By  on November 11, 2005

NEW YORK — The Victoria's Secret fashion extravaganza Wednesday had all of the elements of a Radio City Music Hall Christmas show for adults: supermodels in lingerie and scanty holiday costumes and famous entertainers, all performing for a boisterous crowd of over 500 in front of oversized candy canes, wooden soldiers and pink teddy bears imprinted with huge "Sexy Little Bear" logos.

Previously billed as TV's "Sexiest Night" on CBS, Victoria's Secret's show was discontinued in April 2004 following pressure from the FCC, which sought to chasten the airways after Janet Jackson's infamous breast-baring incident at the Super Bowl. Wednesday night's $10 million extravaganza was a haphazard mix of fabrics, trims, feathers, military medals, lace, fringe, pom-poms, flashing Christmas lights and multicolor powder puffs. The show returns to CBS on Dec. 6.

A prelude to the show's circus-like ambience, which featured a choreographed segment of dancers mimicking toy soldiers out of a "Babes in Toyland" scenario, was the surreal atmosphere in front of the New York State Armory here, the show's venue. Several dozen women, dressed as Victoria's Secret Angels with wings, protested the retailer's paper consumption, given its 395 million catalogues. The protest, by ForestEthics, was led by a man dressed as a preacher, who bellowed obscenities in the pouring rain through a bullhorn as guests arrived.

Entertainment from pop idols Seal and Ricky Martin and jazz musician Chris Botti was the show's highlight, as well as the after-show rave party replete with Imperia vodka, caviar blinis and marshmallows. In addition to models Tyra Banks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolina Kurkova and Heidi Klum, guests included Usher, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Priestley, Tinsley Mortimer, Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Peter Beard, Dennis Rodman and Nicky Hilton.

Klum, who recently had a baby, said, "My husband thinks I look my sexiest when I'm pregnant."

The coup de grâce was a risqué performance by burlesque queen — and fashion show regular — Dita Von Teese, who stripped down to pasties and a dental-floss-type thong, poured a bottle of vodka over her body and wiggled around inside an oversized liquid-filled martini glass.

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