Old Hollywood's glitz and glamour returned to the Fontainebleau Hotel Saturday night as the recently renovated resort played host to the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
In the '50s and '60s, the Fontainebleau was a bee's nest of celebrity activity: Frank Sinatra played the nightclub. Jerry Lewis filmed The Bellboy. Sean Connery's James Bond swam in the pool in Goldfinger.
On this night, Paris Hilton struck a pose on the pink carpet. Heidi Klum
primped and prepped backstage for the catwalk. Robert Duvall and James Caan arrived as a team to work the crowd.
From the humid air to the no-holds-barred attitude, the scene was steamy as A-listers convened to watch the annual fashion show and celebrate the reinvigoration of the resort. The show was taped for broadcast on Dec. 3 (CBS, 10 p.m. ET/PT).
Iron Man star Terrence Howard was pointedly honest from the front row: "I'd rather see beautiful lingerie lying on the floor."
The lingerie line's holiday-themed event featured a full orchestra, a glitter-drenched runway, 35 models and two performances by Usher. Victoria's Secret veteran Heidi Klum walked the runway only three times, but her showstopping gift-bow wings closed the festivities with panache. Husband Seal watched from the front row, flanked by pals Lenny Kravitz, Mario Lopez and Howard.
Among the other stars in attendance: musicians Diddy, Mario and Cee-Lo; actors Kyle McLachlan, Sanaa Lathan, Amanda Bynes, Gabrielle Union, Molly Sims, Becki Newton and Michelle Trachtenberg; athletes Jeff Gordon and Amanda Beard, and a slew of reality stars, including Paris Hilton, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari.
In addition to Usher's medley of old and new hits, including Yeah! and This Ain't Sex, models hit the runway to the thumping tunes of Chris Brown and Kanye West while a shower of synthetic rose petals rained down. The couture collection of sparkling bras, panties, coats and dresses marks the first time the show featured "full-on collection flavor," chief costume designer Todd Thomas said. "This year's focus is glamour, sophistication and the return to elegance."
The ramped-up glamour was a hit.
"I thought it was beautiful," Hilton said. "Breathtaking."
The show featured a $5 million, 1,500-carat bra worn by Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima — an extravagance in tough economic times. But Klum said there's no need to dwell on the negative. "You always have to look forward even when times are bad," she said. "You have to look to the future."
That's just what Klum's former Project Runway protégé Christian Siriano is doing. Siriano said he's working on a book, designs for movie costumes and a new Egypt-inspired collection. The projects "will be out of control," he promised. "You will die."
Outside the elaborate poolside tent that housed the show, stars marveled at the 54-year-old Fontainebleau's $1 billion face-lift.
"It's extraordinary," George Hamilton said. "It's going to change the landscape. It's just what Miami needs."
The 1,504-room luxury hotel sits on 22 acres. It features 11 restaurants and a 40,000-square-foot spa.
"I think it's great," Martha Stewart said. "They're trying so hard to make everyone comfortable."
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