Victoria's Secret models hit Paris catwalk
By Fiachra Gibbons and Aurelie Mayembo, AFP
December 2, 2016, 12:03 am TWN
PARIS--It took a fair bit of cheek — and not a little phlegm on a freezing Paris night — for the brash U.S. lingerie brand Victoria's Secret to hold its first-ever fashion show in the city that invented sexy underwear.
And true to the brand's brazen style, the spectacle featured a (slightly wounded) megastar, history-struck A-lister models — and a jewel-encrusted multi-million-dollar "fantasy" bra.
Lady Gaga — the star draw for the annual extragavanza famous for bringing kitschy Las Vegas glamour to the catwalk — picked up a "couple of bruises from (the) dance rehearsal," she told her 64 million Twitter followers.
The show's mostly American models said they felt "goose bumps" — and not just because of the sub-freezing temperatures.
They were also stepping out under the hallowed dome of the Grand Palais, the Art Deco temple where the luxury French label Chanel holds its couture shows.
Karl Lagerfeld, the forthright Chanel designer, was unfortunately not on hand to give his view of the proceedings.
Three of his favorite models — Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner from the Kardashian dynasty — were among the brand's "angels," so called because the models wear wings on the runway.
The 35-year-old Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima struck a blow for older models, walking her 15th show on the pink-themed set.
The mother-of-two had earlier said she keeps in shape with porridge for breakfast and a buckwheat drink before bed. "Eating buckwheat before bedtime actually helps you burn calories while you sleep," she said.