In the run up to the release of the biggest Bond movie ever, Skyfall, I was asked by wearesocial.net & Heineken to take care of three of today’s most exciting fashion & lifestyle bloggers, as part of their Crack The Case promotion.
This involved a spy experience day, during which they would be fitted for a bespoke suit. I got the call just 72 hours before this was all meant to go down, so cleared my usually hectic schedule and pulled out all the stops to make it happen.
The bloggers were Gary Kingsnorth (former fashion editor of FHM magazine, now runs THESTYLEKING.com), Ollie O of http://www.bntl.co.uk and Ernest O of YIN&YANG fame. Thanks to my friends at Dormeuil UK for the use of their fitting room at the bottom of Savile Row, photo credits to wearesocial.net and Carolina Revilla at Roberto Revilla London.
Of the three, Gary has had at least made-to-measure previously, at Kilgour in Savile Row, so I guess he may have had a certain level of expectation based on past experience. As the creative force an voice of the Style King with over 50,000 followers, he certainly knows his stuff! Ollie and Ernest had never had a bespoke suit before so this was as exciting for them as it was for me.
Ernest decided he wanted to do something more special and bolder in colour than he might normally go for. With his natural colouring we decide on a striking solid petrol blue in three piece format.
I’d done as much homework as I could find using Google on the guys before they arrived, as I would do for any other client, so for Ollie had already preselected a navy/french blue alternating check which had to be done in a three piece for him as I thought he had the right build and image to really make the suit work as a whole, but then use each element on it’s own (e.g. the waist or coat with jeans, the trousers with a casual shirt etc). He agreed with me when he saw what I was contemplating for him!
Meanwhile Gary had been studying the books I’d brought from my personal collection at home, particularly Bond on Set, Filming Skyfall, deciding that the suit Daniel Craig wore during the opening chase sequence – a beautiful light textured grey – would be the one for him.
So after two hours hugely enjoyed by all, the guys were all measured, cloth picked, styling details worked out and obligatory bottles of Heineken emptied. They headed out of Sackville Street to race off to their next mission while the hard work was only just beginning for me. Results of my creations for Ernest and Ollie can be seen in a future post.
BNTL (Better Never Than Late) http://bntl.co.uk/site/tag/roberto-revilla/