The Pairs--Some Fab, Some Blah...Some 80s...Some 90s...and Much More:
Top Pairs: (left to right) Silver Medalists from Russia Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov, Gold Medalists from Russia Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, and Bronze Medalists from USA Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia 2012, Megasport Sports Center Moscow, Russia
Illusion-less? Tatiana Volosozhar at Rostelecom Cup 2012
I also thought that her high-low dress was especially interesting because if I am not mistaken her back features little or no illusion and instead is held by a very strong elastic nude strap. I will discuss the Illusion vs. No Illusion Dilemma in Figure Skating Costumes on another posting soon!
HERE. Essentially, I liked both of their Short and Free Skate costumes, even though they were a bit "old school" in terms of styling, silhouettes. Nothing really modern or directional about them, but still OK. For their Short Program though, they made a slight change. Previously his costume was solid black and a SOLID bore, but....they decided to spice it up a bit and add some sequin applique across his chest. I LOVE how some of her sequins "spilled" onto his blouse-y top.Great update!
Speaking of Safe...
Now, moving on to the next decade: the 90s
Maybe I need to retract my above comment about going "campy", because these two did and it did not work AT ALL! Here shiny black spandex tights mixed with a checked 90's leotard is just not working. Add in his vest and T-Shirt combo and it is a bad night at the Italian Disco all the way around.
Kirk Douglas in "Spartacus" (criss-cross leather harness)
As well as the New:
I'll end on Pairs Costume Fab:
*** Up Next--the final Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia 2012 Costume Recap--The Ice Dancers!