From a swagged out flight across the Atlantic to the barrage of photos that took over your Instagram feeds, the hype for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London was real, and the excitement culminated on Tuesday night when the Angels hit the runway for the lingerie brand's annual extravaganza. Opened by Behati Prinsloo in a pair of gilded wings against an LED background of fire, this year's edition of the show pulled out all of the stops — Victoria's Secret even upped the ante by sending two $2 million Fantasy Bras down the runway (on Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio) to open the "Exotic Traveler" segment.
The show is never short on girl power, but it got particularly cute during the middle two segments, "Dream Girl" and "University of Pink," the first of which featured Taylor Swift singing "Blank Space" while young ladies in striped pajamas jumped on couches behind her and models walked in baby pink ensembles adorned with pom-poms, feathers and lace. The bubbly VS Pink segment that followed was vibrant and street art-inspired, and perhaps most importantly, set to a medley impressively belted out by Ariana Grande.
A sparkly, fairy tale-themed section, a breakdancing interlude and a couple of mellow performances by Ed Sheeran and Hozier later, Taylor Swift took the stage again — this time holding hands with her best friend Karlie Kloss and wearing black lingerie — to sing the models off in their dramatic, black and white "Angel Ball" attire. The show was over just as quickly as it began, and a shower of balloons signaled to the audience (dressed in black tie) that it was time to move down the hall to the after party. Until next year, Angels!
Click through to see every single look from the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs on CBS on Dec. 9.
Disclosure: Victoria's Secret paid for my travel and accommodation in London to cover its annual fashion show.