The Victoria’s Secret Angels are flying across the pond for this year’s annual fashion show.
Supermodels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel helped make the announcement Tuesday at London’s new Bond Street store, hoping the move from New York could maybe get the attention of a few high-profile Britons and perhaps even royalty.
“There are a bunch that we’d like to invite,” said the Brazilian Lima, 32 (via The Cut). “I’d love to see Elton John because I’m a big fan — I really love him. Hopefully, also — I’d like to invite Prince Harry, if he would like to come. He definitely has a front-row seat!”
The over-the-top designs are already in the works for the Dec. 2 show, but musicians have not been booked; however, last year’s sparkly display featured Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World and British girl band Neon Jungle.
New York, Miami and Los Angeles have previously hosted the scantily clad runway walk, which is televised by CBS in 192 countries, according to the Associated Press, and will be televised at later date.
Each year the show features a signature big-ticket Fantasy Bra, which has been worn by Lima and Swanepoel in previous years. The 2013 show also had supermodel Lindsay Ellingson sporting a snowflake-inspired ensemble printed with 3-D technology.
Chief marketing officer Ed Razek, who joined the models in London to make the announcement, also divulged that British It girl and Angel Cara Delevingne would be returning to the glitzy catwalk for the third time.
“I’ll let you in on a secret,” he said. “I told Cara a week ago that we were coming to do this, and I told her to save the date. She was excited about it.”
So why the move to London? Razek said the brand had previously tried to launch the show there in the late 1990s but there wasn’t enough brand recognition then.
“Candidly, in 1998 when we came to London, no one knew who we were,” he said. “We’ve started opening stores in London — I think we’ve got six stores in Great Britain at the moment and we hope to open more here.... We found a good [show] location that made sense in Earls Court. It just kind of all came together this year.”
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