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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.

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


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A playful take on deconstructed America provided sly topical commentary.


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


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


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


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A veritable manifesto for the future.


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Americana wittily transposed with the moment's ladylike sensibility.


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


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


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


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


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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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