Victoria's Secret Fashion Show | Everything You Need to Know

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

After taking over London last year, Victoria's Secret has announced a little while ago that they will return to New York this year for the annual lingerie extravaganza ! Let's all remember that New York City was home of the first ever Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, back in 1995, featuring the gorgeous Stephanie Seymour, Frederique van der Wal and Ingrid Seynhaeve. There seriously could not have been a better location to host the 20th anniversary of the world-renown brand than the City that never sleeps and I just can't wait to see what surprises they'll have in store for us this year ;) A sexy throwback of our all-times favourite Angels perharps (Oh hi, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen and Tyra Banks!) ? In the meantime, here's a recap of everything you should know prior to tonight show…

Date: November 10th, 2015
Venue: Lexington Armory
Location: New York City
Will air on: December 8th, 2015, on CBS


Sad new for the Bag Gal's fans, Rihanna announced on Nov. 3rd that she will no longer perform at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show... The singer has cancelled her performance in order to focus on finishing her upcoming studio album, Anti. Replacing Bad Gal Riri on the VS runway will now be Ellie Goulding, who will joins first-timers Selena Gomez and The Weeknd. Yup, although Rihanna is pretty much a staple of any high-profile New York City event, this lineup looks like its still going to be pretty solid !

Victoria's Secret Models

The infamous VS Fashion Show casting is officially closed and in advance of the show, the company has released its list of 44 top models who made the cut. That's right, 29 lucky girls will be walking down the stage at Lexington Armory tonight, alongside the 2015 Angels, the ambassadors of the brand who travel the world promoting Victoria's Secret all year-round.

Among them, a model who seemed destined for her very own set of feathery wings recently saw her VS dreams come true. Instagram sensation Gigi Hadid will indeed walk in the upcoming show along with BFF and celebrity model, Kendall Jenner ! To break the news, Victoria's Secret shared the walk that landed her the job via Instagram...

Editor's note: Every single model this year actually (and unsurprinsingly!) have active Instagram accounts, so make sure to follow your fav's for exclusive behind-the-scenes shots of the show before it officially premieres on December 8th.

Victoria's Secret Angels

Earlier this year, Victoria's Secret announced the promotion of 10 of its existing models to Angel status; Stella Maxwell, Kate Grigorieva, Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Jac Jagaciak, Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio, Romee Strijd and Jasmine Tookes have all been given their set of wings and will be joining Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge in the coveted line-up of tonight show !

Which one of the new hallowed ones are you mostly looking forward to see strutting her stuff down the runway in all her elevated glory ? Click on each Angel to find out more...

VS Fantasy Bra

When it comes to the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, nothing exceeds like excess ;) Crafted by Mouawad, this year's Fireworks Fantasy Bra (and matching, detachable belt!) will feature over 6,500 precious gems, including diamonds, blue topaz, yellow sapphires and pink quartz, set in 18-karat gold. I think we can pretty much agree on this one; Rocking the Fantasy Bra is a major honour and there really is no surprise why Victoria's Secret chose VS Angel veteran Lily Aldridge to don this year's $2 million Fantasy Bra, previously modeled by supermodels including Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima and Heidi Klum.

Tonight, the American beauty will get to strut down the runway in the highly anticipated and very! pricey lingerie for the first time and while we won't get to actually see her (and it!) in action until December 8th, our lovely pals at Vogue gave us a shimmering preview in a short clip in which, Aldridge unveils the masterpiece. And if you want to rock a sexy piece of lingerie that’s just as magical,  but aren't ready yet to drop a small fortune, well... You’re in luck ! Check out the Very Sexy Flirt Bra, the inspiration for the one-of-a-kind Fantasy Bra of the 2015 show, which will be available in-stores and online, on Nov. 11. Price is still TBD, but I bet it'll be a lot less than $2 million ;)

Hair & Makeup

On Sunday night, Victoria's Secret held the final hair and makeup test for their 2015 show and it looked (very!) promising ! The team of Allure was backstage for the occasion and got to report live from Snapchat (indeed!) with an exclusive, up-close look at what is to be expected this year. And while you can probably guess what the hair is going to look like (they're called bombshell waves for a reason!), we were still able to pick-up a few surprises VS had in store for us. If you didn't catch the backstage action on time via Allure's Snapchat story, don't worry, I did and I even took a few notes…

1. When it comes to eyelashes, the Angels go big ! This year, makeup artist Dick Page will be using Ardell mini and small-size individual eyelash clusters on each model. This will add visible heft to the lash line in front of the lights and cameras, but not length, and that's the key. "You shouldn't be able to see them from space" he says.

2. Not all models walking the runway will have bombshell hair. This year, hairstylist Akki Shirakawa won't be adding extensions to girls with lobs, bobs, or medium-length hair. "We wanted it to be a bombshell look but more independent. Some girls will have a side part, some will have a middle part, some girls are a little bob-ish. It's more about individual sexiness of the girls," he says.

3. The models won't wear that much makeup. At the hair and makeup test, Page used a bright-red cream pigment on the cheeks and down the bridge of nose, and then covered it with the lightest touch of foundation. "Victoria's Secret has been very bronzy for ages and I went in and made it more red," says Page. "It looks healthier and fresher than the bronzy thing." On the eyes, Page used a bit of black cream shadow for definition in the lash lines and a golden taupe-brown all over the lid and through the crease and lower lashes, before adding mascara. Brows were brushed up but otherwise left alone.

FYI, The shadow is Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable, which Page says will be discontinued imminently. Stock up now !

4. To get Victoria's Secret signature hair, you need mousse. Tons and tons of mousse. Shirakawa and his team were pumping palmful after palmful of Victoria's Secret Hair Mega-Lift Mousse into the models' dry hair at the test. Once the hair was saturated, the team would then blow-dry the mousse into the hair to add tons of body and texture before hitting it with a curling iron.

5. Speaking of which... There are some cool new hair tools coming soon ! All the hairstylists at the test were using the Beachwaver, an automatic curling wand from hairstylist Sarah Potempa. In a few months she'll launch the Beachwaver S1.25, the same curling wand but with a thicker barrel for looser, bouncier waves.

Good luck for tonight, Angels ! 

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