Everything You Need To Know About The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

For starters, it's back in America this year!
Everything You Need To Know About The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Welp, it's that time of year again, folks, and I'm not talking about the changing of seasons—I'm talking about the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Preparations are already underway, castings are complete, and the show is coming back to the United States! Below, everything you need to know about one of the biggest events in November—second only to Thanksgiving, of course.

1. It'll take place in New York City.

The brand announced on its Instagram that the show will take place in the Big Apple, following a two-year hiatus abroad.

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As you probably know, last year's show was held in Shanghai, China, and some women were reportedly denied visas to travel there, including Gigi Hadid, Katy Perry—who was originally confirmed as one of the event's performers—Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, and Ukranian model Dasha Khlystun. The afterparty was also allegedly shut down by authorities before midnight. The year before that, the show was held in Paris.

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2. It airs on Sunday, December 2 on ABC at 10 p.m.

The live runway show takes place on November 8, but, it's taped, and will air the next month.

3. There are a LOT of musical performers.

Last year there were five performers, but this year there's a whopping total of EIGHT, and it's perhaps the biggest lineup yet. In an Instagram post, Martha Hunt revealed that Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, and The Struts are all confirmed to take the stage runway. To get you pumped in the meantime, here's some Shawn Mendes for you:

4. Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner will strut their stuff after missing last year. Bella is also back

Both Gigi and Kendall are returning to the VSFS after missing last year's show. Kendall and Gigi made their debuts for VS in 2015, but due to Kendall's contractual obligations with competing lingerie brand La Perla (she starred in its 2017 Pre-Fall campaign), she didn't walk in Shanghai. Reportedly, Gigi Hadid was denied a visa for the China show due to a controversial Instagram video in which she imitated a Buddha statue, so she, too, missed last year's show. Shoe designer Brian Atwood said both would be strutting down the runway this year in an Instagram post.

Bella Hadid, who did walk in last year's show, is also making her return and, in an Instagram post, wrote she is "so grateful to be a part of the show again."

5.  Most of your fave models are returning too.

Veterans returning to the VSFS include Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Stella Maxwell, Leomie Anderson, Cindy Bruna, Georgia Fowler, Ming Xi, Grace Elizabeth, Devon Windsor, and Behati Prinsloo. Behati skipped the past two years to give birth to her two children with Adam Levine, Dusty Rose and Gio Grace, but her catwalk comeback was announced in October.

6. But there will also be some new faces.

In an emotional Instagram post, Winnie Harlow announced that she's making her debut. "I had a break down before I walked into the most nerve wrecking [SIC] casting of my life," she wrote in her caption. But she explained that once she got to the offices and "made new friends and saw old friends" it "already felt like home."

Kelsey Merritt will also be the first Filipino model to walk in the show.

Other newcomers include Duckie Thot, Sadie Newman, Lorena Rae, Mélie Tiaco, Willow Hand, Yasmin Wijnaldum, and more.

7. Alessandra Ambrosio will not walk the runway.

After 17 years of modeling in the show, she confirmed her retirement in an Instagram post last year.

 

6. This year's first designer collaboration has been confirmed

Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou will collaborate with VS to make a capsule collection that will debut on the runway. The London-based designer is known for her whimsical, colorful ensembles and use of pattern mixing, so she'll probably bring those signature elements to the lingerie. On Tuesday, November 7 the brand released a first-look of Josephine Skriver's runway outfit designed by Katrantzou, and it's pretty stunning:

Last year, the brand partnered with Balmain and sent a bunch of studded, punk-inspired looks down the runway for a portion of the show. So, at the very least, this year's choice of designer is definitely a departure from that edgy aesthetic.

H/T Cosmo US