14 November 2013 by

What We Learnt Backstage at The Victoria’s Secret Show 2013

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GALLERY >> Behind the scenes at the Victoria's Secret fashion show 2013

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Alessandra Ambrosio: My first outfit at the #vsfashionshow #birdsofparadise

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Alessandra Ambrosio: V for @victoriassecret !!! What a incredible #vsfashionshow !!! Love Ale

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Alessandra Ambrosio: In the elevator... With my fellow angels @hilaryhrhoda @josephine_skriver @caroline_brasch #vsfashionshow

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Alessandra Ambrosio: The #vsfashionshow was amazing!!! Lots of love

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Behati Prinsloo: Oh so many babes #vsfashionshow @lilymdonaldson @constjablonski @joansmalls @victoriassecret

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Behati Prinsloo: The BOSSSS. Thank you for always making us all feel so special. #vsfashionshow #loveyou @victoriassecret @ed_razek

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Caroline Brasch: And it's a wrap - goodnight from all these sugars

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Caroline Brasch: Almost ready for show start ?? @alessandraambrosio @josephine_skriver

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Caroline Brasch: @jacmonika @hoskelsa @sigridagren @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow

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Constance Jablonski: Working hard...! At our social media @instagram @twitter . #regram @karliekloss @joansmalls @angelcandices

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Constance Jablonski: I am among a #BritishInvasion LITERALLY. @caradelevingne @officialjdunn

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Constance Jablonski: It's getting closeeeer... @orlandopitahair step1 DONE ! #vsfashionshow

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Jessica Hart: Backstage.. @vspink @ #vsfashionshow #pinkonpinkonpinkonpink

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Jessica Hart: ITS SHOWTIME!! #vsfashionshow @vspink

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Joan Smalls: Moments before the show @constjablonski and I getting some stair lunges in. #exercise #vsfashionshow @victoriasecret

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Joan Smalls: Bathroom break #vsfashionshow @lilymdonaldson @constjablonski @behatiiprinsloo

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Joan Smalls: Backstage madness @victoriassecret with the drop dead gorgeous @lilymdonaldson #vsfashionshow

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Joan Smalls: First #VSFashionShow done with these Angels @caradelevingne @officialjdunn @lilymdonaldson #backstagepass @victoriassecret

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Jourdan Dunn: Me and lil miss cutie @malaikafirth #VSFashionshow #BritishInvasion

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Jourdan Dunn: Backstage flexing with @cindybruna @joansmalls #VSFashionshow

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Kasia Struss: Some bird is in trouble @jacquelynjablonski #vsfashionshow

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Kasia Struss: Thanks for tips Adriana

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Kelly Gale: Am i dreaming? Cant believe this is actually happening! So thankful #vsfashionshow #dreamcometrue #firsttimers #bestdayever #FUN @DEVWINDSOR

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Monika Jagaciak: Cookies anyone? #vsfashionshow (we are running out of ideas) #omg

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Monika Jagaciak: I actually did Not want to share #vsfashionshow

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Sigrid Agren: @mingxi11 #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret

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Sigrid Agren: Fun time backstage! #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret @Toni_garrn @kasiastruss @jacquelynjablonski @jacmonika

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Sigrid Agren: Fun time backstage! #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret @Toni_garrn @kasiastruss @jacquelynjablonski @jacmonika

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Toni Garn: An angels proper way to go to work...#pinkonpink #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret #countdown

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Toni Garn: Halfway dressed Shipwrecked section #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret

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Victoria's Secret: Who needs a cap & gown when you can wear wings?! #VSFashionShow

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Victoria's Secret: @lindsellingson is ready for her close-up! #VSFashionShow

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Victoria's Secret: Talk is chic: @KarlieKloss chats it up with @eonline in hair & makeup. #VSFashionShow

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Victoria's Secret: And...action! @laisribeiro16 is almost runway-ready. #VSFashionShow pic by @nomadrj

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Victoria's Secret: Curtain call! @BehatiiPrinsloo backstage. #VSFashionShow pic by @nomadrj

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Victoria's Secret: It's a wrap!

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Grazia: A Victoria's Secret directors chair

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Grazia: Have you earned your wings?

