A Tiger Among The Bootleggers

On Sunday night, HBO finished up its second season of the loosely historic “Boardwalk Empire,” the hit period drama by Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg starring Steve Buscemi. Overflowing with illegal scotch and homicidal blood, the program was nominated for 18 Emmys this year.

Focusing on Atlantic City organized crime at the dawn of Prohibition, the cast is decked out. The male characters’ dress ranges from the flamboyance of Jay Gatsby to post-World War I working-man tweeds reminiscent of recent workwear fashions. There are plenty of three-piece suits, bow ties, straw boaters and fedoras, collar pins and carnations, and lush woolen fabrics. “Boardwalk” is a great reminder that whatever was in fashion once will be in again — unless, of course, it never fell out of taste to begin with.

With the pilot alone costing $18 million, no penny was left unspent and no historical stone unturned, demonstrating an incredible attention to detail. According to Variety, the costume designer John Dunn (nominated for a 2011 Emmy for his work), “hit the research libraries at FIT [Fashion Institute of Technology]… went to the Brooklyn Museum, the Met,” and “just completely immersed [him]self in 1920.” Martin Greenfield supplies the tailoring.

This season’s penultimate episode, airing December 4th to 2.97 million viewers, was no exception in the fashion detail department. This episode depicted the backstory of one the show’s main characters, Jimmy Darmody, a Princeton dropout who enlisted to be a doughboy after beating up one of his philandering young professors. (The episode is aptly titled “Under God’s Power She Flourishes,” from the university’s motto.)
Before Darmody’s booze-fuelled, belligerent mistake, there are a couple of classroom and social-season scenes providing a well executed take on pre-Great War Ivy fashion.

In October, HBO renewed “Boardwalk” for a third season that will air sometime next year. — PHILLIP R. PINEGAR

Phillip R. Pinegar is a Hoosier working and living on Capitol Hill. A recent graduate of Taylor University, Pinegar was raised on Brooks, Bond, Maker’s and the Bible.

14 Comments on "A Tiger Among The Bootleggers"

  1. What I always found ironic during earlier episodes was that Chalky White’s kids were always decked out in Ivy Style.

  2. Absolutely fantastic show…question about the author though, from my reading Taylor University is a rather curious place (no dancing or alcohol) yet the author claims to have been raised on Maker’s. Any explanation? Most assuredly a place that would be avoided at all costs by most readers here.

  3. Jimmy Talkin' Jivy | December 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm |

    Anybody seen my meds? The dosage needs to be changed..
    I’m completely out of my mind now.

    I’m having multiple imaginary conversations with about five different people of my own creation.

    I get like this around the holidays for some reason. Desperate for attention or something I guess.

    I know, I know…I’m just sad

  4. Jimmy Talkin' Jivy | December 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm |

    Just WTF is my problem?

    I’m a middle aged man who is a compulsive liar and likes to anonymously smear and attack people online. People who I’ve never even met. People who have done nothing to me.
    I often pretend to BE them and even post racist messages on my own Talk Ivy chat list.

    I obsess over these people and I keep inventing lie after lie about them. Why do I do this? Can this really be all about shirts and shoes?

    I don’t know what my problem is. It’s very bizarre and disturbing behavior for middle-aged man to engage in. I am TRULY mentally ill.

  5. Russell Street's Dead Mother | December 16, 2011 at 1:28 am |

    re: Jimmy

    Reality check time.
    The “vociferous troll” hasn’t even posted on your site for many many months.

    Apparently he was so “inept” that you couldn’t stop talking about him.
    Apparently he bothered you so much that you felt a campaign of outrageous lies and slander was necessary…. over half a year later.

    Russell Street isn’t a real person, remember? He’s just a cartoon cat.

    With all sincerity, you really need to get some help.

  6. Chelsea Drug Store | December 16, 2011 at 2:52 am |

    The Russell Street madness continues.More of them seem to have become infected with his sickness.Meanwhile Christian’s blog goes from strength to strength, talking about real people and real style.

  7. Exile on Main Street | December 16, 2011 at 3:21 am |


    The little git has actually resorted to carrying on multiple fake conversations with HIMSELF now. He plays all the “characters”. He’s got multiple threads were he is actually arguing with himself pretending to be someone else (very poorly badly I might add).

    The man is giddy with excitement in some manic episode of obsessive-compulsive lying and role-playing.

    If he has any true friends they should organize an intervention to help the poor sod.

  8. Chelsea Drug Store | December 16, 2011 at 3:34 am |

    @Exile on Main Street

    The fact that they just enable his delusions of grandeur shows how little they really are about him. This is sad because the poor idiot does seem to imagine that he has friends.

  9. Exile on Main Street | December 16, 2011 at 3:41 am |


    There are some gullible types who actually fall for his nasty schtick though.

  10. Chelsea Drug Store | December 16, 2011 at 3:53 am |

    @Exile on Main Street

    Yes, there’s one born every minute. At least there are genuine style sites, such as this one, for people to go to.

  11. Nice to read someting from a follow Hoosier in the DC Metro Area. I am familiar with Taylor Univ, I went to IWU in the next town over.

  12. Seem to have collectively lost their minds over at FNB Talk Ivy. Happens each year around the holidays.

    Unhappy lives.

  13. Phillip (the author) | December 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |

    Taylor University is a wonderful place. Student may drink with their parents permission after legal age. Not on campus though.

    Just trying to have a colourful by-line 🙂

  14. @Chelsea

    Yes, it’s actually me.

    For the record. I haven’t posted on Talk Ivy in almost a year. 95% of the stuff I’m accused of doing is just flat-out a lie or an impostor.

    This Jimmy/Russell guy seems to have picked my name out of a hat, obsessed about me, and decided that I am his new enemy. God knows why.

    He spends a LOT of time actually pretending to BE me and posting nasty, racist, idiotic comments on his site. Some of his cohorts play along for kicks (I guess) and some actually believe it’s me. Then he pretends to ban “me”, picks another fake identity that he claims is me (again) and starts the insane process over again…He is seriously mentally ill, and needs psychiatric help.

    I can only guess that he REALLY wants me to join his site to defend myself. This would be completely pointless as he only deletes or changes what people write anyway.

    Rest assured, there will NEVER be any post from me on Talk Ivy in any way, shape, or form…and there hasn’t been one in a very very LONG time.

    Also for the record, I don’t work for Ivy Style. I have never worked for Ivy Style. I have never even met Christian. And while I respect this site, I don’t even agree with all of his viewpoints ! So there isn’t any CC-DG-IvyStyle conspiracy…. Jimmy/Russell has created that in his demented head.

    Sadly this will probably only continue to feed his psychosis.

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