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Victoria’s Secret Drops a “Bombshell” Pop-Up

PORTFOLIO: The captivating project drew 93,000 visitors and an unannounced visit of a pop star




IN TIME FOR THIS Mother’s Day, Victoria’s Secret dropped a bombshell on The High Line this spring – a 10,000-square-foot pop-up devoted to its Bombshell product, its best-selling fragrance launched in 2010.

Running May 3-9, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Gardens transformed a 500-foot space (from 14th to 16th streets) into a high-energy experience with fresh-cut florals and greenery, special events and music in New York City’s elevated park.

📷 Adrian Wilson, New York

Victoria’s Secret collaborated with The Lionesque Group (New York), an MG2 (Seattle) studio, on design, development and build out. The fruity floral fragrance itself served as inspiration. Taking a cue from Bombshell’s peony middle note, designers incorporated 58,000 fresh stems, half of them Shangri-la peonies with softball-sized blooms, in oversized bouquets, flower beds, structures and swags.

According to Melissa Gonzalez, Founder of Lionesque Group, the team started work last December in order to open by early May and obtain the necessary permits to secure The High Line. To do that, she says, “We had to have design concept pretty well locked-in by the of end January in order to pursue approvals for NYC parks department and permitting.”


Victoria’s Secret Drops a “Bombshell” Pop-Up


With okays in place, the team sourced fresh-cut floral as well as 150 pounds of greenery, 525 feet of LED neon and 1350-square-feet of vinyl in Victoria’s Secret signature pink. Of course, the sensorial experience included a well-placed and welcoming sales area.

Victoria’s Secret Drops a “Bombshell” Pop-Up

To mark the Gardens’ entrance, designers reimagined Bombshell’s emerald-cut bottle as a portal. Walking through the trellis-like structure, visitors passed several bottle-shaped, Instagram-worthy selfie stations (#LikeABombshell). Brand ambassadors stationed at a series of mirrored floral carts greeted all with free blooms and fragrance spritzes. Visitors could then enter an enclosed, pink “infinity tunnel” – again echoing the octagonal bottle – to upbeat music and the voice of pop star Camila Cabello. Cabello, Bombshell’s current face, could be heard sharing her thoughts on the word “bombshell.”

The “infinity tunnel” references the emerald-cut shape of the Bombshell perfume bottle.

Another bombshell moment? An unscheduled visit by Cabello. Victoria’s Secret Albert Gllkey, SVP, Store Design & Construction, says, “Camila surprised us when she came by and connected with the audience signing autographs and taking photos with customers … The (public) reaction was beyond our imagination.”

From the estimated 93,000 visitors to four reported marriage proposals to significant social media impressions, Gilkey says, “It was a surprise and delight every single day.”

📷 Adrian Wilson, New York

Former editor-in-chief of VMSD magazine. Writing for VMSD since 1985-1998; 2022.



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