Tagged: Sam “Ace” Rothstein

Casino – De Niro’s Cream Fleck Jacket

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

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

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

Las Vegas, Summer 1980

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

Background

Last week’s Mafia Monday post examined a moody but visionary Jewish mobster in the middle of the desert outside Las Vegas, and you’ll be surprised to see that I’m doing the exact same thing today.

That scene from Bugsy showed the trailblazer Benny Siegel making his mark in the so far undeveloped Las Vegas. In Casino, more than three decades later, Vegas is now a hopping nightspot whose best years are already slipping behind it. Many guys who tried to follow Bugsy’s example are now buried out in the desert where Sam Rothstein has been summoned to meet his old friend, the volatile Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci).

Normally, my prospects of coming back alive from a meeting with Nicky were 99 out of 100. But this time, when I heard him say “a couple of hundred yards down the road”, I gave myself 50-50.

Things haven’t been so great for Sam and Nicky. They were best buds coming up together “back home” but Sam embraced the analytical aspects of their criminal ventures while Nicky was all about the violence. Having heard that Sam was potentially plotting behind his back, Nicky has now called him to meet out where the heads of their predecessors are buried.

What’d He Wear?

Ace wears this distinctive flecked jacket for a brief but pivotal scene in the movie that cements the fatal fissure in he and Nicky’s friendship.

The cream-colored sport coat with its oatmeal-colored horizontal fleck reflects the surrounding desert imagery, unconsciously symbolizing to the audience that Ace belongs in this setting far more than the gray silk-suited Nicky Santoro. Underneath, Ace’s attire is all urban-evoking blacks and grays but he’s becoming better at adapting to his surroundings than he was when he was criticized for firing Don Ward.

Ace’s single-breasted jacket appears to be a linen and silk blend, fitting for Ace’s brand of flashy functionality. It has the same distinctive “cran necker” fishmouth-style notch lapels as many of his other suit and sport jackets in Casino. The shoulders are well-padded with roped sleeveheads.

Ace may be the kind of guy you don't want to mess with, but even he knows that you don't want Nicky Santoro on your bad side.

Ace may be the kind of guy you don’t want to mess with, but even he knows that you don’t want Nicky Santoro on your bad side.

The jacket has a 2-button front with a single matching button on each cuff. The long double vents would be found on most of his jackets whether set in the ’70s or the ’80s. There is a large patch pocket on each hip, and a patch pocket over the left breast where Ace wears a dark brown silk display kerchief.

A behind-the-scenes shot of De Niro on location, filming in the desert on October 26, 1994 (according to the clapperboards).

A behind-the-scenes shot of Robert De Niro on location, filming in the desert on October 26, 1994 (according to the clapperboards).

Ace wears a gray soft silk shirt that draws out the gray and oatmeal tones of the jacket fleck. Like most of his other shirts that were made by Anto for the production, it has a large point collar, plain front, and breast pocket. The cuffs appear to be the same “Lapidus” single-button tab cuffs as found on many of his other shirts.

Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro take a break from filming a tense scene in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro take a break from filming a tense scene in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Not the most comfortable choice for a meeting under the hot desert sun, Ace wears a pair of black polyester darted flat front trousers with a long rise. The high waist is fitted to be worn without a belt. He often places his hands in the frogmouth-style front pockets, and the plain-hemmed bottoms are slightly flared.

Ace wears a pair of black leather loafers with raised heels. His dark socks are probably also black to avoid any disruption in the leg line.

At first, I thought Ace was wearing very dark brown trousers but production photos have proven to me that he is, indeed, wearing black slacks. I likely saw brown because of the cream tones of the jacket and all of the surrounding sand.

At first, I thought Ace was wearing very dark brown trousers but production photos have proven to me that he is, indeed, wearing black slacks. I likely saw brown because of the cream tones of the jacket and all of the surrounding sand.

According to IMDB, Robert De Niro himself chose the sunglasses that he would be wearing in the scene. They are almost definitely a pair of “Ultra Goliath” matte black frames from the Vintage Frames Company. Although the default style has clear lenses, brown-shaded lenses like Ace wears can be swapped in for up to $75.

Ace spies Nicky speeding across the desert in his '77 Monte Carlo, one of many cars he helmed that day. (It's also a magic Monte Carlo as Nicky somehow manages to get the tires to dramatically squeal while peeling off of the desert sand.)

