Channel your inner Bond girl
The traditional sari dazzle of the Pujas and the sequin-dripping dhamaka of Diwali are over. You’ve swirled and swished and sashayed down pandals and social media platforms. Now winter is on its way. Time to be smokin’ hot.
Though there’s no reason to pretend that the pandemic is over, the party scene looks set to be better than it was in 2020. A lot of us would like to dress to kill. And what better to channel than the evil Bond girl vibe?
Fans of 007 know that the spy was at his lethal best when jousting with a girl with murder on her mind and a sense of style to die for. The innuendo-heavy Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye or Ms P. Galore in Goldfinger. May Day in A View to a Kill. Miranda Frost in Die Another Day.
They certainly knew what to wear and how to sizzle as they went about conspiring, betraying and killing at breakneck speed.
Here’s what you can try from the Bond bad girl wardrobe to knock ’em dead at a 2021 party:
Do the blue: Move over LBD. Henchperson (for the lack of a better word) Miss Taro in Dr. No, played by Zena Marshall, wears a knee-length blue silk dress with a slit and a high mandarin collar. Six decades ago, but this is vintage slow burn. Date night winner.
‘Hood’unit: With the mercury dropping, May Day (Grace Jones) of A View to a Kill has the perfect solution. The assassin teams up leather with a hood and shimmery make-up. A quiff too, if your hair is up for it. Perfect for clubbing with friends.
Ice spice: A posh night out? A sit-down dinner, perhaps? Double agent Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) of Die Another Day slays the look with her floor-length, one-shoulder icy-silver gown dripping with crystals and a fur stole. Don’t forget the sparklers on your ears and the dainty diamante heels.
Casual chic: A coffee date, brunch with the girls or just a relaxed evening at the club. The cat burglar played by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger may have a questionable name, but her sense of style is nothing to snigger at. Like her, bring your A game to any event with a crisp white pantsuit, sharply tailored yet feminine with its daring neckline.
Vampire vibe: If you’re not afraid to put yourself out there as strong and sexy, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) of GoldenEye can help you with her goth wardrobe, smokey eyes and red-hot lips. This fighter pilot who crushes her victims with her thighs looks deadly in halter-neck tops and long gloves.
Back to black: If you have to wear black, try Sévérine (Bérénice Lim Marlohe) from Skyfall. This representative of a terror outfit swings the classic black evening gown with sheer sleeves and a sweetheart neck. Feminine yet edgy. Perfect to warm up a classy night out in town.