I Luw Fashion: Man of the year.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

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This year television hasn’t been anything other than splendid. Sex and the City the movie, Gossip Girl and “Mad Men” have sucked women into the worlds of fashion perfection, while men have looked up to Batman, James Bond and Iron man for a template of the perfect man.
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In spite the overwhelming selection of movies for inspiration, there are two movies that have stood out more than the others and have held worldwide media under siege, and those are “Batman - The Dark Knight” and “James Bond – Quantum of Solace”. With the hype settled and cinemas ramping up for next year’s big releases it’s time to settle who’s the man of the year, James Bond or Bruce Wayne.

Wardrobe.
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Both franchises have become lucrative motion pictures for product placement and it was announced well back in 2007 what both heroes would be wearing. Christian Bale was kitted out by Armani which is well in place the sartorial success in American psycho in which Christian Bale wors suits from the same Italian designer. The power dressing formula just like in American psycho is also there in the Dark Knight but in a less pretentious way.
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Highly theatrical Tom Ford took care of Daniel Craig giving him a wardrobe of suits and coats which suits the sophisticated taste of James Bond. Not looking like the average night club security guard in a cheap and ill fitted black polyester suit Mr. Bond now has a crisp and more edgy appearance than before. It’s a job well done for Tom Ford who has managed to compromise his creative ideas and match them with the expected appearance of James Bond.


Bond: 8.5/10 Batman: 8/10

Transportation.
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Public transportation isn’t good enough as a super hero requires a means of getting around that can accelerate from 0-100km/h faster than a dyslexic politician can spell the word “mischievous”.
There is nothing that gains you more kudos from fellow men than driving the car of a super hero. Given that, it was no surprise that the Aston Martin DBS sold out for its entire life cycle the moment Aston Martin opened up their order book. Penned by Danish Henrik Frisker the DB9 is a master piece and the best automotive design man has seen the latest 10 year. With four years in the back pack the DBS is a much needed refresh of a more aggressive DB9. Because the DBS is technically a DB9 on steroids you’d expect it to look like a DB9..............which is exactly what it does. Every super model that dies in a traffic accident reincarnates into a DBS, the car looks absolutely divine in photos. Sadly the extraordinary beauty is nowhere to be seen in real life where the car simply looks like a DB9 with a fancy sports kit. Regardless of the deception it’s one very handsome long distance cruiser and is brilliant dream car for a subtle gentleman. The engine offer a powerful sound track with deep growl that sounds like angry polluted London clouds ready to pour down acid rain.


Lamborghini is no stranger to car lovers and the LP640 is the definition of a dram car with its 640 horse powers and scissor doors. Unlike the Aston it’s a head turner that stands out where ever it is and doesn’t disappoint neither in real life nor in photos. Interestingly it cost £197 460 which is just a few thousand grands short of the £159 043 asking price for the DBS. Similar priced the Ferrari 599GTB offer the same brutal and exotic experience as the Lambo which both makes the DBS look somewhat overpriced as it’s a faux super car. Nonetheless it’s hard to not forgive the DBS for its flaws as it’s one very cool car. Like with previous Bond cars the novelty will complete be lost in 1-2 years when the Quantum of Solace is in the long in the past while the LP640 will remain bold for years to come.
Bond: 6.5/10 Batman: 8.5/10

The women.
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If you didn’t blush when Ukrainian Olga Kurylenko made her initial appearance in Quantum of Solace then you’re not a hetero sexual man. The cute hair style and golden tan made her look like the ultimate next door neighbour. With such a gentle but yet romantic face many admirers would happily do cart wheels around Chernobyl for her. Take into account her graceful posture and sexy accent, Olga is an excellent super hero girlfriend.



Visually Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t match up to Katie Holmes who played Rachel in the first Batman movie featuring Christian Bale. Maggie’s acting deserves a firm cheer but age has caught up with her a bit too early. Unlike other actresses of her age and calibre her face looks old. For her it’s almost like the camera adds 10 years and the age is even more apparent when you see her in the flesh.

Bond: 9/10 Batman: 3.5/10

The movie.