Ace spies Nicky speeding across the desert in his ’77 Monte Carlo, one of many cars he helmed that day. (It’s also a magic Monte Carlo as Nicky somehow manages to get the tires to dramatically squeal while peeling off of the desert sand.)

Ace wears both his watch and ring on his right hand. Not much is seen of the watch, but the silver-toned glimpse of a bracelet indicates that it’s likely one of his white gold models, possibly from Bueche Girod. The 14-carat yellow gold ring with its square diamond (or cubic zirconia) flush setting is much more clearly seen gleaming from his right pinky.

Ace argues with Nicky, who is just one anti-Semitic, profanity-laced tirade away from ending their friendship permanently.

Ace argues with Nicky, who is just one anti-Semitic, profanity-laced tirade away from ending their friendship permanently.

This outfit shows up on the far right end of the fourth row on Ibraheem Youssef’s poster that reflects all of Ace’s suits from Casino.

How to Get the Look

Robert De Niro being directed by Martin Scorsese on the set of Casino.

Robert De Niro being directed by Martin Scorsese on the set of Casino.

Although not the most practical outfit for his desert meeting, Ace’s clothing shows that he better fits into his surroundings than the interloping mobsters that are trying to shut him up.

  • Cream horizontal-fleck linen/silk single-breasted 2-button sport coat with “cran necker” fishmouth lapels, patch breast pocket, patch hip pockets, 1-button cuffs, and long double vents
  • Gray silk Anto dress shirt with large point collar, plain front, and 1-button “Lapidus” tab squared cuffs
  • Black polyester darted flat front trousers with extended squared waistband tab, frogmouth front pockets, and flared plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Black leather loafers with raised heels
  • Black socks
  • White gold wristwatch on flat bracelet
  • Yellow gold 14-carat pinky ring with an emerald cut cubic zirconia setting, worn on the right pinky
  • Vintage Frames Company “Ultra Goliath” matte black-framed sunglasses

For a final flourish, Ace wears a multi-pointed dark brown silk display kerchief in the breast pocket of his jacket.

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The Quote

Yeah I did want to go on TV. That way I have a forum, I can fight back. I’m known. People see me. They know they can’t fuck around with me like they could if I was an unknown.

Casino – De Niro’s Yellow Linen Jacket

Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro as Ginger and Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino (1995).

Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro as Ginger and Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).

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

Los Angeles, Summer 1974

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

Background

As the weather is warming up here in the Northern Hemisphere, folks are swapping out the heavy flannel in their closets for linen and planning their trips to sunny locales.

Sam “Ace” Rothstein and his new wife Ginger touched down in L.A. after their ill-advised wedding in Casino although it was technically more of a business trip than a vacation. This outfit, one of Ace’s loudest in the movie (and that’s saying something), is shocking in that it’s what he wears for banking… of course, when you show up with a few million dollars in cash and jewels to deposit, I would imagine no banker would judge.

What’d He Wear?

In Rear Window, Thelma Ritter’s character unflatteringly describes a murderer’s expression as one that wouldn’t “get him a quick loan at the bank,” and one can only wonder what Stella would’ve thought when seeing Ace and Ginger striding into a conservative Los Angeles bank while wearing a bright yellow jacket and blue leather miniskirt, respectively. Luckily for the Rothsteins, they’re packing a solid briefcase full of “shakedown and kidnapping money” that any banker worth his or her salt would be wise to accept.

The banker even goes so far as to show some concern for Ace's welfare when he gives full access of his funds to his wife... although this may just be fueled by the banker's sexism rather than actual knowledge of Ginger's devious character.

The banker even goes so far as to show some concern for Ace’s welfare when he gives full access of his funds to his wife… although this may just be fueled by the banker’s sexism rather than actual knowledge of Ginger’s devious character.

Ace’s yellow sport coat is likely a linen and wool blend as it’s more structured and differently textured than pure linen. The single-breasted jacket is styled almost identically to the burnt orange polyester jacket he wears later in the film with its distinctive fishmouth (or cran necker) lapels, long double vents, and three large squared patch pockets on the breast and hips.

The padded shoulders with roped sleeveheads add bulk to De Niro’s frame, making Ace look more imposing. The two buttons on the front and the single button on each cuff are large white plastic.

The pastel-clad couple turns some heads at this banking institution.

The pastel-clad couple turns some heads at this banking institution.

