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The costume Daniel Craig wore to the premiere of his latest James Bond movie, No time to die, rekindle conversations about masculinity, color and costumes, i thought we were long left behind as masculinity is not rigid but rather fluid – especially when it comes to self-expression, awareness about self, sexuality, emotions and how men engage with the rest of the world. So why did a pink suit – custom made from 15oz pink cotton velor by Anderson & Sheppard’s Bespoke Shop and Haberdashery in London – freaked out so many men? You know Craig is just an actor, right? You know James Bond isn’t real, just a man-to-superhero exaggeration … right?
“Stripping James Bond, our most masculine icon, of his black tuxedo and opting for a suit jacket in a color historically associated with femininity is an act of subversion, but also of sabotage,” wrote Priya Elan, fashion editor. deputy of the Guardian. reply.
professional pissing, Piers Morgan, tweeted, “James Bond would never wear a garish pink tuxedo jacket. You’re supposed to be a steel-eyed assassin with exemplary sartorial taste, Mr. Craig… not an act of homage to Austin Powers.”
Craig’s choice of a double-breasted jacket instead of a single-breasted single-breasted would have been enough to signal a stylistic change from Bond’s approach to formal wear. The shocking pink suit makes it clear he doesn’t want to. no longer be considered James Bond, “Professor Andrew Groves, director of the University of Westminster’s men’s clothing archives, told Elan.
All this on one combination? These talking points avoid the obvious truth: times have changed. The titular example of “exemplary sartorial taste” according to those cited above is a film character rooted in the mid-1960s – one that predates the Civil Rights Act for Christ’s sake. In the same way that fans of the Ian Fleming model might not like the movies, those who know James Bond as a suave silent sex god, thief of ladies, gunshot and arm breaker might not like 007 as a emotional, vulnerable and essentially- retired spy living off-grid in the Caribbean. To each his own.
But, if that was me, I would make 21st Century Bond a tropical drink to sip with an umbrella. And he would have alone wear pink. And for Craig’s sake, I hope there is a nice, long vacation ahead of him on the other side of theatrical release. (Cocktail with small umbrella included.) I’m sure many reviewers – who probably share the same opinion on what men should or shouldn’t show, do, wear or say – love his emotional exit.
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