Tagged: Christmas

Havana – Robert Redford’s Blue Dupioni Silk Jacket

Robert Redford as Jack Weil in Havana (1990).

Robert Redford as Jack Weil in Havana (1990)

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Robert Redford as Jack Weil, charmingly smooth yet cynical gambler and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II

en route Havana, December 1958

Film: Havana
Release Date: December 14, 1990
Director: Sydney Pollack
Costume Designer: Bernie Pollack

WARNING! Spoilers ahead!

Background

Robert Redford’s attire in Havana has been a frequent request on this blog, so I ordered the DVD, screencapped every outfit, researched, and have posts scheduled throughout the next year. You’re welcome!

This inaugural Havana post will focus on the first major outfit that Jack Weil (Redford) wears on screen. It appears to be his preferred travel outfit, as he wears it when ferrying to and from Havana. The film begins on Christmas Eve 1958, mid-way through the ferry’s crossing and toward the end of a poker game between Weil, the ferry captain, and several other bigwigs on board. After Cuban authorities discover a contraband Walther PPK on board, Weil claims ownership and charms bribes his way out of trouble and shrewdly blackmails the pistol’s true owner for a few extra bucks in his pocket.

Weil’s behavior is observed by the alluring Roberta Durán (Lena Olin), who recognizes a potential mercenary that will assist her husband’s revolutionary activity for a fee… and a Casablanca-inspired plot ensues as Weil’s cynical exterior is gently broken down out of romantic feelings for a woman already married to a passionate, dedicated fighter. Continue reading

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Redford’s Fisherman Sweater in Spy Game

Robert Redford as Nathan Muir in Spy Game (2001).

Robert Redford as Nathan Muir in Spy Game (2001).

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Robert Redford as Nathan Muir, experienced CIA case officer

Berlin, Christmas 1976

Film: Spy Game
Release Date: November 21, 2001
Director: Tony Scott
Costume Designer: Louise Frogley
Redford’s Costumer: David Page

Background

After recruiting the talented Tom Bishop for an assassination in the closing days of the Vietnam War, CIA case officer Nathan Muir determines that Bishop would make a fine operative for the agency. Nathan pulls the strings to isolate Bishop for more than a year, secretly assigning the young Marine to a lonely post in Berlin.

Muir then shrewdly chooses Christmas – a vulnerable holiday for lonely folks – as his opportunity to swoop in with a “chance encounter” at a train station. Bishop joins Muir and one of his wives for a Christmas party that evening, and their decade-long career is born.

What’d He Wear?

Nathan Muir provides a comfortable and fashionable way to layer for a winter party. Continue reading

Hans Gruber in Die Hard

Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) aims John McClane's own Beretta at him in a production still from Die Hard (1988).

Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) aims John McClane’s own Beretta at him in a production still from Die Hard (1988).

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Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, shrewd German terrorist leader and self-described “excellent thief”

Los Angeles, Christmas 1987

Film: Die Hard
Release Date: July 15, 1988
Director: John McTiernan
Costume Designer: Marilyn Vance

Background

Like surprisingly many others, Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie and no holiday season – no matter how hectic or bleak – is complete without a viewing of what is arguably the greatest action movie ever made.

For the first BAMF Style holiday season in 2012, I broke down the rugged (and eventually very sparse) style of Bruce Willis’ John McClane, but it feels like the time has come to look at what the film’s fashion-driven antagonist wore as he led his European gunslingers into Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve 1987.

Mr. Takagi, I could talk about industrialization and men’s fashion all day, but I’m afraid work must intrude…

What’d He Wear?

Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there.

Obviously, Hans Gruber knows a thing about clothes as he takes the time to compliment the Nakatomi Corporation’s soon-to-be martyr’s suit. Whether or not the dark suit sported by Hans himself is one of his two from the prestigious (but ultimately fictional) John Phillips.

Hans Gruber’s dark charcoal suit is very contemporary to its 1980s setting, not surprising for a man so interested in fashion and image. The jacket is cut short with a double-breasted 4-on-2 button stance. Continue reading

Michael Corleone’s Shopping Attire in The Godfather

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).

