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, â€œIf I was a producer in Hollywood, James Bond today would be a woman, and I would call her â€˜Jane Bomb.’â€ 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. HervÃ© LÃ©ger 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 â€˜09 by way of cut out tops. For a less severe look, American Apparel offers the cotton â€œLe Sacâ€ dress with ties that can create 8 different styles.
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
HervÃ© LÃ©ger by Max Azria Fall ’08 RTW
Givenchy Spring ’09 RTW
American Apparel â€œLe Sacâ€ dress
Salvatore Ferragamo Fall ’08 RTW
Topshop Unique Fall ’08 RTW
Runway Photos: Style.com