The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is now unfortunately behind us, but we’re not finished obsessing about it yet! The angels took to the stage and spread their wings in a 40-minute spectacular showcasing the finest of the world’s bras. Paris was alive with colorful lingerie and soaring capes as the 2016 Victoria’s Secret angels strutted down the catwalk with hips ablaze. They looked perfect as ever, of course. Superhumanly pristine. The show may not be televised until December 9th, but who wants to wait that long to comment on the most iconic annual fashion shows of all time? This year was one of new faces and reality television personalities, a pop culture statement louder and stronger than normal. Let’s take a look at some highlights and, once again, applaud the sexy bras of this women’s underwear monopoly.
THE HADID SISTERS
The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was the first for model Bella Hadid. Her sister Gigi was there to show her all the ropes and take some cute pictures along the way. “I can’t believe I get to experience all of this with my best friend,” Gigi Hadid posted on Instagram earlier in the week. The girl’s mother Yolanda also tried to share her excitement on Instagram with a photo of her daughters dressed in angel wings as little ones. Though the picture of the girls caused a mixed stir on social media, the sentiment was cute. It just would have been better if there were a picture of the 4-year-old girls that wasn’t topless.
Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, & Bruno Mars
Before we turn to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret angels, there are a few singers to discuss. Singers Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and The Weeknd were all in attendance and each had a unique act. Mars, singing his 24k Magic in a full-dressed in a black tuxedo and fur coat, had the simplest performance. He was awarded by a standing ovation. The Weeknd serenaded his on-and-off girlfriend Bella Hadid with a passionate rendition of Starboy, taking the award for most cheers of the night. Yet, it was having Lady Gaga at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show that made the biggest splash. The singer worked her way up the runway in a long, black lace gown surrounded by models on either side. It was an integrated, affecting performance incorporating all the best bits of the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show into one moving number.
This Russian model kept her big news a secret until after the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It wouldn’t do for a Victoria’s Secret angel to reveal she was pregnant while preparing for a show! Shayk has let the cat out of the bag now and everyone is celebrating with her. The lucky father? Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper! During the show, Shayk’s bump was artfully covered by a trench coat tied around her belly and a red fringe number that camouflaged her stomach. It’s a feat that her second trimester didn’t keep her out of the show!
NEW VICTORIA’S SECRET ANGELS
Some big names made their scantily clad debuts as 2016 Victoria’s Secret angels. Bella finally joined her sister Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner had her first walk with the famous company. Kendall Jenner was coming off of some pretty tough heat following her faux ballerina photo shoot earlier this fall. Maybe rocking some sexy siren looks in Paris will put her back on in good stead with fashion fans.
THE FANTASY BRA
I won’t say too much about Fantasy Bras here. If you want to know more, head over and see our extensive guide to the multi-million dollar designs through the years. All I’ll say here is that Jasmine Tookes wore this year’s most expensive bra with confidence.
The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was divided into six thematic sections: Road Ahead, Mountain Romance, Pink Nation, Secret Angel, Dark Angel, and Bright Night Angel. From girlish pastel pinks with Lolita-esque attraction to the black and brown leather designs from Road Ahead, this year offered a diverse selection of sultry looks. The Mountain Romance bras are some of my personal favorites. These colorful designs were worn with complimentary capes in elaborate prints and vibrant colors as seen in the picture above.
Ah, the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. What’s not to love? With a gorgeous cast including, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, and the sexiest bras in the world, we already can’t wait for next year’s!
— Scarlett Price