Glitz, Glam and Wings
Finally, the highly anticipated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has finally graced our screens with its fabulous runway show of sexy VS angels, glitzy costumes and performances by top musicians from the industry.
As with any fashion show, there’s bound to be some hits and misses. Focusing on the runway highlights for the evening, we sieved through the entire show to bring you some of our favourites. Ladies and gents, you can thank us later!
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This years @victoriassecret fashion was the most emotional and powerful yet for me🌟 from walking in this beautiful fantasy bra in my 8th show(!!)to seeing @adrianalima ‘s beautiful tribute as she walked for the last time in her 18th show! What an icon 😭 to the girls who walked for their first time😍also mamas @angelcandices and @behatiprinsloo back on the runway👏and all my shining angel buddies who work so hard each year to be there ⭐️ 💪watch it all on @abcnetwork on dec.2nd ❤️💥🙈🙏😭 thank you @victoriassecret for all the inspiration and excitement ❤️
Wait, did we hear this correctly— This year’s Fantasy Bra is made of, not real diamonds but, man-made crystals?
Donned in this year’s show by Swedish model, Elsa Hosk— this bra is inlaid with 2,100 Swarovski diamond crystals and yellow gems, surrounding a 71-carat pear-shaped diamond in the centre of the brassiere, and took a full painstaking 930 hours to put together. How’s that for extra effort?
That said, this year’s Fantasy Bra is also the cheapest, costing only a million dollars, a far cry from its other more extravagantly priced predecessors.
Victoria’s Secret’s collaboration with Swarovski has been the talk about town, not just with the Fantasy Bra. This set of pristine ‘wings’ (more like halo, we think!) on model Romee Strijd is made up of more than 125,000 crystals and is this year’s heaviest set of wings. Though anyone who’s seen Romee strut her stuff flawlessly on this year’s runway wouldn’t have been able to guess otherwise.
Another collaboration we saw this year was with the queen of print, Maria Katranzou. Decked out in colourful floral prints from the designer, the look reminded us of those Chinese silk oriental jackets though. As seen here on Gigi Hadid and Winnie Harlow, we thought these outfits, as beautiful and vibrant as they are, kind of overshadowed the beauty of these models.
Running with the Scottish plaid trend, we saw a myriad of plaid-inspired outfits worn by the VS Angels, each with their own personality and finesse. We can all definitely agree that this year’s show was kicked up a notch by this collection! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Liu Wen and the way she carried her outfit down the runway with that je ne sais quois.
2018 marks the end of an era as we bid Adriana Lima adieu. The top model walked her final VS Fashion Show after 18 successful years as an angel and tearfully thanked fans and supporters as she took her final bow.
Since her first show with VS in 1999, she’s been a mainstay over the years, only missing one show due to her pregnancy in 2009. Some of her VS fashion show highlights include wearing the illustrious Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra (2008), the Bombshell Fantasy Bra (2010), and the Dream Angels Fantasy Bra (2014).
Making her comeback to the runway is new mum, Candice Swanepoel. Looking still as sweet and boasting a killer sexy figure, it’s hard to tell that she’s a mother of two! Who says it isn’t possible to look even better after giving birth? She and Adriana Lima have definitely shown us that it’s possible.
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Wow.. did this really happen? Is this real? 😭💗 Thank you @VictoriasSecret for allowing me to be apart of your family! This was surreal! A young Jamaican girl from Toronto taking the VS runway.. I’d say a dream come true, but i can’t because this is bigger than a dream! This is a movement. Another step for representation. Another step for diversity. I’m so honoured to have been one of the few chosen this year. Thank you God for this blessing, you deserve all the praise.
Debuting on the VS Fashion Show runway for the first time is Winnie Harlow, who made her start in the industry on America’s Next Top Model. Victoria’s Secret is known to be more traditional when it comes to their selection of models, but with Winnie’s debut, it could mark a start for the brand’s movement towards more representation and diversity.
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Last night was truly a dream come true! It’s been quite a year, and I wanted to send the biggest thank you to all the people who love me, and have shown me love. Without you, I don’t think I could have done this. It’s all of you who reaffirmed the belief in myself that I could be back on that stage, to shine for you. A special thank you Ed, @monica.mitro , Sophia @10magazine , and @johndavidpfeiffer for believing in me, and giving me another chance to walk the most incredible show in this world. I love you all💗 #vsfashionshow
Remember Yao Mengxi? The model who took an unfortunate tumble during last year’s show got to redeem herself, rocking two different outfits from two collections, proving that this world does give second chances indeed!
2018 also marked the year of musical performances aplenty. The show saw big names like Halsey, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmoker, Bebe Rexha and more. A fashion show AND music concert— suddenly the $24,000 price tag for a ticket doesn’t seem as expensive anymore!
A Chinese version of this article appeared here.