LOS ANGELES, Nov 17 - Justin Timberlake helped bring sexy back
for Victoria's Secret, as the lingerie line brought its titillating fashion show
to Hollywood in a racy, body-baring runway fantasy.
With a shimmering silver catwalk and "SEXY" spelled out in huge gold letters
decorating the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards, the Thursday night
crowd, warmed up by pop singer Timberlake, knew what was coming next.
Celebrity supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the first model of the evening,
strolled onstage in a lace push up bra and panties with an elaborate plumage
trailing her, as Timberlake eyed her, singing his popular new hit whose chorus
proclaims: "I'm bringing sexy back."
Backlit dancers did the bump and grind in a retro tick-tack-toe grid
reminiscent of Hollywood Squares, as the parade of underclad yet elaborately
accessorized beauties took to the runway.
Brassieres, panties, tap pants, corsets in all colors but only one size --
body-revealing -- were accessorized with red vinyl stockings, bustles, and
plenty of angel wings, Victoria's Secret's signature marketing motif.
The show, which is to be broadcast December 5 on CBS, is all about spectacle,
flesh and excess. Usually held in New York, the fashion show was scrapped in
2004 amid a wave of broadcasting modesty that followed singer Janet Jackson's
breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl that year.
Any such modesty was not in sight Thursday night. Following a bagpiper
onstage, models outfitted in tartan lingerie showed off something you may not
want to wear on a chilly Scottish evening, while others pranced down the runway
done up as sexy stewardesses and cheerleaders.
Showcasing Victoria's Secret casual PINK line, one scantily clad model
dragged a pink comforter behind her as she walked the runway, in a look straight
out of a young man's dorm room dream.
As a crowd including Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Quincy Jones looked on,
the evening's dancers were replaced by gospel singers, fake snow fell from the
ceiling, and a white-clad and fully clothed angel descended for the finale.
Victoria's Secret is a division of Limited Brands, whose retail chains
include Express, Limited Stores, and Bath & Body Works.