Thoughts post show: What we’ve learned from the 2017 Victoria’s Secret spectacle

The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which took place in Shanghai, China, is all wrapped up now but the talk about it is far from over.

The angels, the costumes and the stage were spectacular. The music was selected well. The audience was pumped. The atmosphere — electrifying. And since we’ve been following closely the preparations, the workouts, the costumes and all the drama leading up to the show, we wanted to share some thoughts post broadcast as well.

Hard work does pay off

It is needless to say that the models looked gorgeous. But this flawless look was the result of monumental work, patience, dedication and discipline. And while some chose to criticize the show for projecting unrealistic expectations and even for planting insecurities, we chose to look at it as a source for inspiration and motivation. #TheGlamWorkoutWay!

This year there were also several emotional moments that were not quite in line with the usual cheerful feel.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s emotional goodbye

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you, in case you haven’t heard, that this year’s show was Alessandra Ambrosio’s last one for Victoria’s Secret. It is hard to imagine Victoria’s Secret without her energy and gorgeous looks. They have become such a staple for the brand. Alessandra’s leave marks definitely an end of an era.

Her last walk on the runway was beyond stunning. She just rocked it and owned it! If she felt it was the right time for an exit, it definitely was a graceful and a very memorable one. It was a brave decision and she handled it well, despite the added pressure of the rolling cameras. Do you think she made the right choice? 

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VS vs Balman

A first! This year French designer and creative director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, collaborated with Victoria’s Secret on looks for the show and a collection that launched in stores and online in November. The designs were exquisite, definitely elevated the looks to a new level. Many of the items have completely sold out online just days after the launch. We won’t say more.

The rise is more important than the fall

The night was intense for Chinese model Ming Xi. She is our hero from this year’s show. After saying how excited she was to walk the runway in her home city in front of her family and millions around the world, representing her country, she slipped on the train of her costume…. and tumbled to the ground.

Xi recovered fast, Brazilian model Gizele Oliveira offered a hand, the audience cheered her as she walked to the end of the runway. Then the cameras followed Xi backstage and showed her shedding tears. Including this episode in the broadcast prompted a lot of controversy.

While Xi got encouragement from fans, artists, fellow angels and the organizers, many were disappointed that VS and CBS didn’t cut out the fall, as they’ve done in the past with tricky moments. (Like Ariana Grande being hit by Elsa Husk’s props while performing during last year’s show, for example.) Some said the show producers and the network took advantage of the situation to boost ratings, others thought it was encouraging to see something off script that wasn’t oh-so-perfect.

Our take – we don’t think it’s a bad thing to show a fall, it’s part of life, it did happen, and it could indeed be encouraging in some situations. But what we didn’t like was how much time and attention was focused in the broadcast on how uncomfortable and even heartbreaking it must have felt for Xi. That wasn’t cool. Period. And it hints it was indeed left in for marketing purposes. How do you feel about the ordeal?

Our blog is about encouragement and inspiration, so we will point out that VS said on Twitter: “Angels always get back up—cheers to @mengyaoxi for her grace & determination! #VSFashionShow 👏.”

“It’s not about how we fall, it’s about how we get up. #VSFashionShow,” tweeted CBS.

But we want to end this post with Xi’s own words and simply marvel at just how stunning she looked:

“It was no doubt one of the hardest moments I have ever had to go through in my career, especially since the show was taking place in my hometown, in front of my mother’s and my people’s eyes,” said Xi in an Instagram post. “However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me.”

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