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Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, war hero and Mafia son

New York City, Christmas 1945

Film: The Godfather
Release Date: March 15, 1972
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Costume Designer: Anna Hill Johnstone

Background

Christmas shopping is an activity not traditionally associated with BAMF activity, but the tradition of exchanging gifts with family is fun. After all, Don Corleone says:

…a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

So, in the spirit of Monday’s holiday list post, follow Michael Corleone as he and Kay Adams go on a midtown shopping date at Christmas. Continue reading

BAMF Style’s 2014 Christmas List

Having some trouble deciding what to get the BAMF in your life…or at least how to treat yourself during the holiday season? Fret no more, as I’m here with some unsolicited shilling with ten shopping days left before Christmas.

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Booze

The simplest and, often, the most appreciated gift is the one that comes in a glass bottle and has often been aged several years. Some favorite spirits that’ll help you or your BAMF affordably capture the holiday spirit:

  1. Basil Hayden’s (Bourbon whiskey)
  2. Bernheim Original (American whiskey)
  3. Booker’s (Bourbon whiskey)
  4. Jefferson’s (Bourbon whiskey)
  5. Laphroaig 10-Year-Old (Islay single malt Scotch whisky)

Although Bourbon and Scotch have always been my traditionally preferred whiskies, American whiskey is currently enjoying a renaissance with labels like Bernheim Original and Michter’s providing some excellent outings. Most of the above offerings can be found in the $30 to $50 range. If you prefer to buy a whiskey that costs less than $30, just make sure it’s in a glass bottle. That plastic handle of Calvert ain’t gonna impress the boss.

Books

As a voracious reader, I like to think that all BAMFs still appreciate the written word as much as I do. So what titles do you buy for the BAMF who reads everything?

With these books, a man can stay entertained and stylish. NB: Part of my whiskey collection is visible on the bar behind said books. I keep the "guest" whiskey out and the premium whiskey inside the curio on the left.

With these books, a man can stay entertained and stylish.
NB: Part of my whiskey collection is visible on the bar behind said books. I keep the “guest” whiskey out and the premium whiskey inside the curio on the left.

  1. Hardy Ames – ABC of Men’s Fashion (Amazon)
  2. Bill Zehme – The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin’ (Amazon)
  3. Alfred Tong – The Gentlemen’s Guide to Cocktails (Amazon)
  4. Josh Miller & Shawn Allen – Always a Home Game (Amazon)
  5. Jim Thompson – Pop. 1280 (Amazon)

I’m very lucky to have received the first three books on this list as gifts. I received Hardy Ames’ 1964 sartorial guide ABC of Men’s Fashion as a thoughtful gift, and it has helped guide much of the knowledge in my posts. It’s a very witty breakdown from the “golden age” of men’s style and worth inclusion in any BAMF’s library.

Bill Zehme’s meticulously-researched The Way You Wear Your Hat is the perfect analysis and tribute to Frank Sinatra, to whom every Clyde and Charley should look as a style icon. I am indebted to Teeritz (of The Teeritz Agenda) for not only bringing this book to my attention but also sending me a copy all the way from Australia. If you can track down a copy of Zehme’s book, it’s a worthy read and will instruct all aspects of your life from fashion to etiquette to cocktails.

And, speaking of cocktails, Alfred Tong’s The Gentlemen’s Guide to Cocktails is one of many cocktail guides in my collection, but it earns a special place on this list due to its similar format to this blog. It is truly the guide for the suave gentleman who likes to entertain, filled with classic drink recipes from the “golden age” of cocktails, Mad Men-style illustrations, and cultural context. There are certainly other bar books with more varied recipes, but this should be a staple for every gentleman’s collection.

Sports fans – particularly Steeler fans – would appreciate Josh Miller and Shawn Allen’s new book, Always a Home Game, chronicling the ubiquity of Steeler fans and bars across the U.S. It’s as much a travelogue as it is a tribute to one of the oldest and most winningest football franchises in the country.

