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Thought a man wearing pink was no longer cause for commotion? Think again.
More specifically, it’s “a double-breasted bespoke dinner jacket,” say its makers from Savile Row stalwarts Anderson & Sheppard, the tailor founded back in 1906. “The velvet is from Scabal and was made in Italy, and the jacket has side-vents, matching covered buttons and turn-back cuffs.” Chic.
Paired with shining black John Lobb shoes, an Omega watch, and a hefty slick of hair gel, the jacket was a nice way of dodging the tried and (very well) tested 007 plain black suit (which nearly every other man on the carpet opted for). With it, he brought a streak of dandy to an otherwise sleepy male sartorial affair.
But was it ground breaking? Hardly. Put him up against a new wave of men mixing up red carpet dressing and it hardy pulls weight. Timothée Chalamet has been causing a stir by veering away from traditional tailoring in silver satin looks by Haider Ackermann, and Virgil Abloh’s Off White harnesses. Billy Porter ushered in a dramatic new era of red carpet appearances when he wore a Christian Siriano tux-gown to the Oscars, and most recently Lil Nas X has been stepping out in lilac Versace capes, Richard Quinn pearl embellished suits, and one full set of gold armour. This lot are providing plenty more to absorb.
And even in the more limited fashion history book of straight men in pink suits, Craig’s outing doesn’t quite rank number one. Jason Momoa took that spot at the 2019 Oscars when he committed to a two piece, dusty velvet Fendi number.
That said, Craig and Bond are old school, so chancing an arm (maybe half an arm) is still good enough for me. Others disagree.
Piers Morgan, the well-respected fashion critic, tweeted: “James Bond would never wear a garish pink suede dinner jacket.” (Piers, NB: it’s 15oz pink cotton velvet, not suede). “You’re supposed to be a steely-eyed assassin with exemplary sartorial taste, Mr Craig…. not an Austin Powers tribute act.” Thankfully, members of the public were quick to clarify Craig’s occupation:
That’s not James Bond. It’s actually one of the actors who’s played James Bond.
— Golden Steph (@WagonWanderly) September 29, 2021
Meanwhile, others found other comparisons:
Who wore it better, Daniel Craig or Manuel…? 😆🤣😉 pic.twitter.com/N6PGfH3pQq
— Peter Anthony (@FrPeterAnthony) September 29, 2021
But lead us into the future of fashion not, at least Craig stepped out with a bang.
See the gallery above to see the James Bond World Premiere in pictures.