Tagged: Sam “Ace” Rothstein

Casino – De Niro’s Burnt Orange Jacket

Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino (1995).

Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).


Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Vegas casino executive and mob associate

Las Vegas, Fall 1980

Film: Casino
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack


I could probably dedicate an entire blog to the stellar wardrobe of Sam “Ace” Rothstein. It’s no coincidence either; clothes were very important to the real life Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Martin Scorsese invested at least $1 million of the film’s budget into costuming alone. Robert De Niro wore a staggering 70 different costumes over the course of the nearly three hour movie, and Casino fans know that very little of Ace’s attire can be easily found out in the real world.

In fact, De Niro’s costuming from Casino merited enough attention that Boston designer Ibraheem Youssef created a very eye-catching poster that reflects most of Ace’s suits and sport coats from the prologue through the final car bombing. Today’s entry looks at the third from final entry of that poster, set late in the film as Ace finally confronts his unfaithful wife, Ginger (Sharon Stone, who had around 40 costumes herself in Casino).

What’d He Wear?

This look is about as close to a seasonally appropriate fall outfit as Sam Rothstein will wear. Forget those comfy sweaters and flannel shirts you start rolling out in September, Ace just incorporates fall colors into his loud silk and polyester numbers. In fact, this outfit only features two colors: orange and brown.

The most prominent – and inimitable – part of the outfit is Ace’s burnt orange single-breasted jacket constructed from a shiny, textured polyester. The jacket has two brown horn buttons and a matching single button on each sleeve cuff. The padded shoulders have roped sleeveheads, and the two side vents rise high as was popular in the late 1970s.

Ace goes through the stages of marital grief: stomach-turning worry followed by vengeful anger. At least he's handling it better than Jake LaMotta did.

Ace goes through the stages of marital grief: stomach-turning worry followed by vengeful anger. At least he’s handling it better than Jake LaMotta did.

One of the most distinctive aspects of Ace’s jacket are the angled lapel notches known as cran necker, fishmouth, or Parisian lapels. The latter two names make the most sense – the notches resemble the gaping mouth of a fish, and the design is Parisian in origin – but I have yet to discover the true meaning of “cran necker”. This type of lapel was featured several times on Ace’s jackets in Casino, but most notably on Don Corleone’s dinner jacket in The Godfather.


Ace’s jacket has three square patch pockets – one on each hip and one on his left chest, where he wears a carefully and rakishly tri-folded orange silk handkerchief that perfectly matches his shirt and tie.

Ace wears a shirt and tie only a shade lighter than his jacket that can best be described as “orange gold”. The silk shirt has a long point collar and the distinctive single-button tab cuffs developed by Ted Lapidus, the French fashion designer who popularized the “safari” look during the decade. Roger Moore had even worn Lapidus cuffs as James Bond in the late 1970s.

I bet The De Niro Look even scares people over the phone.

I bet The De Niro Look even scares people over the phone.

Ace’s orange silk necktie perfectly matches his shirt. The cinematic Ace – if not also the real-life Lefty – was a strong proponent of matching his colored shirts and ties exactly, a trend that would be revived in the early 2000s by Regis Philbin on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

With such an eye-popping upper half, Ace keeps it relatively subtle below the belt. Or below the beltless waistband, more accurately. Although we can’t see much of his dark brown trousers, they likely have the same tab-front waistband and flat front as the rest of his pants. The straight-leg trousers have plain-hemmed bottoms.

De Niro keeps it simple: orange on top, brown on bottom. Where it gets complicated is in the super '70s details.

De Niro keeps it simple: orange on top, brown on bottom. Where it gets complicated is in the super ’70s details.

Ace avoids an incorporation of orange into his footwear, sporting a pair of dark brown laced shoes with dark brown dress socks. The shoes are only briefly seen in one shot, but some color correction shows that they may actually be suede desert boots, which would fit the informality of the outfit as well as the setting and season of autumn in the Mojave Desert.

Ace’s penchant for gold jewelry serves him well when keeping his color limited. His flat gold wristwatch has a square orange dial, which leads me to wonder if he really has a watch to match every outfit… and I wouldn’t put it past him, either. Ace wears a gold pinky ring – also on his right hand, like the watch – with an amber stone. I’m unsure if either of this jewelry came from Bvlgari, which certainly provided all of Ginger’s jewelry during the production.

Ace and Ginger have an unpleasant fireside chat.

Ace and Ginger have an unpleasant fireside chat.

For a better look at the costume itself, it was photographed here by Pete Smith (and featured below) at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Go Big or Go Home

Ace often complains of stomach ulcers during the film, and his behavior during this scene makes it no surprise. Although he clearly works to combat his heartburn and digestive issues with Mylanta, his habit of continually chain-smoking Dunhill cigarettes can’t be doing him any favors, either.

Cigarettes and antacids... Ace snacks like a champion.

Cigarettes and antacids… Ace snacks like a champion.

How to Get the Look

Ace's costume, as photographed at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin.

Ace’s costume, as photographed at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin.

This is one of Ace’s outfits that probably wouldn’t work anywhere outside the context of 1970s Las Vegas.