And, finally, I had to include my favorite book, Jim Thompson’s pulp thriller Pop. 1280. Dark comedy seeps from every page of this page-turner about a slow-witted rural sheriff who slowly reveals himself to be much more cunning and vicious than he appears. While that may not sound like the basis for much comedy, it’s Thompson’s comic answer to his own classic The Killer Inside Me as the character bemoans his continuing hunger after consuming enough to fill four Orson Welleses.

Music

Tired of hearing the same generic holiday music all season long? Switch it up and do your auditory glands a favor.

  1. Frank Sinatra – A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (1957) (Amazon)
  2. Various Artists – A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963) (Amazon)
  3. She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas (2011) (Amazon)
  4. Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960) (Amazon)
  5. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1960, originally The Magic of Christmas) (Amazon)

Xmas 2014 Music

Other artists like Elvis, Bing, The Jackson 5, and James Brown also have some stellar holiday output, but I’m trying to limit these lists to the top five. Plus, you know what the above five albums all have in common? No “Little-fucking-Drummer Boy”.

Also, you’ll most of these albums are from the golden age of Christmas music, 1957-1963, before things got too schmaltzy and everyone and their mother decided it was a good idea to record a holiday album. She & Him are the only modern act worth including here, and their album is a nice tribute to classic sound while adding their own quirky modern touch. Frank, of course, dominates the list with the best of his three holiday albums.

Movies

Do you know a grinch who refuses to watch Christmas movies? Ensure that said grinch turns that frown upside down with these non-traditional holiday outings.

  1. Die Hard (1988) (Amazon)
  2. Three Days of the Condor (1975) (Amazon)
  3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) (Amazon)
  4. The Bourne Identity (2002) (Amazon)
  5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (Amazon)

Know the best way to make an action movie even better? Set it at Christmas. It worked for Die Hard (and Die Hard 2), Lethal Weapon, Jason Bourne, and even James Bond. Other great non-Christmas Christmas movies are Catch Me If You CanThe Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Thin Man.

Holiday Heroes.

Holiday Heroes.

My mother is the queen of Christmas movies; she owns almost every formulaic piece that Hallmark churns out between November and December every year with C-list actors, but – as I noted when I browsed her collection – it was missing some of my favorites. Last year, I was probably one of the very few sons who purchased Die Hard as a Christmas gift for his mother. To her credit, she watched it. (I also must note her appreciation for the traditional classics; she and I have a standing tradition of watching White Christmas while wrapping gifts every year.)

Manly Accessories

There are a few things I never leave home without – my wallet, my watch, a pocketknife, and a flask – usually full (or mostly full) of my preferred whiskey of the week.

Don't leave home without 'em! (Well, you could ostensibly leave home without a candle.)

Don’t leave home without ’em! (Well, you could ostensibly leave home without a candle.) Featured whiskies here are Jefferson’s Bourbon and Lagavulin 16-Yr. Islay single malt. Both are excellent (hence neither bottle being even remotely full).

The Watch

Elegantly simple with a masculine touch from its military-inspired design, the Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry is my watch of choice. With its brown calfskin strap, stainless case, and black dial, it is a fine accompaniment to my entire wardrobe, fitting equally well with suits or casual wear.

The model I own, #241563, has unfortunately been discontinued but is still available for purchase on Amazon.

The Wallet

For years, I alternated between a battered leather chain wallet (gasp!) and a Pulp Fiction-esque “BAD MOTHER FUCKER” wallet. While part of me still advocates the latter, it didn’t do very well when pulling it out to pay for client dinners. For Christmas three years ago, I received an elegant Bosca tri-fold wallet in cognac brown that has served me well. It looks like some similar wallets are still available from Amazon.

The Flask

Every man could use some booze on-the-go, and there’s hardly a classier way to carry it than in a classic stainless steel flask. This is one of the cheapest and most practical gifts you can give a man. Flasks can range from simple and silver (as seen here on Amazon) to ornate with leather and monograms abounding. In my opinion, the flask should reflect the liquor inside; something simple for whiskies like Dewar’s and Jim Beam while putting your 18-year single malt in a more individualist container… although that’s no way to treat an 18-year-old single malt.

