Not in this lifetime can I even begin to envisage getting into the skin of a Victoria’s Secret model life. Lofty creatures with buttered toes and gold splattered face packs, air kissing the chill Parisian air, and each other, while I, mortal, dig deep into my bowl of Muesli, cream and raisins swearing at the deadlines that loom large and 24 hours to finish them. All bills are real!!
The most awaited, sexiest show on Planet Earth held this year on November 30th at the Grand Palais in Paris (secretly the Martians also beam this TV feed to their red skins), had everyone cozying it up with the drool bucket and err a chastity belt (as we shall all do so when it’s finally aired in India), just incase the heat builds up in all the wrong places.
The brand which has come a long way since its first big show back in 1995 with shows earlier held in New York, London, Los Angeles, Miami and Cannes, airs today on CBS TV. Touted as the biggest and best show yet, this year veteran Angels like Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Taylor Hill and Alessandra Ambrosio donned their wings and shared the stage with first-timers Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk.
A-list performers Lady Gaga (who performed three tracks from her new album Joanne : Million Reasons, John Wayne and A-YO), The Weeknd (Starboy) and Bruno Mars (24K Magic) took to the ramp serenading LIVE, while the dusky leggy Jasmine Tookes showcased the $3 million emerald and diamond `Fantasy Bra,’ showcasing 9000 gemstones, 450 carats and worth approximately £2.4million ($3million) pretty much culminating the most anticipated runway show of the year.
So while India struggles with demonetisation, fashion reports suggest that the fantasy bra that drew gasps across the planet, was peanuts compared to the Red Hot Fantasy Bra worn by Gisele Bundchen in 2000 — estimated at £12million, making it the most expensive piece of lingerie ever made.
This year, the show broke from the normal with a larger than life design board, with looks as fantastical as ever and running the gamut from Joan Small’s sweeping Spanish-inspired robes, throws, thigh high tie-up suede boots, crystal fringes, to very Parisienne dream come true — black lace lingerie — accented with (what else?) sheer gossamer wings. Nearly every look was topped off with thigh-high boots, the winter fad of the season, but don’t see much of that happening in India.
For now, gorge on the photographs by Getty Images
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