Before I start, I must admit that I am biased towards this particular show since it was the first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show I saw. Since then I've tried to watch all the shows that have been aired, but nothing will compare to this since this is the one that opened my eyes to a new world of expression and the one that I attach a certain sentimental value to. Every year the people at Victoria's Secret plan a fashion show that is totally out of this world while tastefully teasing the boundaries. I stand in awe and admiration for the designers, producers, choreographers, and of course the models themselves. It blows my mind how they can put together something so glamorous and sexy without having to include that bitter aftertaste of guilt and knowing that you've done something sinful. And they do this year after year without it ever becoming tedious or unoriginal!
The 2005 Show slowly rolls in with a delightfully sensual performance from Chris Botti. The chill-out trumpet sets the mood for the evening while the opening credits hint at what's to come. We get a peek at some of the real frenzy happening backstage. The director gives a pep talk to the models: "Please make it as hot, as up, as sexy, as energetic, and better than you've ever been!" Gisele kicks off the first theme "Presents" with a broody strut, timing each sway perfectly to the music. No wonder why she's the world most famous model. The little red devil wings she was wearing made her look even more sizzling than ever before, if that's possible. She was followed by some of the other Victoria's Secret's Angels Karolina, Alessandra, Ana Beatriz, each stepping out of the giant gift box. Before the break, Heidi, Ed Razek and Monica Mitro recount the story of how Victoria's Secret has evolved into such a titanic entity since the first VS Fashion Show ten years ago.
The next theme was "Femme Fatale" and the backdrop was a giant red screen, onto which a dark silhouette of a model undressing was cast. Tyra comes in with a tight black corset and smoky black wings. She knew how to work the crowd, pumping her arms up into the air, winking and smiling, practically throbbing with energy and excitement. More models followed, continuing with the black-on-white theme. Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang" completed the seduction while the Audio Bullys' remix gave it a modern touch. Gisele and Selita give us a quick tour of what's backstage before the next scene starts.
Seal revolves around in a hollowed-out glass sphere and sings "Love's Divine". Heidi then emerges from backstage with eight-feet high angel wings and light-up lingerie. At first she's looking down, like a nervous bride-to-be dressed all in white. But as she turns to her husband, they blow each other a kiss and she picks up all her confidence. She walks down the runway, literally glowing and beams a stunning smile. She knew that today, she is the bride. The rest of the models were all just bridesmaids.
The next theme was "Russia". Who would've thought that Paul Mauriat's "Plaine, ma plaine" would mix so seamlessly with Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot"? The sound produced was so ex-Soviet and patriotic. The colours here were in direct contrast to the last "Wedding" theme were everything was soft pastels. "Russia" was earthy and rugged: reds, golds, browns and blacks, each topped off with a large amount of fur and velvet.
Adriana opens "Sweeties" in a multicoloured outfit and clutching a scarf made out of brightly coloured pompoms. Then Alessandra steps in an outfit and wings made "completely out of candy". They both look absolutely delicious. The subsequent models are all wearing candy-themed lingerie: red-and-white, bright neons or just brandishing gigantic lollipops. Before the next scene, there is a tribute paid to Tyra, detailing her successes in her career as a supermodel. This is her final runway walk and she chose to end it with Victoria's Secret. Tears were flowing as everyone reminisced about how she taught the other girls how to work the runway with personality. Ricky Martin then had a live performance of "Drop It On Me". His voice was a little croaky that day, possibly due to the girls dancing and grinding into him.
The Grand Finale was "Toy Soldiers". Karolina opens in a Queen's Guard headgear and a mock rifle. More veteran models go by, trying to keep to the regimental theme: Gisele, Naomi, Selita, Adriana, Alessandra. The evening climaxes when Tyra comes out in a red cape and brandishing a sceptre topped with a "V". She is the queen tonight, this is her final show, and she pumps the sceptre triumphantly in celebration. She then leads rest of the models out for the ending. Everyone is cheering, laughing and singing along to "I Want Candy". They've finished another amazing show, everything went perfectly, and most importantly, everyone had so much fun! I don't know how much profit or loss Victoria's Secret makes off their annual Fashion Shows, but whatever it is, I hope they keep making these. I love everything about them: the hype, the clothes, the models, the music. There really is not another show on Earth that comes even close to the extravagance that Victoria's Secret offers. Have fun, and see you next year!
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