Monday, 1 August 2011

Lindy Hemming on Bond's wardrobe in Tomorrow Never Dies

        In this latest spy adventure, based on characters created by the late author Ian Fleming, award-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming once again worked closely with Brioni master tailor Checchino Fonticoli. Seeking to provide an even more modern edge to the character's tailored look the pair subtly altered the line to a more roped shoulder, with less suppression at the waist. In addition, the button stance on the handsome actor's suit and sport jackets have been lowered a full inch-a substantial change that allow for an even easier fit that lends a slightly more contemporary yet still classic look to the James Bond style.

       Observes Hemming: "The new Brioni clothing that Mr. Brosnan wears in "Tomorrow Never Dies" establishes the James Bond character as a totally modern man of international taste, dressed in classic but contemporary proportions". In the new film, Brosnan's 007 once again advances the unmistakably elegant, classically tailored, three-button, single-breasted silhouette that successfully revived the fashion life of the character in "GoldenEye". In the new film, apart from the meticulously crafted two and three-piece suits in the finest lightweight fabrics hand selected by Hemming, Bond looks remarkably suave in a luxurious, camel colored, classic topcoat hand-tailored by Brioni in 100% cashmere. For the perennial James Bond scenes where the character steps out in formal wear, Brioni has turned out an insouciant yet subtle twist on tradition: midnight blue rather that black, an invention of Edward VII, the Prince of Wales, who once maintained that the color was "blacker than black" in the glare of bright evening spotlights. Brosnan never looked better as Bond in his midnight blue, Brioni one-button, single breasted wool barathea tuxedo with peaked silk grosgrain lapels and five-button shawl lapel vest, a rarely seen style popular in the 1930's and making its way back into today's formal fashion.

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