It seems like everyone has been waiting for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018! Every year the Victoria’s Secret runway gives us an idea of exactly what’s hot right now: in lingerie, in pop music, and of course, in women’s bodies.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018: The Venue and The Date
The much awaited Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 took place on November 8th at Pier 94, in New York City after last year’s Shanghai show. As it happens every year, the Victoria’s Secret Angels shared the stage with musicians like Halsey, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Rita Ora, and more, making for an event that was much more than just a fashion show.
Over 800 million people tune in every year to watch the iconic show, and we do not doubt the same will be true for the VS Fashion Show 2018, which will air on December 2nd, 2018. You don’t need to wait that long, though! We’re covering everything you need to know about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018, including the new styles of lingerie you might be wearing later this year, and who the models that walked the runway were.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018: The Main Themes and The Collection
As always, the VS Fashion Show 2018 presented a new Victoria’s Secret collection comprising of alluring push-up bras and slinky panties. Waist cinchers, bodysuits, and corsets were some of the other sexy offerings from the famous lingerie brand. We were also presented with T-shirts, leggings, sports bras, jackets, and shorts, which have plenty of potential to be worn as daywear.
Stylistically, the show was split into 7 parts, with the first section heavy on the tartan and full of some serious power clashing. It had a raw feel, as models wore matching bra and panty sets in powerful shades like red, green, and blue. Some models wore clashing, uber-short high waisted kilts, while others wore belts with tartan fabric attached at the back and flowing wildly behind them. The effect was raw and impossibly sexy.
As the lighting turned softer, so did the collection, with a range of lacy undergarments in shades of pink, cream, and champagne. However, even this section of the VS Fashion Show 2018 had a bit of an edge, with models wearing darker high heels, and in some cases accessories or waist cinchers covered in a delicate black floral print.
From here the collection veered towards romantic, night-time darkness, with darker but still lacy lingerie, star-studded thigh-high boots, and night sky elements in both accessories and wings. Equally dark were the more sporty designs in the section that followed, which included plenty of sports bras and boyshorts, but also less practical lacy options that were decorated with athletic-looking elastic straps.
Some of the designs this year did not shy away from politics, either, particularly when it came to the neon-bright PINK portion of the show. PINK in a rainbow font seemed to be a statement of acceptance for sexual diversity, while models dressed as boxers and flexing muscles on the runway absolutely had to be interpreted as a feminist statement.
Next, we got to see the long-awaited Mary Katrantzou capsule collection for Victoria’s Secret. Much like in her spring/ summer 2019 collection, this range of lingerie (that can actually double as outerwear in most cases) was colorful and heavy on the prints, with florals taking center stage.
Naturally, the show ended with sparkling, angelic looks that are signature for Victoria’s Secret. We saw lingerie options in baby blues and soft pinks, not to mention some truly astounding Swarovski-encrusted bras and bodysuits.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018: The Models and The Fantasy Bra
We saw many familiar faces at the VS Fashion Show 2018, including the Hadid sisters, Kendall Jenner (whose sister Kim made waves on social media by getting all Kardashian/ Jenner sisters to dress up as Victoria’s Secret Angels for Halloween), and America’s Next Top Model alumnus Winnie Harlow.
Notably, the show ended with Brazilian model Adriana Lima’s final walk for Victoria’s Secret. It was an impactful ending to the show that included a video montage of Lima’s 18-year career walking for the brand.
Beyond the celebrities and supermodels, there were also 18 new faces who walked the runway this year – you can expect to see more of these new models at many future fashion weeks.
Elsa Hosk was the gorgeous Angel to wear the 2018 Dream Angels Fantasy Bra valued at a whopping $1 million. It took over 930 hours to make the luxury set utilizing 2100 Swarovski-created diamonds and a 71-carat center piece.
The good news is that for the first time ever the replica of the Fantasy Bra with Swarovski crystals will be sold for $250 on Thursday, 29 November at selected Victoria’s Secret stores and online on the brand’s official website.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018: Model Diversity?
It is important to mention that the Victoria’s Secretion Fashion Show 2018 failed to deliver the kind of diversity many fashion enthusiasts were hoping for. While the show did feature models of many different ethnic backgrounds, the body types were nearly all the same.
Once the models for the runway show were announced, many were quick to point out that Victoria’s Secret utterly fails at showcasing body diversity or positivity, especially when compared to Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty spring 2019 lingerie collection, which showcased models of all ages, shapes and sizes, including a heavily pregnant Slick Woods.
When questioned about their casting practices, Victoria’s Secret executives were wholly unapologetic. They were quick to cite the high viewership numbers their runway show consistently garners as reason not to change their age-old practice of only casting a particular body type, especially when compared to the low ratings a plus sized show they televized in 2000 had received. Needless to say, we’re not convinced. It’s 2018.
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