October 12, 2007

Miami Vice TV Show Opening Video

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Miami Vice (1984)

Miami Vice was a popular and innovative television series starring Don Johnson (James "Sonny" Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover. The storylines of the series differed from those of police shows from earlier decades, simultaneously reflecting the more glitzy and gritty feel of 1980s "New Wave" culture. As Crockett and Tubbs were vice cops, most episodes focused on drug trafficking and prostitution. Stories more often than not ended in a large gunbattle, usually costing the lives of several villains. Miami Vice also broke new ground in its treatment of crime and society. Complex themes of corruption, politics and abuses of power were often featured, and an undercurrent of cynicism and futility underlies the entire series.

The show had a huge influence on (men's) fashion at the time, popularizing, if not actually inventing, the "T-shirt under Armani jacket"-style. Crockett also boosted Ray Ban's popularity by wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer (Model L2052, Mock Tortoise). As a consultant to the show Gianni Versace provided the fashion sense. Pastel colors dominated the series in clothes as well as in architecture. Jodi Tillen was the costume designer for the first season, with Michael Mann setting the stylistic agenda. Crockett's perpetually unshaven appearance sparked a minor fashion trend, inspiring men to wear a small amount of beard stubble, also known as five o'clock shadow or "designer stubble", at all times.

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