The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show must go on.
Despite a devastating hurricane and a snowy nor’easter, the Angels took the runway last night at the 69th Regiment Armory. It was such a feat, the New York Post even put the show on its cover. Headline? “Sandy Now Snow & Ice..God Hates Us! …But We Have an Angel.”
Of course Victoria’s Secret provided angels in more ways than one this past week. The generators brought in to power last night’s show ended up providing power to the Armory after Hurricane Sandy had knocked it out so the National Guard could focus its efforts on hurricane relief. Victoria’s Secret even loaned out its forklift to the National Guard to use for food distribution. Before the show started, an announcer thanked the members of the National Guard, some of whom were in the audience, and noted that Victoria’s Secret parent company Limited Brands, as well as CBS (the network airing the show on December 4), both pledged $1,000,000 each towards hurricane relief.
It was a very brief, serious note before the winged, glittery, bare ass-cheeked levity that was the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The show was divided into six themes–Circus, Dangerous Liaisons, Calendar Girls, Pink is Us, Silver Screen Angels, and Angels in Bloom–and featured performances by Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars. The AntiGravity circus helped kick off the first segment of the show with dancers bouncing and somersaulting from the rafters while those leggy beauties blew kisses from the runway.
The performances were all pretty great. I’ve never been a Justin Bieber fan, being, you know, old, but I may be a bit of a Belieber after last night. That kid knows how to perform. There was much seducing of the camera. But the easy highlight for me was Rihanna’s performances. She looked every bit the Victoria’s Secret Angel herself for her second performance in pink lace lingerie (for the first she wore a black Miu Miu gown) and strutted the runway with even more attitude than the models. Candice Swanepoel even gave her props with a little ass smack as they passed each other on the runway.