The annual extravaganza that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was held at The 69th Regiment Armory in Kips Bay, New York. Renowned for its over-the-top aesthetic this year it didn’t disappoint, with 38 models, 69 outfits and 31 pairs of Angel wings coming down the runway.

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Candice Swanepoel on the runway for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Image: Getty

Candice Swanepoel was the first down the runway for the ballet-themed section of the event. She wore a purple tutu and Basque with matching wings and was thrilled to be taking part. “It’s so extravagant this year,” she enthused.

More themes followed, among them Super Angels, Passion, Angels Aquatic, I Put A Spell On You and Club Pink. Other models to strut their stuff included Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss and Erin Heatherton.

They were all dressed up as superheroes and walked to a soundtrack provided live by Kanye West. The hip-hip star had a surprise of his own, inviting Jay-Z to rap along with him.

It was Karlie’s first time on the runway. She wore several outfits, among them a plunging pink one-piece with thigh-high gold boots and a silver Basque with light-up wings.

“I have goosebumps thinking about tonight, I’m definitely a little nervous. I just hope I don’t knock anybody out with my wings, that’s all I’m worried about. 

“And I think Kanye [West] is on stage while I have those big wings on, so I’ll have to tell him, ‘Kanye, get out of the way, because these wings are coming through!’ They are ‒ I’m not joking ‒ they’re huge,” she told fashionologie before the event.

Also performing last night were Maroon 5, with singer Adam Levine grabbing his model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsina’s hand and singing to her as she walked the runway.

Models are encouraged to smile, wink and wave as they make their way down the catwalk, with Chanel Iman taking things a step further by pulling a cord to inflate a parachute around her shoulders.

Miranda Kerr had the luxury of donning this year’s Fantasy Treasure Bra worth $3.23 million, with her husband Orlando Bloom looking on proudly from the audience.

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Miranda Kerr in the $3.23 million Fantasy Treasure Bra (above left) & Alessandro Ambrosio wearing the Passion Play Fan Wings which are made of copper & gold with 105,000 Swarovski crystals and took 7 years to make. Images: Getty

Other models to walk included Alessandro Ambrosio, who got to wear the Passion Play Fan Wings which took seven years to make. They are made of copper and gold with 105,000 Swarovski crystals and weigh 22lbs. “It’s definitely the heaviest wings they’ve ever made for Victoria’s Secret. I tried to strengthen my back a little bit,” she said.

Lily Donaldson, Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge also took part. © COVER MEDIA