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12.11.2015

2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Review

It wouldn't be December without the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show! I love fashion and I love costume design, so it's always a must-see for me. Here's a run-down of the entire show (all 75 looks, in order). Enjoy!

Theme 1 - Boho Psychedelic
"Live wild & free like a 60's babe with glamorous lace-ups, lots of fringe & eclectic designs."

With a mash-up cover of Pat Benatar's Heartbreaker playing in the background, Behati Prinsloo (aka Mrs. Adam Levine) opened the show. I loved the velvet orange fringe jacket, purple cuffs, and boots. I wasn't a fan of the "wings" though. I thought the color (especially that red) didn't work well, and they seemed to stiff for such a flowy outfit.
Behati Prinsloo | Namibia
Lily Aldridge (my current favorite model) was next. This was a pretty good look (although not quite on theme). Loved the jacket and the boots were fun.
Lily Aldridge | USA
Jasmine Tooke's look moved really well on the runway. Again though, the wings seemed off in color and too stiff for such a fluid look.
Jasmine Tookes | USA
I absolutely loved Candice Swanepoel's ensemble here. I would have opened the show with this one. The colors were so pretty, and finally some really great wings! She worked the heck out of the runway too.
Candace Swanepoel | South Africa
Leomie Anderson had a lot of fun with her one look of the show. The poncho moved really well on the runway, and the colors looked great on her.
Leomie Anderson | UK
Kendall Jenner (aka the only Kardashian I can stand) made her VS Fashion Show debut. This was a really nice look. The colors were great, and the skirt was fabulous. She did seem a little stiff though - nerves? Also, did they really need to cut to Kris and Caitlyn Jenner in the audience? Let the girl just have her moment!
Kendall Jenner | USA
Martha Hunt's look was definitely on theme - so much fringe! Great colors, and those boots!!
Martha Hunt | USA
Another great print used for Joan Small's cape. This moved really great on the runway. Loved the colors.
Joan Smalls | Puerto Rico
The base of Romee Strijd's outfit is cute, but those wings were not the right choice. If they were going to add wings to this look, they should have been full of fringe. Am I right?
Romee Strijd | Netherlands
Maria Borges's (aka the only short haired model in the whole show) ensemble moved really well on the runway too. She had some serious hoop earrings on as well. Super cute look!
Maria Borges | Angola
I wasn't feeling Taylor Hill's get-up. If it was any other color, it probably would have worked for me; but the black just seemed way off theme, and the wings were too severe.
Taylor Hill | USA
Josephine Skriver gets the job done in this colorful coat and boots. 
Josephine Skriver | Denmark
Elsa Hosk's psychedelic robe looked great on the runway. This look was fun, and had a great dramatic effect too. It should have ended the segment, but...
Elsa Hosk | Sweden
They decided to end with this?!? Poor, Kate Grigorieva's ensemble was so off theme, and those pants were just horrible. What happened here? This entire look should have just been cut.
Kate Grigorieva | Russia
Theme 2 - Portrait of an Angel
"Fall for a Victorian romance with delicate lace & ethereal pastels."

The next segment was started off by The Weeknd performing In the Night, while super model Alessandra Ambrosio took the stage in a fairly generic white number. The wings were disappointing too, but I did love the shoes.
Alessandra Ambrosio | Brazil
Beautiful wings for Lily Donaldson - so soft in both feel and color. Great look.
Lily Donaldson | UK
For Kendall Jenner's final look of the night, she wore this lovely soft green outfit. I really liked the coat on this one. The bead work on it (and most other looks from this segment) looks amazing.
Kendall Jenner | USA
Sanne Vloet's pale pink ensemble brought a lot of drama. The high neck, corset, and train all combined for a great runway look. One of the best from this segment.
Sanne Vloet | Netherlands
Sue He's look fell a little flat. The colors did not flatter her skin tone, and there wasn't much visual interest to it.
Sue He | China
I was also pretty disappointed by Gracie Carvalho's only outfit. It looks like they just threw a coat over some underwear and called it a day. It's a pretty coat, mind you, but it wasn't enough to make a memorable look. (This may be a rehearsal photo though, as she was wearing a pretty fabulous necklace when I watched it on tv.)
Gracie Carvalho | Brazil
I liked the drama of Bruna Lirio's ensemble, but I wasn't a fan of the black and yellow combo. It moved really well on the runway though.
Bruna Lirio | USA
There wasn't much to Vita Sidorkina's look either, I'm afraid. I was actually really surprised by the lack of wings in this entire segment. It seemed perfectly suited for lots of classic angel wings.
Vita Sidorkina | Russia
Compared to the last couple of looks, Flavia Lucini's outfit looked amazing. The puffed sleeves were a little weird; but the corset was great, and the train added drama.
Flavia Lucini | Brazil
I was happy to finally see some wings on Jaquelyn Jablonski's ensemble, but, on a whole, this wasn't a great look. I would have lost the feathers on the bodice and added more sparkle there instead.
Jaquelyn Jablonski | USA
Cindy Bruna's black and nude number worked for me. The feminine and feathered coat juxtaposed with the black lingerie made striking combination. It also moved really well on the runway. Nice!
Cindy Bruna | France
Izabel Goulart rocked her black feathered and gold winged look (loved her hair flip at the end of the runway). It seemed a little hard and edgy for the theme, but overall, I liked it.
Izabel Goulart | Brazil
I didn't love the blue/grey and black color combination on Constance Jablonski's ensemble though. The bow was a creative twist on the wings, but other than that I wasn't feeling this.
Constance Jablonski | France
The blue/grey and black combo appeared again in Jasmine Tooke's second look. It was pretty enough; but the wings didn't really pop, and again, I'm always looking for a "wow" look to end a segment, and well, this didn't wow.
Jasmine Tookes | USA
Theme 3 - Exotic Butterflies
"Float away in exquisite creations crafted in a kaleidoscope of colors & textures."

