Je t’aime Victoria’s Secret: Fashion Show 2013

It opened with a drum line, playing along the sparkling catwalk, almost to the beat of carefully placed steps in stiletto heels. Reflections bounced from shiny instruments, to performer’s costumes, and off of jewel-emblazoned lingerie. In true Victoria’s Secret fashion (pun intended), some of the most contagious pop music artists were on hand to lend their musical talents as a background for the sultry and flirty theme of the night. Keep reading to hear who was there, what I loved and what the angels were wearing on one of the most anticipated nights on television!

I don't know about Taylor Swift, but I kind of want everything in this year's show to be "Mine".
I don’t know about Taylor Swift, but I kind of want everything in this year’s show to be “Mine”. (A la The Grape Juice)

This year’s show began with music from Fall Out Boy and their chart topping single “Light ‘Em Up”. And light ’em up, Candice Swanepoel did..in the $10 million bra of the year complete with 4,200 jewels. This year’s ultimate angel honor, which has previously been held by the likes of Adriana, Alessandra and Miranda, was gilded in 18-karat gold and 2,000 diamonds. As lovely as she looked, another model who absolutely shined was newly engaged Behati Prinsloo (and her fiancé Adam Levine who was watching proudly from a front row seat). And then there was the princess of social media herself, Miss Cara Delevingne who rocked an open-front soccer uniform (soccer ball sold separately).

"Supermodel Candice Swanepoel walked the $10-million undergarment, which was adorned with 4,200 jewels set in 18-karat gold, down the runway to start the show." - LA Times
“Supermodel Candice Swanepoel walked the $10-million undergarment, which was adorned with 4,200 jewels set in 18-karat gold, down the runway to start the show.” – LA Times (Photo a la Highsnobiety)

Just when you think Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show costumes have thought of everything, headlining performer Taylor Swift proved that she can rock a variety of accessories, heels and a train with the best of them. Her Union Jack-themed costume and top had was an excellent nod to the fact that she can conquer everything from country music to your heart.

I'd be lying if I say that Taylor Swift hasn't completely been the inspiration for my New Year's Eve dress this year.
I’d be lying if I say that Taylor Swift hasn’t completely been the inspiration for my New Year’s Eve dress this year. (A la Yahoo News)

I also loved the way designers played with color this year. From Karlie Kloss’ watercolor butterfly costume, to the display of brightly colored lingerie over and under playful costumes, the sky was the limit (and possibly the inspiration) for this year’s exhibition. There was a Daenerys Targaryen-inspired rocker chick, new mom Lily Aldridge as a Braveheart-looking motorcycle maven, smoldering yet ethereal styles stepping to A Great Big World’s “Say Something” and a cute cutaway to the angels describing the best and worst parts about hypothetically stranded on a deserted island.

Karlie and Alessandra demonstrate the use of color and light to make this year's show stand out in ways that only a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show can.
Karlie and Alessandra demonstrate how the use of color and light made this year’s show stand out in ways that only a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show can. (A la PopSugar)

Finally, the holiday 2013 commercial was unveiled and the theme “Night In Paris” was everything a Victoria’s Secret holiday ad should be. As one of the angels said (and I concur), “I can’t believe you guys still have ideas left!” It was luminous, it was magical and much like the Eiffel Tower (which Victoria’s Secret paid to keep lit all night long during the shoot), it sparkled.

Adriana is red hot. Literally.
Adriana is red hot. Literally. (A la EOnline)

In the fashion world, fashion shows are meant to highlight the best of what’s to come and if this show was any indication, 2014 is going to be a year to shine, to smolder and to, (as experienced model Lais explained) smile even if you fall.

Did you catch this year’s show? What did you think? What was your favorite part? Sound off in the comments below, on Facebook or by following me on Twitter! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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