Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

The 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion show truly captured this moment in lingerie fashion: a fantasia of contrasting influences drawing on art, history, world cultures and, um, weightlifting. Truly a triumph of the form.

Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

A bold mixture of femininity and menswear influences: completely of the moment.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

A playful take on deconstructed America provided sly topical commentary.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

References to op art and bold splashes of color made for arresting contrast.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

Hard and soft, Eastern and Western: a master's thesis in a thong.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

Denim was everywhere on the runways this year: this tongue-in-cheek exegesis was no exception.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

A veritable manifesto for the future.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

Americana wittily transposed with the moment's ladylike sensibility.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

The collection's real triumph was its total wearability for the average woman.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

One unifying concept was that of "love" — examined, reinterpreted, worshiped.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

At other points, "nature" was clearly the designer's inspiration.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

Traditionally aggressive shapes were softened, chastened and feminized in a symphony of conceptual and actual.


Witness The Absurdity Of The Victoria's Secret ShowS

If the collection had to be summed up in one sentence, it would probably be model Lily Donaldson's words: "We've all got amazing bodies, obviously."



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