Greetings, ’80s-Lovers! Today we reveal our latest Retro Foodie adventure: a Neon Noir Party Menu that combines tropical style with easy entertaining. If you’re a fan of Neon Noir, you know the flip side of this crime-filled genre is the glamorous vibe that underscores each dangerous plotline. Because undercover detectives working the streets of 1980s Miami would never wear anything less than designer suits, right? This party channels a bit of neon, a dash of the tropics, and a sampling of food and drink. Enjoy!
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A weekend viewing of Risky Business starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay inspired today’s post. In case you haven’t seen this 1983 film directed by Paul Brickman, it focuses on high school student Joel (Cruise), specifically his shady pursuits after his parents leave town on vacation. Trouble begins with the arrival of a prostitute named Lana, played by De Mornay. A Neon Noir gem of a film, Risky Business earned praise from critics like Roger Ebert, who compared the movie to The Graduate, calling it “one of the smartest, funniest, most perceptive satires in a long time.” We couldn’t help but be drawn to Rebecca De Mornay’s wardrobe and the hypnotic soundtrack from Tangerine Dream…
This week Mirror80 spotlights the genre of Neon Noir. We kicked it all off Monday by connecting Neon Noir television and films of the ’80s with its recent revival courtesy of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Tuesday we explored elements of Neon Noir, from ’80s Deco style flourishes to repeated shots of city skylines. Yesterday we brought you Neon Noir decor, complete with the leather sofa and potted palm. Today we share with you our top picks for exploring the world on Neon Noir, from film and music to style statements:
For today’s Mid-Week Match-Up we continue to celebrate the world of Neon Noir, the genre that sparked films like To Live and Die in L.A. and television shows such as Miami Vice. Yesterday’s blog post explored the elements of Neon Noir. Today we put some of them to the test to create a room right out of the sleek, crime-filled world that the characters of Neon Noir features inhabit.
This week Mirror80 celebrates the seedy glam world that flourishes in the genre of Neon Noir. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Miami Vice or seen ’80s action films like Body Double and To Live and Die in L.A., you know what we’re talking about. And if you’re following the hype surrounding the recent theatrical release of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, then you can understand many Neon Noir enthusiasts’ excitement over the revival of this visually rich genre. Today we delve into the crime-infested streets and designer-infested settings to pinpoint some key elements of Neon Noir.
This past weekend I saw Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn’s action thriller that has been called Neon Noir, or at the very least, noted as reminiscent of the seedy yet stylish action flicks of the ’80s. Think Michael Mann’s Thief, Brian de Palma’s Body Double or William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A. On the small screen, Neon Noir emerged as Miami Vice, the hit series that ran on NBC from 1984-1989. It’s no coincidence that Michael Mann was its executive producer.
For Mirror80’s latest edition of New Decor/Retro Flair, we head in a neon direction. It’s summer, after all! From artwork and tabletop decor to napkins and office supplies, check out these fresh finds in a rainbow of neon hues…
Today I’m excited to welcome guest blogger Kim Barnes to Mirror80. Here on the blog, we spend a lot of time focusing on ’80s Deco, Neon Noir and other styles from the Decade of Decadence, but today Kim takes a refreshing perspective by shining the spotlight on ’70s/’80s industrial design and how we can get the look at home!
The sculpture of Esther Ruiz has an other-worldly feel, yet also a vibe that can’t help but evoke a sense of ’80s style. Think New Memphis meets Neon Noir, with a unique twist! Combining materials such as hydraulic cement, Plexiglas, neon and minerals, Ruiz creates compositions that are both clean-lined and chunky. Bold colors come to life on their cement platforms, and unexpected pairings of reflective surfaces and interesting forms are truly captivating. Here are a few of our favorites…
A suit and tie. Red lipstick. A city skyline. Sophisticated imagery was everywhere in the ’80s, not only because it reflected key elements of the era’s yuppie culture, but because it evolved along with 1980s Deco style. In fact, when shopping for ’80s art, you just might find that you’re able to mix and match works of varying styles when they all share a chic feel. ’80s Deco prints, cosmetic ads and certain Neon Noir posters can all coexist in harmony. In our second edition of ’80s Art Picks, we focus on the finer things in life. Enjoy!