The Knife

Finally, a knife is one of the oldest tools in a man’s trade. Aside from self-defense reasons, a knife can be wisely applied to a number of tasks from the mundane (opening a box) to the adventurous (cutting open a seat belt).

While I’m not nearly an expert when it comes to knives (instead I’ll go on for hours about movies, guns, and cars), I have found my Smith & Wesson CKTACBSD Special Tactical (Amazon) to be handy with its light weight and 3.5″ blade. Other suggestions can be found at Best Pocket Knife Today, a well-informed site that is currently heralding the Benchmade Griptilian and Spyderco Tenacious among its top knives.

The Candle

Not traditionally found on lists of “What to Get Men for Christmas”, candles are finding a newly masculine renaissance thanks to Man Cans, an Ohio-based company started just four years ago by a savvy 13-year-old guy who realized that men don’t want to smell their offices to smell like lavender and cherry blossoms. In delicious scents like Bacon, Dirt, Gunpowder, New York Style Pizza, and – my favorite – Campfire, Man Cans are an excellent choice for any BAMF.

Feel free to share some of your favorite holiday purchases – and gifts – in the comments section!

BAMF Style’s Guide to Holiday Parties

Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. For many folks, that means parties, gifts, and the unfortunately inevitable fruitcake. Whether you’re Buddy the Elf or Ebenezer Scrooge, BAMF Style has got you covered to make each celebration a merry one.

(Obviously, there are many more examples than the ones I highlight below… these are just the most BAMF Style-specific scenarios as well as the most common. If you’re honestly trapped in a supervillain’s Swiss Alps lair on Christmas Eve with a bevy of brainwashed beauties, I don’t need to tell you what to do.)

The Office Party

Ah, yes. Designed to be the consolation for all desk jockeys disappointed with their holiday bonus (or lack thereof), most offices put forth some sort of effort in entertaining everyone with a few old and/or cheap decorations, and – ideally – plenty of liquor.

Whether you're an ad man or a cop, your office will likely throw a Christmas party. Be ready.

Whether you’re an ad man or a cop, your office will likely throw a Christmas party. Be ready.

As Seen In: L.A. Confidential, Mad Men, and several episodes of The Office(Die Hard also famously features a holiday party, but it isn’t John McClane’s office so does that really count?)

What to Expect: Unexpected and mostly unwelcome revelations or advances from co-workers. The best one can hope for is blackmail material for the boss. (If things do take a turn toward Die Hard, let’s hope you’re armed… or can be quickly.)

What to Wear: As these are typically at the end of a working day, that depends on the office culture. For many industries, that is still a jacket and tie for men.

Don Draper opts for a dark gray flannel suit with a dark, subtle tie while a flashier character like Jack Vincennes sports a checked sport coat with a white-on-white shirt and tie. Neither man feels the need to infuse any bright colors, instead choosing to dress fashionably for their environment. It is men like Draper and Vincennes who attract the attentions of the fairer sex while men like Michael Scott, who saves his favorite snowman tie for each holiday gathering, ends up crying in his office to iTunes samples or marking a Benihana waitress with a Sharpie. Opt for the understated. (And if this turns into a Die Hard scenario, wear shoes.)

What to Imbibe: If your office is generous enough to have some booze present, let the others enjoy the cheap vodka. A whiskey on the rocks is the perfect way to unwind after a long day, tune out during a long party, and still exude masculinity.

Music: Don’t start a sing-a-long. Instrumental versions of holiday songs, perhaps from the Hollyridge Strings, would be advised to keep the singing to a minimum.

The Fancy House Party

So your friends are having some people over for a party? Maybe this is your chance to finally get your hands on a cheap, unnecessary trinket from the local Five Below as a gift during an ill-advised round of White Elephant!

Look how much happier Nick Charles looks without antler ears on. Then again, he's also standing next to Myrna Loy so who wouldn't be happy?

