Tagged: Homburg Hat

Robert Shaw’s Charcoal Pinstripe Poker Suit in The Sting

Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting (1973).

Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting (1973).

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Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan, conniving Irish-American mob boss and poker host

New York to Chicago, September 1936

Film: The Sting
Release Date: December 25, 1973
Director: George Roy Hill
Costume Designer: Edith Head

Background

Tomorrow would have been the 87th birthday of actor, novelist, and definitive screen villain Robert Shaw. Shaw, who kicked ass in such great films as From Russia With LoveThe Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, and Jaws, memorably played “the mark” in The Sting. Continue reading

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Chalky White’s Cream Plaid Suit on Boardwalk Empire

Michael K. Williams as

Michael K. Williams as “Chalky” White on Boardwalk Empire (“Two Imposters”, Episode 3.11).

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Michael Kenneth Williams as Albert “Chalky” White, notorious bootlegger

Atlantic City, Spring 1923

Series: Boardwalk Empire
Episodes:
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 “The Milkmaid’s Lot” (Episode 3.09, aired November 11, 2012, dir. Ed Bianchi)
* “Two Imposters” (Episode 3.11, aired November 25, 2012, dir. Allen Coulter)
* “Margate Sands” (Episode 3.12, aired December 2, 2012, dir. Tim Van Patten)
Costume Designer: John A. Dunn

Background

Most people – myself included – don’t approach summer with the attitude of, “Oh, good, it’s three-piece suit season!” However, most people are not badass gangsters community leaders like “Chalky” White on Boardwalk Empire. Continue reading

Robert Shaw’s Gray and Yellow Pinstripe Suit in The Sting

Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting (1973).

Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting (1973).

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Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan, ruthless Irish-American mob boss

Chicago, September 1936

Film: The Sting
Release Date: December 25, 1973
Director: George Roy Hill
Costume Designer: Edith Head

Background

One month into spring, we’re finally seeing some consistent spring weather here in the States. Embrace it and inject some spring colors into your business suits à la Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting. Lonnegan is not necessarily a loud dresser, but he does look the part of a fashionable and well-to-do gangster. Continue reading

Nucky Thompson’s Glen Plaid Easter Suit

Steve Buscemi as Enoch

Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in “Sunday Best”, Episode 3.07 of Boardwalk Empire.

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Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, political boss and bootlegger

Atlantic City, April 1923

Series: Boardwalk Empire
Episodes: “Sunday Best” (Episode 3.07); “The Milkmaid’s Lot” (Episode 3.09)
Air Dates: October 28, 2012; November 11, 2012
Directors: Allen Coulter; Ed Bianchi
Costume Designer: John A. Dunn

Background

Many modern men view Easter as a lesser version of Thanksgiving (not as much food) or Christmas (no presents) that requires a colorful button-down and slacks for a few begrudging hours with family. Since 65% of the world celebrates Easter, it’s safe to assume that many of you will be trudging between in-laws houses and watching the kids hunt for eggs or shovel chocolate into their mouths… you’ll probably be eating your share of chocolate also.

While he looks forward to the holiday with as little enthusiasm as most non-religious adult males do, Boardwalk Empire‘s sharply-dressed lead uses the day to inject some spring color into his wardrobe. Continue reading

Sidney Reilly’s Edwardian Charcoal Striped Suit

Sam Neill as Sidney Reilly in the first episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies.

Sam Neill as Sidney Reilly in the first episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies.

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Sam Neill as Sigmund Rosenblum, later renamed “Sidney Reilly” upon his entry into the British Secret Service

London, Spring 1901

Series: Reilly: Ace of Spies
Episode: “An Affair with a Married Woman” (Episode 1)
Air Date: September 5, 1983
Director: Jim Goddard
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Waller

Background

The first episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies, “An Affair With A Married Woman”, is a crash course on the early life and origins of the legend of Sidney Reilly. I say “legend” because he was a notorious embellisher (liar) and the details of his life are murky at best. We slowly learn more throughout the episodes, but this extra-length opening episode establishes the series’ world where Reilly – née Rosenblum – was a trusted agent of the British Secret Service in 1901, eight years before it was actually founded! While on a mission in Baku, he met the young wife of an elderly and uptight minister and seduced her to escape captivity. Thus, “An Affair With A Married Woman”. Continue reading

Nucky Thompson’s Red, White, and Blue

Steve Buscemi as

Steve Buscemi as “Nucky” Thompson in “The Emerald City”, episode 1.10 of Boardwalk Empire.

Happy 4th of July to all American followers of BAMF Style.

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Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, corrupt Atlantic City treasurer and Republican political boss

Atlantic City, November 1920

Series: Boardwalk Empire
Episodes:
“The Emerald City” (Episode 1.10, aired November 21, 2010, dir. Simon Cellan Jones)
“A Return to Normalcy” (Episode 1.12, aired December 5, 2010, dir. Tim Van Patten)
“Two Boats and a Lifeguard” (Episode 2.08, aired November 13, 2011, dir. Tim Van Patten)
Costume Designer: John A. Dunn

Background

While our nation may be politically divided today, there is one politician that all of America can agree on: Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. Continue reading

Sidney Reilly’s Edwardian Gray Suit

Sam Neill as Sidney Reilly in "An Affair With A Married Woman", the first episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies.

Sam Neill as Sidney Reilly in “An Affair With A Married Woman”, the first episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies.

Had he not been killed by the Soviets in 1925, Sidney Reilly may have lived to be 140 last weekend- March 24th to be specific. However, a 140-year-old man is very unlikely, especially with his lifestyle and habits, so something would’ve probably gotten him anyway.

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Sam Neill as Sigmund Rosenblum, later renamed “Sidney Reilly” upon his entry into the British Secret Service

London, Spring 1901

Series: Reilly: Ace of Spies
Episode: “An Affair with a Married Woman” (Episode 1)
Air Date: September 5, 1983
Director: Jim Goddard
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Waller

Background

This is the first we see of Reilly – still known as Rosenblum – back home in London after his first mission, the details of which will be covered in a later post. After an assignation with his prostitute mistress Rose, he resurfaces at a public meeting in Covent Garden where the British Secret Service is denying his own existence. In a cheeky fashion that recalls James Bond, he gets the best of everyone. Later, we also see him wearing the same suit for a series of meetings and the funeral of his aforementioned mistress. Continue reading