At the end of the day, the things that lift, shape, outline, distract, and accentuate are just things. It is the wearer of the garments and accessories that still steals the show. And nothing could be more exemplary of just that argument than this year’s 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Held in New York City’s Lexington Armory Wednesday, the fashion roll-out of the sexy lingerie company’s annual line certainly created a buzz. But it was the Angels themselves that were the talk of the town. Although the fantasy bra, the bejeweled breast covering that annually highlights the show and gives its wearer a place of status, was again striking (not to mention worth $2.5 million), it still couldn’t compete with the beautiful woman wearing it. The lace, silk, and taffeta bras and panty sets, the outlandish and the gorgeous outfits, the cute and the attention-grabbing arched-to-the-heavens wing sets took nothing away from the Angels they barely clothed. And nothing kept Miranda Kerr from being stunning, the walking embodiment of her recently acquired title of Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.”
Kerr was simply a vision of loveliness. At one point, she stepped out in a star-spangled emerald green one-piece, a flowing green cape draped over her shoulders. The outfit not only complimented her figure but produced some sort of faerie or elven vibe as well. A headdress of sprouting antennae-like set of arching strands perched atop her dark brown hair, completing the Earthy woodland sprite effect.
At another, the 29-year-old Australian model walked the runway in a white silk bikini and bra set with a black lace overlay (the lace being running belt-like at the top of the panties). Kerr held the heaven-reaching, fluffy white wings in place with black opera gloves. The effect was nothing short of simply angelic.
And then there were the sexy moms. Not only did the scorching hot Adriana Lima prowl the catwalk a mere eight weeks after having her second child, she did it with amazing flat abs and in a two-piece lacy garment. Not to be outdone, first-time mother Lily Aldridge, who had her baby in June, also strode the runway. And then there was the floral fantasy bra wearer, Alessandra Ambrosio, who had her second child in May.
What’s not to talk about there?
That didn’t take away from all the other Angels: Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Lindsay Ellington, and Behati Prinsloo. It was just that in a room full of jewels, the diamonds — Kerr, Ambrosio, Lima, and Aldridge — got a little more attention.
Ultimately, clothes don’t make the woman. They never have. They do, however, at times and with proper application, sometimes make the woman sexier, more desirable. And that’s exactly what Victoria’s Secret does with their fashion line. They sell the idea of sexiness.
But when those women are already beautiful by anyone’s standards? The clothing, the sexy bras and panties and corsets and garters — all accessories, accentuating the beauty.
And at the same time, without the women to adorn, they’re just things.
But they are things that women want in order to be like those Angels, to resemble them, to feel like them. And it is that fantasy image upon which Victoria’s Secret bases it’s business, pulling in over $6 billion in sales for 2012.
The 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on Dec. 4 on CBS Television. Besides the Angels and their parade of new lingerie fashions, music will be provided by Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars.