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From sarongs to a checked suit—top designers tell us how they’d like to see the MI6 man change his look

Yes, we love the Aston Martins and the cutting-edge gadgets of a James Bond film. But at the heart of it all is the man and, of course, his ‘look’. One of the most stylish characters on screen, we’ll see a dapper Bond in Tom Ford suits and Crockett & Jones shoes in Spectre, the latest blockbuster set to hit cinemas on November 20. And while we stay true to the Omega watch—the limited-edition Seamaster 300 is an eyeball-grabber, after all—we get some of our top designers to give the man with the license to kill a fun update. Here’s their pick.

Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar

Hit the beach1
“Crisp, the epitome of British masculinity”—that’s stylist-designer Arjun Saluja’s description of Bond. But even an elite spy needs some down time. “At the beach, I’ll outfit him in a sarong, draped over a pair of Orlebar Brown swimming shorts,” he states, chuckling that “the image of him taking off the sarong before hitting the water will get

2Do the blue
While Daniel Craig has been reaching for his Tom Ford sunnies since his Quantum of Solace days, Saluja feels it’s time for a quirky change. “I like the shape of the Mykita sunglasses. They reference the 60s and 70s, but are quite modern, and pair well with the sarong!” he smiles. Rs.31,022 approx. Details: goodseeco.com

No muzzling this
Jewellery designer Queenie Singh would like 007 to ditch his ST Dupont and Tom Ford cuff links for a pair designed by her. “An MI6 agent’s attention to detail is second to none. So my new Bond cuff links will be custom-designed, to represent the muzzle of a gun, in 18 karat white gold with four bright red rubies and his engraved logo,” she shares. Rs.1,50,000. Details: 022 26404523

Tracking bubbles
A martini—shaken, not stirred. Bond’s choice of cocktails is legendary, but Adrian Pinto, senior manager (wines) at Pernod Ricard, would like him to raise a glass of bubbly instead. “He should ditch Russian/Polish vodka for some French champagne, particularly GH Mumm’s Cordon Rogue,” he says, adding that the racy brand is not only the official champagne of Formula One, but “is synonymous with panache”. Rs.6,000 (approx). Details: 022 42723900

Stud appeal3
Bond is always ahead of technology so “his shoes need to be high-tech, too, customised with things like the iMoves GPS tracker,” says Anand Bhushan. And to go with the British spy’s “alpha male character”, the designer picks brogues and recommends brands such as Giuseppe Zanotti, DSquared and Prada. The Dsquared2 ‘Polka Studs’ brogues featured here cost Rs.39,092 approximately, on farfetch.com

Sniff fantastic4
While Bond is said to prefer British perfume brand Floris (the No 89, we hear), it’s never too late to go Italian. City-based designer Rehane picks Gucci’s Oud as the fragrance to keep the spy smelling fresh in between high octane action sequences. With top notes of pear and saffron, “it’s intense, it’s mysterious and it fits him to the T,” she insists. Rs.12,071 at Dubai Duty Free. Details: 011 46471111

Right on time
While the special edition Seamaster 300 with the NATO strap is already out of stock, you can pick up the limited edition Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m. Inspired by Bond’s family coat of arms, the stainless steel timepiece with a sapphire crystal caseback is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,007 gauss. Rs.4,05,700 (approx). Details: 044 28464092

A brown study5
Now here’s our pick. When British luggagemaker Globe-Trotter’s suitcases are too cubersome, we think Bond should tote his essentials in this Bottega Veneta intrecciato leather holdall. Roomy enough for any eventuality, it boasts inner pockets to keep the gadgets and gizmos organised. Rs.2,95,830. Details: mrporter.com

Follow suit
Tom Ford has put Bond in an off-white evening jacket (a first since Sean Connery wore one in Goldfinger), but designer Sandeep Gonsalves feels this isn’t enough. “He needs to have a little fun with colour and pattern, while retaining the classic silhouette,” says the co-founder of SS Homme. “I’ll dress him in a fitted double-breasted block-and-brick printed suit from our latest collection.” The Italian worsted merino wool suits costs Rs.48,000. Details: 022 26511738

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