End of an era — Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cancelled

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been officially cancelled for 2019.

Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio walk the runway for the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Bosses at L Brands, the parent company of the American lingerie label, have decided to not host the annual catwalk extravaganza and confirmed the decision during a call with financial analysts on Thursday (Nov 21).

“We think it’s important to evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret”

— Stuart Burgdoerfer

L Brands’ chief financial officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said the decision has been made to not go ahead with the runway show – famous for the Victoria’s Secret Angels showcasing the brand’s lingerie as the world’s biggest pop stars perform – whilst the label figures out how to “advance the positioning of the brand”.

Looks from the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret
Models showcasing all the looks for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Stuart said: “As communicated previously, we think it’s important to evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret, that is happening in certain respects now and I think there will be more to come. And with that said, we’re figuring out how to advance the positioning of the brand and best communicate that to customers.”

The news comes after sales of the lingerie brand continue to decline.

Sales have fallen by seven per cent this season, compared to a two per cent drop last year but the brand has continued to drop across the entire year from 2016.

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However, Stuart has downplayed the company’s financial state and put the blame on the televised show’s falling ratings in 2018.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has featured top models such as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Elsa Hosk and Karlie Kloss as well as Bella and Gigi Hadid, have participated in recent events and pop stars to perform have included Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga.

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Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret hired its first transgender model this year.

After causing controversy in 2018 when chief marketing officer Ed Razek claimed trans women were not part of the label’s “fantasy”, Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio was unveiled as the newest addition to the company’s roster.