The show faced so many problems concerning the location; Four Russian models that got cast to the show did not get their visas to China, due to strict rules of the Chinese government. Not only this, American Model Gigi Hadid was actually banned to enter China, because of an old video of her laughing at Buddha, for which she is accused of cultural appropriation. However the number of models decreased from 60 to 55 and the Chinese restricted rules facing the VS Management, the show was still a killer, and here’s everything you need to see!
The runway was very different than the famous Glitter runway. A U-shaped catwalk with LED stage for performs and changed background colors to complement each segment.
In a collaboration with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, a new collection of punk-inspired lingerie with the very well-known Balmain vibe, leather and sequins. With Harry Styles performing Kiwi, Angel Candice Swanepoel made her comeback to the VS runway a memorable one while opening the “Punk Angels” segment and the full show.
Closed by Angel Jasmine Tookes, this segment was pretty different and unique. Not only that this is the first time VS has ever collaborated with an HF brand, but also having two models hit the runway together was pretty great. The black huge wings with safety pins and leather jackets with sequins are things we have never seen hit this runway before.
“Porcelain Angels” segment, opened by the newest Angel Josephine Skriver, in a huge incredible pair of wings, with Miguel performing, and closed by the veteran Angel Lily Aldridge. Every look in this segment had a hand-painted element to it, and that was very artistic part of the show.
The flawless Angel Sara Sampaio finally got her segment opening for the first time since starting her VS contract. She opened “Winter’s Tale” segment, and was closed by Martha Hunt. This section had a story to tell, featuring all the different colors and that “stories told in old books” vibe.
Unfortunately, the Chinese model Ming Xi faced a model’s worst nightmare and tripped on the VS runway. What a genuine reaction of model Gizele Oliviera, who helped Ming get up and adjust her wings, then let her take her time to pose at the end of the runway.
The next segment “Millennial Nation” was VS’s Pink brand which debuts all the casual outfits and teenage vibe. Pink’s spokesperson Grace Elizabeth opened the segment, with the performance by Jane Zhang, which gave the segment some extra sass and some great choreography.
This part of the show was actually the best! “Goddesses” segment, opened by Romee Strijid in some killer wings, followed by the flawless Lais Rebiero, which made her runway debut wearing “The Champagne Nights” $2 Million Fantasy Bra, and a pair of gold wings. The section was inspired by the Greek Goddesses, with some very unique headpieces. All of the looks were gorgeous, and this segment was definitely breathtaking.
For the final segment, the most recognizable face among the VS Angels, Adriana Lima opened “Nomadic Adventure” in some feathery wings. Followed by Elsa Hosk, who got to wear a Swarovski outfit, with 250,000 colorful crystals and hit the runway with such look. Veteran Angel Alessandra Ambrosio closed the show, as a final goodbye to the VS fans, as she will no longer work for the brand.
The finale was lead by the famous duo Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, and Adriana bowed down to her companion, who are now leaving the brand after working for it for not less than two decades, and had walked the show 17 times. The audience said goodbye to a legend and it’s obvious how Alessandra’s retirement is an end of an era and a beginning to a new one by the new angels.
There are definitely some incredible reasons why this is the most awaited and the most watched fashion show on Earth. We can’t wait for the show to air tomorrow night, and we’ll finally have actual footage of everyone’s performance. You definitely shouldn’t miss such a show!