Nothing says the holislays quite like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The annual lingerie-clad runway affair is the most watched fashion event of the year and with the amount of sparkle, glitter and shine that goes into every show, it’s been dubbed the perfect fashion-forward way to kickstart the holiday season. Last year, we saw the Angels strut their sexy stuff in Paris with performances by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. This year, the ultra grand event was held in Shanghai, China and models walked to the sultry tunes of Harry Styles, Miguel, Jhane Zhang and Leslie Odom Jr.
The show opened with ‘Punk Angels’. A section made in collaboration with Balmain. Earlier this year, Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing announced that the legendary lingerie label would be calling upon his creative artistry to create a line of looks for this year’s show. This marks the first time Victoria’s Secret has ever collaborated with a high fashion house. It is also the largest section Victoria’s Secret has ever done.
The punchy punk tone which was later transformed into a wintery wonderland segment known as ‘Porcelain Angel’. These looks stayed within a white, blue, silver and black palette which each look displaying a hand-painted element. This section was followed by a super sporty Fenty-like theme once Victoria’s Secret’s little sister line ‘Pink’ took the floor.
However, the moment fashion fans had all been waiting for came during the third section, ‘Goddesses’. This beautiful Greek mythology-themed section utilized light and airy colours that gave a refreshing whimsical feel after an athleisure rundown. This is also the section where model Lais Riberio showcased the $2 million ‘Champagne Nights’ Fantasy Bra. Much like the Fantasy Bra model Jasmine Tookes wore last year, ‘Champagne Nights’ is also an 18-karat creation. The blingy bra is a Mouwad design decorated with handset diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz.
The show ended on a rather controversial note with a section called ‘Nomadic Adventure’. This saw models dressed in Aboriginal headdress-like costumes as well as looks that have strong roots in various African countries.
With 55 models, 88 runway looks, and 38 pairs of wings, Victoria’s Secret put on a show just as elaborate and ultra glamorous as all the others in its 22-year long history.
Here’s to many more Angel wings that will keep the brand sorrowing to new heights.