Look how much happier Nick Charles looks without antler ears on. Then again, he’s also standing next to Myrna Loy so who wouldn’t be happy?

As Seen In: American Psycho, Spy Game, The Thin Man… the list goes on.

What to Expect: You’ll see a few of your friends and a LOT of their friends… most of whom you’ve never seen before and will make you question why you’re friends with the host in the first place. This is what liquor is for.

What to Wear: This depends on the company. The yuppies in American Psycho wear their ’80s power suits (and antlers, in some cases), the formal dinner guests to Nick Charles’ Christmas murder revelation wear black tie, and Robert Redford’s Spy Game operative sports a comfortable fisherman’s sweater over his blue plaid shirt for the party. All are correct in their context. A party like this is not the time to wear your mom’s ugly Christmas sweater.

What to Imbibe: It’s not polite (but often tempting) to polish off a bottle of your host’s finest single malt, so a whiskey highball will keep you hydrated without sending you back to the bar every ten minutes to refill your glass. Plus, whiskey has a pleasant warming effect that will combat the frightful weather outside.

Of course, a host may have some drink choices of their own, often of a rum punch variety. These drinks may be offered or – as the “Have a cocktail!” undercover waiter insists in The Thin Man – forced upon you. If you are the host and looking for a fun but classic holiday beverage to prepare, a Grasshopper is a popular and tasty option with its minty flavor and green color to make a few people get into the holiday spirit.

My personal Grasshopper recipe is:

  • 1/3 crème de menthe
  • 1/3 white crème de cacao
  • 1/3 light cream

Mix all of the above ingredients with ice in a well-chilled shaker and serve in equally chilled martini glasses. The two crème liquors involved are typically inexpensive, but Tempus Fugit Spirits offers a few fine-tasting examples if you don’t want the usual DeKuyper or Jacquin’s.

Music: Since you never know who will be there, play it safe with more “wintry” songs. Dean Martin’s 1959 album A Winter Romance included plenty of non-Christmas holiday standards like “Let It Snow!” as heard in Spy Game.

The Country Family Christmas

Have your holiday traditions remained simple without the distractions that major department stores and TV networks are tossing out your way? Do you spend your days driving around on dirt roads in a bright orange muscle car with your cousin? If so, then I’ve got the celebration for you!

Bonus points if you invite both the sheriff and his deputy to your holiday Christmas Eve. Double bonus points if anyone in the room is named "Cooter".

Bonus points if you invite both the sheriff and his deputy to your holiday Christmas Eve. Double bonus points if anyone in the room is named “Cooter”.

As Seen On: The Dukes of Hazzard.

What to Expect: Some good old-fashioned holiday spirit with decorations, family, caroling, and everything else lionized in Christmas songs of yore. If you happen to live in a bucolic but corrupt county in the Deep South, perhaps the county commissioner will show up uncharacteristically beaming and showering all of those present with gifts. If you happen to live in a realistic household anywhere else, the first half of the evening will be full of repressed emotions as the second half is marred by loud – and somehow not cathartic – fighting.

What to Wear: The Duke boys sport dark plaid shirts with their usual light wash jeans and brown cowboy boots.

What to Imbibe: Spiked egg nog is the perfect drink of choice, fueling all of your holiday emotions until you just can’t contain your frustration with Uncle Rob’s insistence on bringing Donna to Christmas dinner even though she insulted Aunt Ruth’s cooking last year and…

Anyway, the beauty of egg nog is that it can be enhanced by damn near any booze. I prefer whiskey or brandy, but I’ve also found rum to be a pleasing addition. Art of the Age’s Root liqueur is also an excellent mixer for egg nog. The Dukes probably added moonshine, though.

Music: The Dukes sing along to “O Holy Night”. If John Schneider and Tom Wopat show up at your doorstep looking to belt out a few tunes, it’s polite to invite them in for some nog. Since most people’s families are horrible singers (The Partridge Family included), stick to the standard Christmas albums from the pros like Sinatra, Bing, Ella, and Nat.

The Bar Gathering

The easiest of holiday celebrations, all that is required is to show up at a bar with a few bucks in your pocket for drinks.

