Aside from the seasonal fashion shows in the major style capitals, the single biggest event in the fashion calendar is no doubt the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It’s a production of an otherworldly scale: A-list performers are engaged to perform their chart-toppers, the models go through rigorous training routines that last for weeks, and it’ll go on to air in 190 countries during the holiday season.
However, despite all that success, the show has always manages to generate some form of controversy, mostly regarding the diversity of its casting. This year, Victoria’s Secret executive Ed Razek made headlines for a problematic interview on Vogue when he stated that he would not put a trans model on the runway “because the show is a fantasy.” Cue the immediate backlash from outspoken advocates, including current and former angels Kendall Jenner, Lily Aldridge, and Karlie Kloss. Would this year’s show stand up against all this PR storm? We’ll just have to wait till 2 December to find out. Meanwhile, keep reading for more fashion news from this week.
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Victoria’s Secret veteran Adriana Lima walks her last VS Fashion Show
After 18 years as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima is finally hanging up her wings. The 37-year-old Brazillian supermodel announced her retirement in a highlight reel of her past fashion shows, including some funny snippets of backstage havoc. Since her debut on the catwalk in 1999, the bombshell has worn the coveted Fantasy Bra three times, a feat only equalled by Heidi Klum.
Lima’s final appearance last week was an emotional affair, as the crowd collectively stood in applause as the mother-of-two took her final bow in tears. A video tribute was also played declaring her the “greatest Angel of all time.”
Ezra Miller takes a huge risk on the red carpet in Moncler Genius by Pierpaolo Piccioli
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Usually, when men appear on red carpets, it’s either in a tuxedo or a variation of a suit with shorts. Not Ezra Miller. The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald actor showed up to the movie’s premiere in Paris in what might have been the boldest fashion choice of the year, and effectively shut down the carpet.
Wearing one of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s creations for his capsule collection with Moncler Genius, Miller looked ready for the winter chill in a black floor-length puffer coat. It’s just one of the gender-bending daredevil’s many fashion antics, as he has consistently pushed the boundaries of traditional sartorial rules.
The Melbourne Cup brings out the best race-day fashions from down under
Race day is the one day in the equestrian calendar where the bourgeoisie can dress up even more extravagantly than they do for fashion week and get away with it. Down under in Australia, it was Melbourne Cup that kicked off the spring racing season, and with it came sharp suits, slick hairstyles, and towering fascinators.
Some of our favourite looks off the course include this duo-toned suit from the menswear label By Him as seen on the stylist Elliot Garnaut. The contrasting navy and cream colours would make anyone look like the most stylish supervillain from the Batman series.
Marc Jacobs is reissuing his 90s Perry Ellis grunge collection exactly as it was
#Repost @marcjacobs ・・・ @GigiHadid is one of the world’s most beautiful girls both inside and out. She is wearing one of the prettiest looks from Grunge that was originally worn by my friend and one of my all time favorite beauties….the extraordinary Cecilia Chancellor.” – @TheMarcJacobs — Picture 1: @GigiHadid photographed by Juergen Teller for #ReduxGrunge Picture 2: @CeciliaChancellor in the @PerryEllis Spring 1993 Grunge show. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would like to mention here that the hair for my Perry Ellis Grunge show was done (or undone as the case was) by the brilliant, handsome and oh so talented Oribe @oribecanales The original make up (there wasn’t any!) by the legendary Kevyn Aucoin.🙏🏼♥️
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It seems like nostalgia isn’t for retro sneakers and bags. In a treat for all the grunge kids, Marc Jacobs is reissuing his Perry Ellis Spring 1993 grunge collection in its entirety. Yes, this means all the accessories and apparel from that infamous and iconic season will be back on the shelves, 25 years later, in the same fabrics and embroideries.
Titled Redux Grunge, the collection will feature a total of 26 looks that more than two decades ago drew a ton of flak from the most esteemed fashion critics. Cathy Horyn, who was one of the most outspoken against the grunge trend, recanted her opinion three years ago. “When I look back on that night, I am struck by an altogether different thought: Why were those of us in attendance such a miserable chorus of condemners?” She wrote in a op-ed on The Cut. “More than 20 years on, I find myself questioning my own reaction to the show, the violet-scented peevishness of my tone.” Thankfully, the fashion hivemind has since evolved, and even Perry Ellis has given their blessing for this collection to go ahead.
The collection is available for pre-order now on marcjacobs.com.