Ellie Goulding sang Army as supermodel, Adriana Lima, took the stage for the first time. I actually liked the wings made of butterflies, but was disappointed in the lingerie here - where was the color? The butterfly shoes were pretty sweet though.
Adriana Lima | Brazil
Gigi Hadid made her VS Fashion Show debut in this green and black number. The color and pattern on this look was lovely, and the large butterfly and train really added the drama. Great look!
Gigi Hadid | USA
I liked the colors and texture of Sara Sampaio's look. It gets the job done.
Sara Sampaio | Portugal
Stella Maxwell's ensemble had great wings, and a really interesting bodice too. The shoes weren't working for me here though. They would have been better if they incorporated some of the colors from the bodice instead.
Stella Maxwell | Ireland
I liked Pauline Hoarau's look for the most part. It had some visual interest and moved well on the runway.
Pauline Hoarau | France
Shanina Shaik's outfit worked for me too. It looked better on stage then it does in this picture. The skirt really caught the light and shimmered nicely.
Shanina Shaik | Australia
The colors of Jac Jagaciak's look came out of nowhere. Surprisingly, this look didn't even move that well on the runway either. This was a miss for me.
Jac Jagaciak | Poland
I wasn't feeling Daniela Braga's look either. The wings just sort of blended into the background, the boots were a little too much, and I didn't like the cut or color combination of the bodice either.
Daniela Braga | Brazil
The top half of Ming Xi's outfit was cute, but the boots totally clashed. Just awful.
Ming Xi | China
Barbara Fiahlo's look worked for me (although it does read more bird than butterfly). The feathers add a lot of visual interest, and the colors are great. I don't love the boots, but they worked better here than in any of the other looks.
Barbara Fialho | Brazil
Magdalena Frackowiak's number was pretty bad as well. The wings blended in too much with the background, and again with fugly boots!!
Magdalena Frackowiak | Poland
Valery Kaufman's ensemble was very pretty, especially compared to some of the ones prior. The colors were lovely, and the cape was gorgeous. It sparkled like crazy on the runway. Great look.
Valery Kaufman / Russia
Finally, a "wow" look to end the segment. Lais Ribeiro got the best wings of the night. The colors here were perfect - so soft and pretty. The wings were the star though. They were big and fluid and moved great down the runway. Beautiful!
Lais Ribeiro | Brazil
Theme 4 - Pink USA
"Celebrate American icons with bright, bold shapes & lots of girl-power."

Selena Gomez performed next, and set the tone singing her song, Me & My Girls. Her stage wear was pretty bad, but not as bad as this entire segment. Seriously, this entire segment was like watching one bad Halloween costume after another.

Taylor Hill started off the segment in this crazy superhero get-up. Surprisingly, this was actually one of the better looks of the segment.
Taylor Hill | USA
Rachel Hilbert's outfit was probably one of the worst of the entire night. They just threw a hoodie over some underwear! What happened here?
Rachel Hilbert | USA
Megan Puleri's look was just alright. There was just no stage presence to any of these looks. So, disappointing.
Megan Puleri | USA
Yumi Lambert got one of the cuter looks of this segment. It's kind of boring, but at least it wasn't laughable.
Yumi Lambert | Belgium
Now, I actually kind of liked Maud Welzen's look. It wasn't a showstopper or anything, but it was cute and fun.
Maud Welzen | Netherlands
The best part of Ming Xi's look were the shoes.
Ming Xi | China
The white hat and boots of Leila Nda's outfit were not working for me. This one might have been saved with a little better styling.
Leila Nda | Burundi
Poor Bridget Malcolm had to wear the trashy looking biker get-up. So bad, right?
Bridget Malcolm | Australia
Gigi Hadid's look was pretty cute for what it was - a Halloween costume.
Gigi Hadid | USA
Josephine Skriver's outfit read as straight up stripper! There is nothing remotely creative or unique about this look.
Josephine Skriver | Denmark
Finally, this segment came to an end, with Devon Windsor sporting this crazy surfer look. I'm at a loss for words.
Devon Windsor | USA
Theme 5 - Ice Angels
"Escape on an opulent holiday in winter-whites, sparkly crystals & the stuff of snow princesses."