This isn’t the last that we see Ace wearing yellow as he would wear a golden suit as part of an all-yellow outfit when ejecting an insolent cowboy from the Tangiers a few scenes later.

Ace contrasts the bright yellow of his jacket with a deep dark blue silk shirt, one of many made by Anto for the film. The shirt has a large point collar and dark blue buttons down the plain front. Although only the squared edges of the barrel cuffs are seen, they’re likely the same distinctive “Lapidus” single button-tab cuffs on many of his shirts.

Ace’s subtly-checked buttercream trousers keep the outfit light and summery while providing just enough of a contrast with the solid yellow jacket. The fine check consists of a rust brown grid with a smaller-scale light blue check that calls out the blue of the shirt.

Left: When the cameras aren't rolling, Sharon and Bob exchange some words with Marty Scorsese on the tarmac. Right: Ace and Ginger are at their closest when packing the lid on their hard-earned funds.

Left: When the cameras aren’t rolling, Sharon and Bob exchange some words with Marty Scorsese on the tarmac.
Right: Ace and Ginger are at their closest when packing the lid on their hard-earned funds.

The flat front trousers have a squared-end tab that extends over the right side of the waistband for a hidden closure. The legs flare out at the plain-hemmed bottoms… this was the height of the bell bottom era, after all. Both the era and a closer look at the trouser material seem to indicate polyester or at least a polyester blend. They likely have the same frogmouth front pockets of many of his similar trousers.

Sartorial rules – which I tend to dislike and Ace Rothstein tends to eschew – dictate matching socks to trousers to continue the leg line, but Ace takes it a step further by also matching his shoes, sporting a pair of cream leather moc-toe loafers with beige silk socks.

Ginger and Ace compete to see who has the more noticeable footwear when making their sizable deposit.

Ginger and Ace compete to see who has the more noticeable footwear when making their sizable deposit.

When alighting from his private jet on the L.A. airstrip, he wears a pair of brown plastic-framed aviator-shaped Carrera 5425 “sport” sunglasses with a white stripe down each arm. Once he’s inside the bank, he folds his sunglasses and places them in his jacket’s outside breast pocket. (These sunglasses are the same ones he wore when talking to Andy Stone poolside in an earlier scene.)

Aware of the earth tones in his outfit, Ace keeps his accessories yellow gold. His all-gold wristwatch has a square dial and a gold link bracelet.On his right pinky, he wears a 14-carat gold ring with an emerald cut blue synthetic stone set flush in a geometric polished shank. The ring may be another Bvlgari piece since Bvlgari was credited with the film’s jewelry.

Usually, De Niro making that face means someone's about to get their face kicked in. That safety deposit box better start getting its affairs in order...

Usually, De Niro making that face means someone’s about to get their face kicked in. That safety deposit box better start getting its affairs in order…

This outfit was especially well-represented on the now-famous poster that Ibraheem Youssef created that breaks down all of Ace’s suits, accurately showing off the differing tones of each garment including the fine check of his polyester trousers.

Go Big or Go Home

If you’re gonna be shady, at least be witty about it. Ace appropriates the name of a venerated cocktail as his sobriquet:

I put two million in cash in a Los Angeles bank under the name of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Collins. This was strictly my shakedown and kidnapping money. And, since I’d either be in jail or locked in a closet when I needed the money the most, I gave Ginger the only key to the cash that could get me back alive.

How to Get the Look

Ace takes an unorthodox approach to casual dressing for warm weather, but it’s just as colorful and distinctive as one would expect from him.

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  • Yellow linen single-breasted 2-button sport coat with fishmouth lapels, patch breast pocket, patch hip pocket, 1-button cuffs, and long double side vents
  • Dark blue silk Anto shirt with large point collar, plain front, and “Lapidus” single button-tab cuffs
  • Cream subtly-checked polyester flat front trousers with extended squared waistband tab, frogmouth front pockets, and flared plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Cream leather moc-toe loafers
  • Beige silk dress socks
  • Gold wristwatch with rectangular case, light gold square dial, and gold link bracelet
  • Yellow gold 14-carat pinky ring with flush emerald-cut blue synthetic stone
  • Carrera 5425 brown plastic “sport” aviator sunglasses

As this jacket was almost certainly made specifically for De Niro to wear in Casino, it would be damn near impossible to find out in the wild. The best bet would be to narrow your search to yellow linen blazers and sport coats with similar – if not exact – styling. Alan Flusser currently offers a lighter weight linen jacket through SteinMart for only $69.99 that has Ace-approved white buttons, patch pockets, and long double vents. It’s a less pastel shade of yellow and lacks the distinctive Parisian lapels of Ace’s jacket, but it’s a fine, affordable option.

