Debenhams has reported that trends first made popular by the 1980s TV cop series Miami Vice are coming back into fashion, thanks to young men who weren’t even born when the series was first broadcast.
The return of the look, first noticed by Debenhams in May, has seen demand for Miami Vice style espadrilles leaping by an incredible 197 per cent over the last three months alone. In the same period, chinos have risen by 94 per cent and light colour sports jackets have grown by 500 per cent.
T-shirts worn under formal mens jackets, pastel shades, rolled up sleeves, and mens shoes worn without socks – forever associated with heart-throb hero Don Johnson – have become top sellers once again, according to high street chain Debenhams.
Lizzie Singleton, spokesperson for Debenhams said: “Who could have predicted that the style would prove so popular thirty years after the programme started? Young men are still looking to emulate the classic American look. In fact, the T-shirt under jacket look has never managed to go away.”
Miami Vice (broadcast during the 1980s) was one of the most popular TV programmes ever. It won a worldwide audience and persuaded an entire generation of men that designer stubble and pastel shades were the height of fashion.
The style – perfect attire for sunny Florida where the series was set – has become the norm for British men going on a night out in Newcastle, Cardiff and Aberdeen, where the look has proved most popular.
Debenhams menswear design team believe that current TV presenters such as T4’s Rick Edwards and Nick Grimshaw, as well as George Lamb and designer Henry Holland may have encouraged the acceptability of the look.
Lizzie Singleton continued: “We’re not surprised that Miami Vice chic has undergone a revival. Light pastel colours, loose jackets and casual tees suit all physiques. Dressing like you are on Miami South beach is also a great way to cheer you up after a wash-out of an August.”