Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ice Dance Lovelies:

Finishing my Costume Recap of "Trophee Eric Bompard 2012" ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating--it's now time for the Ice Dance Costumes:

Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro of Russia:  I have not discussed this cute little couple from Russia in any of my 2012-2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating costume blog posts, and after seeing their Short "Waltz/Polka" Dance costumes to Cirque du Soleil's Quidam "Marelle" and "Zydeko", I just don't know how they escaped my "Costume Recap's"! These costumes are certainly attention-grabbing and most definitely fill the "Cirque du Soleil"-influenced requirement as dictated by their music. I loved the colors, the printed details. They were above all, fun. And for some reason, their Short Program costumes TOTALLY reminded me of..

The gloriously bedazzled swimsuits worn by the Gold Medal-winning Russian Synchronized Swimming Duet of Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina seen above--I wonder if they were A) influenced by them, and/or B) created by the same Costume Designer...

Julia Zlobina and Alexei Sitnikov of Azerbadjian: These two compete in the Free Dance program to the following music: "Mahalageasca" (a polka-like Roma Gypsy-influenced song) and "Ausencia" (a tango-esque tune sung by Cape Verde Diva Cesaria Evora), all by Goran Bregović. Bregović is one of the most  internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans and lives in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

 Bosnian Folk Costumes
 Romanian Folk Costumes

Zlobina and Sitnikov's costumes reflected a bit of Gypsy/Romani, Balkan and Eastern European Folk-wear to them. I liked the folk-costume nod which included Alexei's vest, Julia's fuller skirt, the red, black and blue color contrasts. I also admired the delicate "looped" colored trim. I just dislike THAT "Ross Dress 4 Less" belt of his. Why oh why did he not wear a beautiful wide sash similar to the traditional costumes?!?

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada: Gilles and Poirier competed in their Free Dance program to music from The Gulag Orchestra, Hungry Ghosts. Piper wears a very sexy and revealing cheetah print tunic/dress with high side-slits, a fishtail hem, plunging back and cowl-draped neckline. He wears a folk-sy costume in black, mustard colors with a vest trimmed in gold.

They make an unusually costumed ice dance pair in that she looks like she should be a character from "The Flintstones" and he looks like a dancer for the Gipsy Kings. Go figure.

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France: The French Ice Dance team got the Gold in France at last weekend's "Trophee Eric Bompard"! I've discussed both their Short and Free Dance costumes HERE in my "Cup of China" Ice Dance posting. Above, we see the costumes for their Short Dance to "Gaite Parisienne" by Jacques Offenbach and "Sous le ciel de Paris" performed by Yves Montand, a very French, very can-can musical number--and their costumes reflected this wonderfully. I loved them!

So, for now, let's bid Adieu to Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 and France

And look forward to Sendai Japan, for NHK Trohpy 2012 this weekend:

There's more figure skating and yes, more of my "Figure Skating Costume Recaps" to come... But, for now: Happy Thanksgiving to EVERYONE!!!


Anonymous said...

Please do not mistake Romanian folk costumes with Gypsy/Romani costumes. These are two very different things. The costumes you are showing are Romanian, from Transylvania, but they are NOT ROMANI/GYPSY. They are ancient, traditional costumes from northern Romania and have absolutely nothing to do with Gypsy clothing( I understand that the name Romani can be confusing (Romanian and Romani sounds the same, BUT IT ISN'T). To call a Romanian Gypsy or Romani is an insult, really.
Thank you for your patience and greetings from Romania! :)

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