Cup of China Costumes--(L to R) Anna Shcherbalova of Russia, Satoko Miyahara of Japan, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia and Boyang Jin of China--2019 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China Figure Skating

This past weekend was the fourth in a series of competition events for the 2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: The 2019 Grand Prix Cup of China. I have been covering the costumes of this 2019-2010 season here on my ICE STYLE blog so now it is time to discuss these. Let's start with the LADIES and MEN of Cup of China 2019...first it's THE LADIES:

Satoko Miyahara Japan Short Program--Skating her Short Program to Yalla, Tabla & Percussion Solo - Egyptian Disco (Buddha Bar edit) by Zwirek, Bashir Abdel Aal, David Visan Wearing this costume, Satoko looked chic, mature and dare I say, kind of sexy! She wore this all-black jumpsuit featuring gorgeous sequin beading, nude illusion, a stunning red, gold, and black statement-making necklace...Satoko was vibing an Egyptian Queen of sorts and I think she did it! I especially loved the sculpted eyeliner; very Cleopatra Chic.

Free Skate to Theme of Schindler's List by John Williams, Prelude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov, Hativka (Interlude)--For this Free Skate to "Schindler's List", I really liked this ombre gray costume with delicate beading. I especially liked the ruffles on her sleeve and wrist volant details. She looked like a sublimely beautiful water creature. The sequin crystals displayed on the shoulder, part of the top and sleeve, were quite beautiful in their placement.  

You Young South Korea Free Skate--For her Free Skate to You Must Love Me (from "Evita") by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, performed by Madonna; Buenos Aires (from "Evita") by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, performed by Madonna and Don't Cry For Me, Argentina (from "Evita") by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, performed by Madonna You wore this beautiful blue sequined costume. This was a gorgeous design, especially in the crystal sequined detail going heavy-to-light from the neck down. I also loved the shoulder/arm sequins...

I am guessing (I am very much-reaching here) the inspiration was possibly Evita Peron's blue gown (top photo) with a little bit of Madonna's "Evita", but I still am a little unsure about how truly "Evita" this look was, to be honest. Let me sum up: I liked this costume...not sure how "Evita" it was.  
Elizaveta Tutktamysheva Russia Free Skate--For her Free Skate to You Don't Love Me by Caro Emerald; Petite Fleur by The Hot Sardines and Cat Groove by Parov Stelar, Elizaveta wore this black and gold sequined costume. I liked the design and sequined applique. The neckline detail was gorgeous and I also liked the dangling strips forming the "skirt". 

Anna Shcherbakova Russia Short Program--For her Short Program to The Girl with the Plums (from “The Perfume” soundtrack); Meeting Laura (from “The Perfume” soundtrack); Laura's Murder (from “The Perfume” soundtrack), Anna wore this costume. I liked the aquatic-like nature of the front detail, especially, with the mixture of sequins, sheer ruffles, and gray, blue colors. I also loved the back details, especially those red "petals". This was a pretty costume for sure.

Free Skate to Six Gnossiennes: Gnossienne No.1 by Eric Satie, performed by Roland Pontinen
The Firebird by Igor Stravinski--Love this costume--I discussed it HERE in my Skate America 2019 BLOG-- and especially the halfway-through-the-skate costume change: From pretty blue to vibrant fiery "Firebird" red. 

Congrats to the LADIES Cup of China 2019 Medalists!!

And now, time for the MEN:
Matteo Rizzo Italy Free Skate--Matteo skated his Free Skate to Galicia Flamenca by Gino D'Auri. He was very Flamenco Hot with this costume featuring a maroon red ruffled shirt, super fitted black vest, and super-tight black pants. I liked it all. I especially liked the ruffled shirt and sequined vest. Matteo looked like a sexy/hot dancer at a Madrid flamenco dinner show.

Yan Han China Short Program--For his Short Program to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, Yan Han wore this white shirt and black pants. On a quick glance, it might have seemed like a "costume yawn" but it was slightly interesting. The shirt had interesting draping at the front top section, adding interest. And on a good note, the black pants did not have that tacky "Ross Dress For Less" belt all these men love to wear. So...for me, it was good. 

Free Skate to La La Land (soundtrack) by Justin Hurwitz--For his Free Skate to "La La Land", Yan Han wore a look inspired by Ryan Gosling's character in the movie. It was relaxed/retro and jazz-adjacent. He wore a navy blue shirt, untucked, with black pants. I get the look but I just wished there was some "figure skating stage" maybe one or two sequins??? Somewhere? Anywhere? 

Boyang Jin China Short Program--For his Short Program to First Light by Spencer Johnes, Rob Gardner, Boyang Jin wore this ombre dyed ivory/cream draped shirt and purple pants. I liked the combination and loved the draped detail of his top. 

Free Skate to The Path of Silence, Yellow Moon--Boyang Jin skated his Free Skate wearing a sequined feather-like navy colored top with midnight blue-colored pants. I thought this was a beautiful top especially in the applique details showing tie-dye-looking leaf-like and tree limb designs...and the sequins looked like a night sky for sure. This was a nice costume.

**UP NEXT: The ICE DANCE and PAIRS COSTUMES RECAP from the 2019 Cup of China!


ICE STYLE.....Internationaux de France 2019 SKATING COSTUMES RECAP: ICE DANCE & PAIRS!


