First look at the new Victoria's Secret swimwear collection (if only we could look like Angels Candice and Doutzen in it too)
17:46 GMT, 29 August 2012
Victoria's Secret has released images from an upcoming September catalogue, starring Angels Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.
The two supermodels look sensational in the lingerie giant's new swimwear line-up, which features geometric spots, stripes and zig-zags, as well as animal-inspired prints in an array of bright, punchy hues.
Also modelling the range is Brazilian beauty Lais Ribeiro, who sports a Hawaiian-inspired floral bikini in one shot, and a more demure black one-piece in another.
Angel attitude: Supermodels Doutzeon Kroes (left) and Candice Swanepoel (right) take centre-stage in Victoria's Secret's new September catalogue
New collection: South African-born Candice looks sensational in a coral two-piece from the latest line
The shoot took place in late July in Turks and
Caicos, hence the idyllic beach set.
The trio of models can be seen standing in the shallows, or kneeling at the water's edge striking the sexy poses that the Angels are so well-known for.
The images, which were only officially released today, were teh subject of controversy earlier this month when a set of unretouched photographs from the shoot were accidentally posted on a public area of the Victoria's Secret website.
Mix and match: Candice shows how stripes and block colours can be worn as mixed or matching sets
Animal magic: Zebra stripes and a bright yellow flower print also make an appearance
Three ways with leopard: Supermodel Candice shows us how it's done…
They then appeared on The Fashion
Spot and Jezebel, before being taken down shortly afterwards, presumably
at the request of Victoria's Secret.
Despite not having been online for
long, the images attracted plenty of attention because they revealed
just how much Photoshop work takes place on Victoria's Secret imagery.
Even women as perfect-looking as Candice,
Doutzen and Lais are not immune to the retoucher's airbrush, which is
used to even skin tone, iron out skin creases and sometimes even boost
breast size and slim waists.
Yummy mummy: Doutzen's body, in particular, is astonishing, given that she is a mother as well
Prints charming: The mom-of-one works a geometric-patterned bikini (left) and a floral number (right)
Victoria's Secret is famously
aggressive when it comes to Photoshop, and has been known to give models
bizarrely-shaped thighs and even once erased a model's arm.
The new catalogue images thankfully don't display any glaring errors. Candice, Lais and Doutzen are all flawlessly airbrushed, but are at least in one piece.
Doutzen's body, in particular, is astonishing, given that she is a mother as well. Her son, Phyllon, will be two in January.
Amazing Lais: Also modelling the range is Brazilian beauty Lais Ribeiro, who sports a Hawaiian-inspired floral bikini in one shot (left), and a more demure black one-piece in another (right)
Idyllic: The shoot took place in late July in Turks and Caicos, hence the beautiful beach backdrop
Colour-blocking: Candice models the same halter top in three different hues