Candice Swanepoel got the glory of the opening look, wearing a $10 million bra decorated with diamonds, rubies and sapphires that was cleverly dubbed the "Crown Jewels." She was quickly followed by Cara Delevingne as an English footballer and Lily Aldridge, who often gets the good-girl outfits, as a punk in a tartan plaid skirt that no school would allow.
Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz trailed pretty closely behind them, and who can blame him?
As has become tradition, there wasn't much for the lingerie retailer's customers to wear here, but there was drama, fun and a delicacy to the clothes that seemed a contrast to the more overt sexiness of the past few years. The light touch on the tattered tulle used for the Shipwrecked segment, and the black beads that caught the light of the faux French streetlamps on the side of the runway were examples of design skill.
This was the 18th Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It will be shown as a one-hour special on CBS on Dec. 10.
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