“Bond, James Bond.” One of the most recognizable introductions in not just the culture of Hollywood, but probably in all of history. The title character of Ian Fleming‘s novels, was always accompanied by sometimes a sidekick, other times an enemy and occasionally a love interest, but always a fashionista. These women have come to be known as “Bond Girls”. Beautiful, sophisticated, but most importantly dressed to the nines.
Designer Dan Liu chose to capture the classic opulence of what the Bond Girls have not only done for the Bond movies themselves, but for the fashion world as a whole. Mr. Liu was able to design examples from the entire James Bond franchise timeline, which meant that we were able to see fashion influences from the past 50 years on the runway in 2018.
I had forgotten how prevalent the scarf was in the 1960s, especially combined with the oversize sunglasses and bold lipstick. Minidresses and knee-high boots were plentiful on the runway, because when thinking back through the Bond movies, the producers made the females look sexy without going overboard into trashy. This showing was no different. From the innocent little black dress to the sinister trenchcoat, the tradition of the most fashionably dressed women in the world was honored in the most dignified and impressive way imaginable.
Just to top of an already great show, and in keeping with the fashion show custom, Mr. Liu strutted out onto the runway looking as if he had just come from The Casino Monte Carlo. Handsomely sporting a black tux and white silk shirt, supremely exquisite, but with grand simplicity. It was a perfect ending to one of the best clothing lines that I have ever seen.
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