Swift shares catwalk with Victoria's Secret angels

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The Victoria's Secret Angels worked their magic on the catwalk Wednesday, weaving between chart-toppers Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy, and some fancy sets and stage tricks, yet somehow keeping the spotlight mostly on themselves.

The elaborate wings, shiny sequins and strategic flashes of skin certainly helped. Oh, and those Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster stilettos had the models towering over everyone else, too.

Swift donned a Union Jack costume and a sparkly silver minidress, but she never put on the lingerie that makes this annual fashion show so famous. She did give a lively performance of “I Knew You Were Trouble” that got the crowd at the Lexington Avenue Armory on its feet. Faux snow fell from the rafters, adding to the fantasy feel of the production.

Favorite models Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes paraded in outfits – maybe a better word is get-ups – that fit themes of Snow Angels, British Invasion, Shipwrecked, Snow Angels, Parisian Nights, Pink Network and Birds of Paradise. (One can imagine this excuse to send tons of feather embellishment floating down the runway.)

At her fitting for her Psychedelic Angel costume, with hand-painted thigh-high boots and maybe the biggest wings of the show, Kloss said that while the garments are skimpy, they take months to make.

Candice Swanepoel got the glory of the opening look, wearing a $10 million bra decorated with diamonds, rubies and sapphires that was cleverly dubbed the “Crown Jewels.” She was quickly followed by Cara Delevingne as an English footballer and Lily Aldridge, who often gets the good-girl outfits, as a punk in a tartan plaid skirt that no school would allow.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz trailed pretty closely behind them, and who can blame him?

As has become tradition, there wasn't much for the lingerie retailer's customers to wear here, but there was drama, fun and a delicacy to the clothes that seemed a contrast to the more overt sexiness of the past few years. The light touch on the tattered tulle used for the Shipwrecked segment, and the black beads that caught the light of the faux French streetlamps on the side of the runway were examples of design skill.

This was the 18th Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It will be shown as a one-hour special on CBS on Dec. 10.

–––

Follow Samantha Critchell and AP fashion coverage on Twitter at (at)Sam–Critchell and (at)AP–Fashion

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • La vida local

    Marlon Wayans couldn’t let it rest: he’s back for ‘A Haunted House 2’

    Last time we spoke to Marlon Wayans, he was promoting A Haunted House back in January 2013.

  • Celebrity birthdays on April 17

    Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Singer-guitarist Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks is 59. Actor Sean Bean is 55. Actor Joel Murray is 52. Actress Lela Rochon is 50. Actress Leslie Bega is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is 47. Rapper-actor Redman is 44. Actress Jennifer Garner is 42. Singer Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls is 40. Actress Rooney Mara is 29.

  • Celebrity roundup

    Rob Kardashian in treatment

    Rob Kardashian has bigger issues than trying to lose weight. According to Star, the reality brother, 27, is being treated for depression at The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Arizona. Poisons of choice are apparently marijuana, alcohol and prescription cough syrup.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category