Film

Big Bad John

Tomorrow the TV series “The Crown,” which chronicles the life of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, features JFK and Jackie in its new episode. But the British series will be presenting an image of the former president far less flattering than American audiences are accustomed to, according to media reports. Here’s an excerpt from a Q&A

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Win A Top Drawer Shoeshine Kit From Hanger Project

If you’re not already a customer of Hanger Project, please give it a look. Not only is it run by a terrific guy — Kirby Allison, who started it on a lark only to find to his shock that it was wildly successful — but it’s Ivy Style’s most loyal sponsor, which keeps the posts

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From The Archives

Dig It: Dexter Shoe Ads, ’65-’68

This may look like a penny loafer graveyard, but the Dexter shoe is apparently alive and well (sort of). Though the company doesn’t have much of an online presence, there’s a 1957 collection, named for the year of its founding, available from Shoeline.com. The above ad is from 1965. Below is one from 1966, which

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The Award-Winning Style Of Sidney Poitier

Reposted in light of Mr. Poitier’s 90th birthday on February 20, 2017. * * * Ivy Style brings Black History Month to a close on this controversy-shrouded Oscars night with a tribute to Sidney Poitier. The actor, who is aged 89, hails from the Bahamas and also served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. In


Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

Back in 2009 in the early days of Ivy Style, I wrote this slightly tongue-in-cheek post about the movie “Dirty Dancing,” and how it showed Hollywood’s bias against clean-cut, Ivy-clad guys on the path to success. In other words, the kind of characters who used to be the good guys. Flash forward to 2017, and


Z: New Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Miniseries From Amazon

Every once in a while — say, a few times a year — a commercial comes on the television that actually informs you of something worth knowing. Last night I saw the trailer for “Z,” a new series by Amazon starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald. But there could be no story of Zelda without


Added To Wish List: The Herringbone Polo Coat

For many years the 1981 BBC miniseries “Brideshead Revisited” has been my favorite film, if you can call a 10-hour book adaptation a film. It had been enough years since I’d last seen it, and so I decided to watch again between Christmas and the New Year. A great book or movie will constantly yield


Bow Ties and Bongos

Where can you find bow ties and bongos in the same place at the same time. Why in cinematic history, of course. In 1958’s “Bell, Book and Candle,” Jack Lemmon stars as a warlock who plays bongos with a suit-clad jazz combo in a Greenwich Village beatnik club. Kim Novak is the female lead in


Behind The Scenes Of The Mad Men Title Sequence

I’ve been focused on tennis more than golf lately, and am fortunate to have a 14-court facility just down the street from me in Astoria Park. The Triboro Bridge snakes above, and the East River and Manhattan skyline provide a fantastic view. Recently I got into a couple of pickup games with a new guy, who happens to


For The Ultimate Mad Men Fan, Taschen’s New $850 Mega-Book

Are you a “Mad Men” fan, as in a really big fan? Then surely your life won’t be complete without Taschen publisher’s giant boxed set priced at $850. Here’s the rundown: This book is TASCHEN’s tribute to Mad Men’s television art. Volume 1 chronicles the show’s seven seasons with sequential stills alongside key script excerpts.



Picture Show: Hollywood And The Ivy Look

Our last post was on Warren Beatty’s being named one of GQ’s men of the year for 2016. A perfect excuse to revisit this 2012 post on the book “Hollywood And The Ivy Look,” which includes Beatty, along with many other leading men and character actors who launched their careers during the heyday of the


Return Of The Original Hollywood Playboy

GQ has selected Warren Beatty as one of its Men Of The Year for 2016, hailing the return of alpha males and the “original Hollywood playboy.” Beatty directed and stars in the new film “The Rules Don’t Apply,” which is set in Hollywood in 1958. Beatty features in the book “Hollywood And The Ivy Look”


In The Zone: Rod Serling’s Midcentury Style

I remember watching “The Twilight Zone” as a kid on our console RCA TV in the basement, with the now classic theme music still readily playable in my head. I recall one episode in particular in which a young woman has been raped, and her father goes to pick her up from the hospital. They’re


Pie In The Sky: Happy National Pizza Day

Today is National Pizza Day, and over the past few years I’ve considered it a personal challenge to come up with an Ivy tie-in every time some silly national day comes up. It didn’t take much grinding and churning of the little grey cells to come up with the notion of taking a quick look


Avuncular Style: Robert Vaughn And The Original Man From UNCLE

Ivy Style first ran this post in August 2015. It is being reposted today following the news of Vaughn’s death at the age of 83. * * * Today “The Man From UNCLE” opens. Hollywood, as the cliché goes, is all out of new ideas. That may not be such a bad thing, as there’s



The End Of Camelot

Yesterday the first teaser trailer was released for “Jackie,” a biopic chronicling the First Lady in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK. Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy and the film opens in December. Anyone else have a crush on her? DCG prefers Anne Hathaway, to whom I have a violent allergic reaction. —



Hans Landa Gets His Dream House

A new Samsung commercial running during the Olympics features Christoph Waltz, the Austrian actor who rose from obscurity in his fifties to win the Academy Award for his portrayal of the SS colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Many critics called his performance the greatest portrayal of a villain in cinematic history. Fans