29 posts tagged "Victoria’s Secret"
There were plenty of old-timers—relatively speaking, of course—among the angelic host at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show yesterday. “I think a lot of these young girls haven’t developed yet,” said Shannan Click, a three-time veteran of the show. “A lot of the girls here have experience. [The young ones] get to meet the older girls and learn from them.”
So how did the newbies—many of them longtime veterans of the editorial world—feel about their first time? “It’s pretty exciting because it’s so different from all the other shows,” said Jacquelyn Jablonski, a first-timer. “You can actually smile and be yourself.” (Asked about her favorite shows to walk in, she named Lanvin—though she wasn’t smiling, then. “I wasn’t one of the lucky girls who got to wear flats,” she recalled.) Her fellow Jablonski, Constance (no relation, by the way), was taking her inaugural VS walk, too. “I have actually my French friend Heloise [Guerin]; it’s her first time doing the show also,” she said. “It’s us two Frenchies having such a big moment together.”
Was the new class nervous about their undressed debuts? Nah. “My family knows and they’re more excited about this show than any others,” said Magdalena Frackowiak. “No, my mom’s not nervous about me wearing just underwear because it’s all hidden.” She’d take to the runway in a giant, tattooed pair of wings and a leather corset (pictured). “It’s just like wearing a dress,” she shrugged, “except there are parts missing.”
The runway trend of the past few seasons has been the storming of the high-fashion catwalk by more commercial-skewing girls: Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen at Balenciaga, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes at Prada, and so on. But the tide, it turns out, goes both ways—the commercial holy grail, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, tapes in New York City tomorrow night, and plenty of higher-than-high fashion models are set to strut.
“It’s such an editorial level,” said Sophia Neophitou, the 10 and Harper’s Bazaar U.K. editrix who’s taken over styling duties for Charlotte Stockdale this season. “It’s not just a predictable approach to it at all, which is something I wasn’t totally aware of before I got here, you know. We looked at girls we love to shoot editorially; that’s what great. I think there’s a perception before you get here of what will work. But the reality is, it’s about the girl, it’s about the woman, what she brings as a human being to it, rather than has she got a size 34C cup. No, it’s not about that at all.” She laughs: “That’s what they’ve got the miracle bras for.”
The girl Neophitou was surveying was Anja Rubik, the doe-eyed Polish model who’s a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld’s, as she spun in a draped kimono, hand-painted with Sailor Jerry-style tattoos, a studded bra and panty set, and knee-high, back-buckled Giuseppe Zanotti Design boots. The kimono, along with several other painted pieces, is the handiwork of Jeff Fender (below, with Rubik), a Broadway costume designer who also worked on Tom Ford’s top-secret new women’s collection. (Fender estimated that the kimono alone took 300-plus man hours.) It’s one of Rubik’s two looks in the show—the other being an enormous, marabou-trailing pair of wings. (“Giving the girls wings, I feel like Father Christmas,” Neophitou said. “They cry, they actually cry.”)
De-winged and back in her street clothes—Balenciaga dress, Rick Owens jacket, Chanel bag, and Eternamé ring—Rubik, who has just returned from shooting an i-D cover in London, ran down the appeal of appearing in the VS show. “It took me a while to convince myself to do it,” she admitted. “I don’t really do lingerie shows. I thought, it’s a little too much for me; I thought, I don’t want to go there. But Charlotte [Stockdale] is a good friend of mine…she convinced me. I did it last year; it’s so much fun. It’s more fun than any other show.” Continue Reading “Winged Messengers” »
Congrats to Dutch model Doutzen Kroes (pictured), who wed her longtime boyfriend Sunnery James in her hometown of Eastermar, the Netherlands, this weekend. The pregnant bride wore Pronovias, a Spanish label. The Angel and her new husband are honeymooning on Madagascar, so no hope of seeing her at the Victoria’s Secret show this Wednesday. [Page Six]
Peter Copping is on a roll at Nina Ricci: After debuting his new line of Barneys-exclusive dresses, he’s set to launch the brand’s return to advertising with a new campaign (with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin) and, eventually, bridal and lingerie. [Fashionologie]
Can’t get enough of J.Crew’s Spring 2011 men’s collection? Then check out the behind-the-scenes shots creative director Frank Muytjens snapped over at T. [The Moment]
Moleskine and, uh, Pac-Man: two great tastes that taste great together? [Racked]
And in case you missed it this weekend, Eric Wilson’s assessment of the current State of Love (Courtney, that is) is well worth a read—and, no, not just because we’re mentioned in the opening line. [NYT]
Those of us for whom Victoria’s Secret’s annual Fashion Show is not a rite of passage will be forgiven for not ardently awaiting the unveiling of this year’s Fantasy Bra, the gem-encrusted undergarment that sets the tone for the runway’s over-the-top underwear extravaganza. Those of you who already have November 30′s show DVR’ed, the wait is over. Angel Adriana Lima debuted the Diamond Fantasy Bra this morning outside of the Victoria’s Secret Soho flagship, coupling it with what we think is the company’s idea of eveningwear. (Can you hear the marketing department? Yes! The Diamond Fantasy Bra is completely acceptable to wear as a top!) To be fair, the bra, which Victoria’s Secret blinged out with help from Italian jewelry brand Damiani, retails for a cool $2 million, so it would be great if you could wear it somewhere other than the bedroom. Last year’s Harlequin Fantasy Bra, however, was $3 million, so maybe this is the year to dream big. Tell us: Would you turn a Diamond Fantasy into a reality?
He’s been edging that way for a while, but menswear designer Thom Browne (left) is taking the leap next season: After introducing women’s items for Fall ’10, the ankle-baring designer is launching a full collection for women in New York this February. Tailoring for everybody! [WWD]
Confessions of a Casting Director names its top 10 new faces of the season. Ubiquitous catwalkers Melodie Monrose, Kirsi Pyrhonen, and Maddie Kulicka all made the list, but our favorite is the one we’ve had our eye on all season: Arizona Muse, holding strong at #1. [COACD]
And Victoria’s Secret has released its own line of Halloween costumes. Yes, they look exactly as you’d expect the would—in other words, they don’t keep anything all that secret. [Huffington Post]