2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
>> The $12 million, 16th annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show taped at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York last night, with Carine Roitfeld and Alexander Wang showing up together just before the lights went down. Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr both made returns to the runway after sitting out pregnant last year, but it was Candice Swanepoel who opened the show in ballet-inspired wings and a thong (Kerr did, however, get to wear the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra, as husband Orlando Bloom stood and clapped for her in the audience).
This year's wing marvels included spontaneously inflating capes (on Joan Smalls), light-up neon wings (on many in the final "Club Pink"-themed section), and twin self-rotating umbrellas (on Izabel Goulart). Nicki Minaj was twirled by Erin Heatherton as she performed "Super Bass"; Kanye West — in a new Versace for H&M jacket — invited "big bro" and surprise guest Jay-Z out to join him for their Watch the Throne song "N*ggas in Paris" (Beyonce, dancing and singing along, appeared temporarily in the audience for the duration of the track); and Maroon 5's Adam Levine escorted girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna down the runway holding hands, ending with a kiss on her cheek, all while simultaneously singing "Moves Like Jagger."
A record-breaking fourteen new models (Jessica Clarke, Sui He, Bregje Heinen, Elsa Hosk, Karlie Kloss, Ieva Laguna, Lais Ribeiro, Joan Smalls, Shanina Shaik, Cameron Russell, Karmen Pedaru, Anais Mali, Toni Garrn, and Caroline Brasch Nielsen) made their debut on the Victoria's Secret runway this year, with Kloss closing the show with a disco ball on her rear. The final cut of the show will be televised on CBS on Nov. 29.