November 26, 2008


Featured look: Lucy Love Maxi Stella Dress

When a girl has to compete with impeccably Italian-tailored Tom Ford suits for the spotlight, her style has to be right on cue. Throughout the classy, martini-soused years of  James Bond movies, the leading ladies have been challenged with finding fashions that can take some of the light from the man every woman wants and every man wants to be—while still appearing strong, elegant, and capable of wielding a hand gun while driving the getaway car. Think Honey Rider’s (Ursula Andress) iconic swimsuit, or Pussy Galore’s (Honor Blackman) curve-hugging sweater dresses adorned with powerful menswear accents. Such a look was once again seamlessly executed in the recent James Bond: Quantum of Solace. The spicy new leading lady, Olga Kurylenko, manages to dress in pieces that match the savvy nature of a Bond girl. With flowy, curvaceous gowns and youthful but rich separates, the new Bond girl is a perfect compliment to Daniel Craig’s (the latest actor to play Bond) high class suits. With poise, power, and undeniable sex appeal, women throughout the Bond legacy have at one time thought “I want to be her”. To get a taste of that Bond girl look, we’ve chosen some of the most iconic Bond girl get-ups and recreated them with some Swell seasoning to make them everyday wearable for those of us not trying to compete with Mr. Bond for the spotlight. The looks above shows Olga Kurylenko somehow making walking heals-in-hand a sultry, strong look. The black dress takes on a colorful appeal with a skin-hugging gauzy feel, flowing hemline and mile high slit up the side.  We recreated this look with a figure-flattering, floor sweeping Lucy Love dress that keeps the same frills and low neckline, but can be dressed down for a more casual look.


Featured look: 1. Billabong Fio Sweater, 2. RVCA Dem Pant, 3. BC Mixmaster Boot 

For the movie shoot, Olga Kurylenko chose an authoritative look that encompasses leggy, skin tight trousers, masculine boots, and a bright yellow knit to add girly charm. Wear this look with a bright cardigan, tucked into a pair of black skinny pants, topped of with some rockin’ ankle boots.


Featured look: 1,2. Hurley Watercolor Rugby Halter and Tunnel Tie Side

Honey Rider’s bikini-clad, sea goddess-esque entrance in Goldfinger is one of the most recognizable Bond girl shots (and outfits) of all time. Flaunt this famous look with a vintage-inspired bandeau bikini top and lowrider bikini bottoms.


Featured look: 1. Volcom Olive Jacket, 2. Quiksilver Women’s Edie Sweater Dress, 3. Roxy Georgia Sweater Dress

Pussy Galore’s wardrobe consisted of (at the time) fashion forward masculine menswear tailoring mixed with soft, feminine knits and satin, billowy camisoles; a look that has strewn the runways this season. To get a modernized spin on her iconic style, top off a sweet sweater dress with a classic fitted jacket with modern cropped sleeves.