The $5.6 billion specialty retailer served up all of the hoopla it could muster at the 69th Regiment Armory, where 35 models, including host Heidi Klum and five Victoria’s Secret Angels — Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr and Behati Prinsloo — showed off sexy little nothings for holiday gift giving.
Miller wore the star piece that will be sold in the Victoria’s Secret catalogue for Christmas: a $3 million Harlequin Fantasy Bra designed by Damiani featuring more than 2,300 brilliant-cut white, champagne and cognac-colored diamonds totaling nearly 150 carats.
The-over-the-top opulence of the event, which had an estimated budget in excess of $10 million, featured two shows, each staged before an audience of 1,034 guests with runway performances by the Black Eyed Peas. The event will be shown on Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. on CBS. Also included on the catwalk were the two finalists of the Victoria’s Secret Model Search, Kylie Bisutti and Jamie Lee Darley, who won out against several thousand competitors in an online poll on vsallaccess.com. The voting will continue throughout the airing of the TV show until about 75 percent has aired, and the winning contestant will be slid into the footage, said a spokeswoman.
This being Victoria’s Secret, nothing about the event was understated. The runway show featured five vignettes — Star Trooper, All Aboard, Pink Planet, Enchanted Forest and Romantic Journey — replete with a laser light show with fluttering butterflies, a train, dancers, balloons, feather wings, Calder-inspired plastic accessories, floating fake birds — and a choir. A recurring trend for Christmas was anything that had shine, from sequins and ciré affects to Swarovski crystals in a rainbow of colors.
Several celebrities were spotted among the turnout, including Russell Simmons, Richard Bramson and Harvey Weinstein, and stylist Patricia Fields.
Asked when he thinks a woman is at her sexiest, Simmons replied, “In lingerie. Lingerie’s a good choice.” But he added, “My girlfriend is a Sports Illustrated girl. She wears just boxer shorts.”
As for what it’s like to have been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 1995, Klum, who also hosts “Project Runway,” said it’s less “nerve-racking” to do a Victoria’s Secret show than the TV series.
“It’s less nerve-racking because of the way Victoria’s Secret does it,” said Klum, who only made one brief appearance on the runway because she did, after all, have her fourth child just five weeks ago. “When I do my top model show, it’s outside in front of thousands of people so it’s more nerve-racking. But when I kind of do the [VS] wraparounds backstage and have a Teleprompter, and if I mess it up, I can do it again and again and again. Then I’m not that nervous.”
Discussing the show’s history, Sharen Jester Turney, president and chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret, said, “First of all, we take a long time to plan it, and I think we’re the first ones in the lingerie arena to actually do a fashion show. When it started back in 1995, it was in a very small venue, and this is one of the first fashion shows to be broadcast on national television, as well as worldwide.”
Regarding the outlook for the holiday season, Turney said, “I think the show will lift people’s spirits, as well as business, especially with all of the people who watch the show on TV and the international reach [90 countries] that Victoria’s Secret has. We are prepared and have taken a lot of incentives. I believe we’ll have a good holiday.”
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)