Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Bedazzled, Feathered, and Multicolored Ladies...
Top Three Ladies: (left to right) Silver Medalist Akiko Suzuki of Japan, Gold Medalist Mao Asada of Japan and Bronze Medalist Mirai Nagasu of the United States, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy 2012, Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Rifu, Japan
So far this ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2012-2013 Season, I've discussed here on my blog most of these lovely ladies and their costumes--both their Short Program and Free Skate--so I will highlight here the fact that some of my TOP FAVORITE LADIES Costumes were on display at the NHK Trophy 2012 competition in Japan this past weekend--and yes, talk about some skaters I have missed--costume-wise...
Shall we begin?
HERE. Her "Sex and the City" baby blue costume (top, left) evoked the spirit of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates "Gulf States Princess" of the movie "Sex and the City 2". And her Free Skate costume (top, right) was ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. Nothing else to say. Can't change perfection.
HERE. I was a bit lukewarm regarding her Short Program costume (above photo) to the "Kill Bill Soundtrack" but...
Mao Asada of Japan: Both of Mao's costumes--for her Short Program to "I Got Rhythm" variations by George Gershwin (above)...
HERE. Here's a hint: I likeyyy.
HERE. I liked it, overall, and yes, I talked about that fringe skirt--and yes kids--it's a TREND! But what I wanted to discuss here is how much I appreciate the back and how those diamantes continue and miter. She's a bit "Pageant-&-Tiaras" with this costume but my Pageant-Loving side, really likes it.
***Up Next: Ice Dance and Pairs Costume Recap of NHK Trophy 2012 !
Monday, November 26, 2012
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy 2012 (Japan)
This past weekend was the NHK Trophy 2012, the final of six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competitions. I have been happily covering each and every event here on my blog. For my Skate America 2012 click HERE; Skate Canada International 2012 click HERE; Cup of China 2012 click HERE; Rostelecom Cup 2012 (Russia) click HERE; and Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 (France), click HERE. Now, we're in Japan for the NHK Trophy 2012, organized by the Japanese Skating Federation, and it took place in Sendai Japan. First, let's get started with the MEN'S Costumes. Since it was the final event (prior to the finals) I've discussed most all of the costumes already, but somehow...there were some boys I had not talked about...But first, can we TWALK...about that awfully TACKY NHK Trophy 2012
"Kiss & Cry" section?? PLEASE!
What. Is. With . All. The. Flowers????
Spain's Javier Fernandez at the "NHK Trophy 2012" Kiss & Cry area
Is this a tacky wedding photo session at your local mall, or a "Kiss & Cry" area of an international sporting competition?? The flowers SLAYED me. Seriously, I thought I was at a Quinceañera! Now, speaking of Javier...
HERE. Essentially, I liked this costume that he wore to "The Mask of Zorro" music. I thought it was a nice non-Period costume interpretation. Modern. Sleek. Me gusta!
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan in his Short Program Costume---and the Daisuke Fans at the Sekisui Heim Super Arena, Sendai Japan
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan: I have also discussed Daisuke's costumes for both his Short Program and Free Skate in the ISU Grand Prix 2012-2013 Series HERE . I LOVED his Short Program red and black ensemble, which he skated to "Roll 'n' Roll Medley", "The Stroll", "Rudy's Rock".
HERE. I liked both costumes--to his Short Program to "Parisienne Walkways" as well as his Free Skate, which he skated to "Notre-Dame de Paris". And yes, Yuzuru had his slew of fans at in his hometown of Sendai as well:
Now, I'd like to discuss some MALE Skaters I haven't talked about yet...Costume-wise:
I liked this black and white costume look (above photo, from "Cup of China 2012") he wore for his Short Program to Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" much better.
Pant Change: For his Free Skate to Music from The Incredibles soundtrack by Michael Giacchino, at NHK Trophy 2012 Adam also changed his costume--well, his pants. At the Cup of China 2012, he wore gray pants (above)...
Chase Tyler, The Work Room Productions.
Top Three Men: (left to right) Silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, Gold Medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Bronze Medalist Ross Miner of the United States, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy 2012, Sekisui Heim Super Arena, Rifu, Japan.
***Up Next: The Ladies, Pairs and Ice Dance Costume Recaps and Highlights of NHK Trophy 2012 ! Stay Tuned!
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:
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...
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?!?
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
There's more figure skating and yes, more of my "Figure Skating Costume Recaps" to come... But, for now: Happy Thanksgiving to EVERYONE!!!