Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France: James and Cipres skated their Free Program to "Pearl Harbor" by Hans Zimmer. Even though these costumes had little to do with the music or theme (maybe the ocean-blue color of the costumes were hints of the Pacific Ocean?), they were actually quite lovely, lyric, fluid and beautifully executed. Her blue ombre-dyed "skirt" over illusion and solid torso, which then was detailed with many, many sequins looked exquisitely luxe. I also loved how Morgan's costume perfectly mirrored hers. And let me just say this: any guy who wears an asymmetrical side draped chiffon and v-neck top attached with very tight pants and a waistband encrusted with what looked like THOUSANDS of very expensive Swarovski crystals--and still look somewhat BUTCH...well, kids, he has my "Nick Vote" of Figure Skating FABULOUSNESS!
Peng Cheng and Zhang Hao of China: The only Chinese Paris team to compete at Trophee Eric Bompard 2012, Cheng and Hao skated their Free Program to "Poeta" by Vincente Amigo wearing these red and black costumes above. The music is Spanish Flamenco and well, so are their costumes. I think that whoever designed these could have been a little more creative. And there it is again: THE Costume Detail Figure Skating Trend of 2012--the criss-cross straps.
Daria Popova and Bruno Massot of France: This Pairs couple from France skated their Short Program to "La Belle Histoire" Sountrack, from an early 90's French film. Their costumes were contemporary and worked well together. Daria's wearing a one-shoulder beaded applique costume and Bruno has a raised v-neck featuring embroidered sequin detail. He looked HUNKY in that outfit. Like Morgan Cipres above, he was able to look hunky, while wearing sequined applique...
For their Free program to "Chocca" and "Far Away" by Apocalyptica (a 90's Finnish metal band from Helsinki--I know, Go Figure!) Popova and Masot wore these looks above.They seem a little disjointed with each other.Bruno wears a tight black crew neck t-shirt with side chest beading and Daria wears a violet-colored costume with a side cut out and silver sequins surrounding it. Just because there's beading in both does not make them harmonious together. Come on France and the French Figure Skating Federation, make the petite main of Haute Couture proud and give these kids better Free Program costumes...or at least ones that work as a pair. On a good note: once again Bruno looks HUNKY McHunky in his very tight short sleeve tee.
Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia: Russian Pairs team Stolbova and Klimov did their Free Skate to "The Addams Family" by Marc Shaiman in the red, black and white costumes above. I can see the correlation between Fedor's striped jacket and Gomez' striped jacket and Pugsley's striped crewneck tee. I do love the colorful costumes and their "theatricality" even if they look almost better suited for an Ice Dance routine. With that being said, they still look more appropriate if they were skating to...
"Meet Me in St. Louis"
Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia: Kavaguti and Smirnov skate their Short Program to "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss and their Free Skate to "February" by Leonid Levashevich. In my "Cup of China 2012" blog posting, I discussed these costumes HERE. I liked them!
I thought they looked delicate and well-made and I especially enjoyed the subtle yet impressive details in hers, such as the sequined trim at her high-hips in the Short Program costume and the back sequin embroidery of her Free Skate costume (seen in the above photos). I also think Alexander looked much more "cleaned up" without the goatee. It also looks like he got a slight haircut (good idea!). Oh and yes, Congrats to them for getting the Gold for the Pairs at Trophee Eric Bompard 2012!
***Up Next: The final Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 Costume Posting...Ice Dance!