Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show re­turns to New York

This year’s ‘Fan­tasy Bra’ a $1M Swarovski con­fec­tion that took 930 hours to make

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NEW YORK: The planet’s top mod­els trans­formed into an­gels for the glitzy Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret fash­ion show Thurs­day, don­ning wings, bare­lythere lin­gerie and plaid for a re­turn to New York af­ter a two-year hia­tus.

With the show once again on U.S. soil, sis­ters Gigi and Bella Ha­did strode the run­way at Man­hat­tan’s Pier 94 with the likes of Ken­dall Jen­ner and Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret new­comer Win­nie Har­low.

The run­way ex­trav­a­ganza of un­der­wear, paired with sky-high stilet­tos, gla­di­a­tor boots and the oc­ca­sional ar­gyle sock, is now in its 24th year. Taped Tues­day, it will be broad­cast world­wide on Dec. 2.

Sixty mod­els put on an Ama­zo­nian dis­play of lus­cious wav­ing locks, im­pos­si­bly per­fect slen­der bod­ies and sun-kissed makeup for what is con­sid­ered one of the most com­pet­i­tive gigs in the in­dus­try.

The “Fan­tasy Bra,” each year the piece de la re­sis­tance of the col­lec­tion, was mod­eled by Swe­den’s Elsa Hosk – a $1 mil­lion con­fec­tion of 2,100 Swarovski di­a­monds that took 930 hours to make.

In the big­gest, most hyped fash­ion show in the world, mu­sic was pro­vided this year from a bevvy of stars led by Rita Ora.

The show was the cul­mi­na­tion of weeks of fit­tings and In­sta­gram­trailed pub­lic­ity for the brand.

The pur­pose of the lav­ish spend­ing is, of course, to sell bras and knick­ers. Last year, the show was held in Shang­hai as the U.S. brand sought to push into China’s grow­ing lin­gerie mar­ket.

The 2018 show was dis­tinc­tive for a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lon­don-based de­signer Mary Ka­trant­zou that show­cased psy­che­delic body­suits.

Brazil­ian model Adri­ana Lima told AFP back­stage in hair and makeup that it never gets old de­spite be­ing her 18th Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show.

“I re­ally thought that over the years I would get more re­laxed and used to it. I get as ner­vous, as anx­ious as I have been,” she said.

“We have fun,” French model Cindy Bruna said.

“It’s not about mak­ing sac­ri­fices. It’s about work­ing for what you want,” she said. “We’re here to­day, so it’s worth it.”

The or­ga­niz­ers may have banked on New York host­ing a smoother show. Last year, Gigi Ha­did and singer Katy Perry, who had been due to per­form, were re­port­edly de­nied visas to en­ter China.

Model Ming Xi, who walked again Thurs­day, tripped last year on the cat­walk. In 2016, the show was held in Paris. In the past, it has also been held in Los An­ge­les, Mi­ami and Lon­don. AFP

Ming Xi, left, Grace El­iz­a­beth, Bruna, Gigi Ha­did, Jen­ner and Alex­ina Gra­ham.

Jen­ner walks the run­way. The show will be broad­cast world­wide on Dec. 2.

Josephine Skriver dons wings for the show.

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