THE backstage space on the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Trend Present in Shanghai was the high-octane, pink-hued glam squad you’d think about. A military of 27 hair stylists underneath the path of Anthony Turner, and 32 make-up artists fulfilling the wonder path of Tom Pecheux, preened 55 fashions carrying matching embroidered robes – an adaptation of the traditional pink robes in homage to the present’s host nation – with the model’s Phantasm underwear worn beneath. At anybody time, 4 beauticians focussed on a single Angel to verify hair extensions met Turner’s transient of “horny tousled waves”, and Pecheux’s uniform instruction that the ladies had “sultry brown eyes, high-impact lashes, rosy, bronzed cheeks and a balmy nude pout”.
In between the manicures and pedicures – 11 manicurists utilizing Le Chat’s Pisco Bitter and Pink Ribbon shades, FYI – Vogue grabbed a few minutes with Angels Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Stella Maxwell, Jasmine Tookes and Lais Ribeiro, fashions Bella Hadid, Alanna Arrington, Leomie Anderson and Alexina Graham, and inventive director of the Victoria’s Secret Trend Present Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou. Right here’s what we realized.
The present order modified at three.30am
“Issues at all times change dramatically within the run-up to indicate time,” Neophitou-Apostolou mentioned behind-the-scenes. “We had a last-minute change at three.30 this morning for the punk part, which was supposed to shut the present, and is now opening it. The staff felt that the Balmain appears to be like inside the section could be extra impactful at the beginning. This, in flip, created plenty of adjustments within the rotation for the subsequent sections.”
Every part is a mini trend present
“The opening part is our punk collaboration with Olivier [Rousteing],” Neophitou-Apostolou revealed. “It’s one of the fantastical issues we’ve ever finished. The part thought got here first after which we approached Olivier, who turned it right into a glam-punk theme. The following part is ‘Porcelain Angel’, which started its life as pottery-themed, after which took a Mediterranean angle utilizing the blue and white colors of Santorini. Subsequent up, is ‘Winter’s Story’, which is predicated on Lapland, with components of Russia and Christmas within the trend. ‘Millennial Nation’ comes after with pink city streetwear. ‘Goddesses’, based mostly on historic Greek goddesses, follows as my Greek heritage comes out in full power! And ‘Nomadic Journey’, a journey by way of Brazil and Africa with wealthy colors and beading, is the final. Every part is a mini present and has its personal second to shine,” she defined.
The catwalk is a special form
“The runway is insane, it’s U formed and one thing you’ve by no means seen from Victoria’s Secret earlier than,” Anderson defined. “And the Balmain part goes to be finished in a different way to every other part. Will probably be a monumental second for the model.”
There’s a mini mosh pit for followers
“The sector holds 5 occasions the individuals we’re used to strolling in entrance of, so I feel the power will probably be superb,” Aldridge mentioned of the Mercedez-Benz venue. And, in keeping with Tookes, “there’s going to be a mini mosh pit of followers on the entrance to maintain our power up once we’re strolling.”
The enhances simply preserve coming
“Everybody right here focusses on telling you that you simply’re essentially the most stunning individual ever,” Arrington gushed of the staff. “That’s so essential to us, as a result of whenever you stroll out on stage you’re feeling like everybody’s rooting for you, it’s magic.” When requested how the present expertise differs from a standard trend present, she mentioned: “The entire vibe is totally different. Reveals are extra anxious and the main focus is on the style relatively than the ladies. The main target right here is on the wonder and ensuring everyone seems to be having an excellent time. The staff are at all times ensuring we’re doing our greatest, feeling our greatest and doing the whole lot we want. If there’s something we want they get it for us instantly.”
Bella Hadid listens to some “humorous stuff” to get within the zone
“There’s plenty of actually random issues I’m listening to in the intervening time,” Hadid advised us as she scrolled by way of her iPhone backstage. “Humorous stuff, like Well-known Dex, A$AP Rocky, Aaliyah, GoldLink and Jagged Edge”. Whereas the mannequin browsed SoundCloud to seek out new music, Riberio had Rihanna on her speaker and Anderson had boyfriend Lancey Foux’s rap music enjoying by way of her headphones.
The newcomers have been advised to simply “look cool”
The fashions who’ve walked earlier than advised me to “at all times get up straight together with your shoulders again and to look cool. You realize, simply look cool!” a nervous Alexina Graham mentioned forward of her first present. The newcomer plans to have a good time post-show with “vodka and pasta.”