Another year, another Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. As I've noted in my 2005 review, 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.
This year marks the first year that that Izabel Goulart and Selita Ebanks represent Victoria's Secret as fully-fledged "Angels". And with them they bring plenty of new recruits: Miranda Kerr from Australia, Jessica Stam from Canada, the list goes on In fact, the whole show this year feels lighter and bubblier than the shows from previous years. Perhaps it's due to the departure of Tyra Banks, a modelling veteran whose spirit and sass nobody can replace. Nevertheless, the fresh new faces truly outdone themselves and put up a great show. I see a bright future in Victoria's Secret for all of them.
Heidi Klum could not be modelling on the runway of course, so she opted to present the show. Even without wearing fabulous lingerie she has a certain glow to her that makes her an immediately appealing host. As always, Victoria's Secret puts in a number of "bonus features" within their televised show to spice things up a bit. There was a cute little interview with various models about their first love, first kiss, etc. which gives a certain insight to the experiences of these real-life goddesses. Another feature had Jessica wearing an "Angel Cam" to show what life was really like behind the scenes during a PINK promotion and a commercial shoot. It was quite amusing to watch all the frenzy and madness backstage as models hurry to change outfits and the producer warning the cameramen to back off.
There was an incredulous amount of hype prior to airing surrounding the live appearance of Justin Timberlake. The man has reinvented himself as a sex god and must be one of the hottest acts this year. So of course, Victoria's Secret had to have him. What a genius incentive to get the girls to tune in and a reward for the loyal wives and girlfriends forced to watch the show by their drooling other halves. He kicked off the show with a live performance of "SexyBack", the first single released from his new album FutureSex/LoveSounds. He later returns half way through to perform two more songs: "My Love" and "LoveStoned". Admittedly, I was never really a fan until I saw his impressive acts in this. He does add an electrifying atmosphere to the show and even backstage the models are restlessly chattering away about how hot he is. Let's just say this: last year Victoria's Secret invited Chris Botti, Seal and Ricky Martin while this year they knew they could just leave the stage to him alone.
And the music, oh, the music. Though the soundtrack to this year's show seems to be less popular than last year's one, Victoria's Secret's DJs Jeremy Healy and cheekypaul did put up a top-rate selection to entertain us with. Mash-ups of Jamelia VS Depeche Mode to an ambient remix of The Killers provided the perfect backdrops to models strutting their stuff on the runway. The set was of course lavishly over-the-top and extravagant, with rock priests placed in box frames for the finale a gospel mix of David Guetta's "Just A Little More Love".
The models themselves were of course simply divine. Here are God's most gorgeous creatures on Earth congregated into one room, and they're all only wearing underwear! Victoria's Secret titillates every man's fantasy as the themes dip from "Alice in Wonderland" and "Air Hostess" to "Highlands" and "Winter Wonderland". Coupled with great music and a feast of special treats, that's what I call entertainment. I would definitely recommend taking an hour out of your time to watch this, there really is not another show in the world that rivals Victoria's Secret in what creates. Have fun, and see you next year!
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