Every year since 2005, one of my December traditions has been to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (by the way, you need to somehow find and watch the opening of the 2005 show. Forever THE BEST opening segment ever. Gisele is queen.). This tradition of mine is still going strong today, since the show is pretty much the one thing I look forward to the most once autumn/winter season rolls around each year. Most people tune in to envy the perfect bodies, but I’m a devoted fan simply because I see the VS Fashion Show as one huge art exhibit (I mean, just take a close look at the outfits! They’re always so intricate and extraordinary!), and maybe it’s also because I have a soft spot for pretty underwear.
There were many “firsts” for this year’s runway show. For the first time ever, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was held in London, at Earl’s Court Exhibition Center, to be exact. For the first time ever, there was no glitter-covered stage, but the overall effect was still heart-stoppingly mesmerizing. For the first time ever, there were two Fantasy Bras instead of just one, and each of this year’s designs, made by Mouawad Jewellers, consisted of 16,000 rubies, diamonds, and sapphires, all strung together with 18 carat gold. And of course, for many models, it was their first time strutting the Victoria’s Secret runway next to the veterans.
The show, which started in the 1990’s as a way for Victoria’s Secret to generate some publicity, was originally shown in webcasts before moving to a primetime network slot, and today, it’s one of the most anticipated television events. If you’re wondering whether you would ever be able to attend one of the shows without being an A-List invite, you just might be able to…. if you can shell out $25,000, that is. According to WWD, this year’s runway show raised more than $2.5 million for charities – including the American Cancer Society, Pelotonia and Gabriel’s Angels – via ticket sales. But since most of us can’t afford a $25K ticket, there’s always live-streaming and HD videos online, and if you don’t have the patience to sit through an hour, below are some of my favorite shots from this year’s show!
To shop the Victoria’s Secret runway collection, check out the new Very Sexy Collection. You can also shop for gifts inspired by the runway, including the backstage robe and the pullover sweatshirt that a lot of the models were seen wearing in their Instagram photos!
For backstage hair & beauty details, check out this Harper’s Bazaar article.