The iconic Victoria’s Secret fashion show made its debut in Shanghai today featuring some of the world’s most famous models.
Steeped in controversy following a string of problems obtaining visasfor models and performers such as Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry, organisers ensured the lingerie brand’s runway show went ahead without fault.
An over-the-top celebration, this year’s show kicked off the holiday season with the brand’s signature angel wings, lingerie embellished with Swarovski crystals and the $2 million 2017 Champagne Night Fantasy Bra designed exclusively by Mouawad. Despite some of its stars being denied entry to the country, including Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Gigi Hadid, a string of world-famous supermodels strutted down the runway accompanied by special musical performances from Harry Styles, Miguel, Jane Zhang and Leslie Odom Jr.
Held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the 22nd annual show featured the likes of Adriana Lima, Alessanra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Jasmine Tookes and Bella Hadid.
Dripping in jewels, this was the first time Victoria’s Secret had partnered with a luxury brand to create an exclusive capsule collection called VSxBalmain.
Working with Balmain’s creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, the underwear giant debuted a range of modern pieces that, while high fashion, adhered to Victoria’s Secret’s identifiable and sexy silhouette.
For this year’s show, Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro was bestowed the honour of wearing the eagerly anticipated $2 million Fantasy Bra.
Designed by Mouawad, the creation weighed more than 600 carats and had been handset with diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz.
Made from 18 karat gold, the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra took nearly 350 hours to make and used nearly 6,000 gemstones.
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