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The Quote

Crooked cops and kidnappers… they don’t take checks.

Casino – Ace’s Green Western Suit

Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone as the new Mr. and Mrs. Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino (1995).

Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone as the new Mr. and Mrs. Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino (1995).

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

Las Vegas, Spring 1974

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

Background

Many Americans are rocking green today for St. Patrick’s Day, so BAMF Style is taking a look at an all-green outfit sported by Robert De Niro in Casino, one of his 70 costume changes and part of the movie’s staggering $1 million costume budget.

In the context of the film timeline, De Niro’s “Ace” Rothstein isn’t buying shots of Jameson in a cheaply decorated bar or vomiting in an alleyway while a parade of leprechauns walks by; he’s taking his new wife Ginger (Sharon Stone) to their first new home after their marriage.

What’d He Wear?

Rita Ryack, one of Casino‘s costume designers, stated that the costumes were meant to reflect the chaos in the story, with more chaotic colors appearing as the events on screen unfold. This scene contains one of Ace’s most tranquil moments, so his monochromatic color scheme – while loud – indicates his rare inner peace. De Niro has said elsewhere on screen that “geniuses pick green”; while Ace is indeed a gambling genius, green is also an earthy color that symbolizes balance, stability, and rebirth. The workaholic Ace has found a life balance with his new life partner, and his trust in this beautiful young woman leads to a short-lived period of renewed energy and happiness.

A tale of two Aces: De Niro nails the vanity of a guy like Sam Rothstein who would constantly be checking to see that he looked his best during important moments of his life.

A tale of two Aces: De Niro nails the vanity of a guy like Sam Rothstein who would constantly be checking to see that he looked his best during important moments of his life.

Though constructed from a different suiting, Ace’s light green Western-styled suit shares much of its styling and tailoring points with the ivory polyester suit he would later wear when confronting Ginger and Lester in the diner. The material is shiny, indicating the possibility of mohair or a mohair blend.

The single-breasted jacket has pointed Western-style yokes over each shoulder down onto the chest. The presence of the yokes means no breast pocket; the two flapped hip pockets sit straight on the waist. Both the yokes and the pocket flaps shine as a slightly more vivid shade of green under certain light.

The two buttons on the front of the jacket and the two buttons on the end of each cuff are steel. Edge swelling is present on the notch lapels, yokes, and pocket flaps. The shoulders are padded, and the sleeveheads are roped. Although the suit doesn’t receive much screen time, it appears to have the same “pinch-back” jacket as the ivory suit with a single pleat, half-belt, and single vent in the back.

Ace proudly presents Ginger with millions of dollars of jewelry... then tells her she has to keep it locked in a bank vault out of their home.

Ace proudly presents Ginger with millions of dollars of jewelry… then tells her she has to keep it locked in a bank vault out of their home.

Ace’s matching suit trousers are flat front with an extended waistband tab that closes on the right with a concealed hook. They have straight on-seam side pockets and flared, plain-hemmed bottoms.

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

Ace flips to the other end of the green spectrum with his dark green silk shirt and matching tie, both made by Anto for Robert De Niro to wear in the film. The very distinctive shirt has a large point collar, epaulettes (or “shoulder straps”) that button on the outside of the shoulder rather than against the collar, and two chest pockets that button closed through a mitred-edge flap. The left chest pocket flap is monogrammed with “S.R.” stitched in dark green on the pocket’s left edge.

Ginger tries to talk Ace into keeping at least one of her new jewelry pieces at home, but it would disrupt the nature of their business relationship marriage.

Ginger tries to talk Ace into keeping at least one of her new jewelry pieces at home, but it would disrupt the nature of their business relationship marriage.

Ace’s shirt also incorporates the familiar “Lapidus cuff”, the unique cuff seen throughout the 1970s that close with a single button on a tab. In addition to many of Robert De Niro’s shirts in Casino, the Lapidus cuff made its way onto several of the Frank Foster shirts worn by Roger Moore during his tenure as James Bond.

The name's Rothstein. Ace Rothstein.

