Music and fashion took center stage at CBS' Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, as some of the world's top models walked the catwalk for Tuesday's one-hour lingerie-filled TV special.
Taped Nov. 8 in New York, the 2012 event featured Victoria Secret "Angels" Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldrige, Erin Heatherton, among other models.
Rihanna rocked the lingerie look, providing the highlight of the live-music soundtrack and holding her own on the catwalk with some of the world's top models.
And those models even had props, including Lima's ringmaster wand, Kroes' body cage and several pairs of the oversized wings that the retailer has made its signature. It would be a close contest who got the biggest wings: Toni Garrn's giant poppy pair or Miranda Kerr's swan-style feathered pouf. Only Aldridge could boast star-spangled wings that shot out silver sparkles.
The fashion show has become a pre-holiday season tradition for the retailer. Music filled the stage, too. Bruno Mars sang "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Young Girls," while Bieber performed "Beauty and the Beat" and "As Long as You Love Me.
For his first song, "Beauty and the Beat," Bieber, wearing low-slung white pants and a white leather studded vest, sat alone with his guitarist in the mellowest part of the show. For "As Long As You Love Me," however, he brought in backup dancers and interacted with the models while moving around a giant makeshift pinball machine.
"It's like a dream come true," Bieber said before the show. "I would rather be here than anywhere in the world." Shortly after the show's taping, there were reports that Bieber was cozying up with Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin.
This year's star-studded special kicked off with an announcer noting that Victoria's Secret and CBS had each donated to superstorm Sandy relief efforts. The announcement also thanked the National Guard members based out of the Lexington Avenue Armory in Manhattan, where the annual show takes place.
Alessandra Ambrosio donned the jewel-heavy $2.5 million "Fantasy Bra." Created by London Jewelers, it featured amethysts, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, including a 20-carat white diamond in the center.
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