a less severe look, American Apparel offers the cotton “Le Sac” dress with ties that can create 8 different styles.

Power Suit
Finally, a Bond girl can’t be a Bond girl without a serious power suit. I like Salvatore Ferragamo’s winter white version, which is less harsh than an all black ensemble, but still communicates that this lovely lady means serious business. Or try TopShop’s updated classic – a black leather fitted blazer with black leather leggings.

Badgley Mischka Fall ’08 RTW
Lanvin Fall ’08 RTW
Hervé Léger by Max Azria Fall ’08 RTW
Givenchy Spring ’09 RTW
American Apparel “Le Sac” dress
Salvatore Ferragamo Fall ’08 RTW
Topshop Unique Fall ’08 RTW

Runway Photos: Style.com

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