They were tasked with strutting their stuff down the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Show in the dazzling $2 million Dream Angels Fantasy Bras. And Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima certainly did the extraordinary items justice as they took to the catwalk at London’s Earl’s Court on Tuesday evening for the lavish event.
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Each of this year’s designs was made by Mouawad jewelers using 16,000 rubies, diamonds and sapphires, all of which are strung together with 18 karat gold. The ornate ensembles took the designers more than 1,380 hours to make.
The stunning Brazilian models proved their worth as they displayed the skimpy and elaborate creations, revealing their slender and shapely figures for the eager audience. The highlight of the annual Victoria’s Secret catwalk event is always the reveal of the Fantasy Bra, of which this year there were two, each of them designed and made by Mouawad for the lingerie brand.
Adriana, 33, wore the blue and silver version of the swanky lingerie, her toned body bedecked in intricate jewellery across her decolletage, down her torso and also over her slim hips. Alessandra, also 33, had the pleasure of wearing the red bra, and was covered in even more body jewellery than her colleague, accentuating her enviably trim shape, flat stomach and muscular yet lean thighs.
Each of the women – who have been Victoria’s Secret Angels for years (Adriana since 2000, Alessandra since 2004) – were adorned with large, flowing capes matching the colour of their underwear, adding to the drama of the moment.
In mid-November, they had taken the elaborate bras to the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, Nevada to pose with the bejeweled creations. Adriana said at the time: ‘It’s like a highlight really of the show, the fantasy bra, and every year the models, we always get nervous to see who is going to get to wear the bra.
‘This year it’s really exciting because it’s the first time that we’re going to have two Fantasy Bras on the fashion show,’ she added. ‘I’m honored to be here with Alessandra, doing the show, walking the runway together. I cannot wait.’ The colleagues and friends wore their tresses in similar styles, both of them with their manes styled effortlessly into loose, open curls, glamorously cascading over their shoulders.
Ed Sheeran was the lucky performer who got to sing for the striking stars as they made their way down the runway, looking perhaps more resplendent than they ever have before, despite them both having several Victoria’s Secret shows under their cinched-in belts. Last year, Candice Swanepoel had the pleasure of showing off the Fantasy Bra, the 2013 version costing an incredible $10m. It was the most expensive Fantasy Bra since the 2005 version, which was worn by Gisele Bundchen.
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In previous years, former Angel Heidi Klum has had the honour of wearing the Fantasy Bra on three separate occasions, and the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks and Karolina Kurkova have worn it twice. The long-time Angels were joined by their fellow stars and other models at the highly-anticipated show, including the likes of Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn.
As well as Brit star Ed, the other singers on the evening were Taylor Swift – a relative veteran of Victoria’s Secret after having performed last year – and US superstar Ariana Grande. The show was, as ever, a wild and spectacular display of the iconic lingerie brand’s wares, on some of the most beautiful models in the world.