Friday, March 04, 2016

Dino himself had a very economic sense of style

Hey pallies, likes we always always appreciates the op to return to a blogger that really "gets Martin," and likes this very Dino-day we are totally totally thrilled to return a fourth time to the swank style salon, "BAMF Style - Dress Like A Man."  The nouveau hipster that holds forth tags himself   "luckystrike721" and each and everyone of his previous Dino related postin's are remarkable reflections on our Dino's awesome apparel in the classic of classic Rat Pack big screen epic "Ocean's 11."

This dynamic dude's first Dino entry accented Dino's traditional tux and can be found BY CLICKIN" HERE.   luckystrike721's second vintage venture into Dino-dress  awesomely attends to our Dino's
classic brown striped sport coat and that entry is found  HERE.  Thirdly if you  CLICKS HERE, you can peruse a remarkable report of "Lucky" on our main man's blue striped sport coat worn in  "O11."

Today's we are proudly pleased to give your luckystrike721's fourth energetic essay that coolly coolly comments on 'nother classic piece of Dino-attire, our King of Cool's gray suit.  We believes that our Dino-diggin' pallie "Lucky" has outdid himself this time 'round as his cool combo of perfect prose and powerful pixs awesomely accents our Dino's sensational style in "O11."

And, likes this time 'round "Lucky" has shared two  lush links, one to a "Los Angeles Times article written in the wake of the Ocean’s Eleven remake in 2001 and posted on" and 'nother to  a blog tagged "THE TEERITZ AGENDA" where "the very eloquent Teeritz once stated in a post on his blog, 'Much has always been made of Frank Sinatra, his voice, and his legacy and I agree with most of it, but for me, Dino seemed like the one that I would rather have a smoke and a drink with.'"
Likes we hopes to follow up on both of these great Dino-leads.

We shouts out our awesome appreciato  to "luckystrike721" for yet 'nother powerfully potent post on our style icon Dino.  We hope that once he has exhausted all the possibilities with our Dino's attire in "Ocean's 11" that he will simply move on to 'nother Dino-classic.  Likes, to us, it woulda be the coolest of he opined on our Dino's dress in the quartet of Matt Helm capers!

  Ain't it likes a kick in the head dudes that so so many pallies in so so many different ways our hugely homagin' our Dino each and every day and helpin' bring likes tons more folks into the Dino-fold and Dino-holic "Lucky" is at the top of the list for Dino-sure.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.  Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP

Dean Martin’s Gray Suit in Ocean’s Eleven

Dean Martin as Sam Harmon in Ocean's Eleven (1960).
Dean Martin as Sam Harmon in Ocean’s Eleven (1960).


Dean Martin as Sam Harmon, lounge singer, war veteran, and casino heister
Beverly Hills to Las Vegas, December 1959 through January 1960
Film: Ocean’s Eleven
Release Date: August 10, 1960
Director: Lewis Milestone
Costume Designer: Howard Shoup
Tailor: Sy Devore


The height of the Rat Pack’s heyday was 1960. Frank’s buddy Jack was elected into the White House, Marilyn was still alive, and the whole gang was living it up in Vegas while filming Ocean’s Eleven. The movie began after Peter Lawford heard the story from Gilbert Kay, who had heard it from a gas station attendant. Once Frank Sinatra was on board, there was no doubt that his famous pals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. would fill out the rest of the top billing.
It was while filming the movie’s finale, an irony-laden funereal march in front of The Sands, that one of the most iconic of Rat Pack images was captured: the five main performers – Sinatra, Dino, Sammy, Lawford, and Joey Bishop – in front of their names on the Sands’ marquee. Suited up by the legendary Sy Devore, the five men look like they could run the world. And in Las Vegas, they did.

What’d He Wear?

Sam Harmon makes his first appearance in Ocean’s Eleven when he steps off a plane in Beverly Hills wearing a medium gray semi-solid wool suit, tailored especially for him by Sy Devore, the “tailor to the stars” who kept the Rat Pak sharkskin-sharp.
Ah, the glorious air travel of a bygone era...
Ah, the glorious air travel of a bygone era…
Martin was a regular customer of Devore’s, and a Los Angeles Times article written in the wake of the Ocean’s Eleven remake in 2001 and posted on states that “Dino’s collar is slightly higher on the neck,” as he preferred.
The men of the Rat Pack, suited by Sy Devore.
The men of the Rat Pack, suited by Sy Devore.
Given Devore’s expensive-at-the-time price of $285 for a custom-made suit (or $200 for a sport coat and $85 for slacks), it makes sense to see Sam Harmon dressing efficiently throughout the movie, wearing only one suit (this one), two sport jackets, and – since he’s Dean Martin – a sharp dark tuxedo. Dino himself had a very economic sense of style, wearing the same clothes over the course of several years as opposed to his comedic partner Jerry Lewis. Despite Martin’s more debonair reputation, it was Lewis who was referred to in the article as “the biggest Devore clotheshorse in town” due to his sartorial habits of giving away suits at the first sign of soiling and never wearing a pair of socks more than once.
Martin’s gray suitcoat in Ocean’s Eleven is styled and tailored very similarly to his brown and blue striped sport jackets. The single-breasted jacket has a low two-button front and wide, padded shoulders that nicely reflect the relaxed, swinging demeanor of both the character and the actor. It also 3-button cuffs and the short double side vents that were fashionable throughout the early ’60s.
The suit jacket’s two hip pockets and the breast pocket are square patch pockets as seen on his other jackets. A dark red printed silk handkerchief cheekily pokes out from the breast pocket.
Sam's jaunty, playful swagger would be reasonably snuffed out after the death of a brother-in-arms.
Sam’s jaunty, playful swagger would be reasonably snuffed out after the death of a brother-in-arms.
Martin’s flat front suit trousers have slanted side pockets – often for his hands – and plain-hemmed bottoms. He never unbuttons his jacket so additional details remain unseen, but they’re likely styled like his other trousers with belt loops and a jetted right rear pocket that closes with a button.
Dean Martin wears his usual white cotton shirts with button-down collars with every outfit in Ocean’s Elevenwithout exception, even when clad in his tux. The shirts, which Devore would create for $25 each, also had a front placket and button cuffs. Martin would request the button-down collars on his shirts to rise high on the neck, creating a substantially large collar that would dwarf the tight tie knots.
Both of Sam Harmon’s ties with this outfit are slim patterned silk ties. When first seen at the Beverly Hills airport, Sam wears a gray silk tie printed with repeating clusters of four silver dots connected in the center by a smaller black dot.
Sam establishes his look of slim ties and a big collar.
Sam establishes his look of slim ties and a big collar.
For the funeral finale in Vegas, Sam wears a more somber tie with wide right-down-to-left stripes that alternate between navy and burgundy. (A continuity error results in a different tie – the burgundy, dark navy, and forest green striped one previously seen swapped in with the brown striped jacket – worn while actually leaving the funeral during the credits. It’s this tie that shows up on the iconic poster seen above.)
Sam’s shoes are black leather plain-toe bluchers, worn with a pair of black silk dress socks.
Both of Dino’s accessories are sported on his left hand: a silver pinky ring and a steel chain-link bracelet.

