Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016: Highlights

The angels, the wings, the underwear – these are the things that everyone wants to cast an eye over the morning after the Victoria’s Secret show. The show that takes months in the making, is one of the most anticipated events in the world. This year it made its 20th anniversary and to mark the special date, it was decided to bring the show to the city of lights – Paris.


A few weeks in advance Grand Palais, the enormous venue where Chanel fashion shows usually take place, was buzzing in preparation for the show. While visiting Grand Palais the day before the show, on the 29th of November, we talked to the makers of the show and gathered some insights on how the show is structured and which surprises should we wait for. Now, as the show has aired on CBS yesterday, we can finally share these secrets with you.

Grand Palais a day before the show

Grand Palais a day before the show

All the show equipment was ground supported

All the show equipment was ground supported which was one of the main challenges for the show organisers as Grand Palais has one of the biggest glass ceilings in the world and it is impossible to hang heavy equipment from it.

The best of the best

The show this year consisted of six sections: “The Road Ahead”, “Secret Angels”, “Mountain Romance”, “Pink Nation”, “Dark Angel”, and “Bright Night Angel.” The show definitely broke the records of the number of models walking. The angel squad has expanded as we have seen from the castings and fitting sessions that started on the 11th of October and when the Angels jet was leaving New York for Paris. Here are the models that have been chosen to participate in the show:

Bella and Gigi Hadid, Karlie Gloss, Lily Donaldson, Camille Rowe, Kendall Jenner, Bridget Malcolm, Kelly Gale, Barbara Fialho, Vita Sidorkina, Flavia Lucini, Shanina Shaik, Leila Nda, Izabel Goulart, Liu Wen, Sui He, Xiao Wen Ju, Valery Kaufman, Herieth Paul, Brooke Perry, Alanna Arrington, Maggie Laine, Dilone, Luma Grothe, Cindy Bruna, Grace Elizabeth, Keke Lindgard, Joan Smalls, Leomie Anderson, Daniela Braga, Irina Sharipova, Ming Xi, Lais Oliveira, Georgia Fowler, Megan Williams, Sanne Vloet, Kate Grigorieva, Jourdana Elizabeth, Lameka Fox, Irina Shayk, Rachel Hilbert and Zury Tibby.



The confirmed Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 models include the Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill.




Unfortunately this year Cara Delevingne couldn’t join the angels as she is currently working on the production of a new movie, however, Victoria’s Secret invited her to participate in the show next year without casting. Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo were not walking the lingerie runway show in Paris as they just became moms.




Musical Guests

A lot of rumors usually surround the announcement of the musical guests for the show. On the 1st of November, Victoria’s Secret announced that Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd will perform at the Fashion Show in Paris.


Last year it was Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, and Ellie Goulding, who replaced Rihanna, rocked the show. A new music video of the band DNCE features several Victoria’s Secret angels, thus there were some rumours that the band might perform at this year’s show, however, this turned out to be not true. Victoria’s Secret just teamed up with DNCE to promote the Bralettes and sexy little things collection. Would this partnership mean that the band might perform at the show next year ? Let’s wait and see.


Secret Fantasy Bra

Victoria’s Secret angel Jasmine Tookes wore the Fantasy Bra during this year’s show. The Bright Night Fantasy Bra, designed by Eddie Borgo with diamonds and emeralds has been created by A.W. Mouzannar. Jasmine has joined the angel squad in 2015. In an exclusive interview with the People Magazine model described her feelings towards this major opportunity she has been given:

“I was on a Victoria’s Secret shoot and Ed Razek pulled all of us aside and was like, We’re gonna do interviews right now — Jasmine, you’re first. So they had all these cameras around me and I had no idea what we were gonna be talking about. We started the interviews and we were talking about bralettes, and all of a sudden after the first question he just threw it out there: How would you feel to wear the Fantasy Bra this year? And I immediately dropped into tears. It was such a shock and so amazing”.


The 2016 Fantasy Bra tops last years in value: the new bra is reportedly worth $3 million. Jasmine made it look very wearable.

Swarovski Outfit

The Victoria’s Secret collaborated with Austrian jewelry giant Swarovski to create a special runway outfit. It took 600 hours of work for the artisans to use 450,0000 Swarovski crystals to create the look and angel Josephine Skriver rocked it on the runway.


Terror Fear

A high profile event of an American business with major top models of the world in a prime location such as the Grand Palais was anticipated to be a very high profile target for terrorists. That was the main reason why Victoria’s Secret kept its plans so secret. The show officials have been working with French National Security to prepare and defend against possible terror attacks.




As it has always been, to get tickets to attend Victoria’s Secret Fashion show is extremely difficult. Victoria’s Secret keeps tickets very close and has been given them out on an invitation basis only in the past. As the venue for the show this year was quite large, a lot of tickets have been sold and given out. This year the tickets to the largest lingerie show generated over $3 million a major part of which has been given out to various charities that the brand collaborates with.

Hint-hint: The best chance to get in is knowing somebody at Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands 😉


What do you think about this year’s show?

Text: Irina Gorskaia

Images: Dimitrios Kambouris, Irina Gorskaia

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