  • Burnt orange polyester single-breasted 2-button sport coat with fishmouth lapels, patch breast pocket, patch hip pocket, 1-button cuffs, and long double side vents
  • Dark brown flat front trousers with plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Orange silk dress shirt with large point collar, front placket, and “Lapidus” single button-tab cuffs
  • Orange silk necktie
  • Dark brown sueded leather desert boots
  • Dark brown dress socks
  • Gold wristwatch with rectangular case, square orange dial, and flat bracelet
  • Gold pinky ring with amber stone

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie.

The Quote

And this… this is how she backed him off.

Casino – Ace’s Ivory Western Suit with Red-on-Red Silk

Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino (1995).

Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).


Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Vegas casino executive and mob associate

Las Vegas, Summer 1977

Film: Casino
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack


By the mid-1970s, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal appeared to have it all. Having tried his hardest to leave his mob affiliations behind him back east, he was now running the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a beautiful ex-showgirl wife and a massive wardrobe pull of bespoke suits and sport coats.

Unfortunately, his mob affiliations were chasing him to Vegas in the form of vicious Chicago enforcer Tony “the Ant” Spilotro; he still didn’t have a license to legally be managing his casino; and his troubled wife Geri was still in contact with her shitty ex, Lenny Marmor.

Twenty years later, Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi teamed up to tell Lefty’s life story, starring De Niro as Lefty’s cinematic counterpart Sam “Ace” Rothstein. Tony Spilotro, Geri Rosenthal, and Lenny Marmor became Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), Ginger Rothstein (Sharon Stone), and Lester Diamond (James Woods). One scene in the film depicts a real-life incident where Ace tracked down his wife handing a stack of cash to her ex-lover in a Vegas diner. Ace saunters in, tossing a matching stack of cash on the table before threatening Lester’s life. Lester takes the hint and scrapes up his dignity before swaggering outside, where he is beaten and left in his blue ’76 Eldorado.

What’d He Wear?

Ace knows what’s going to happen before he even enters the diner, and he dresses to convey confidence and power. It takes a confident man to wear a white suit at all, and the red shirt and tie evokes the blood that will be spilled that day… and both Ace and Lester know it’s not going to be Ace’s blood.


Ace wears an ivory polyester Western-styled two-piece suit. The Western styling is most evident on the pinch-back jacket with pointed “V” chest yokes that wrap over the shoulders to form a center pointed “V” in the back. Below that rear point is the single pleat that gives the “pinch-back” jacket its moniker. The pleat extends down to the half-belted back. Below the back is a long single rear vent that falls on the same vertical axis as the pinch-back pleat.


Ace escorts Ginger out of the restaurant… and into his yellow ’78 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.

The front of the jacket is single-breasted with two steel buttons. The inset hip pockets close with a steel button on a “V”-pointed flap that matches the chest yokes above them. The three buttons on each cuff are the same flat-faced steel as the buttons on the front and on the pockets.


Ever the gentleman, Ace greets his wife’s lover with a handshake… even having the courtesy to transfer his cigarette to his other hand.

Ace’s matching suit trousers are flat front with an extended waistband tab that closes on the right with a concealed hook. Not much else is seen of the trousers, but they have a large fit and flared bottoms.

Ace provides a strong contrast against his ivory suit by wearing a dark red silk shirt. It is styled like the rest of his super-’70s shirts with a large point collar and the distinctive tab cuffs that close on a single button. This was a very popular cuff style in the late ’70s and even made its way on to a few of the Frank Foster-made shirts for Roger Moore as James Bond in films like Moonraker.


Ace takes a quick second to register that yes, he has indeed been betrayed, before going into charismatic badass mode.

The wide silk necktie he wears is the same shade of dark red as the shirt, a monochromatic palette that gained a brief revival in the early 2000s when Regis Philbin started his own clothing line after his matching metallic shirts and ties on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? evidently resonated with audiences.

Ace would later wear this same shirt and tie combination when he escorts Ginger to dinner after she attempted to kidnap their daughter and run off with Lester. Perhaps he wears the same shirt and tie as a subtle reminder for Ginger as to what he was wearing the last time he caught her with Lester? (For the later dinner scene, he wears a blue and green plaid suit.)

We don’t see Ace’s footwear at all during this scene, and I would suspect that he would be sporting one of his many pairs of white shoes. However, the now-popular poster that includes an artistic rendering of all the suits De Niro wears in Casino shows him wearing a pair of dark red shoes that would match his shirt and tie. While this may just be artistic license, part of me wonders if artist Ibraheem Youssef knows something I don’t…

There’s much less ambiguity with Ace’s ever-present gold accessories, expressly chosen in this scene to match his red shirt and tie. His flat gold wristwatch has a plain red dial on the rectangular case and is fastened to his right wrist by a gold link bracelet.


A close-up from a DVD featurette provides even greater detail of Ace’s outfit-specific jewelry.

On the pinky of his same hand, Ace wears a gold ring with a ruby stone. Again, Bvlgari showed up plenty as the provider of Ginger’s jewelry, but I still haven’t received any confirmation as to who made De Niro’s many watches and rings.

Go Big or Go Home

What’s a classic diner without doo wop on the jukebox, right? This scene is scored by The Velvetones’ 1957 version of “The Glory of Love”, a nice juxtaposition to the three people who are being ravaged by love rather than feeling its “glory”; Ace is betrayed, Ginger is conflicted, and Lester just gets his ass beaten.

