GL stands for Glamorous Ladies this week as we take a look at the three new Bond Girls set to light up our screens.
Fabulous at fifty, Monica Bellucci is the oldest actress to ever play a Bond Girl. Quoted saying that we should refer to her instead as a ‘Bond Lady’, she plays Mob Moll, Lucia Sciarra. Monica is every inch the femme fatale epitomising Italian glamour on the red carpet and as Dolce and Gabanna’s go to model. Pictured here she maximises her natural assets with a vintage looking black gown that is all about her perfectly proportioned silhouette. Even though she is covered head to toe, this isn’t any easy look to pull off. She, however, does it beautifully.
Lea Seydoux is the modern day Bond Girl. Playing psychologist Dr Madeliene Swann, her character is an independent woman who isn’t waiting to be saved by any man, including Bond. Lea’s own personal style takes on many guises. Here we see her experimenting with the current sixties trend. On camera, she is seen dining with Bond in an ice blue gown with an empire line and cowl back. The fluid style manages to be both sensual and demure.
We are told that Stephanie Sigman’s Bond Girl, the enigmatic Mexican Estrella, has the briefest of appearances in the opening scenes, but we didn’t want to give her a short shrift here. This cut out gown suits her slender boyish frame, styled with statement earrings and simply side-parted hair, the look is cool and knockout.
Here we look at what different brands have to offer our three Bond Girls…
Goat makes the perfect frocks. Most of us don’t have red carpet lifestyles. Instead we are looking for dresses that aren’t ‘one-off occasion wear’. We want dresses that we can style up, or down, but are always knockout however simply we choose to wear them. Enter Goat founder Jane Lewis, she knows what women want to find when we they open their wardrobe doors. Pieces they can rely on. Wool crepe Pandora dress in black echoes the sleeves of Monica’s gown (£420); Red Ava dress (£550) nods to the sixties for Lea and lace-effect Astral (£660) gives us a glimpse of skin, whilst shimmering like the stars for Stephanie.
Leather can elevate even the simplest of outfits and is a great way of introducing some Bond Girl glamour into your life. Reiss has the best selection this season. This zip detail pencil skirt, revealing contrasting black lace beneath (£270) says ‘Monica Bellucci’ when styled in a classic way with black cashmere or a sexy white satin shirt. Equally it rocks a younger look worn with a sheer blouse and black boyfriend jacket. I love the ox blood colour and A-line styling of the second skirt (£245) for Lea. Its quirky twist lock fastening is inspired by handbag hardware. We’re not leaving Stephanie out in the cold with this cosy biker jacket (£750) from Reiss’s newly launched premium collection. A truly iconic piece.
They know how to vamp it up at Karen Millen. So here’s a selection of what they have to offer. Monica Bellucci is often seen wearing red. It’s the first colour the eye goes to and it says confident and self-assured. This sleeveless shift dress is just that, and its perfectly placed applique detailing emphasises an hourglass silhouette (£190). Not your typical black tie dress, this trench-inspired dress is contemporary and elegant and equally at home in the office or on the red carpet (£190). Take a look on their website #MyKM to see how it’s being worn. Working with the cut-out trend, on a smaller scale to that worn by Stephanie, this claret colourway (£160) is bang on trend.
Footwear can really change the emphasis of an outfit. This platform heel with ankle strap is great for those who rarely wear heels, as the chunkier heel provides stability and the platform added comfort. It is also great for balancing out a curvier figure (£250). The black and rose gold provides a softer look than solid black. Keeping with the sixties vibe, this block heel with edge-detail is very wearable in soft black suede (£425). This boot would look great with both the red Goat dress and A-line leather skirt. These elegant black pumps say superstar with their crystal embellished star detail (£295). Remember the simpler the dress the more elaborate the shoe can be.
Even those celebrities with perfect figures rely on some great underpinnings. Our figures soften as we age, so it’s even more helpful to us older Bond Girls. Wolford isn’t the cheapest out there, but they are most certainly the best. The technology behind their textiles means that they wear, wash and last well In keeping with Monica Bellucci’s sexy siren image, I have opted for shapewear with a difference. Wolford’s tulle shapewear offers a light support in a sheer fabric, which no-one will be embarrassed by at the end of the evening. In black, nude or this new java colourway (£105). This full body enables you to wear your normal bra. Lea Seydoux has been pictured wearing a turtle neck body, so here’s one which would be perfect for her snowy scenes in Spectre in a colour called morning (£119). This piece called Fatal (sorry Stephanie) could have been designed by M it is so ingenious. Shown here as a dress (£105), it can also be worn as a top, or a skirt. Every serious Bond girl should have one!