The bartender always knows best, especially if its Martin Scorsese.

The bartender always knows best, especially if its Martin Scorsese.

As Seen In: Goodfellas. (In fact, the Lufthansa heist being celebrated during the Christmas party seen in the film took place 36 years ago today on December 11, 1978.)

What to Expect: Lots of hugging, especially if you’re meeting up with fellow mob associates days after a multi-million dollar airport heist. You may be proud of some of your more extravagant Christmas gifts, but keep them to yourself; if Jimmy the Gent is around, you’ll just end up murdered in said gifts within a few weeks.

What to Wear: A nice, seasonal sport coat, perhaps matched with a tie or a sweater. You’ll want to be comfortable if the bar gets crowded, but you still want to look good… especially if some single (or unhappily married) women are looking to relieve themselves of the holiday blues.

What to Imbibe: Especially if someone else is picking up a round or two, this is the opportunity for some fun shots in addition to whatever whiskey or beer you’ve chosen for the evening. Wiseguy, Nicholas Pileggi’s book that was turned into Goodfellas, describes the Screaming Eagle concoction that Henry Hill and his pals enjoyed before Henry went off to prison:

At eleven o’clock Henry and his pals were at the bar at Maxwell’s drinking Screaming Eagles – shot glasses of white Chartreuse dropped into large goblets of chilled champagne.

Sounds good for a Christmas party, doesn’t it?

Music: While someone will be tempted to put Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” on the jukebox, a better judge of musical talent would choose the 1963 Phil Spector-produced album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. This record is one of my all-time favorites (and has been described by one of my friends* as “one of the finest pop albums ever made”). This is the album where we hear The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans perform Christmas standards with so much unique energy that no act could ever reproduce. Goodfellas particularly made use of The Ronettes’ “Frosty the Snowman” and Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, the latter of which has been performed by Love herself on David Letterman’s Christmas show every year since 1986.

* My friend Matt makes this statement on his great music blog Leading Us Absurd.

Drinking Alone at the Bar

Not much of a Christmas guy? Whether you watched your police partner get gunned down by a reckless liquor store robber on Christmas Eve or you’ve been estranged with your family ever since you faked your identity to either escape the Korean War or become a Pan Am pilot, everyone has a good reason why they may want to spend the holidays wallowing in misery.

Like all situations, drinking alone at the bar is much better with Christina Hendricks around.

Like all situations, drinking alone at the bar is much better with Christina Hendricks around.

As Seen In: Mad Men, of course.

What to Expect: A bar full of lonely people, all drowning their sorrows in drink. You’ll sit down on the end – somehow this bar is built primarily of ends – and grow an instant 5:00 shadow as you stare into the bottomless pit of a life that your glass of whiskey represents. Your cynical internal monologue reflects on the disparity between the happy holiday shoppers outside and the feelings of inferiority and loneliness bouncing around inside your brain. Merry Christmas.

(You should feel much better if you have a cherry red Jaguar E-Type parked outside, though.)

What to Wear: Dark flannel suit, white shirt, slim tie loosened at the collar, and tilted fedora. The fedora is really only best if you’re traveling back in time… these days, many men who try to pull it off just can’t.

What to Imbibe: Start with an Old Fashioned then stick to Scotch, neat. You’ll probably also want a deck or two of cigarettes.

Music: Something classic, of course. Don and Joan listen to Doris Day’s 1964 version of “The Christmas Waltz” in a Manhattan bar, although Sinatra’s is more befitting for being the man at the end of the bar. When calling his FBI nemesis from a New Orleans watering hole in Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale ironically hears the Hollyridge Strings’ soft cover of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in the background.

If you really want to feel lonely, Dean Martin’s “The Christmas Blues” keeps the Rat Pack vibe alive as well as giving you a chance to hear a side of Dino that wouldn’t work as well for the house party mentioned above.

Bond Style: A Navy Blazer at Christmas Time (OHMSS)

George Lazenby as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

George Lazenby as James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).

