All eyes were supposed to be on the models (well, and the lingerie they were modelling, of course) but ours couldn’t help drifting to something even more sparkly than their glowing skin and sheeny limbs.
The Victoria’s Secret show took place in Paris on Wednesday (it’ll air on US TVs tomorrow), and the jewels adorning the models’ throats, ears and arms was truly something to behold.
And while the underwear may come courtesy of America, those precious pieces were crafted a little closer to home.
Lebanese jewellers Mouawad were the masterminds behind the show’s accessories, and sent a dazzling US$12 million (Dhs44 million) worth of jewels down the catwalk.
The luxury label, which has headquarters in Switzerland and Dubai, was founded in 1891, and has been working with the lingerie giants for 16 years.
Mouawad has produced several of Victoria’s Secret’s Fantasy bras, the super-expensive, bejewelled piece that’s the pinnacle of every year’s show (although this year’s was made by US designer Eddie Borgo).
Instead, Mouawad sent its Masterpiece Collection down the 2016 catwalk, decking out a number of VS models in the one-of-a-kind creations.
“The jewels which shined on this year’s glamorous runway were specifically selected to complement the intricate designs of the lingerie worn by each model,” said brand co-guardian Pascal Mouawad.
Every piece was crafted with white gold and diamonds, with several blending in other fine gems and precious metals. The most expensive set on the night was a made up of a gold and diamond necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring, totalling 72 carats and worth US$3.2 million. The cheapest? A total steal at US$685,000 for a four-piece jewellery set.
Our Christmas wishlist just got a new addition (that we are aware has no hope of coming to fruition…).