Action movies are synonyms for clich├ęs and weak plots, and the fact is highlighted by going through Steven Segal or Jean Claude Van Dame’s filmography. The Dark Knight is a beacon of light in this genre as it stands for the entertainment one doesn’t expect from a blockbuster action movie. At least one Oscar should be in place curtsey for Heath Ledger who puts on an astounding performance as the Joker.



The character development in the movie and the conflicts Batman faces are what makes the movie so spectacular. Even those without an appetite for action flicks will love the thick and deep plot and provides unpredictability rarely seen. No other motion big screen motion picture can rival the Dark Knight as it has dominated this year as the best movie of 2008.

Quantum of Solace takes the prize for one of the best car chases ever. Plagued by bad omens and accidents the production team for the movie managed to pull though with is heart pounding car chase that’s guaranteed to keep a fatigue lorry under suspense.


As an action movie the movie certainly deliver with the type of drama and scenes one would want to see on a Friday night. The fighting scenes are intense taking places in various dramatic environments with explosions and gun shoots all around. Undeniably amazing action in its essence but the question is whether it’s really Bond? Instead of a charming and formidable Bond we have been presented with a Bond that’s harder than Chuck Norris and Jason Statham combined. Where is the womanizer personality and the charm? Despite the brilliant thrill Quantum of Solace has taken James Bond’s character down the wrong path transforming into something uncharacteristic. Gone missing are also the car gizmos and Sony gadgets from the future. We see Daniel Craig playing the role of his life but we see no traditional Bond.

Bond: 6/10 Batman: 9.5/10

Off set appearance.

It’s common knowledge that movies are just acts, but it’s quite disappointing to see that Christian Bale looks drastically different off set then he does in movie like American Psycho. The dressing isn’t there nor is the charisma. Daniel Craig on the other hand has done a flawless job in the style category looking highly presentable every time there’s a camera around.



Bond: 10/10 Batman: 5.5/10

Total.
James Bond: 40 Batman: 35

Man of the year – James Bond



Bonus: The Dark Knight London Premier






16 comments:

Tony said...

Awesome post.

♥ fashion chalet said...

I agree. I adore every look on Bale. And Robert Downey Jr. has amazing style as well! =)

Great blog!

xx

iluwfashion said...

Thanks, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Anonymous said...

Great post! I would gladly "do cart wheels around Chernobyl for" Olga Kurylenko :D

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JC said...

I'm so glad Bond clinched it - thoroughly deserved by the man who wears only Brioni. What happened to good old-fashioned British tailoring on a British icon?

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ED-O said...

loved this post so much- great blog, glad i found it

Fashion Carnival said...

Awesome comparation, even thought i love both movies I still enjoy more the dark knight.. but everyone has its way of thinking.. for example, Bond's suits were way much better!! have a happy new year

iluwfashion said...

JC: This is new dawn for Bond and any of the very traditional British tailors would have a difficult time dressing the new Bond, who's a bit more fresh and fierce in his demeanour.

Fashion Carnival: I prefer the Dark Knight too as I've already watched it 3 times and will watch it again this week=)

Thanks to everyone else who commented on this post.

Sustainable Sean said...

Great pic! Fantastic blog too!

MANICPROJECT said...

Both men look great, weather it's on screen or on the cover of GQ. Classy, elegant, and excellent at their craft. True gentlemen.

Brenton said...

"If you didn’t blush when Ukrainian Olga Kurylenko made her initial appearence in Quantum of Solace then you’re not a hetero sexual man."

so very true, great post.

Daddy's Girls said...

The men really look classy in their suits. And my, Olga's fashion sense is to die for. I adore her!

Anonymous said...

'Both franchises have become lucrative motion pictures for product placement and it was announced well back in 2007 what both heroes would be wearing. Christian Bale was kitted out by Armani which is well in place the sartorial success in American psycho in which Christian Bale wors suits from the same Italian designer. The power dressing formula just like in American psycho is also there in the Dark Knight but in a less pretentious way.'

doesn't he mention in the dialoge that he wears valentino suits?