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Grazia: Feathers galore

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Grazia: The feathers room

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Grazia: Wings for the British Invasion

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Grazia: The dining area

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Grazia: This year's Fantasy Bra

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Grazia: The British invasion

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Grazia: Finale #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret #thatsawrap

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Grazia: These are a few of our favourite wings @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow

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Grazia: Matching dress & catwalk @taylorswift @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow #glitter

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Grazia: Headliner @Taylorswift working the pink carpet #vsfashionshow

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Grazia: Looking forward to the British Invasion section of #vsfashionshow especially @caradelevingne as a footballer! @victoriassecret

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Grazia: The glitter catwalk awaits the #Angels @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow #showtime

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What's pink & glittery and super gorgeous...? @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow

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Grazia: Counting down the minutes @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow It's show time!

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Grazia: The #fantasybra model @angelcandices looking impossibly gorgeous @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow #backstage

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Grazia: #AlessandraAmbrosio getting into the spirit @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow #backstage

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Grazia: Camera smile on! @karliekloss @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow #backstage

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Grazia: Pre-show manpower #backtage #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret

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Grazia: The $10 million #fantasybra based on the Crown Jewels @victoriassecret #vsfashionshow #backtage

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Grazia: Another British Beauty @officialjdunn #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret #backtage

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Grazia: Hot stuff @Caradelevingne #vsfashionshow #backtage #beauty @victoriassecret

In its yearly celebration of perfect posteriors, pink glitter and provocative panties, Victoria’s Secret staged its catwalk show last night at The Lexington Armory in New York City. This year GraziaDaily was given an all access pass to the show. From backstage to the wing wardrobe to the after-party, where the Angels walked, so did we. So what is a Victoria’s Secret Show really like?
 
Firstly security is extremely tight as the clamouring hoards gathered all day outside the show attempted to wheedle their way backstage. Luckily we had the golden ticket – a special VS pass allowing us behind the pink curtain. Unluckily that pass featured a scantily clad picture of Karlie Kloss beside a passport size image of yours truly.  In truth any mere mortal attending a VS show needs to check her self-esteem at the door.
 
When we finally got the through the military security and sniffer dogs we ascended to the heaven that is the #VSfashionshow backstage. Rows of mirrors and VS branded products were lined with 40 models  in their director’s chairs– each and every one an eerily perfect specimen of the human female form. But not everything was as expected. Firstly nearly half of the space is devoted to the dining area – call it a candy pink striped canteen. And not only were the Angels eating, they were eating brownies and Karlie Kloss’ cookies (there is no end to that woman’s talents).
 
Each model was clad in a pink mini robe and was having their hair tousled into that iconic Angel do. We bumped into Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn and gushed over the gorgeous upcoming Brit model Malaika Firth who was walking her first VS show this year. We also spotted this year’s Fantasy Bra model, Candice Swanepoel mounting the tables to show us her moves. We then stopped by the Wing Room – where all the incredible Angel wings are stored pre-show. From huge feathered structures to punk inspired tartan plumes, some were ungainly while others looked more manageable.
 
A few hours later, some of fashion’s finest including Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Olivia Palermo were posing on the pink (obviously) carpet before they entered into the show space where a glitter covered catwalk dominated proceedings.  The first thing that struck us was two banks of Union Jack flags hanging from the rafters – a hint of the show’s opening story ‘The British Invasion’. First out was Candice sporting the world’s bling-iest bra – valued at a cool $10 million and inspired this year by England’s crowns jewels. Following her were all manner of British themed costumes. Saville Row, Pearly Queens, the swinging 60s - all had the VS treatment as did the Great Game as Cara Delevingne stepped out as a sexy footballer.
 
The next story entitled Birds of Paradise featured the show’s premier body girls including Joan Smalls and Constance Jablonski all clad in huge coloured feathers. We then journeyed through a shipwrecked scene, a neon lit, smiley faced ‘VS Pink’ party, a saucy Parisian evening and a snow covered finale, accompanied by a bejewelled Taylor Swift, belting out I Knew You Were Trouble.
 
Finally we were on to the after party at Tao in the Meatpacking District. Angles thronged amongst the hoi polloi and men in sharp suits were scouting out the talent. Sadly we didn’t see Leonardo DiCaprio but it was more than enough to see the Angles let down their hair and go crazy on the dance floor. Nine months in the making, the 18th Victoria’s Secret came complete with 28 pairs of wings and a truckload of glitter, feathers and fantasy. Bring on #VSfashionshow 2014!


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