What to Imbibe

As the very eloquent Teeritz once stated in a post on his blog, “Much has always been made of Frank Sinatra, his voice, and his legacy and I agree with most of it, but for me, Dino seemed like the one that I would rather have a smoke and a drink with. Even though the hard partying image that he portrayed on stage was a myth. His glass was usually filled with apple juice, not Scotch.”
Although Dean does look here like he just found out that even the prop bottle is only full of apple juice.
Although Dean does look here like he just found out that even the prop bottle is only full of apple juice.
Although Sam Harmon grabs a bottle of J&B at Spyros’ house, it’s quite likely that the actual contents consumed were his usual apple juice. J&B Rare is a blend of 42 Scotch whiskies that was developed for the American market and exploded in popularity after the repeal of Prohibition. In addition to being a real-life favorite of Dean Martin’s, J&B was known to be the preferred spirit for Truman Capote, who would order it only by its full name “Justerini and Brooks”, named for the Bologna-born distiller Giacomo Justerini and the company’s eventual buyer Alfred Brooks. It does make sense that Dean Martin’s favorite Scotch would still have such a strong Italian influence…

How to Get the Look

Dean Martin’s Sam Harmon wears his sharp tailored suit in a variety of situations, from being the coolest guy to step off a plane to looking slick even during a funeral march.
  • Gray semi-solid wool tailored suit, consisting of:
    • Single-breasted 2-button jacket with slim notch lapels, patch breast pocket, patch hip pockets, 3-button cuffs, and short double side vents
    • Flat front trousers with cuffed bottoms/turn-ups
  • White cotton shirt with large button-down collar, front placket, and button cuffs
  • Slim printed silk necktie
  • Black leather plain-toe bluchers
  • Thin black silk dress socks
  • Burgundy printed silk handkerchief, worn “puffed” in breast pocket
  • Silver pinky ring (on left pinky)
  • Silver chain bracelet (on left wrist)

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie.


Danny G. said...

Hey pallie...our main man had SERIOUS style that is STILL considered COOL & HIP today! I read an email the other day statin' that George Clooney is like a "modern day Dean Martin". Sorry George...keep dreamin', pal! One can only aspire to be in the same class as Dino, man! No copy cats! Ha!

BlueisCoool said...

I have to agree with Danny G., Dean as well as the other members off the rat pack just oozed style. From there cloths to the way the carried themselves, it did not get any more cool then this. While there may be a few so-called stars today have any sort of style, it really is nothing compared to the gentlemen of yesteryear. A wonderful read as always DMP, thank you.

Have safe and happy weekend.


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Danny-o, there are terrific throngs of pallies who crave bein' the style icon Dino, but truly we are all only Dino-wanna-bes and will always only be that! Keeps lovin', keeps sharin' our most beloved Dino!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Scotty-0, truly dude, nothin' and no one compares to our incomparable Dino!
Keeps lovin', and when you can keeps sharin' our most beloved Dino!

DeansPalley said...

I read somewhere that Dean really liked Fred Astaire's style and look from the 1950's onward. I'm not talking tux...more everyday clothes. If you look at both of em you can certainly see the similarities in both men. Although Dean was younger and hipper. Personally I liked the Matt Helm outfits from all 4 movies. They must of been extremely easy to keep clean cuz any time Matt got into trouble and had to hit the ground them outfits were as clean as when he put em on. Fights, explosions, mud, water, all that stuff was repelled. Sometimes he looked cleaner after a fight or explosion!!! And that one brown blazer with the exploding buttons? What a blast that must of been to wear!!!

Always On Watch said...

Our Dino made every suit he wore look like a class act!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes DeansPalley, very cool of youse to digs our Dino's Helmer threads...indeed we are hopin' that "Lucky" will some time takes cool commentary on 'em sometime at his beautiful blog. Keeps lovin', keeps sharin' our most beloved Dino!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, you are, as always, spot Dino-on! Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!