‘Boardwalk Empire’: Dressed to Impress

'Boardwalk Empire' Premiere: Fashion Show Kicks Off New Season

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    When the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire premieres on HBO this Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9 p.m. EDT, fans of the show will have another opportunity to glimpse a fictionalized account of power, politics and personal struggles in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J. This season Jeffrey Wright joins the cast as Harlem gangster Dr. Valentin Narcisse, who instantly becomes a rival to show mainstay Chalky White (Michael K. Williams). HBO celebrated the return of the series with a pre-Fashion Week party on Wednesday in New York City. The event featured Prohibition-era fashion inspired by the show.

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    The Gangster and the Moll

    Hats and headwear were key elements of fashion during the Prohibition era. His hat was designed by Worth and Worth, hers by Max and Dave. His clothes come from designer Robert Geller, and her look from Tadashi Shoji. Necklace by Erickson Beamon.

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    Double Trouble

    These gangsters’ sport suits are by Ron & Ron, with hats by Worth & Worth.

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    Sophisticated Lady

    An evening gown by designer Pamella Roland is topped off with a headpiece by Max and Dave.

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    Feathers in Her Cap

    This Max and Dave headpiece provides a color-coordinated exclamation point for the gown by Marc Bouwer.

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    Black and Gray

    Suit jacket designed by Black Fleece.

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    Ferocious Fur

    Gangsters can still look tough in fur. Suit designed by Paul Stuart, with fur by Adrienne Landau.

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    Up in Smoke

    Smoking jacket by Paul Stuart.

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    June Ambrose

    Stylist, fashion adviser, blogger and designer Ambrose helped coordinate the fashion party for Boardwalk Empire. “Every sidewalk is a catwalk, and you have to work it daily,” she says.

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    Michael K. Williams

    Actor Williams reprises his role as Albert “Chalky” White in the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire. This season White establishes a supper club in a previously segregated space on Atlantic City’s boardwalk and interacts with a powerful and charismatic Harlem gangster, Dr. Valentin Narcisse, played by Jeffrey Wright. “This season is going to be very Roaring ’20s, Cotton Club,” Williams says. “It shines a light on black swagger and the influence of our culture, our music, on American pop culture.” 

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    Margot Bingham

    Actress Bingham, a new addition to the Boardwalk Empire cast, will portray Daughter Maitland, the latest talent at Chalky White’s Onyx Club. Maitland is a saucy soul and blues singer and White’s new love interest, Bingham says. Maitland is also the daughter of Dr. Valentin Narcisse, White’s new rival.

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    Eric LaRay Harvey

    Boardwalk Empire star Harvey portrays Chalky White associate and enforcer Dunn Purnsley. “One of the best things about the period that the show captures is that this was a time of showgirls and glitz and glamour in Atlantic City; this was the era of the blues,” Harvey says. “There were no sagging jeans.”

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