The song had been written more than 20 years earlier by Billy Hill when it became an instant hit for Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – with Helen Ward on vocals – in May 1936. Coincidentally enough, the real Geri McGee Rosenthal was born in 1936!

How to Get the Look

Ace’s outfit is a strange combination that blends gangster style with the cowboy influence that was present when Vegas was initially founded.


  • Ivory polyester Western-styled suit, consisting of:
    • Single-breasted pinch-back jacket with edge-stitched notch lapels, 2-button front (steel buttons), pointed-flap hip pockets (w/ steel button closure), 3-button cuffs (steel buttons), and pleated half-belt back with single rear vent
    • Flat front trousers with extended waistband tab and flared bottoms
  • Dark red silk dress shirt with large point collar, front placket, and button-tab cuffs
  • Dark red silk necktie
  • Gold wristwatch with a rectangular case, red dial, and flat link bracelet
  • Gold pinky ring with ruby stone

If you want to wear a white suit in Vegas but this ain’t your cup of tea, check out Rusty Ryan’s white striped ensemble from Ocean’s Thirteen.

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie.

The Quote

From my recollection, aren’t you the card shark, the golf hustler, the pimp from Beverly Hills? If I’m wrong, please correct me ’cause I never knew you to be a heist man. But if you are, you know what? Here, take mine too. Go ahead, take it, ’cause you already have hers… But if you ever come back again – ever – to take her money, next time bring a pistol. That way you got a chance. Be a man, don’t be a fucking pimp. Now, you wanna do me a favor? Get outta here. I wanna be alone with my wife. Get up and get outta here.

Casino – De Niro’s Blue and Yellow Plaid Sportcoat

Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino (1995).

Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).


Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Vegas casino executive and mob associate

Las Vegas, Spring 1977

Film: Casino
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack


Spring is coming, and that means bright colors… a color palette that few movies have mastered for men’s fashion as well as Scorsese’s epic Casino.

As top handicapper and Vegas casino runner “Ace” Rothstein, Robert De Niro wears more than fifty different costumes, all generally a series of colorful suits and sport coats. Some who don’t know better have criticized the film for this, unable to take the man seriously for his wardrobe. However, Ace’s costumes are a reflection of the wardrobe of his real life counterpart Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. In fact, costumer Rita Ryack mentions in an interview that the real Lefty’s clothing was even more extravagant than De Niro’s.

(The few photos available online of Rosenthal indeed show some lively attire, but a good example is this YouTube clip of his short-lived variety show from the ’70s where he is wearing a lavender suit. Interestingly, his guests are Frank Sinatra and Don Rickles; Rickles would star in Casino as Rothstein/Rosenthal’s right-hand man and casino manager, Billy Sherbert.)

While some men might look clownish in these bright pastels, De Niro still looks as intimidating as ever, coolly firing a Norm MacDonald-lookalike for his undeniable incompetence before terrorizing a poor pastry chef with his impossible demands for the perfect blueberry muffin.

What’d He Wear?

For Ace Rothstein, nothing is an accident. Unlike most of the gamblers from whom he benefits, every move is a calculated risk from his love life to his wardrobe. Such a pragmatic manipulator is the perfect person to run a Las Vegas casino. Like the city itself, his clothes may look garish and flashy from the outset, but taking a closer look shows a tightly-run system.

More about those muffins later...

More about those muffins later…

On this day in the casino, Rothstein wears a colorful wool plaid sport coat. The base is a light gray and cream check that blends to form a taupe solid-looking ground. The double-layered overcheck consists of a thin mustard yellow triple check and a light blue windowpane. The blue windowpane creates a “block stripe” effect as each of the yellow checks intersects on every other stripe. (If you can’t figure out what I’m talking about, just look really hard at the picture. Or ask your tailor – he’ll know how to describe it better than I do.)

Despite the mass variations in colors, fabrics, and styles for all of Ace’s sport coats and suit jackets, almost all of them are tailored in the same fashion: single-breasted with a 2-button front and 1-button cuffs. This jacket is no exception with its two light brown horn buttons and single decorative button on each slightly flared cuff. Ace’s preference for this fit – and his ability to incorporate it across the board – is yet another sign of his meticulous nature.

Having an insult comic around is one thing, but an insult boss...?

Having an insult comic around is one thing, but an insult boss…?

One place where we do often see variation with Rothstein’s jackets are his lapels. Throughout the film, he wears notch lapels, peak lapels, and an odd cross between the two slightly resembling Don Corleone’s “cran necker” lapel (for example: the salmon pink sportcoat when his car blows up). On this plaid jacket, he wears standard notch lapels with no buttonholes. Despite the era’s notorious sartorial excesses, Ace is a man of moderation and his lapels remain a standard width.

The sportcoat has straight jetted hip pockets and a welted breast pocket, where he wears a folded sky blue display handkerchief to match his shirt. The shoulders are slightly padded with roped sleeveheads, and the double rear vents extend about 12″ high to his natural waist. Although a neutral fit overall, the slight flare of each cuff and the long double vents are undoubtedly elements of ’70s fashion.

Ace gives an employee what-for.

Ace gives an employee what-for.

And speaking of the ’70s… he wears a delightfully yellow pair of polyester flat front trousers! The trousers are actually part of another suit that he wears earlier in the film when “ejecting” a rude cowboy from Nicky’s crew out of the casino by his head. They are fitted to his waist with an extended squared tab that closes in the front with two concealed hook closures. The plain-hemmed bottoms flare out slightly, but the generous fit of the trousers keeps them from looking too Welcome Back, Kotter-ish.

