Road to the Runway!

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It’s that time of year again where the infamous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show starts to take shape. As the days go by, we are closer and closer to hearing all the fabulous details of whats in store for this years runway extravaganza! It was rumoured that the show would take place in Shanghai, China after the lingerie giant opened a flagship store in in the city earlier this year. The opening of the flagship store will help satisfy the Chinese women’s “desire to keep up with the pace at the forefront of international fashion”. Victoria’s Secret later confirmed the location of Shanghai, China for this years show! 

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VSFS Class of 2016! (http://vspressroom.com/)

Of course there’s going to be a heavenly host of angels walking down the runway this year! Angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge, Taylor Hill, Lais Ribeiro, Josephine Skriver, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Stella Maxwell, Sara Sampaio, Romee Strijd and Martha Hunt will return to the runway once again! In addition, Candice Swanepoel will make her return after being noticeably absent from last year’s show due to giving birth  back in October, 2016.

Confirmed veteran models include: Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Megan Williams, Sanne Vloet, Dilone, Leila Nda, Devon Windsor, Grace Elizabeth, Maggie Laine, Leomie Anderson, Maria Borges, Daniela Braga, Bruna Lirio, Zuri Tibby, Kate Grigorieva, Alanna Arrington, Barbara Fialho, Georgia Fowler, Blanca Padilla, Hereith Paul, Sui He, Liu Wen, Lameka Fox, Xiao Wen Ju, Cindy Bruna, Irina Sharipova, Jourdana Phillips, Ming Xi.

Models making their Victoria’s Secret runway debut include: Roosmarijn De Kok, Amilna Estevao, Victoria Lee, Estelle Chen, Mayowa Nicholas, Nadine Leopold, Aiden Curtis, Alecia Morais, Frida Aasen, Alexina Graham, Vanessa Moody, Julia Belyakova, Grace Bol, Daria Khlystun, Samile Bermannelli, Xin Xie, Gizele Oliveira.

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Parisian fashion house Balmain is partnering with Victoria’s Secret this year and will be sending Olivier Rousteing-designed lingerie down the runway. Not only will the pieces walk the runway, Balmain is also launching a capsule collection for Victoria’s Secret, which will be available to shop after the show airs on the 28th of November on CBS. 

As for who will wear the coveted, diamond encrusted million dollar bra? That honour goes to angel Lais Ribeiro. The 27-year-old has been working with Victoria’s Secret since 2010, but this year will join the ranks of the supermodels who’ve worn the very-special bejewelled bra before her when she hits the Fashion Show runway in Shanghai later this month.

The $2 Million ‘Champagne Nights’ Fantsay Bra weighs more than 600 carats and is handset with diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz. This chest of jewels took over 350 hours to make and was hand-set with almost 6,000 gemstones. 

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Cindy Bruna | Balmain SS/18

The Balmain Army rallies together once again to conquer Paris Fashion Week, descending on the very opulent Garnier’s Opera House. The inspiration for the show and the collection derived from Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing’s visit to the parisian ballet when he was younger! Rousteing says it’s a dream come true to design for the ballet and showcase his collection in such a historic, iconic location.

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The collection itself is probably Balmain’s most fashion-forward yet, featuring a handful of see-through, clear PVC skirts, coats and booties. The designer has managed to make the looks simultaneously dressy and effortless, with power suits and form-fitting dresses adorned with sequins and fringy details. While this is a fresh new fashion-forward look for the fashion house, the collection does stay true to it’s signature ‘Balmain’ style. As always, the Balmain Army featured a heavenly host of supermodels. To walk for Balmain is a top privilege for any model so the only the best of the best walked down the runway. Below are some of the looks worn by the industry’s top models, Including a few comebacks from models Karolina Kurkova and Magdalena Frackowiak who have been absent from fashion weeks for quite some time. 

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Natalie Vodianova | Natasha Poly | Kasia Struss
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Valery Kaufman | Sasha Luss | Bianca Balti
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Ming Xi | Roosmarijn de kok | Josephine Skriver
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Elsa Hosk | Cindy Bruna | Magdalena Frackowiak 
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Dilone | Herieth Paul | Romee Strijd
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Kate Grigorieva | Daniela Braga | Sara Sampaio
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Grace Bol | Riley Montana | Maria Borges 
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Karolina Kurkova | Martha Hunt | Soo Joo Park
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Alessandra Ambrosio | Georgia Fowler | Jourdan Dunn

See the full collection/show below!

 

 

Balmain Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

There’s an interesting collision of cultures at play when it comes to Balmain’s spring-summer 2018 collection. Creative director Olivier tackles a western Americana theme but filters it through a French lens. The American flag dissolves into a sea of stripes and stars as the Balmain man embraces a season of predominantly black and white.

Graphic to say the least, this collection goes bold with Balmain’s signature embellishments. It features elongated tops and tees that come together with flamboyant jackets. Skinny jeans and ankle boots contribute to Balmain’s fashion-friendly uniform. There’s also a hint of fringe and a generous supply of studs which all reinforcing Olivier’s ‘Balmain Army’ appeal. 

Here’s a look book containing some of my favourite pieces from the collection!

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Kate Grigorieva

Kate (27) hails from Russia. Kate started out modelling in 2010 taking part in Miss Russia. Two years later she took part in Miss Russia 2012, where she was a top 10 finalist. In the same year she appeared in the fourth cycle of Top Model po-russki, Russia’s adaptation of Next Top Model along with her sister Valentina. It resulted in Kate being first runner up and her sister Valentina second runner up. Kate was signed with modelling agency ZMGROUP. After her appearance in Top Model po-russki, modelling agency The Lions New York displayed interest in signing her. This eventually led to Grigorieva’s debut at New York Fashion Week in 2014.

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Kate | Paris Fashion Week Street Style

Kate took the fashion wold by STORM as she was chosen by top modelling site models.com as one of the top newcomers of the Fall/Winter 2014 season, and has since walked for Givenchy, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana , Celine, Elie Saab, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Giambattista Villi,  Moschino, and others. She opened for the 2015 Spring/Summer collections of Dsquared and Stella McCartney. She has appeared in catalogs for Victoria’s Secret, and has also been featured in editorials of numerous magazines including several national editions of VOGUE. 

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Jeremy Scott | Herve Lerger | Balmain | Moschino

On 2nd December 2014, Grigorieva made her debut at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London. She appeared in two segments, ‘Exotic Traveller’ and ‘Angel Ball’ alongside performers Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

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Kate’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut | 2014
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VSFS 2014, London | VSFS 2015, New York City | VSFS 2016, Paris

In April 2015, she was announced as one of ten new Victoria’s Secret Angels alongside Lais Ribeiro, Jac Jagaciak, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill. In July 2015, she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret TV commercial Body by Victoria. 

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Stella Maxwell, Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes, Taylor Hill, Kate Grigorieva, Elsa Hosk, Jac Jagaciak, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd & Lais Ribeiro 

1 year later she parted with the brand disregarding her ‘Angel’ status, however she continues to attend the VSFS casting each year and walk for the annual runway show. Kate is still a favourite among many designers and photographers in the fashion industry, walking for major brands and designers during each and every fashion week. Kate has a degree in marketing and is continually studying english to help her communicate better with clients. 8 months prior to her first major casting she didn’t speak a word of english! Follow her via her Instagram below! 

 

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