>> This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show boasts an unprecedented 15 newcomers. Gone are the likes of Karolina Kurkova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Isabeli Fontana, and in their stead come Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Karmen Pedaru, Sui He, and Cameron Russell. We chatted with all five — plus veteran Anne Vyalitsyna, whose boyfriend Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is performing at this year's show, taping tonight — about their preshow fears, Angel aspirations, diet prep, and who's wearing wings backstage earlier today. Get the tidbits in the slideshow.
Kanye West, Maroon 5 to Perform at This Year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show; Plus, a Few Costume Sketches
>> News is starting to flow about this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which tapes in a little less than a month at Manhattan's 69th Street Armory on Nov. 9.
Today, Kanye West and Maroon 5 were announced as the show's musical guests. Notably, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine's girlfriend, Anne Vyalitsyna, is confirmed to walk in the show, and West's rumored girlfriend Chanel Iman — who recently closed his debut womenswear show at a day's notice — will also walk as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels.
Speaking of Angels, this year's lineup seems curiously devoid of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, throwing into question whether she will be walking at all — or just walking without wings. Miranda Kerr, Chanel Iman, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, and Lindsay Ellingson, however, are all expected.
The show airs on CBS on Nov. 29 at 10/9 CST. A few sketches of this year's costumes, in the slideshow.
>> Lily Aldridge has played coy about her wedding since announcing her engagement to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill last September, but it sounds like they've set a date. The two are reportedly to wed in Aldridge's native California in early May, with fellow models Anne Vyalitsyna, Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and of course, Lily's sister Ruby Aldridge, expected as guests. Beforehand, the couple — who met at Coachella in 2007 — have rented a house in Palm Springs for this year's Coachella festival, which Kings of Leon is headlining alongside Kanye West. Aldridge wouldn't speak to the wedding, but said of Coachella: "I'm counting down the days. We're gonna cook food, go watch great bands and listen to music. I'm really excited." [NY Post]
She already starred in Maroon 5's video for "Misery," now Victoria's Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna — also known as Anne V — stripped down for her second cameo for new song "Never Gonna Leave This Bed." Their fancy bed was set up outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, where people watched as Adam and Anne got close. Adam wore his boxers, while Anne got in various chic lingerie pieces, including thigh-high stockings. Click through to see it all.
A ladylike Anne Vyalitsyna, a vintage convertible, and an enviable view set the scene for Louis Vuitton's Resort '11 campaign. Just a dreamy overlook and the gorgeous Anne taking in the view for a retro-glam and totally luxurious feel. It's a little Grace Kelly, sophisticated and romantic — Cary Grant might make an appearance at any moment. Are you feeling swept away by the Resort campaign?
>> Victoria's Secret models are all over fashion editorials and campaigns these days — Models.com suspects Candice Swanepoel might be next to cross over — and no wonder, with 10 and Harper's Bazaar editor Sophia Neophitou as show stylist. As Neophitou told Style.com of casting the show: “It’s such an editorial level . . . We looked at girls we love to shoot editorially; that’s what great. I think there’s a perception before you get here of what will work. But the reality is, it’s about the girl, it’s about the woman, what she brings as a human being to it, rather than has she got a size 34C cup. No, it’s not about that at all. That’s what they’ve got the miracle bras for.”
Brazilians were heavily favored as usual this year, with Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, Flavia Oliveira, Lais Ribeiro, Fabiana Semprebom, Emanuela de Paula, Gracie Carvalho, and Martha Streck all representing; 10 Brazilians out of the 33 total models. Check them out, plus Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson, and more — at the show's after-party at Lavo last night.
The 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Unveiled — Karolina Kurkova, Jessica Stam, and Lily Donaldson Work It
>> Anne Vyalitsyna peeked out in a pink robe and waved at the crowd gathering at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York, where the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was taped this evening in front of an audience that included Carine Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia, Alexander Wang, Zac Posen and his boyfriend Christopher Niquet, Kate Lanphear, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. Then, an announcer came on, asking that cell phones be stowed: "Frankly, if you need to use those devices at a show like this, you've got other problems."