A general rule for men’s clothing is to match the socks to the trousers to continue the leg line before the shoes. Ace Rothstein, however, takes it a step further and matches his shoes to his trousers by sporting a pair of hip yellow leather loafers, likely with a pair of cream or (god help us) yellow socks. We only get a glimpse of them as he leads Kevin Pollak into the bakery kitchen, but they’re undeniably yellow and certainly well-shined.

Ace's lower half brought to you by Country Crock®.

Ace’s lower half brought to you by Country Crock®.

Since the yellow check of the jacket is picked out by the trousers, it’s only expected of Ace that the sky blue shirt (and its matching pocket square) would perfectly emphasize the jacket’s blue overcheck. This shirt, another sign of the times with its large collar, is clearly meant to be a casual shirt worn open as there’s no collar button. It has white plastic buttons down a plain front and a breast pocket that closes with a matching button on a pointed flap. The 1-button cuffs are mitred.


Flashy though his wardrobe may be, Ace keeps his accessories relatively toned down. His only piece of jewelry is a gold ring with a white diamond on his right pinky. Being a meticulous, analytical man, there’s no way he wouldn’t wear a watch; in this scene, he wears an all-gold square watch with a link bracelet on his right wrist.

He's not really a gangster, so don't expect much bling.

He’s not really a gangster, so don’t expect much bling.

The maker of the watch is still undetermined, by me at least. Due to the millions of dollars of Bvlgari jewelry that Ace buys for his wife, many assume that Bvlgari also provided Ace’s watches. So far, there’ve been no confirmations. Luckily, one or two of this blog’s readers know quite a bit about watches!

Go Big or Go Home

Unexpected conflicts are natural at work, and poor Ace is given two of an afternoon! The first, and arguably the worse of the two, is his dumbass slot manager’s inability to recognize that his own machines were rigged despite the billions-to-one odds of three four-reel machines making three jackpots in a row.

It cannot happen, would not happen, you fuckin’ momo! What’s the matter with you? Didn’t you see you were being set up on the second win?

And here, Ace makes a decision to fire the man on-the-spot. Insultingly, of course, as Ace has no tolerance for anyone with an IQ below his own.

Ace: Listen, you fuckin’ yokel, I’ve had it with you. I’ve been carrying your ass in this place ever since I got here. Get your ass and get your things and get out of here.
Don: You’re firing me?
Ace: I’m firing you. No, I’m not firing, I’m firing you, ya…
Don: You might regret this, Mr. Rothstein.
Ace: I’ll regret it even more if I keep you on.
Don: This is not the way to treat people.
Ace: Listen, if you didn’t know you were being scammed you’re too fuckin’ dumb to keep this job, if you did know, you were in on it. Either way, you’re out! Get out.

Thus, poor Don Ward – the “fuckin’ momo” slots manager – is forced to leave the casino with his tail and his diamond-embellished bolo tie between his legs. Serenading him on his exodus is Cream’s “Those Were the Days” from their 1968 album Wheels of Fire.

The musical mood shifts for the next scene as we see Ace conversing with Philip Green (Kevin Pollak) in the casino’s tiki lounge about his firing Don earlier in the day. Of course, it’s not the potential implications of firing a county commissioner’s brother-in-law that’s getting Ace’s goat, it’s the lack of blueberries in his muffin compared to the veritable harvest in Green’s muffin. Ignoring Green’s warning, Ace heads into the kitchen and demands the milquetoast baker:

From now on, I want you to put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin…An equal amount of blueberries in each muffin.

The nonplussed baker is only able to respond, “Do you know how long that’s going to take?” This is one of the funniest line readings in the movie, and the actor – Jack Orend – deserves some recognition. Jack, wherever you are, excellent job.

Ace just thrusts the unsatisfactory muffin into his hand and brushes off the concern:

I don’t care how long it takes. Put an equal amount in each muffin.

The comedy of the situation is underlined by Lee Dorsey’s upbeat 1966 single “Working in the Coal Mine”, penned by Allen Toussaint and now famous as a Walmart jingle.

Of course, readers of the book Casino know that this was a real situation. One morning, a frustrated “Lefty” Rosenthal was sitting in the Stardust’s restaurant when he noticed his blueberry muffin devoid of flavor. Instantly, he marched to the kitchen and demanded that the baker place at least ten blueberries in each muffin. As Casino‘s author Nicholas Pileggi told the New York Times after Lefty’s death in 2008, “He was a fascinating guy. Really smart, a real ‘Rain Man’ type with numbers; he didn’t need an adding machine. He wasn’t a gangster, really, but he was part of a world where that was the means of control.”

How to Get the Look

Don’t be afraid to let your colorful side shine… you may just leave casino managers and muffin bakers quaking in their boots.


  • Taupe, yellow, and light blue plaid single-breasted sport coat with notch lapels, 2-button front, welted breast pocket, jetted straight hip pockets, 1-button flared cuffs, and long double rear vents
  • Yellow polyester flat front suit trousers with an extended waistband tab, frogmouth front pockets, slightly flared legs, and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Sky blue polyester shirt with large casual point collars, flapped breast pocket, and mitred button cuffs
  • Yellow leather loafers
  • Cream dress socks
  • Gold wristwatch with a square case and link bracelet
  • Gold pinky ring with diamond stone, worn on the right pinky
  • Sky blue display handkerchief, folded into the jacket’s breast pocket

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie. And, for Ace’s sake, eat a well-endowed blueberry muffin!

