Backstage before the show, Victoria's Secret first-time models and veteran Angels, the company's more visible models and spokeswomen, shared tips, excitement and some of their favourite looks. "I've been looking forward to working with VS for so long, it's my very first show. I'm excited to be my own personality, get out there and do whatever I want to do, smile and have fun," said model Chanel Iman.
This year, Victoria's Secret booked its first Asian model to walk the show - Liu Wen from Beijing, who explained her reaction to her casting news as: "I was very surprised and excited. I'm the first Chinese model so I was so surprised."
The Star Trooper segment featured neon underwear sets that appeared to glow in the dark under the lights, and ultramodern arm and body pieces resembling shooting stars, spacecraft pieces and astronaut gear.
Pink Planet was the theme of the intimate-wear company's more casual Pink line and featured an enormous pink, polka-dot dog balloon ascending from the floor of the stage. This more playful line was psychedelic in color, including Angel wings made out of balloons, with flowers, stars and hearts adding to the fun.
Angel model and hostess of the event Heidi Klum began the Enchanted Forest segment wearing a corset and half gown with draping foliage under the green leafy lights, just five weeks after giving birth to her fourth child. Angel Miranda Kerr donned vine clock wings which she mentally prepped for before the show. "This year my wings are 15 pounds, can you imagine," said Kerr. "They're super heavy. I'm not scared but my back is really going to hurt tonight. I'll need a good massage tomorrow."
Though wings get lighter or heavier from year to year, there is something special about them, a rite of passage. "My first time doing the show was four years ago. My first time as an Angel was last year," explained Doutzen Kroes. "The wings are great, still nerve racking."
"The themes are great, they're fun, a little out there, really high fashion," said model Sessilee Lopez about the show and the models. "I read on some blog the line up this year is ridiculous. It's the Super Bowl of supermodels." And though she didn't divulge any looks before the show, Lopez did mention she's "wearing diamonds and its worth over 150 grand."