FINALLY! I am sitting down and writing about my time with the Victoria’s Secret models in Paris last year. I wrote a feature for the Sunday Indo on the one and only Stella Maxwell from this trip, but there is so much more to be said on the experience as a whole.
It was the Victoria’s Secret fashion show of 2016 – a brand name that draws excited breath from men, women and teenagers alike. Founded in the late 70’s, the brand has always pulled the most beautiful women together for an exciting, heavily stylised and fanciful show each year, a tradition they continue to this day. The super models of the past, present and future have paid or will likely all pay, a visit to this catwalk at some point in their lives.
The 2016 show was a collaboration with Max Factor, with whom I ventured to Paris. The benefits of working in the beauty industry rearing their heads once more.
I arrived at the Hilton Paris Opera around lunchtime, the day before the show and that evening enjoyed dinner with the lovely Nicola Hulme from the Max Factor PR team and Caroline Barnes, a fabulous international make-up artist and Max factor ambassador. We gabbed about the coming show, excited and ready for it, before getting an early night.
The next day Nicola took me to meet my very own Victoria Secret’s chaperone for the show, a woman with one of my favourite names to date, Mai Aristoteli, before we headed on to the main event. FYI dress code was smart casual – does a Dolce & Gabbanna headpiece count?
The Grand Palais was teeming with excitement. Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga were two of the headlining acts of the night, so you can imagine the buzz. Have a look below at the pics I snapped on the day. I even managed to get Yolanda Hadid to strike a pose with me!