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So here it is, my Gentleman’s Guide to Spectre fashion notoriety.


Well, not so much. I believe in fashion that speaks to who you are, as a person. I encourage finding your unique and personal style, not just copying what you see on social media and in the movies. Any monkey can do that! If you are looking to consult the fashion rules applicable to dressing for a black tie event, there are many sources of guidance for you. In this post I am going to explore the details that made up my outfit for the Spectre premiere, which was a black tie event.


A gentleman knows that white jackets were invented to be worn only in tropical climates – and on movie sets


These wise words, from A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up (Johan Bridges and Bryan Curtis, 2011), appeared to be just the motivation I needed to plan my outfit for the premiere. Not wanting to don the typical black tie get up to the event, it came to my attention that Bond himself wears a white jacketed tuxedo during the movie. Bingo, starting point.


James Bond Spectre premiere Ryan and Daniella on red carpet 

The cream white jacket would be the highlight of my look. I found this majestic piece at Maverik Style Wear, the gentleman’s personal lifestyle tailors, located in Johannesburg. Experts in all things bespoke, let Maverik take you through their three step service programme to ensure you are always well tailored and looking your elegant best, no matter the occasion.


Having settled on the jacket, the details that went into the other aspects of the outfit were just as important. Attention to detail ensures that your overall style works to represent your outfit “state of mind”, as expressed in your fashion choices.


Outfit details


I opted for a classic black satin bow tie to compliment the black trimming on my white tuxedo jacket. The bow tie is from local fashion designer Sabrina Kennedy of Bibi Rouge; who also does a selection of ties in a range of fabrics that will intrigue you. My black onyx ring has been a firm favourite of mine for over ten years and continued the elegant black theme. I found this ring at an antique shop in Kalk Bay, down in Cape Town, after being inspired by a similar one worn by Brad Pitt in the movie The Mexican.


Black onyx ring

Black leather strap watch


The watch was a gift from another time, and it carries with it memories of a time past, a bit of this and a bit of that. I enjoy the reflective state that a piece like this lures me into, adding depth and texture to my outfit because of it.


As my fragrance for this outfit, I selected the newly released Dunhill Icon (available at selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini, Truworths, and Stuttafords stores). The bottle hints at the inherent masculinity of the fragrance within, calling for its wearer to compliment its scent with his powerful presence. A well suited fragrance for the modern gentleman who exudes confidence without arrogance and appeal without ego.


Two toned patent leather lace ups waiting to be worn

Two-toned black leather lace ups shoes


My two-toned patent leather lace up shoes are another firm favourite which never cease to draw attention when I wear them. Note what I have done here – I have paired an attention grabbing jacket with attention grabbing shoes. Not too much attention for one outfit?


Not when done properly by breaking the two statement pieces with classic black tuxedo pants which serve as a neutral backdrop to showcase both the jacket and shoes in their own right.


Bond girl


The outfit, with its specific attention to detail, was a definite success on the night, attracting more than its share of “Bond girls”.


Have you seen Spectre yet? The movie was so well received it has been credited as having the biggest opening weekend in South Africa, ever. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, check out the trailer below for a sneak peak of what you are missing, then man up and remedy the situation!



Photography by Lebz Skywalker, on the web and Instagram




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