Text by Samantha Critchell, AP
NEW YORK -- Believe it or not, the Victoria's Secret fashion show belonged to the boys on Wednesday night.
It was Kanye West, Jay-Z and Maroon 5 who got the audience clapping
and cheering at the annual lingerie extravaganza at the Lexington Avenue
Armory, quite a feat considering they were sharing the stage with the
some of the world's top models -- in barely-there get-ups, no less.
The show, which also featured a song by Nicki Minaj, who was decked
out in a bright orange bustier, cosmic-print skirt and leggings, and a
frothy pink wig, will be televised on CBS on Nov. 29.
The worlds of fashion and music always come together on this runway,
which is more for entertainment, excitement and brand-building than a
serious preview of styles. It really clicked this time, though, when
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine escorted his girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna
down the catwalk and then planted a kiss on her cheek.
A lot of the backstage buzz before the show was about West, who was
originally scheduled for the 2007 show but pulled out after his mother's
death. Doutzen Kroes and Chanel Iman were among the top Victoria's
Secret models, dubbed VS Angels, who posed with him in their micro-mini
pink satin robes and told him they expected his set to be a highlight of
"I lost my super hero," he said when he eventually landed on the runway, "and now she's my super angel."
He started singing and that cued Alessandra Ambrosio to come out in a
leather harness, push-up bra, thigh-high leather boots and a long,
flowing cape splashed with the word "incredible" in cartoon-style
letters trailing behind her. Lindsay Ellingson was on her heels in a
leather bodysuit paired with silver
wings and soon after came Erin
Heatherton in a latex bodice and silver-dagger, weaponlike wings.
West then called out his "big bro" Jay-Z to come from backstage for
the next song. Both rappers are known fans of sometimes flamboyant
fashion, but West wore a brand new Versace for H&M jacket and black
leather pants with a low-slung gold belt, and Jay-Z went the black
hoodie with black jeans route.
The glitz instead came from Miranda Kerr's Fantasy Bra, studded with
$2.5 million worth of diamonds. It was featured in a section of the show
called "Angels Aquatic" that was a parade of mermaid goddesses in
undergarments embellished with pearls and their wings crafted like
The other fashion themes were ballet, which featured feathers, tutus,
legwarmers attached to garters and lace-up stilettos; passion,
interpreted in Spanish-style lace boleros and flamenco skirts; and
Victoriana, with high tulle collars, parasols, cameo pins and big
bustles attached to tiny panties. The finale, called Club Pink, was
dedicated to the retailer's loungewear line with heart-covered hoodies,
skirts decorated with pompoms and sequin T-shirts.
For Kroes, the show is a chance to play dress-up. It's all fun, she
said. "You get your hair and makeup done, and you wear these beautiful,
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