The name’s Rothstein. Ace Rothstein.

Barely seen on screen, Ace wears a pair of olive alligator leather tassel loafers. Although the shoes follow Ace’s green theme for his outfit, he curiously breaks it up with his socks, a pair of thin brown silk dress socks with dark brown stripes.

Scorsese directs De Niro and Stone on set.

Scorsese directs De Niro and Stone on set.

Since Ginger is rocking enough gold Bvlgari jewelry for both of them, Ace diverts from his usual and goes for silver-colored accessories instead. His ring is likely 14-carat white gold with an emerald cut green synthetic stone set in a geometric polished shank. He wears an ultra-slim Bueche Girod white gold wristwatch with an oval white gold dial and black Roman numerals. It fastens around his right wrist with a textured, tapered band that closes with a fold-over clasp.

Worth mentioning in any sartorial post about Casino is artist Ibraheem Youssef’s impressive tribute to all of De Niro’s various suits in Casino, found here.

Go Big or Go Home

Dinah Washington’s “Unforgettable” played during their otherwise forgettable marriage proposal, and now – at the end of their engagement – the title track of Dinah’s 1959 album What a Diff’rence a Day Makes! plays as Ace pulls up to their new home in his (anachronistic!) orange 1977 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe.

Although the song was originally published in 1934 as “What a Diff’rence a Day Made“, Dinah’s rendition brings the action to the present tense. Her voice is full of hope and, backed by the inspiring orchestra conducted by arranger Belford Hendricks, the song surely reflects Ace at his happiest.

Of course with an abode like that, Ace’s palpable excitement is understandable. The house, located off the edge of the Las Vegas National Golf Course, belonged to hip hop mogul Suge Knight at the time of filming. A terrific post by David Latta explores the house – located at 3515 Cochise Lane – and some of its history. The 4,862 square-foot house is also listed on Zillow, citing that it was built in 1964 and boasts four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The real Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and his wife dwelled in a slightly smaller but equally luxurious house only a few miles away, within the private Las Vegas Country Club.

The real Lefty’s home at 972 Vegas Valley Drive is currently for sale*, listed at $750,000 on Zillow. Lefty had the house built new for him and Geri (the real-life Ginger) in 1970, a year after they were married. The 3,266 square-foot home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and swank throughout from the bathroom to the pool. The house was evidently re-listed in January 2015.

* as of March 2016

How to Get the Look

Rarely can you gift someone a chinchilla coat and still be the loudest-dressed person in the room, but Ace Rothstein pulls it off with considerable aplomb. If you want to wear all green for St. Patrick’s Day, be wary that this isn’t a suit you’ll want to try to wash vomit out of.

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  • Light green mohair Western-styled suit, consisting of:
    • Single-breasted pinch-back jacket with edge-stitched notch lapels, 2-button front (steel buttons), flapped hip pockets, 2-button cuffs (steel buttons), and pleated half-belt back with single rear vent
    • Flat front trousers with extended waistband tab, straight on-seam side pockets, and flared plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Dark green silk Anto dress shirt with large point collar, button-down epaulettes, button flap chest pockets, and 1-button “Lapidus” tab squared cuffs
  • Dark green silk Anto necktie
  • Olive alligator leather tassel loafers
  • Brown thin silk dress socks with dark stripes
  • Bueche Girod white gold slim wristwatch with oval white gold dial and textured band
  • White gold 14-carat ring with emerald cut green synthetic stone

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The Quote

All this stuff doesn’t mean anything… without trust. I have to be able to trust you with my life.

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).

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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: Rita Ryack & John A. Dunn

Background

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.

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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 as they were both manufactured specifically for Robert De Niro by Anto. 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 yellow gold wristwatch has a citrine orange-colored 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 yellow gold pinky ring – also on his right hand, like the watch – with an emerald-cut citrine half bezel set in a geometric shank. 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 Anto dress shirt with large point collar, front placket, and “Lapidus” single button-tab cuffs
  • Orange silk Anto necktie
  • Dark brown sueded leather desert boots
  • Dark brown dress socks
  • Yellow gold wristwatch with rectangular case, square orange dial, and flat bracelet
  • Yellow gold 14-carat pinky ring with emerald-cut citrine stone

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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).

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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: Rita Ryack & John A. Dunn

Background

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.

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Ace wears an ivory 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.

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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.

