Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima reveal Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras – Los Angeles Times
Victoria’s Secret models Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio presented $4-million worth of Fantasy Bras to the public Monday as the lingerie retailer doubled down on the luxe offering that’s always a highlight of its annual fashion show.
Yep, come December in London, where the fashion show has relocated to this year from New York, the models will strut the runway as a team to display not one but two of the over-the-top creations.
“Every year, the models, we always get nervous to see who is going to get to wear the bra this year … it’s the first time we’re going to have two Fantasy Bras on the fashion show,” Lima said on “GMA,” noting that she was “honored” to be on tap to walk with good friend Ambrosio, a fellow Brazilian.
Alas, the ladies didn’t don the sparkly, skimpy garments during the “Good Morning America” appearance — the television audience has to wait until Dec. 9 to see that in living color — but instead gave the audience a good look at mannequins clad in the complicated ensembles, which are made up of more than just bejeweled brassieres.
Each 2014 bra designed by jeweler Pascal Mouawad contains 16,000 gems and is accompanied by body pieces for the arms, legs, stomach and neck strung with 18-karat gold, People said. Almost 1,400 hours of work was required to create the outfits, studded with sapphires, rubies and diamonds.
Still, even at $2 million each, the newest Fantasy Bras combined don’t hit the mark set by the one Candice Swanepoel modeled last year. That getup, which included a coordinating belt and featured a 52-carat pear-shaped ruby at the bra’s center, was worth $10 million.
And the priciest Fantasy Bra was the $15-million number sported by Gisele Bunchen in 2000, before the show was televised.
Lima, incidentally, would love to see Elton John and Prince Harry attend the invitation-only show — or so she said in April when she and Swanepoel announced the event would be held in London.
The prince “definitely has a front-row seat” should he decide to attend, Lima told the Cut at the time. The live event will be held Dec. 2 at London’s Earl’s Court.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which has also been held in Miami and Los Angeles, is now broadcast to nearly 200 countries. The first Fantasy Bra debuted in 1996, the year after the show originated; network TV picked up the event starting in 2001.
In addition to a host of entertainers and Lima, Ambrosio and Swanepoel, models Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss and Lindsay Ellingson will also be among those on the runway in December.
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