The Quote

Everybody out here with cowboy boots is a fuckin’ county commissioner or related to a county commissioner. I’m fuckin’ sick of it.

Casino – De Niro Wears Pink for a Car Bombing

Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino.

Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino.


Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Vegas casino manager and mob associate

Las Vegas, October 1982

Film: Casino
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack


Anyone standing outside Tony Roma’s restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip 31 years ago today would be in for years of ringing ears. On the morning of October 4, 1982, ousted casino manager, fringe mob associate, and gambler extraordinaire Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal left the restaurant and headed for his car, a silver 1981 Cadillac Eldorado coupe with the distinctive V8-6-4 engine, the failed experiment that only last one year. In this case, the failed experiment saved Rosenthal’s life as an extra metal sheet placed under the driver’s seat to offset the weight of this engine protected him from the initial blast of a devastating car bomb placed on his Cadillac.

Rosenthal lived for nearly thirty years after, immortalized as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in the 1995 film Casino, played by none other than Robert De Niro. The bombing bookends the film, so our first glimpse of Rothstein shows him exiting the restaurant and immediately being blown up in a Cadillac. After the film, we discover that he did indeed survive.

I’ll admit that his pink jacket, shirt, and tie combination is one of the more ridiculous and flamboyant oufits on here, but De Niro pulls it off as much as any man could. Also, to be frank, I’m scared of criticizing anything about Robert De Niro. He may be 70 years old, but he’s still more of a bad ass than most men out there.

What’d He Wear?

Rothstein’s real life counterpart “Lefty” Rosenthal was known for his sharp style, ranging from earthtones to pastels. This was the ’70s and ’80s, when pastels were basically a free ticket to a woman’s heart and bedroom. Casino pays fair homage to Rosenthal, with an impressive 52 suits and jackets created and purchased for De Niro’s Rothstein, all in various fabrics and colors that Rosenthal himself said he would’ve proudly worn.

One of the most memorable of Rothstein’s outfits is the first one we see. There is something poetic about a tough guy like De Niro wearing a pink blazer and white slacks. It’s a look more associated now with Palm Beach than Las Vegas, which has succumbed to printed t-shirts, cargo shorts, and – God help me – fanny packs.

Rothstein’s jacket is a loud salmon pink single-breasted linen sport coat. The film’s costume designer, Rita Ryack, recalled in an interview:

Marty said, “Oh, let’s put the apricot suit… right at the beginning of the movie. So it’s so ‘in your face’ [that] the audience will know what they’re in for, and they can leave the theater. Or stay.”

The wide notch lapels are more distinctive than the usual notch, with a narrower “V”-shaped notch that almost resembles a cran necker lapel as seen on Don Corleone’s dinner jacket in The Godfather. The breast and hip patch pockets are all square-shaped with exposed stitching. The buttons are wide, with two to fasten in the front and one on each cuff. I can’t tell, but the cuffs may actually be functioning surgeon’s cuffs. Of course, this doesn’t matter as much when one of the sleeves gets burned off, but let’s hope you avoid this predicament.


Since this is Vegas, it still gets warm during the day – October or not – with an observed high of 84°F just yesterday. Thus, a jacket wearer would be well advised to pick a lightweight material and an airy design. Rothstein’s, being linen, is lightweight enough to withstand the Vegas heat. The jacket is additionally airy with two long double rear vents adding comfort and mobility. Mobility is especially helpful when you need to leap from your ticking time bomb of a car. Again, I sincerely hope you can avoid having to worry about this.

As a final touch, Rothstein wears a yellow handkerchief in his breast pocket. It looks casually tossed, like Hugh Grant’s late 1990s hair, but was likely delicately folded and crumpled that morning by Rothstein to achieve the perfect “casual” five-point look.

"I hope the car doesn't blow up this time.. aw fuck-"

“I hope the car doesn’t blow up this time.. aw fuck-“

Rothstein’s light pink shirt is more of a traditional pink than the blazer. The material is soft and smooth, possibly silk or – given the intended time period – a silky polyester. The shirt has large point collars, squared-off button cuffs, and a chest pocket. It buttons down a plain, placket-less front. Rothstein pairs the shirt, as he is wont to do, with a necktie the exact same color. Rothstein ties his pink silk necktie with a four-in-hand knot.

Perhaps sensing that pink pants would’ve been just a bit too much here, Rothstein wears a pair of white flat front slacks with this outfit, lending more of a “casual eccentric millionaire” look. The trousers have a fitted waistband with an extended tab. They may also be linen like the blazer, but I can’t tell. Linen trousers tend to be uncomfortable in warm weather, but the flared leg and larger fit would keep them airy. Given the era, they have slightly flared legs and plain-hemmed bottoms with almost no break.

I wonder if the casino advertising "live entertainment" across the street realizes that the most entertaining thing its patrons will ever see is a silver Cadillac blowing up outside.

I wonder if the casino advertising “live entertainment” across the street realizes that the most entertaining thing its patrons will ever see is a silver Cadillac blowing up outside.

