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Releases October 5 (which, whether or not you celebrate, is International James Bond Day), Jenny Packham has designed a 007-style capsule collection to celebrate 60 years of the assassin spy. No sequin has been left unturned in the run of eight homage designs, each paying tribute to iconic female roles in the franchise.
So who was the duchess channelling? Goldfinger’s gilded girl Jill Masterson. Played by Shirley Eaton in the 1964 film, her topless, full body paint portrait that covered LIFE Magazine cemented her as one of the standout stars in Bond-girl history.
The duchess didn’t totally commit (no gold paint to see here) but certainly caused a stir with the show-stopping number after a year and half without much taste of royal outings on the red carpet.
A blood-red gown in similar style, with a plunging neckline and ombré shaded sequins, is called ‘The World is Not Enough’ after the 1999 film, while a rope-tie waist, glistening silver number has been inspired by ‘Octopussy’, from 1983.
In the more recent film references, Packham is inspired by her own work, having dressed numerous characters during the Daniel Craig era. Her ‘Casino Royale’ satin gown is laced with satin down the back, while ‘Die Another Day’ has an asymmetric neckline trimmed with dangling gems - both deadly sexy. Whilst prices are still to be announced, similar beaded, caped and sequinned gowns by the designer cost between £2,100 to £7,818.
“The Bond movies have been a cinematic constant of my life and their glamour has always inspired me,” the British designer says. “So, when I am asked to describe a highlight in my career, to see one of my designs in a Bond film is absolutely one of them.”
To view the whole collection, see jennypackham.com