The world wasn’t ready for Daniel Craig’s pink suit at Bond premiere

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 (Getty Images for EON Productions)
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Thought a man wearing pink was no longer cause for commotion? Think again.

Opinion has run wild on Daniel Craig’s new look at last night’s No Time To Die premiere, the latest film in the Bond franchise. The garment in question? A cerise velvet and peaked lapel blazer.

Daniel Craig arrives at the premiere (Getty Images for EON Productions)
Daniel Craig arrives at the premiere (Getty Images for EON Productions)

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.

Kate Middleton speaks to the James Bond actor (PA)
Kate Middleton speaks to the James Bond actor (PA)

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.

Jason Momoa at the Oscars 2019 (Getty Images)
Jason Momoa at the Oscars 2019 (Getty Images)

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:

Meanwhile, others found other comparisons:

But lead us into the future of fashion not, at least Craig stepped out with a bang.

Daniel Craig waves on the Royal Albert Hall red carpet (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Daniel Craig waves on the Royal Albert Hall red carpet (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

See the gallery above to see the James Bond World Premiere in pictures.

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