Ellie Goulding took the stage again, and performed Love Me Like You Do. Candace Swanepoel opened the segment in one of my favorite looks of the night. The crystals on the bodysuit sparkled like crazy on the runway. Combined with the wings, she looked like a beautiful snowflake.
Candice Swanepoel | South Africa
Lais Ribeiro's fluffy hood and jacket looked really great on the runway. Decent enough look.
Lais Ribeiro | Brazil
Sharam Diniz's fur hat was super fun, but the rest of the outfit was just okay.
Sharam Diniz | Portugal
Kate Grigorieva's snow bunny angel look was cute. The sleeves of the jacket really sparkled on stage.
Kate Grigorieva | Russia
Another pretty snowflake look here. I liked the bodysuit Elsa Houk wore, and the mittens and ear muffs were a nice, whimsical addition.
Elsa Hosk | Sweden
Barbara Fialho's bodysuit and boots were amazing, but I wasn't loving the tumbleweed looking balls hanging off her.
Barbara Fialho | Brazil
I really liked the corset on Izabel Goulart's, but I thought this look could have handled a more substantial wing. Not bad though.
Izabel Goulart | Brazil
This next look would have worked better on another model. Unfortunately, for Sue He, she is looking pretty washed out here. The earmuffs were a bad idea here as well. There was enough fur and feathers around her face as it was. It's all just crowding her.
Sue He | China
I really liked Lily Donaldson's wings. She looks like a snowball! She's showing a lot of skin here, so the earmuffs and mittens worked well to balance the look.
Lily Donaldson | UK
Stella Maxwell's look was only okay. I preferred the earlier ski bunny look to this one.
Stella Maxwell | Ireland
Jac Jagaciak's ensemble was only okay too. Nothing really memorable here.
Jac Jagaciak | Poland
They ended the segment with a bang though. Romee Strijd's final look was amazing. The body suit armor was fierce, and the wings were spectacular! Beautiful look!
Romee Strijd | Netherlands
Theme 6 - Fireworks
"Watch sparks fly & light up the night in ultra-vibrant hues & daring cutouts."

For the final (and my favorite) theme of the night, The Weeknd took the stage again and performed Can't Feel My Face. Lily Aldridge opened the segment wearing this year's Fantasy Bra. This was a really great look. The firework wings were fun and colorful, and I loved her boots too!
Lily Aldridge | USA
Loved the colors of Alessandra Ambrosio's final look of the night. You can tell she's a pro, as she modeled the heck out of what is actually a pretty basic look.
Alessandra Ambrosio | Brazil
I loved Cindy Bruna's bodysuit. It sparkled like mad on the runway. Super fun look!
Cindy Bruna | France
Adriana Lima's colorful outfit gets the job done.
Adriana Lima | Brazil
The wings on Joan Smalls's outfit actually spun in a circle, which was pretty cool. I didn't quite understand the snake things on her, but overall this was a good look.
Joan Smalls | Puerto Rico
They're showing just white here, but the LED wings on Behati Prinsloo's outfit lit up in all different colors. It looked super cool on the runway.
Behati Prinsloo | Namibia
I love, love, loved Maria Borges's giant firework wings. It was super high drama. Beautiful!
Maria Borges | Angola
Devon Windsor's final look was just okay in my book. I liked the colors, but it was definitely one of the weakest looks in this segment.
Devon Windsor | USA
I thought Sara Sampaio's wings were really cute. This was a pretty simple look, but it really worked for me. Good job!
Sara Sampaio | Portugal
I'd say, the coloring was a little off on Constance Jablonski's outfit. I would have replaced all the white areas with the fun jewel tones of the other looks. This one was just okay.
Constance Jablonski | France
Martha Hunt closed out the show with this final look. I loved the bodice, and the LED glowing wings were cool. You know me, though. I would have loved to see some bigger wings to really add the drama. This was a really good look, but not the mother of all "wow" looks I was expecting to close the show.
Martha Hunt | USA
Did you watch this year's show? What did you think? Who's your favorite model? Did you think Kendall Jenner deserved the job? What was your favorite look of the night?

All photos from here, except for Magdalena Frackowiak's which was from here.

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