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Degen: Victoria’s Secret Weapon


Degen x Victoria's Secret

Here’s one fashion collaboration we never saw coming. Lindsay Degen, the Brooklyn-based designer known for her quirky knitwear and conceptual woven art installations, was tapped by Victoria’s Secret to create a series of one-of-a-kind pieces for the Pink portion of last night’s show. The VS team first discovered Degen back in March, during a chance encounter at a knitwear factory in midtown. They were taken with her “crazy” outfit—a loopy yellow onesie and matching oversize sweater—and immediately signed her to work with them on this year’s show. “Degen [her namesake line] is always about doing something weird but lighthearted, and I don’t feel like I compromised my aesthetic at all,” the designer told “While it wasn’t necessarily an idea I would’ve come up with myself, I think the Victoria’s Secret show represents fashion’s ultimate over-the-top and fun side, so I was really proud to be a part of it.”

Degen x Victoria's Secret

VS provided Degen with a social-media theme and several desired silhouettes as a jumping-off point. From there, she let her imagination run wild. The result? Woolen long johns with smiley-face emoticons, fuzzy-pom-pom thigh-high socks, and miniskirts intarsia-ed with hashtags and phrases like “OMG” or “LOL.” “I’m actually really bad at social media, so I have a really positive, fun, cartoony view of what it is, and was able to tap into that.” A sheer, tiger-stripe bodysuit, worn by Jessica Hart, was made entirely from knitted fishing line (an original technique developed by Degen). “It was difficult to fit, because we didn’t know who the model was going to be—I don’t have the opportunity to work with supermodels—and I had to fit it to myself, like I always do,” she said of the piece. “Obviously I’m not Jessica Hart-sized, and I worked on tailoring it to her measurements for two days straight before the show. When I finally saw it walking down the runway, I totally lost it and kept yelling ‘Work’ like a lunatic!”

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An Early Glimpse at Tonight’s Secret Victoria’s Secret Model Lineup


Victoria's Secret rehersal

Walking the annual Victoria’s Secret extravaganza is a milestone in any model’s career. After all, it’s as much about lighting up the stage with your personality (not to mention dance moves—who could forget Jourdan Dunn doing the robot last year?) as it is about having a killer body, and being able to smile while strutting with a pair of thirty-pound wings on your back. While there’s no way to confirm exactly who will be appearing on the VS catwalk this evening alongside Taylor Swift, we’ve come up with an educated guess based on social media clues gathered over the past week, as well as shots from yesterday’s rehearsal (like the one above, featuring Sara Sampaio, Martha Hunt, Jasmine Tookes, and Leva Laguna working the runway).

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Of course there are bound to be appearances by veteran Angels such as Adriana Lima (it will be her fourteenth time participating in the show), Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, and Cara Delevingne. [Regrettably, Miranda Kerr announced she will be ending her contract with the lingerie megalith to pursue other projects.] Those aforementioned supers are all but givens at this point, and so it’s the remaining twenty-plus coveted slots—selected by casting director John Pfeiffer—that really get us excited. has learned that several high fashion runway regulars will be making their VS debuts tonight: Sigrid Agren and Josephine Skriver (both posted snapshots of themselves sporting the official Angels bomber jacket on Instagram), as well as Ming Xi, Maria Borges, Kasia Struss, and Jac. We were even more thrilled to hear that some our top Spring ’14 newcomers including Malaika Firth, Devon Windsor, Cindy Bruno, and Sara Sampaio also beat out dozens of more established girls to earn their first pair of wings.

Photos: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret; Instagram

EXCLUSIVE: Victoria’s Secret in 3-D


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

The Making Of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket, Alessandra Ambrosio Plots Her Post-Baby Return, And More…


If you have ever wondered how Chanel makes its famous little black jackets, the Paris fashion house has, at last, unveiled the answer. Chanel has just released a short behind-the-scenes film that shows the jacket as it is made, step-by-step. [Grazia Daily]

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show pregnant, and she doesn’t plan to slow down the pace anytime soon. She reports that she has a few more editorial jobs to do before she has the baby and tells British Vogue, “I hope to be back in London for the opening of the Victoria’s Secret store in July. I should definitely be back for the next Victoria’s Secret show—I have quite a while until then.” [Vogue U.K.]

A contemporary ceramic jewelry exhibition, entitled Un peu de terre sur la peau (or A Bit of Clay on the Skin), is now open at Paris’ Les Arts Décoratifs museum. The collection of over 150 ceramic pieces includes dental porcelain signet rings by Andi Gut and brooches made of coffee cups by Ted Noten. [WWD]

Anais Gallagher, the 12-year-old daughter of English rocker Noel Gallagher, is trying her hand at modeling. She is currently signed with Select Models and first made a name for herself in January, when her mother tweeted a photo of her shot by Mario Testino, and this month, her first photoshoot (photographed by Alisa Connnan) is out. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Allen Berezovsky / Getty Images

Miss Piggy’s Having A Moment, Steven Meisel’s Faux Ads For W, Christy Turlington Laces Up For The NYC Marathon, And More…


Fashion is Miss Piggy-ing out these days. The savvy swine, who plays a Paris Vogue editor in the upcoming Muppets film, was the highlight of Opening Ceremony’s FNO festivities, and now she’s the subject of an eight-page editorial in InStyle‘s November issue. Up next: a MAC Cosmetics line she collaborated on, and she’s set to be a guest judge on Project Runway All-Stars. [WWD]

Can you pick out the real ads versus the fake ones lensed by Steven Meisel in W‘s new art issue? Hint: There’s one promoting the fake scent La Femme. Otherwise, the ads, starring a series of boldface names like Joan Rivers, Karen Elson, and Linda Evangelista, are pretty believable as the real thing. [Hint]

Christy Turlington Burns will join the ranks of fellow model-marathoners likes Agyness Deyn and Natalia Vodianova when she runs the New York City Marathon on November 6. Turlington Burns, along with nine of her friends, is running to raise awareness for the Every Mother Counts charity. [WWD]

3,400 gems, including 71 carats worth of diamonds, make up the Fantasy Treasure Bra (which took more than 500 hours to create) that Miranda Kerr is set to wear in next month’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Now that’s what we would call a treasure chest. [Page Six]