We all know their names: Miranda, Alessandra, Adriana, Rosie, Chanel... They are the epitome of sensuality and the faces of Victoria’s Secret. The fashion may be the focal point, but it’s the girls make the show. And these girls rocked the runway this year at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Shown live on Nov. 10 at NYC’s Lexington Avenue Armory, the show was brought to the public eye Nov. 30 on CBS as one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the year, expected to garner over 1 billion viewers world wide.
In knee-high boots clustered with studs and sequins during the opening of the show, the Angels stomped down a catwalk featuring a carousel of sex kittens circling in the background. The rock ‘n’ roll theme screamed “Tough Love” and shrieked sexuality through the paradox of studded wings on sinfully sexy angels.
Keeping with the theme of chicks that rock, following the first collection, Katy Perry graced the staged. Performing “Firework”, she sported her own pyrotechnics of glitter and crystals on her headpiece and one-shouldered ensemble printed with bursts of sparks on a violet gown. Her look was the product of a collaboration between Betsey Johnson and La Coacha.
Transitioning into a western theme, Candice Swanepoel opened the “Country Girls” collection that paraded the softer side of VS with lighter fabrics and picnic-like gingham prints. Bandana quilt-work, denim patches and floaty ruffles exemplified the southern hospitality.
Switching gears, the “Game On” line opened with a stage full of male gymnasts who introduced Erin Heatherton as a true knock-out, complete with gloves, while she brought in the sportier collection of VS. With Lady Gaga bumping through the speakers and whistles blaring in the background, the girls represented the sexy side of boxing, soccer, swimming, racing, football and weight lifting.
Akon performed next. Looking sharp in a black satin suit, he appropriately sang “Angel” as Chanel Iman sported her first pair of wings; a truly angelic, long white feather flowing pair of wings. The “Heavenly” collection was dreamy and otherworldly, designed against an atmospheric palate of blues, silver, gold and white.
“Wild things” was next in the line up and opened up with Alessandra Ambrosio. In front of an African horizon, the models showed their wild side while showcasing a trend that never seems to get old: animal print. Tribal body paint, cheetah print and zebra stripes adorned the gazelle-like frames of the Angels. And the piece de resistance: a humongous wingspan of tailored peacock feathers donned by Karolina Kurkova.
In her second set, Katy Perry performed to open the “PINK” collection, a crowd favorite full of candy colored costumes on models who frolicked down a runway that was raining with bubbles and balloons. Reminiscent of a paper doll, Perry complemented the collection well with a canary cut-out dress dotted with red and pink hearts.
In traditional VS style, the bevy of beauties flooded the runway for once last hurrah. Grooving to the tunes of Katy Perry and lip-syncing to “California Girls” the girls have done it again: left us drooling over this year’s fashions and lusting for next year’s more than ever.