Models are gearing up for one of the biggest runway events in the world: The . Over 30 models confirmed via social media that they are walking in this year's show. Some notable returnees are Sui He, Shanina Shayk, Zuri Tibby, and Devon Windsor. Most recently, the brand announced the return of model , after a three-year absence from the runway (she took the time off for her pregnancies). Meanwhile, 21-year-old Kelsey Merritt made headlines for becoming the first Filipino model to walk in the VSFS.
Questions remain: Will Bella Hadid walk? Who are the performers? (In the past, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and The Weeknd have all sang on stage.) And, most importantly: When exactly is the show? Though my guess would be early November, based on last year's runway spectacle, Victoria's Secret hasn't confirmed anything yet.
The lingerie giant, however, did reveal a key piece to the show puzzle. The retailer announced on Instagram that this season's show will return to—wait for it—New York City (!!). The last time the show was held in the big apple was 2015. For the past two years, the runway has been hosted abroad—Paris in 2016 and Shanghai in 2017—but it seems the pull of NYC was just too strong this year.
In addition, Charlotte Tilbury will be doing while designer Mary Katrantzou will reveal a capsule collection with Victoria's Secret during the runway show. The pieces will also be available to shop.
"I wanted the collection to be colorful and uplifting, bold, and strong. It’s designed to empower women to have fun with their undergarments and feel free to explore pattern and color as a second skin,” she said to . “The pieces can be worn as undergarments or as actual clothing, so all the fabrications have dual purpose. I wanted to stay true to our brand heritage, so pattern and color are integral to the collection, but we always kept the girl central to the design process."
As for the footwear the models will be wearing on the runway, designer Brian Atwood will create the shoes once again. He confirmed the news on his own Instagram and in the process, hinted both Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner will walk in the show. Though neither Victoria's Secret nor the ladies have confirmed these details.
Stay tuned for more details as we have them.