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Boom boom boom, gotta get-get
Boom boom boom, gotta get-get
Boom boom boom, now…

With that, the Black Eyed Peas opened the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Alessandra Ambrosio led off the show in some ridiculous ensemble that only Victoria’s Secret can get away with, followed by a bevy of beauties traveling through the galaxy in their skivvies.  It was a spectacular start to an annual event that in recent years has lost its archangels Tyra, Gisele, and temporarily Adriana, leaving helium-voiced Heidi to shoulder the awesome responsibility of collecting seven figures for working a couple of months of the year. Despite being a Heidi-phile, I came this close to declaring that she could have stayed home with newborn Lou Sulola and her other Seal pups, because between the Black Eyed Peas and a great cast of models, I was settling in for a great escape.  Until the Victoria’s Secret Model Search, that is…

Seldom have I seen something so good go bad so quickly, and despite my hopes that VS’ quest to pluck some girl from obscurity would last three minutes at most, it kept going on and on and on.  Truthfully, the model search was not bad, it just wasn’t what I signed up for.  They should have made it its own special and aired it on CBS or The WB.  But in between watching amateurs trying to fulfill their life’s dream of walking the VS runway,  they did manage to squeeze in some of the best models in the world strutting their stuff. 

Doutzen Kroes opened the All Aboard segment, which featured models wearing dainties from yesteryear.  I was not crazy about the music choice, but the outfits were great.  Marisa Miller presented the Million Dollar Bra, which in these recessionary times did not include matching sparkly panties.  Bubbly Behati Prinsloo led the PINK Planet parade, and for the first time I was able to enjoy PINK’s schoolyard energy without visions of To Catch a Predator dancing in my head.  For a moment, I thought that the show was going to to get back on track, but my hopes were dashed when yet another installment of the model search came on. 

The Black Eyed Peas were up next to perform a model-less song, and contrary to the title of their current album, the energy had died; still Fergie
worked that green corset-open skirt combo.  The Black Eyed Peas’ performance was followed by Transformers Director Michael Bay’s commercial for VS. Under normal circumstances, I would have found it too apocalyptic, but at this juncture its theatricality was welcome.  Next up was Enchanted Forest, and when Heidi Klum stepped on stage, the crowd erupted into loud applause.  

If I wasn’t so put off by the Model Search, I would have probably appreciated the flora and fauna themed lingerie more.  Unlike the show producers, all I took note of was that some big breasted blond girl named Kylie beat out another big breasted blond girl named Jamie Lee…THE END (although I do want to know how they were able to inform the winner that she won based on votes cast on December 1 when the actual show occurred on November 19).  

That said, Miranda Miller opened the last segment, Romantic Journey, which spent a considerable amount of time on Angel for a Day Kylie, and the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show ended with what appeared to be the stingiest finale ever.  So the show that started out with a bang (or boom) went out with a whimper.  Now, the runway portion of the show was quite good – it’s just that the problem was that the great cast and clothes were overshadowed by the contest.

The Standouts
The Most Valuable Player award goes to Abbey Lee Kershaw (who I used to hate) for pointing, kissing, and shaking three VS looks, and for providing two of the best moments with a booty-flashing ‘call me’ move, and a memorable shimmy with the Black Eyed Peas.  Expect to see that on the Best of reels for years to come.

Candice Swanepoel gets points for being so darn pretty.  Miranda Kerr scores for flashing her dimples, coming and going.

Former Angel Selita Ebanks was notable for remaining an enthusiastic booster for the VS brand with her pre-show tweets, backstage commentary, and joyous runway walks. Maryna Linchuk, Sessilee Lopez, and the aforementioned Abbey Lee Kershaw win for impressive sophomore performances.

New girls Aminata Niaria, Anastasia Kuznetsova, Anja Rubik, Anna Jagodzinska, Chanel Iman, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Enikő Mihalik, Liu Wen
and Lyndsey Scott succeeded in their high fashion crossover to reach the pinnacle of commercial modeling.  At the risk of sounding sappy, the future of VS and fashion in general is in good hands with these ladies.

Except for Heidi, who they can never get right, the costumes were a high point, and the hair and makeup was a vast improvement over last year.

The casting director certainly assembled a great group of models representing diversity across multiple dimensions – ethnicity, body types, and looks.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.