The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party took place on Monday (November 20) in Shanghai, China, with a wide ranging mix of styles.
I decided to split them into categories this year staring with: My Favourites.
Cindy Bruna: This Brandon Maxwell Spring 2017 suit originally stormed the runway with a blouse, but Cindy made the look her own by opting to go without. The excessive boobage might turn off some, but I’m more intrigued by the impeccable tailoring.
Maria Borges: I’m a huge fan of Maria’s style, but I was blown away when she opted to wear this Tiffany Amber gown which proudly showcased her African roots. The dress, the belt and head wrap are gorgeous, but it’s the ‘going against the grain’ statement which I find most endearing.
Jourdana Phillips: You can’t get much chicer than a cream tuxedo dress styled with gold Giuseppe Zanotti rose-gold sandals.
Both showcased that you can work an alluring look with a high level of sophistication.
Not-So Nude Underwear
Lining the looks wouldn’t have worked for these ladies, as celebrating skin was their red carpet M.O.
The Jekyll and Hyde Dresses
Alessandra Ambrosio (in Versace Fall 2017 with Gianvito Rossi ‘Aleris’ sandals), Candice Swanepoel (in Aadnevik Spring 2018) and Georgia Fowler (in Julien Macdonald Fall 2017) with a Tyler Ellis clutch) all opted for what I call split personality dresses.
Alessandra Ambrosio: Is it a gown or is it a mini dress?
Candice Swanepoel: Does this dress want to stay on or fall off?
Georgia Fowler: Is it a dress or is it a bikini? One thing it definitely is, is a rerun.
Questions I need the answers to.
One Sleeve, One Arm Pose
Karlie Kloss: My wish is that this look didn’t feel so one note.
Adriana Lima: This Mugler dress didn’t quite work for Adriana. Kudos for doing something new, but I found this look very awkward and unflattering.
Bella Hadid: There seems to be a distinct correlation between Bella Hadid and risqué red dresses. Especially those created by Alexandre Vauthier. Her bustier gown was styled with Gianvito Rossi ‘Manhattan’ sandals.
Jasmine Tookes: The model smoldered on the pink carpet. While some may feel her dress leaves little to the imagination, I love the intricate embroidery. She styled the look with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals.
Lais Ribeiro: Between the colour and the embellishments, this Zuhair Murad Spring 2017 Couture look was my favourite of the red trio. I especially love that she styled her look with rose-gold Giuseppe Zanotti sandals rather than black sandals.
Liu Wen: Even with the sheer top, I found myself underwhelmed by Liu’s offering, which is a surprising first.
Sara Sampaio: I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes at seeing Sara rocking granny panties with her Naeem Khan Spring 2018 gown, but at least she’s wearing them. The look was styled with Messika jewels.
Martha Hunt: Letting her legs do all the talking, the model wore a simple Priscavera Spring 2018 ultra mini which felt so very fresh.
Herieth Paul: You may not be instantly wowed by this Tom Ford gold frock, but I urge you to check out the back. Nude Christian Louboutin pumps completed her look.
Romee Strijd: There’s a lot going on with Romee’s Raisa and Vanessa Spring 2018 Couture dress, but I love every last detail, especially the fringing. This what you call a party frock.
Ming Xi: I’m usually a huge fan of Paco Rabanne’s signature chainmail dresses, but this one had a bit too many nips and tucks for me.
Leomie Anderson: The models Lê Thanh Hoà gown was beautiful, but a tad dated.