Lady Gaga, wings and a three million dollar bra - it must be Victoria's Secret
Published 01/12/2016 | 09:46
The laciest, if not raciest, catwalk event of the year, the Victoria's Secret fashion show, has taken place in Paris.
Held in the huge steel-and-glass atrium of Paris's Grand Palais, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars performed as some of the world's highest paid models showed off the underwear range on Wednesday.
Swedish model Elsa Hosk strutted out in a cropped bustier- enveloped in a huge, three-dimensional red Chinese dragon.
Kendall Jenner - in blood red - wore thigh-high boots, a long-line plunging bra and suede angel wings, while Gigi Hadid looked like she would take off in flight, sporting a hand-painted cape with an Aztec-pattern that billowed as she walked.
The Victoria's Secret Fantasy bra which glimmers with thousands of gemstones was worn by Jasmine Tookes is considered the piece de resistance of the brand's runway display.
An incredible work of art, it was designed by Eddie Borgo and hand-crafted over 700 hours with gems from jeweller AWMouzannar.
"It is so beautiful. It's covered in white diamonds and emeralds and it has about 9,000 gemstones. It cost $3 million - so stunning," gushed the 25-year-old model backstage.
It is the third time a black model has been chosen to model the Fantasy Bra.
The brand's signature wings fluttered throughout - in feather, silk, gold gild, suede and Swarovski crystal.
"Not only do the wings get bigger but we tap into new artisans and people who do things with 3-D printing. That's always the wonderful thing about working on the show," said Victoria's Secret Executive Producer Monica Mitro.
With a retro bleached hairstyle, Lady Gaga gave a rousing and gutsy live performance of Million Reasons to the crowd, and appeared again for A-YO.
At one point her microphone got stuck in the tassels of her dark cowboy hat, but this didn't stop the consummate professional, who continued singing John Wayne as Victoria's Secret models danced with her and crisscrossed the runway rhythmically to the beat.
Bruno Mars also performed several times, ramping up the energy and using the catwalk as his stage - in signature sunglasses, with tuxedo-wearing backing dancers jiving behind him.
The American singer had guests jumping up and down for funky performances of "24K Magic" and "Chunky."
But it was perhaps The Weeknd that got the most cheers of the night. The singer serenaded Bella Hadid - with whom he has been romantically linked - with his hit song Starboy, and almost followed her up the catwalk as she walked in a lace gown with silk organza corset.
As the show ended, a million pieces of glittered ribbon fell on the angels and the adoring crowds.