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George Lazenby as James Bond, intrepid British secret agent

London, October 1969

Film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Release Date: December 18, 1969
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Costume Designer: Marjory Cornelius

Background

For the 007th of December, I’ll be focusing on a very holiday appropriate look from one of best-dressed (if not best-acted) Bonds, George Lazenby.

While this scene doesn’t exactly take place at Christmas, later scenes establish this film as “the Christmas Bond” and Lazenby’s attire when visiting M at Quarterdeck would be fine for a fashionable holiday outfit. Plus, the book On Her Majesty’s Secret Service features Bond sharing a Christmas dinner with M at the latter’s home.

(Since Bond receives two weeks leave sometime around September 15 and he’s still “on leave” when visiting M, this scene is likely set in late September or early October.) Continue reading

Lethal Weapon: Riggs’ Blue Shirt and Jeans

Mel Gibson as LAPD Det. Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon (1987).

Mel Gibson as LAPD Det. Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon (1987).

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Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs, gradually less-crazy LAPD detective

Los Angeles, Christmas 1987

Film: Lethal Weapon
Release Date: March 6, 1987
Director: Richard Donner
Costume Designer: Mary Malin

Background

After spending a few days with the suicidal Martin Riggs, we begin to see a less crazy side of him as he warms to his partnership with the older and more stoic Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh. No longer does Riggs need to be classified as the titular “lethal weapon”, as he concerns himself more with solving the case and getting revenge on L.A.’s murderers than with putting himself out of his misery. Continue reading

Die Hard 2

Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard 2 (1990)

Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard 2 (1990)

Merry Christmas from BAMF Style to you and yours!

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Bruce Willis as John McClane, LAPD detective

Washington, D.C., Christmas 1990

Film: Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Release Date: July 4, 1990
Director: Renny Harlin
Costume Designer: Marilyn Vance
Bruce Willis’ Key Costumer: Charles Mercuri

Background

One of the complaints about the Die Hard series is that there’s no way the same thing can keep happening to the one guy in the world who’s able to save it. Of course, these sort of complaints mostly started cropping up after the fourth installment in 2007 where John McClane literally saved the world. Prior to that, he’d saved about 30 lives in an office building, a few hundred in airplanes, and the population of New York City. Okay, so the scale kept getting bigger, but at least then he had a reason for being around. It’s even lampshaded in Die Hard 2 when McClane rants to himself:

Oh man, I can’t fucking believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?

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Don Draper Test Drives a Jaguar at Christmas

So this concludes the second BAMF Style Car Week! Next Car Week will, like the last one, be in early June. If there are any cars you want to see, think about getting some requests in. Remember that this is a sartorial blog, so the character should try to look at least half as cool as his car.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men, episode 5.10: "The Christmas Waltz".

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men, episode 5.10: “Christmas Waltz”.

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Jon Hamm as Don Draper, increasingly disgruntled Manhattan ad exec

New York City, Christmas 1966

Series: Mad Men
Episode: “Christmas Waltz” (Episode 5.10)
Air Date: May 20, 2012
Director: Michael Uppendahl
Costume Designer: Janie Bryant

Background

Ah, did I hold my breath during this episode or what? Admittedly, I’m not much of a fiction “shipper”; I don’t care either way if characters get together on screen, but toying with the idea of having Don and Joan begin an affair was thrilling. It turned out for the best as they both left the bar without consummating their brief but clever flirtations, but I know I’m not the only Mad Men fan who was hoping for at least a drunken make out between the two.

Anyway, drunken make outs aren’t what Car Week is all about. This week is wrapping up with a post that ties in the recent theme of cars and the upcoming Christmas holiday. In “The Christmas Waltz”, the tenth episode of Mad Men‘s fifth season, our beloved Joan Harris (neé Holloway) has just received divorce papers from her jerk of a husband. She reacts like any of us would, throwing a model of an airplane at the office receptionist, but – luckily for her – Don Draper shows up to the rescue. After a few reassuring words in Jon Hamm’s voice, Don drapes his overcoat around Joan’s shoulders and leads her out to lunch. Continue reading