The no break in the trousers allows Rothstein’s well-chosen footwear to shine. Rather than going with white socks to continue his pant line into his shoes, Rothstein decides to let the shirt color pop and wears thin light pink socks. His shoes are, as they would have to be with this outfit, a pair of white leather loafers.

Rothstein’s accessories, as most gamblers prefer, are gold. Even his cigarette holder is gold. He wears a gold pinky ring on his right hand as well as a mixed metal wristwatch in gold, silver, and what appears to be rose gold. The watch has a square diamond-studded case that runs flush with the expanding bracelet. As he is left-handed, he wears the watch on his right wrist.

2013-08-06 03.55.12 am watch

The suit is on display, as I’ve seen from photos online. On display are both a “pristine” version from his walk to the car and a “burned” version from after he jumps out.

Have you ever seen the suits in person? I found these pictures on some shady Russian website, so if you're the one who took these, let me know so I can give credit where it's due.

Photographs taken by Anthony Maddaloni from New Jersey. (Thanks, Roman!)

Go Big or Go Home

It takes a lot of chutzpah to wear something like this. Even Nicky, his former best friend played wonderfully by Joe Pesci, comments earlier in the film:

I lost control? Look at you, you’re fucking walking around like John Barrymore! A fucking pink robe and a fucking cigarette holder?

De Niro proves that if you’re gonna go dandy, you gotta go full dandy. Rothstein is a more modern version of Beau Brummell; he goes around dressing and acting flamboyantly because he knows he can back it up by having the shit kicked out of someone. I’m not too sure if the original Beau Brummell was that into kicking the shit out of the people, but he was in the military, so let’s assume he was tougher than he looked.

It helps to look badass when you're grimacing and cynically chain-smoking. Yes, even when wearing a pink blazer.

It helps to look badass when you’re grimacing and cynically chain-smoking. Yes, even when wearing a pink blazer.

Finally, if we can learn anything from De Niro’s Rothstein – be careful getting in your car! You may not have reason to think anyone wants to bomb your car, but it never hurts to be safe. Unless you leap out of your car every time you get into it, then it literally will hurt to be safe. We already covered Christopher Moltisanti’s Guide to Surviving a Drive-By Shooting; now let’s see the Ace Rothstein Guide for Surviving a Car Bombing.

1) Look around as you walk to your car. If anyone suspicious is lurking and watching you, maybe don’t get in. Or, if you’re a meth-dealing fried chicken restaurant chain owner, see if anyone is watching from a building across the street. If the sunlight reflects off of his glasses, he probably stuck a homemade bomb under your Volvo station wagon. If you don’t get this very specific reference, you have some TV to catch up on.

2) Leave your car door slightly ajar. If you feel warm, notice fire coming out of your vents, or burst into flames, it may be a good idea to evacuate your car sooner rather than later. You don’t want to have to fumble for your door handle (or worry about unlocking it!) while your face is melting like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The worst part about if this scene took place today? The iPhone he plugged into his auxiliary cable port would be burnt to a crisp...

The worst part about if this scene took place today? The iPhone he plugged into his auxiliary cable port would be burnt to a crisp…

3) Only drive 1981 Cadillac Eldorado coupes with the infamous V8-6-4 engine. Sure, it may be a shitty engine, but the extra sheet of metal under the driver’s seat will save your life from an amateur car bomber.

If you really like watching older men get into Cadillac while wearing white pants and shoes, you should seriously consider a move to Florida.

If you really like watching older men get into Cadillac while wearing white pants and shoes, you should seriously consider a move to Florida.

Good luck!

How to Get the Look

It's not necessary, but it helps if the jacket has a very garish red and black lining that you can just see in this cap.

It’s not necessary, but it helps if the jacket has a very garish red and black lining that you can just see in this cap.

If you get your hands on this very specific outfit, don’t burn it.

  • Salmon pink single-breasted linen blazer with distinctive notch lapels, 2-button front, 1-button cuffs, long double rear vents, and square stitched patch pockets on the breast and hips
  • White flat front trousers with an extended waistband, slightly flared legs, and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Light pink silky polyester button-down long-sleeve shirt with large point collars, a breast pocket, and buttoned square cuffs
  • White leather loafers
  • Light pink thin dress socks
  • Mixed metal gold-silver-rose gold wristwatch on an expanding bracelet with a diamond-studded square face, worn on the right wrist
  • Gold pinky ring, worn on the right pinky
  • Yellow handkerchief, worn in the jacket’s breast pocket

Do Yourself A Favor And…

Buy the movie.

Also, please try to take better care of your clothing than Robert De Niro does.

Also, please try to take better care of your clothing than Robert De Niro does.

The Quote

No matter what the feds or the papers said about my car bombing…it was amateur night, and you could tell.

I want so badly to start a story this way and just watch everyone’s faces.

Poolside De Niro in Casino

Robert De Niro as "Ace" Rothstein in Casino.

Robert De Niro as “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).


Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, Vegas casino manager and mob associate

Las Vegas, Summer 1972

Film: Casino
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack


With tomorrow marking the first official day of summer, people will be flocking to the pool. It’s a nice place to catch some sun, but maybe you’re not in the mood for swimming. Who knows why – maybe you’re afraid of water, or maybe you have lice. Still, you’ll want to make sure you look cool while sitting poolside, puffing away on a cigarette while dealing with your city’s major power brokers and delegating control of your turf.