ICE STYLE.....Internationaux de France 2019 SKATING COSTUMES RECAP: ICE DANCE & PAIRS!

Pharaohs, Flashdance, Russian Red--Costumes from Ice Dance and Pairs skaters at the 2019 Internationaux de France (L to R) Madison Chock and Even Bates of USA, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, and Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov of Russia

Wrapping up my Costumes Recap for the 2019 Internationaux de France/Grand Prix of France, I discussed the LADIES and MEN Costumes HERE, so now it is time for my ICE DANCE and PAIRS RECAP.

Let's begin with ICE DANCE:
Madison Chock and Evan Bates USA Rhythm Dance--For their Rhythm Dance to Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter (original cast recording), Chock and Bates wore these costumes bringing vivid memories of Hollywood icon Ann Miller in "Kiss Me Kate", especially in Madison's fuchsia pink fringed design. I thought it was fun, flashy and an obvious homage to Walter Plunkett's costumes for the 1953 film. I also liked how they tied in the pink in Madison's costume in the pocket hankie in Evan's tuxedo. 

Free Dance to Egyptian Snake Dance: Yearning by Raul Ferrando, Sahara Nights by DJ Quincy Ortiz and Layali Al Sharq performed by Al-Ahram Orchestra--I absolutely LOVED these outstanding costumes that Chock and Bates wore for their "Egyptian Snake Dance". She looked like a high fashion Cleopatra while Evan vibed a very sexy Pharoah/Mummy. These were fashionable looks that took what could have been cheesy Halloween costumes to a much more elevated and fab level. And speaking of fab... 

Snake Charmer Chic--Madison Chock's runway-worthy hairstyle

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri Italy Rhythm Dance--For their Rhythm Dance to Blues: AJ's Blues (from "Paramour" - Cirque du Soleil) by Guy Dubuc, Marc Lessard; Quickstep: Reel Love AJ's Blues (from "Paramour" - Cirque du Soleil) by Guy Dubuc, Marc Lessard, the Italian Ice Dance team of Guignard and Fabbri wore these classic "Ballroom Dancing"-like designs. Marco wore a white-with-black piping-and-buttons shirt and black pants with sequined suspenders. The ensemble fit him like second-skin and worked well for the dance. Charlene looked ever-so-pretty in this blue dress with rhinestone details. I thought she looked elegant and Art Deco-chic.

Free Dance to Space Oddity by Amanda Palmer Jherez Bischoff, Life on Mars? by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real--I just LOVED these costumes worn by Italians Guignard and Fabbri for their Free Dance. The "Cosmic Chic" looks were sublime, fashion-forward and on-point with the music. Fabbri's black look included the requisite black pants (with that hateful black belt that I will disregard), and a great mock-neck stretch top with a sequined-and-sheer sleeve. He looked sleek. Charlene was like a Space Odyssey-Paco Rabanne-Courreges Fashion Diva in this ivory look featuring beautiful, sequined spider web-like detail and a slit-front mini skirt. The silver belt and exaggerated eye makeup made it a Costume Home Run for me!

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizero France Rhythm Dance--Take a big guess what Papadakis and Cizeron skated to for their Rhythm Dance. If you guessed Olivia Newton-John's "Physical"? Nope. But if you guessed "Flashdance"? You get a prize! Yes, this incredible duo skated to Disco: I Can Do Anything Better Than You Can by S. Linzer & D. Wolfert (arrang. by Maxime Rodriguez) from "Fame" by Michael Gore, Dean Pitchsord; Blues: Fame by Michael Gore, Dean Pitchsford (arranged by Maxime Rodriguez and Ludivine Amado); Disco: Fame by Michael Gore, Dean Pitchsford, performed by Irene Cara and it was EVERYTHING!!! Only this fab French Ice Dance pair can pull off 80's leotards, headbands and legwarmers in such a flawless manner that no one, absolutely NO ONE, batted an eyelash! It was fab cheesy, disco-licious and Retro Chic, all at the same time. Oh, and their Rhythm Dance left me in a jazzercise sweat: J'adore!

And just for fun...
An 80's Lycra Jazzercize Ad

Free Dance to Danny and Suspects by Olafur Arnalds and Find Me by Forest Black--Skating to the gorgeous music from the British TV drama "Broadchurch" and a spoken word poem, Papadakis and Cizeron took Ice Dance to yet even more heightened level. Their simple, modern dance-like costumes mirrored the music and choreography beautifully and seamlessly; the sheer vs. solid all-black looks were directional and almost became invisible within their incredible skating.

PAIRS: One Pairs duo to talk about...
Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov Russia Free Skate--This Russian Pairs duo debuted their senior Grand Prix at the 2019 Internationaux de France and wore these great costumes for their Free Skate to The Master and Margarita (soundtrack) by Igor Kornelyuk. While this is a repeat of the music they skated to their Free Skate last season (2018-2019) during their final Junior season (the music is from a Russian TV miniseries) they at least changed their costumes...

Here is what they wore at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in March 2019 (above photo)  

Similar silhouettes and designs, different colorways...I like the change. The costumes were vibrant, effective and stepped-up (design-wise) now that they are on the Senior competition circuit. 

**That's it for Grand Prix of France 2019....stay tuned for more FAB Figure Skating Costumes here on my ICE STYLE BLOG!