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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, one of the many manufactured for the movie by Anto. It is styled like the rest of his super-’70s shirts with a large point collar and the distinctive Lapidus-invented 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.

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

Due to both being made for the film by Anto, 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. This may be one of the vintage Bueche Girod watches contributed to the production.

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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 14-carat yellow 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 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.

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  • Ivory 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 Anto dress shirt with large point collar, front placket, and 1-button “Lapidus” tab squared cuffs
  • Dark red silk Anto necktie
  • Yellow gold wristwatch with a rectangular case, red dial, and flat link bracelet
  • Yellow gold 14-carat 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).

Vitals

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: Rita Ryack & John A. Dunn

Background

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). This plaid jacket features more typical 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 silk shirt (and its matching pocket square) would perfectly emphasize the jacket’s blue overcheck. Anto made the shirts that De Niro wore in Casino, and this sport shirt with its large open collar without a button to close, is listed on their site as the “Anto 1955 Sport Shirt”. 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, a more casual concession than the tab cuffs on many of his dress shirts.

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Flashy though his wardrobe may be, Ace keeps his accessories relatively toned down. His only piece of jewelry is a 14-carat yellow 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 a yellow 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, although Bueche Girod, Juvena, and Noblia are all confirmed to have contributed watches to De Niro’s wrist in Casino. 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.

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  • 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
  • Sky blue silk Anto sport shirt with large open point collar, plain front, flapped breast pocket, and mitred button cuffs
  • Yellow polyester flat front suit trousers with an extended waistband tab, frogmouth front pockets, slightly flared legs, and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Yellow leather loafers
  • Cream silk dress socks
  • Gold wristwatch with a square case and link bracelet
  • Yellow gold 14-carat diamond pinky ring, 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 (1995).

Vitals

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: Rita Ryack & John A. Dunn

Background

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 fishmouth 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.

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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 jacket, being linen, is lightweight enough to withstand the Vegas heat. The jacket is additionally airy with two long back 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 Anto shirt is more of a traditional pink than the blazer, constructed from smooth silk. Like many other Anto shirts worn by De Niro in Casino, this shirt has a plain front, monogrammed breast pocket, and the distinctive point collar and single-button “Lapidus” tab squared cuff. The pink silk tie, tied in a four-in-hand knot, was also manufactured by Anto to perfectly match the shirt.

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. These silk trousers have a fitted waistband with an extended tab. 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 high break of 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 pale pink silk socks. His shoes are, as they would have to be with this outfit, a pair of white leather loafers. De Niro wore shoes from Bally, Bruno Magli, Di Fabrizio, Florsheim, and Johnston & Murphy over the course of the production, so these loafers are likely from one of those manufacturers.

 

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!)

As per most movie gamblers, Rothstein shows a preference for gold when it comes to his abundant accessorizing; even his cigarette holder is gold. In this scene, he wears a gold pinky ring and a very distinctive mixed metal vintage Bueche Girod wristwatch, both on his right hand.

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This ultra-slim quartz watch is 18-carat yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The herringbone-patterned square face is tri-sected with white gold on the right and left sides with a rose gold strip down the center. The steel hands are a faceted Dauphine style.

Nineteen full cut pave set diamonds are set on the right and left sides of the face for a total of 38 diamonds. The screw-on style case is solid gold

The woven herringbone band continues the same scheme of the face around De Niro’s right wrist, with a rose gold strip in the center with a white gold strip on each side and yellow gold on the edges.

For a closer look at the Bueche Girod Y9624, I found this post at RightTime.com. The post describes the watch as “extravagant” and mentions that it features “one of the most expensive, ultra thin quartz ETA 959.001 movements.” According to the post, the regular price of a Y9624 is $12,500.

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 linen single-breasted 2-button blazer with distinctive “cran necker” fishmouth notch lapels, patch breast pocket, patch hip pockets, 1-button cuffs, and long double rear vents
  • White silk flat front trousers with an extended waistband, slightly flared legs, and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Light pink silk long-sleeve Anto dress shirt with large point collar, monogrammed breast pocket, and 1-button “Lapidus” tab squared cuffs
  • Light pink Anto silk necktie
  • White leather loafers
  • Pale pink thin silk dress socks
  • Bueche Girod Y9624 tri-color gold wristwatch with herringbone square face, diamond-studded case, and tri-color herringbone bracelet
  • Gold pinky ring, worn on the right pinky
  • Yellow silk 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.