The white lower half (pants, shoes, and socks) is often associated with old men. De Niro was not young when he made Casino, but that doesn’t mean the look only has to be for old men. Try telling De Niro he’s an old man anyway. See where that gets you.

What’d He Wear?

He may wear some slick dark suits in the casino, but Ace knows how to combat the dry Vegas heat with light colors. Other than the infamous Gatsby pink suit, this may be the brightest attire covered yet on BAMF Style.

Ace’s sport coat is single-breasted with peak lapels, a very 1920s style that enjoyed a popular and exaggerated revival in the ’70s. Ace avoids the excessive lapel size common to the decade. The jacket closes with a single white button, matching the white button on each cuff. There is also a breast pocket and an open hip pocket on each side.

The check on the blazer is placed over an off-white ground. The check is an alternating pale red and yellow with a dark blue overcheck dominating.

Underneath, De Niro wears a very ’70s yellow soft polyester long-sleeve button-down shirt with large point collars and fishtail cuffs. The yellow buttons fasten up a plain, placket-less front. There is a breast pocket, mostly concealed by the blazer.

The yellow handkerchief tucked into Ace’s jacket breast pocket almost perfectly matches the yellow of the shirt. This can be a tricky combo to pull off and tends to be best left to sartorial masters such as Ace Rothstein and Roger Moore in Moonraker.

How could a guy like this not run a casino?

How could a guy like this not run a casino?

Below the waist, things tend to start getting a bit “old man”-ish. Get your mind out of the gutter. While a white pants, white belt, and white shoes may work for naval officers, it is hard for a young man to pull this off casually without looking like he escaped from a rest home in Miami Beach. However, when matched with confidence and a great-looking blazer, there shouldn’t be much to worry about.

Ace wears the blazer with white flat front trousers with – as it is the ’70s – slightly flared plain-hemmed bottoms. The trousers have belt loops, through which a white belt is worn.

Ace’s footwear consists of a pair of plain white leather loafers with a pair of thin off-white (are they gray?) dress socks.

A guy like Ace definitely loads up on accessories. He’s rich, and he earned his money, so you should get to see it. He has a watch and ring for every wardrobe; in this case, he wears a thin gold watch on his right wrist and a gold pinky ring with a flat white stone on his right hand.

His large tortoiseshell aviator-style hard plastic sunglasses are Carrera 5425s, the same set worn throughout the film, such as when he arrives at the Beverly Hills airport with Ginger or while being interviewed by FBI agents on his back porch.

de niro tho

Go Big or Go Home

As I mentioned, you’d be doing Ace Rothstein proud by lounging poolside at a Vegas casino like the Riviera, taking occasional drags from your cigarette. Ace’s brand in the film is Dunhill International Full-Flavor. As one would expect of a man in duds like these, they are overpriced luxury cigarettes from England. They were also favored by guys like Hunter S. Thompson and John Lennon. Good luck finding them nowadays; only speciality tobacconists (and the occasional corner stores) carry them.

If you’re looking for something to listen to while channeling Ace, look no further than Louis Prima, one of the ultimate Vegas entertainers. Prima and his group, often featuring his wife Keely Smith and bandleader Sam Butera, entertained audiences for years with energetic renditions of classic songs. He avoided the parody style of guys like Spike Jones while never getting too Sinatra serious for nightclub crowds.

In the film, Prima’s version of “Sing Sing Sing” is played in a montage leading up to this scene. “Sing Sing Sing” is a classic swing hit, now unfortunately best known to modern audiences as the song from the Chips Ahoy! commercials, but Prima actually wrote it back in the 1930s. Benny Goodman made it a hit at Carnegie Hall during his massive January 16, 1938 concert and was forever associated with it. However, Prima came back in the ’50s to rerecord it (he had released his original version in March 1936) for his 1959 album Strictly Prima! Like many of Prima’s musical interpretations, his later version is more “mischievous”, very befitting the mob hijinks and wheeling-and-dealing of the early scenes of Casino.

How to Get the Look

Two immortals: Scorsese and De Niro, poolside in Vegas.

Two immortals: Scorsese and De Niro, poolside in Vegas.

We don’t see much of it, but it certainly makes an impression.

  • Blue, red, and yellow checked single-breasted sport coat with peak lapels, 1-button front, 4-button cuffs, breast pocket, and open patch hip pockets
  • White flat front trousers with belt loops, slightly flared legs, and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Yellow polyester button-down long-sleeve shirt with large point collars, a breast pocket, plain front, and buttoned fishtail cuffs
  • White leather loafers
  • Off-white thin dress socks
  • Tortoiseshell plastic aviators – De Niro wears Carrera 5425 sunglasses in the film
  • Thin gold wristwatch, worn on the right wrist
  • Gold pinky ring with a flat white stone, worn on the right pinky
  • White handkerchief, worn in the jacket’s breast pocket

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie and buy a casino, if possible.

The Quote

If only people realized Ace meant what he said when he was offered the job of casino manager…

You know if I did it, I’d have to run it my own way.

