Bells must’ve been ringing all over Paris last night as several angels received their wings on the runway of the the 2016 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The raciest catwalk of the year featured a heap of outrageous new underwear, including a selection of winged bras in feather, silk, gold gild, suede and even Swarovski crystal.
Alongside the army of glamorous models (all of whom you can familiarize yourself with here,) there were also musical performances by some of the pop world’s biggest stars, as well as a number of hidden subplots and speculation which made this year’s edition perhaps the most entertaining yet.
Here’s everything you need to know about Victoria’s Secret’s 2016 fashion show.
It Was Held at Paris’s Grand Palais
Guests including Riccardo Tisci, Olivier Rousteing, Lenny Kravitz, and Lottie Moss entered Paris’s Grand Palais, the magnificent steel-and-glass atrium sandwiched between the Seine and the Champs Elysee, to the sweet sounds of a string orchestra playing softly in anticipation of the big event. But whatever calm was surrounding the place was soon broken by bright red neon lighting and loud rock music blasting out to announce the start of the 40-minute presentation.
51 Models Walked in the Show, Including a Record Number of Asians
There was a record number of Asian models walking in this year’s show, marking a huge step towards greater inclusivity and racial diversity for Victoria’s Secret. The four Chinese models — Liu Wen, Xi Mengyao, Sui He, and Ju Xiaowen — have huge social media followings and have all worked with top designers around the world.
Critics, however, say the move has only come about following a growth in the company’s Chinese markets.
Kendall Jenner Was Among the First to Walk In the Opening Section
Despite a bit of a backlash against her modeling aspirations from certain quarters of the internet, Kendal Jenner was one of the first to walk out in the opening segment. In all-over blood red, she wore thigh-high boots, a plunging bra and suede angel wings — the first of many winged pieces to feature in the show.
There Were Performances from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd
There were musical performances from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd. Gaga, sporting a retro bleached hairstyle, gave typically gutsy live performances of both “Million Reasons” and “A-YO.” She ended her set by walking over to kiss Hadid’s mother, reality TV star Yolanda Hadid, in her front-row seat.
Bruno Mars, in his signature shades, performed “24K Magic” and “Chunky” with tuxedo-wearing backing dancers jiving behind him, but it was The Weekend who stole the show between the popstars — for all the wrong reasons.
… and The Weeknd Was Forced to Sing to His Recent Ex-Girlfriend, Bella Hadid (LOL)
It was a moment to spring a thousand memes. Bella Hadid strutted out onto the catwalk, looking as stunning as ever in a lace gown with a silk corset, while her ex-boyfriend, The Weeknd, was forced to serenade her with his hit song “Starboy.” He couldn’t help but stare, and even almost followed her back up the catwalk. The poor guy.
Jasmine Tookes Modeled a $3 million Bra
American model Jasmine Tookes was tasked with showcasing the show’s most expensive piece: the $3 million fantasy bra. “It is so beautiful. It’s covered in white diamonds and emeralds and it has about 9,000 gemstones,” she told the AP afterwards. “It’s very heavy; it weighs more than 450 karats. It weighs down on my shoulders a little bit, but it’s so worth it — I might jog out of this show with it, though.”
A Reportedly Pregnant Irina Shayk Stunned In Her Victoria’s Secret Debut
Multiple sources confirmed to the press shortly after the show that Russian model Irina Shayk is expecting her first child with her partner, actor Bradley Cooper. The 30-year-old made her Victoria’s Secret debut wearing a red bra with a lace halter top and matching underwear, which she covered up with a fringe jacket.
Later in the show, she appeared in a grey lace bra with matching garter belt and a light beige trench coat.
There Was a Golden Confetti Finale
All 51 models convened at center stage as golden confetti rained down upon them to mark the end of the show. A fitting end to what many will see as another impressively successful show in the label’s history.
Oh, and of course, Backstage Was Wild
Here’s some of the best pictures we’ve seen from backstage on social media.
Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman and 13 other celebs starred unretouched in 2017 Pirelli calendar.
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