From Sean Connery’’ beachy blue “onesie” to Roger Moore’s ’80s track jacket, the collaboration captures the Bond DNA.
Following on the heels of its Skyfall-themed men’s swimsuits last year, London-based fashion brand Orlebar Brown has just released a second James Bond collection based on actual iconic looks from the films, dating back to the ‘60s.
In a collaboration with Eon Productions (which oversees the James Bond movie franchise) Wednesday, the collection dropped on the brand’s website and debuted at its own boutiques worldwide, with a second release of additional styles next month. It expands on the limited-edition Bond swim shorts that riffed on an actual Orlebar Brown model worn by actor Daniel Craig in Skyfall. The new capsule collection provides nearly a full vacation wardrobe, everything from a linen safari jacket to sporty espadrilles, as worn on the screen by Sean Connery, Roger Moore and George Lazenby when they played British Secret Service agent 007.
Orlebar Brown founder Adam Brown tells The Hollywood Reporter that the original appearance of one of their swim shorts in Skyfall was purely unexpected, but it struck a chord with them. “We did not know that was going to happen, but it felt right. And it’s amazing to partner with one of the biggest film franchises and a character like Bond.”
Brown adds that the Bond DNA has been inspirational to Orlebar Brown since the very beginning of the company in 2007. “The blue onesie worn by Sean Connery on the deck of the boat in Goldfinger was on the original mood board when we started,” Brown notes. “Since then, we’ve had a whole load of film stills from the various movies that appeared on the boards and we’ve always had an interest in the styling and imagery.”
And, yes, the collection includes a version of the blue-knit belted beach jumpsuit originally worn by Connery. There is also a white-linen formal shirt with pleats that riffs on a style worn by George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the navy terrycloth track jacket seen on Roger Moore in A View to a Kill among other casual pieces.
“Bond has always had a sartorial way of expressing himself. It’s about tailoring and fit and looking sharp,” Brown says. “We had the originals in the studio while we were creating the collection and the fundamentals of the pieces are exactly the same. But the fit and style in the ‘70s was obviously very different.”