De Niro gets married in Casino

De Niro is arguably one of the screen’s most famous BAMFs. Our first post, however, isn’t him as boxer Jake LaMotta (Raging Bull) or vicious mobster Jimmy Conway (Goodfellas) or even the dapper Mafia chief Vito Corleone (The Godfather, Part II)…

To kick off BAMF Style’s Week of Weddings – because, you know, Valentine’s Day is coming up – and bring in Mafia Monday on a BAMF note, here is De Niro getting married in Casino.

Robert De Niro as Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino.

Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).


Robert De Niro as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, brilliant sports handicapper, gambler, and mob associate

Las Vegas, Spring 1974

Film: Casino
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Design: John A. Dunn & Rita Ryack


I don’t know why it’s taken me this long, other than the fact that it’s a 3 hour movie that features over fifty costume changes for its main character – pretty much all of them suits – but here is the first breakdown from Casino. As mentioned, it’s said that De Niro had around 52 costume changes throughout. Most of his suits were very loud, a series of sharkskin or silk pastels ranging from hot pink to lime green (if limes were radioactive), so the suit chosen for his wedding was relatively conservative.

In this sequence, Ace takes a chance (Vegas and all…) and marries ex-hustler Ginger, played by Sharon Stone. After the champagne drinking and cake-sharing festivities, she rushes off to make a tearful call to her ex-boyfriend, a drug dealing pimp currently doing a line with one of his sluts who tells her to keep her new husband on a leash. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, I think that right there tells you what a happy union this will be!

Although the pimp is played by James Woods so you gotta love him!

What’d He Wear?

For his big day (can you hear De Niro calling it that?), Rothstein wears a standard black suit. It is a pretty timeless look, outfitted with ’70s details such as flapped hip pockets on a steep angle and long double vents matched with long peak lapels. However, the details avoid typical ’70s excess.

In addition to the details mentioned, the jacket also has 1-button cuffs and a jetted breast pocket, where Ace wears a white silk pocketsquare. To celebrate the occasion, a white boutonniere is fixed to his left lapel.

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These are some seriously De Niro-ean De Niro faces here.

We don’t see much of his lower half here, but his pants are black with a center crease, fitting with Ace’s perfectionist habits. There are two open side pockets and plain-hemmed bottoms that drape over his black square-toed leather laced dress shoes. We don’t get much of a look at the shoes, as stated, but let’s go ahead and assume his socks are black. Why wouldn’t they be?

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A tip for the fellas!
When a woman is crying like this on her wedding day, they aren’t “happy tears”. Especially when she’s on the phone with her cokehead pimp ex-boyfriend.

His shirt is typical of the ’70s, white with long point collars. The cuffs aren’t clearly seen but appear to be buttoned barrel cuffs, like most of Ace’s shirts. He wears a white textured silk necktie with the shirt, again avoiding ’70s-ness by keeping it a conservative width from the knot throughout the rest of the tie.

As this look tends to mean "You're going to die" from De Niro, it's very lucky for Sharon Stone that she lives into the next scene, let alone most of the movie!

As this look tends to precede a brutal murder, it’s very lucky for Sharon Stone that she lives into the next scene, let alone most of the movie!

All in all, it’s a nice look. Although it does kinda shout “Mafia!”, especially given the Vegas surroundings.

Go Big or Go Home – Wedding Edition

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The Venue

The Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Ace had an in here, being the food and beverage chairman (or was he entertainment manager at this point?), but maybe you’ll be able to swing a thing or two. If not, I’m sure there’s a chapel up the street.

The Refreshments

In addition to the steak and lobsters for dinner, everyone had champagne! Ace and his new wife, Ginger, even did the corny thing where they drink with their arms linked.

Notable Guests

The narration notes that Ace invited half the town of Vegas – we’re guessing the important half (judges, mobsters, casino owners, etc.) – but know that no wedding is truly a wedding without the appearance of Joe Pesci.

The Music

In a nod to the real life Ace’s job at the Stardust, a version of “Stardust” sung by the song’s writer Hoagy Carmichael plays during the sequence. We can’t know for sure, but it’s a good guess that you aren’t gonna hear “The Chicken Dance” at this wedding. “Hava Nagila” maybe.

(Fun fact: Hoagy Carmichael was used as a basis of James Bond’s appearance in the original novels by Ian Fleming.)

How to Get the Look

For once, this one is pretty easy.

  • Black wool suit, consisting of:
    • Single-breasted 1-button suit coat with wide peak lapels, jetted breast pocket, slanted flapped hip pockets, 1-button cuffs, and long double rear vents
    • Flat front trousers with side pockets and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • White dress shirt with long point collars and button cuffs
  • White textured silk necktie
  • Black square-toed leather laced dress shoes
  • Black dress socks
  • White boutonniere in left lapel of suit coat
  • White silk pocket square in breast pocket

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie.


According to Amazon, the star is “Robert Niro”. There’s a deleted scene of him fiddling as Vegas burns.

The Quote

When you love someone, you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point? And for a while, I believed, that’s the kind of love I had.

Spoiler Alert: He’s wrong, she bangs the whole town of Vegas and eventually leads to him getting blown up in his car <3


I unfortunately can’t find it anywhere online (doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying), but I’ve seen a photo of the real Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal – the inspiration for the character of Ace – on his wedding day and he was wearing a darker necktie. Please file this in the “Necessary Information” portion of your brain.

To make up for that, here‘s a picture of Lefty’s real life wife Geri. She was a sizzler.