Victoria's Secret models Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton
If you had £7.47 MILLION lying around, what would YOU spend it on? Well, the shopping list of the Victoria’s secret show designers went something like this – a zillion Swarovski Elements, performances from Kanye West, Maroon 5 and Cee Lo Green, more than a few pairs of giant cantilevered wings, a full squadron of supermodels, including Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge and Lindsay Ellingson, the superstylist and 10 magazine editor in chief, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou as creative director, that’s what.
Yep. It looks as though this season’s show will be the show to end all shows. Forget about the pants and bras, this is a spectacular spectacular to stamp all over the likes of Justin Bieber at the 02 or whatever it is that young kids are getting excited about these days.
There will be a grand total of 38 models — including 15 newcomers to the show — all of whom will wear 69 costumes and 31 sets of Angel wings at the lingerie extravaganza to be staged Wednesday in New York.
Themes for the show will include Ballet, Super Angels, Passion Play, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You, and Club Pink. One of the grandest highlights will be a set of 23-carat gold-plated antique copper Passion Play Fan Wings weighing a lot and featuring 105,000 Swarovski crystals. Inspired by an opulent jewel box, the Passion Play Fan Wings as well as other Swarovski lingerie and accessories confections are designed by Jenny Manik Mercian, who’s been creating the ‘crystal couture looks with wings’ for seven years at her studio in Sydney.
As for London fashion legend Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, who we’re more used to tweeting her hilarious comments from the (actual) fashion shows and styling up wonderful fashion editorial creations in her magazine 10, is bringing more than a few cultural references to proceedings; her take on the Ballet scene is Degas-inspired with ‘fragile looking dancers in repose.’
‘Definitely not ‘Black Swan,’’ she said.
She added that the idea behind the I Put a Spell on You segment is influenced by the diverse culture of New Orleans, Antebellum, voodoo and “Pretty Baby,” the controversial 1978 film starring a pre-teen Brooke Shields.
Ooh la la!