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Vicky’s Class of 2015 December 28, 2015

Posted by Alex Sawit in Happenings at the Shop.

By Alex Sawit

December 28, 2015




   What is it that they say in America…if you’re gonna talk the talk, you better walk the walk? Or as they prefer to say in England, don’t be all talk and no trousers?

   After last year’s running in London of this most spectacular lingerie show on earth, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 in New York was something of a letdown for audiences here at Cyrano Wine Shop, where it is a tradition to screen the show immediately after its televised broadcast in the U.S. (the American primetime broadcast was on the morning of Dec. 9 Philippine time; the moment it became available via torrent, we finished downloading it in just over three hours and then screened it four hours later at the shop, beating the regional cable TV telecast that evening on Star World).

   “Hindi ko masyadong gusto yung Victoria’s Secret ngayong taon kaysa noong nakaraan,” commented my senior steward, Feona, who echoed my disappointment that this year’s show didn’t have enough going on to make it anywhere close to being as iconic as last year’s.

   There are two reasons for that. First, the song performances by the Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, and Selena Gomez just didn’t gel with each other in succession. Despite the presence of Goulding, who was the best vocalist among this year’s performers and whose Love Me Like You Do was the standout song of the show, the overall lack of soul in this year’s music was quite noticeable. It’s no surprise, considering that the Weeknd has never pretended that his music is anything more than fluff, and Selena Gomez…well, post-show critics accused her of lip-synching, but rightly or wrongly that only underscores the challenges she has in the area of voice projection.


Selena Gomez partied with Me & My Girls and the lip-sync accusations poured in.


   “But nobody watches Selena Gomez because of how she sings,” charitably pointed Bernice, one of the owners of The Curator at the back of Cyrano, after the screening. “They watch her because she’s hot!”

   Speaking of hot, this brings us to the second reason. The star power on the runway diminished significantly this year with the retirements from the show of two of their most beloved endorsers, Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss; both were released due to increasing schedule conflicts with Victoria’s Secret (Doutzen has major commitments to other brands, while Karlie is now studying at NYU). Even the highly anticipated addition of rising stars like Kendall Jenner, who is unused to this kind of runway event, couldn’t make up for the shortfall, at least not for this year’s show.

   “She’s still nervous,” commented Cyrano’s music director, Kristine, as she watched Kendall walk during the show’s opening segment, explaining that the stunning brunette will eventually acquire a more curvaceous walking style once she gets used to it. “Pero and ganda ng mukha nito. I like this girl’s face. She’s beautiful and she gets her looks from her mom (Kristen Mary Houghton).”

   The VS newbie who generated the most buzz at the shop, however, was Kendall’s close friend and fellow VS star-on-the-rise, Gigi Hadid.

   “Sir, ‘yan si Gigi Hadid!” blurted Feona.

   My reaction was, in one word, “kaboom”.


The stunning Kendall Jenner…


…and that bombshell Gigi Hadid…kaboom!


   Who would have guessed that a girl wearing baggy, full-length firefighter’s pants with work boots as a costume would prove to be the most arresting sight on a night teeming with skimpier-clad ladies everywhere? The fact that the telecast included a special segment introducing audiences to a bubbly Gigi should serve as a clue that VS has big plans for this young woman. Let’s just hope VS won’t quibble about promoting both Kendall and Gigi as official brand endorsers as soon as possible, especially since the word is out that a few more Angels may be retiring from the show next year (thankfully, Candice Swanepoel with her mind-blowing hips is staying for the foreseeable future).

   Yeah, I can forgive the letdown. I’ll be replaying the 2015 show for Cyrano friends till the end of the year (and as often as requested beyond that), mindful that in Gigi they’ve found a diamond in the rough who will be polished to perfection by next year’s screening at the shop. With vivacious speech and a bombshell hip-sway in her stride, this is one sassy girl who can talk the talk and walk the walk – in this case, literally in trousers.



[ To read last year’s post about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, go to Vicky’s Class of 2014 ]







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