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EXCLUSIVE: Victoria’s Secret in 3-D

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Victoria's Secret Corset“This is a new way to make a garment that’s never been done before,” explained Shapeways industrial designer Duann Scott from the heart of the brand’s Long Island City factory. He’s talking about 3-D printing—the process by which a pulsed laser cuts through layers of heated powdered materials (such as nylon, powered plastic, sterling silver, gold, even sandstone) to create computer-calculated shapes and designs. Shapeways is one of a handful of companies bringing 3-D printing, a technology traditionally used by architects and engineers, to the public market. In the past, it has been used to create everything from hearing aids to museum interiors; Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen was one of the first to apply the process to wearable items. Now, Victoria’s Secret is introducing 3-D-printed designs—just in time for its big fashion show on November 13.

“It’s exciting that we get to use this—we’ve never done it,” related Victoria’s Secret collection design coordinator Sarah Sophia Lidz. “It’s the first time, and it will be perfect for this section, too. It’s called Snow Angels, and it’s really a nod to the iconic Victoria’s Secret theme, with beautiful white wings inspired by snowflakes, snowfall, frost, the northern lights—there’s a lot of Swarovski.”

The 3-D-printed item in question is a Swarovski Crystal-encrusted corset, modeled to look like a snowflake, encasing the model Lindsay Ellingson’s body. It was designed off a full-body scan to fit Ellingson exactly.

The making of Victoria's Secret's 3D corset

“We’ve seen some 3-D printing in fashion, in the haute couture in Europe. So it’s been very rigid things, very artful things, but nothing that’s been nice to wear,” added Scott. “This is the first piece for a mainstream brand—with a focus on the elegant, sensual form—not just rigid and stiff and alien-like. It’s wearable.” The corset debuts exclusively above.

As for what’s up next in the 3-D sphere, Scott offered, “We’re seeing an evolution in the materials that we can use in 3-D printing.” As more and more designers turn to 3-D printing, more and more pliable fabrics will be developed. “But the interesting thing about 3-D printing and design is, traditional fabric is either a stitch or a weave, and maybe a chain mail in there, but with 3-D printing, we can do all three of those simultaneously, in one garment, in one material,” added Scott. “So there are new ways to control the way the fabric falls and reacts to the body. There is lots of room for evolving the garment.”

Photos: Eli Schmidt

Model-Slash: Jewelry Designer Lindsay Ellingson

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Lindsay Ellingson’s line of silk-and-gold bracelets, Goldie Knots, is sweet and unassuming—a lot like the model herself, who has a girl-next-door appeal despite her high-profile career. She got her start by attending a scouting event on a whim in 2005. At the time, she was studying biology at the University of California at San Diego, and knew nothing about fashion. So when she was quickly picked up by an agency, flown to Paris, and instantly sent to meet with John Galliano, who wanted her to open the Christian Dior show (mind you, she had never heard of John Galliano or Christian Dior), she didn’t know what to expect. “My eyes were squinting so badly because I didn’t realize the lights were going to be so bright!” she says of her Dior debut.

A self-confessed science geek (in Valentino: The Last Emperor, the camera pans a room of models backstage in hair and makeup, and she can be spotted with her nose in a tome on Einstein), Ellingson, now twenty-eight, has been going nonstop since diving into modeling eight years ago. She’s walked for everyone from Michael Kors to Chanel, done Victoria Secret’s runway spectacle for five years running (yes, she’s worn those coveted Angel wings), shot campaigns for the underwear megabrand, as well as Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, and MAC, and starred in editorials (and a few cover shoots) for Vogue, GQ, and Marie Claire.

A stranger to fashion no more, the model is now somewhat of a designer herself, turning out high-quality creations of knotted silk and 14-karat gold that she makes by hand. Having learned the craft from her mother, Ellingson started by making the bracelets for herself. However, the baubles quickly caught the attention of her friends, and a Victoria’s Secret stylist requested to use them on a few shoots. Thus, Goldie Knots was born. Most of her business has come from word of mouth, but her Web site is launching this spring, where the bracelets will be sold for $150 to $250. A lover of animals, Ellingson will be donating a portion of the proceeds to help out her furry friends. “So far, in just the very small amount of business I’ve done, I’ve donated about $2,000 to the Humane Society of the United States.” Talk about an Angel.

Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros/ Getty Images

All Aboard For Jeffrey Fashion Cares

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Despite 20 mph winds sweeping through Manhattan last night, designers, celebrities, and models flocked to the U.S.S. Intrepid for Jeffrey Kalinsky’s annual Fashion Cares fundraiser to benefit various AIDS and LGBT charities. Never mind the chill, models like Irina Shayk and Jessica Stam turned out (flaunting barely-there frocks) to bid on the silent and live auction items (tickets to Madonna’s MDNA tour and an all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona among them) and, of course, to check out the hot male models strutting down the runway. “I came to support the male models,” said a sun-kissed Shayk, who was fresh from Miami’s Winter Music Conference, wearing a sheer Alexander Wang neoprene mini. An equally bronzed Anne Vyalitsyna revealed it was strange attending a fashion show not as catwalk strutter. “I went to Kanye West’s show in Paris and that was my first time sitting in the audience,” the Russian beauty said before taking her seat at the show. “This is only my second time seeing a show because I’m still trying to rock the runway myself.” Vyalitsyna’s slimming tips for the male models, who were rumored to be donning skimpy Speedos? Red wine: “It dehydrates the body and makes it more sculpted and ripped before a shoot,” she told Style.com.

But it was not all about gratuitous abs. Joe Jonas professed his excitement about seeing the clothes while honorary chair Chloë Sevigny, dressed in head-to-toe Proenza Schouler, didn’t even know there was an all-male show. “Does that mean there will be a lot of cat-calling?” the actress-cum-designer asked. “I don’t mind,” she added slyly. “I love going to basketball games more to admire the players’ physique than the game.”

At the auction close, Kalinsky proudly announced that the event, which drew over 1,200 guests, had raised over $610,000. His favorite part of the evening? “When it’s over,” the shopkeeper confessed to Style.com. “I’m going to find a piece of pizza, go home, and watch the rest of Mad Men.”

Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky / BFAnyc.com

Tom Binns’ Dirty Decade, Chanel Gets Her Wings, And More…

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Cintra Wilson on Tom Binns’ new West Village store: “[He] proves he has no problem dredging all the desirable filth out of the ’80s and adding a bit of his own.” Yes, this is a compliment. [NYT]

Milla Jovovich is Tommy Hilfiger‘s newest hire. The newlywed designer/actress/model has been tasked with creating the next limited-edition Breast Health International bag. [WWD]

From the lips of Narciso Rodriguez: “You need a pair of clogs and a jumpsuit.” Go forth. [HuffPo]

Tom Ford will never let a bad day affect his love of crocodile. And by crocodile we’re pretty sure he means shoes. [NY Post]

Chanel Iman and Lindsay Ellingson are among Victoria’s Secret’s newest angels. We’re not sure if this is more or less baffling than Miranda Kerr at Balenciaga. [Fashionologie]

Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker have been named to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Uh-huh, that President. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Greg Kessler