Lais Ribeiro, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Lily Donaldson, and Heloise Guerin all walked for Victoria's Secret for the first time today, but it was Angel Adriana Lima who opened the show, riding a twirling carousel to make her debut in the first, "Tough Love"-themed segment (She and Karolina Kurkova both made their return after skipping last year's show while pregnant.). It was the first of many minor obstacles the 33 models had to maneuver through during the show, all while smiling and waving to the crowd. In the sporty "Game On" segment, while twirling her ribbon stick, Izabel Goulart, got the ribbon stuck around her neck and had to untangle herself; Candice Swanepoel estimated her "Heavenly Bodies" wings weighed half of her body weight — "It’s like driving a car because they’re so far away from my body. I have to turn them before I turn my body. It’s an honor to get them. I told my trainer, ‘You better prepare me for this! We’ve been doing some extra push ups!’”; Anja Rubik, too, had expansive wings in the "Heavenly Bodies" — turning at the end of the runway with all those streamers deserved applause in itself; and in the final, "Pink Planet" segment, mylar balloon rained the runway from above, causing Maryna Linchuk and Jacquelyn Jablonski to have to kick them out of the way to get down the runway.
But there was plenty of fun to be had — Isabeli Fontana, who closed out the "Game On" segment, hammed it up for the cameras with her dumbbell prop, and Lily Aldridge had the support of her fiance Caleb Followill and the rest of Kings of Leon, front row. In the next section over, Anne V's boyfriend Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 gave her a standing ovation as she made her first runway appearance — which Anne rewarded with a blown kiss.
Akon and Katy Perry both performed — him appropriately singing "Angel," and her singing "Teenage Dream" for the younger, Victoria's Secret Pink-themed segment. And Chanel Iman closed the show in bubble wings with a bubble-squirting gun. The final cut airs Nov. 30 on CBS.
See the First Photos of the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Costumes; Plus, More Models Confirmed
>> The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has come a long way in 15 years — see the very first show, sans any wings, here — and this year, the theme is "A Night of a Thousand Fantasies." The first few costume images have popped up (Lily Aldridge's two looks can be seen here), and we've got a few confirmed names to add to the list: among them, Selita Ebanks, Katsia Damenkova, Anne Vyalitsyna (who's getting her first wings this year), Constance Jablonski, Gracie Carvalho, Lily Donaldson, and Lais Ribeiro.
There's also a new casting video out, and Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of Limited Brands, parent company of Victoria's Secret, admits of the process: "I hate castings, because I’m basically a softy and I hate the broken hearts and I hate saying no . . . What people don’t realize is that [those who fit the parameters of a Victoria's Secret model are] rarer by far than superstar athletes. The numbers of people who can do this are probably under 100 in the world. And in the show, it’s only  girls.”
And the castings — which Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou and Dan May of Harper’s Bazaar UK and 10 Magazine have a say in as stylists — are tough. Maryna Linchuk had to audition again this year, despite walking in the show in the past, because bodies change, Monica Mitro, executive producer of the show, said. “You don’t see them for a minute, and . . . ” she added, holding her hands wide to gesture for broad hips. But some faults are more forgivable than others — when Caroline Winberg walked in to casting, with hair described by the New York Times as "frazzled by styling until it was the texture of wood shavings," Mitro stated: “Never mind the hair . . . we can always do something about the hair."
After Veruschka at Giles, What Does Katie Grand Have in Store Casting-Wise at Louis Vuitton and Emanuel Ungaro?
>> Katie Grand is known for cultivating unique model casts — last season at Giles and Louis Vuitton, both of which she styles, there was a proliferation of Victoria's Secret models on the runway. And while she brought back some of those "curvier" girls for Giles again this season — Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Anne Vyalitsyna, Noemie Lenoir, plus Sports Illustrated models Jessica Hart, Abbey Clancy (who is pregnant), and Julie Ordon — also peppered in were Agyness Deyn, who shaved her hair into a mohawk for the show, Amber Le Bon, British model and TV presenter Kelly Brook, and 71-year-old Veruschka, who closed the show.
Grand is working with Giles Deacon on his debut collection for Emanuel Ungaro this season — so surely the cast will be special for that occasion — although the only hint that came is not model-related: Deacon is working with edgy London label Sibling on knits for the show. And as for Vuitton, all Grand would say was: “[Marc Jacobs] said, ‘I’ve got all these beautiful clothes for Vuitton — what on earth are we going to do with them?’”
>> Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine likes his fashion girls — he dated former Vogue editor Jane Herman in high school, and now, Page Six reports that he is "officially dating" Anne Vyalitsyna. The two reportedly met last month while celebrating the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (in which Vyalitsyna appears) in Las Vegas, and a week or so later at the end of February, they were snapped together at two different Lakers games as well as walking around Beverly Hills; two of the three times they were captured holding hands.