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ICE STYLE.....2013 Lexus Cup of China: Ladies and Pairs!

Carolina Kostner of Italy--Skating her Free Skate at Lexus Cup of China 2013, Beijing China

This weekend was the third (of six) event in the 2013-2014 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating international competition: the Lexus Cup of China 2013. It was held at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium in Beijing China. I have already discussed the Season 2013-2014 Figure Skating Costumes of Skate America HERE and HERE, and Skate Canada HERE and now, it's time for the Cup of China 2013. First up, it's the Ladies and Pairs...

The Ladies:
Hanako and a Watermelon: Japanese figure skater mugs to the photographers with a stuffed watermelon--not sure why someone even threw her a stuffed watermelon and why would she then pick it up and take pics with it but oh well...let's discuss the Costumes:

Kanako Murakami Japan, Short Program: Kanako skated her Short Program to "Catgroove," "Libella Swing" and "Swing Bop" and I really liked her costume. It was a lilac colored costume with bubblegum pink front, back and neckline panels, skin-colored illusion neck and sleeves, crystals throughout (naturally!) and a fringed "overskirt". I thought it was fun, colorful , yet still very well done. The fringe, especially, was very effective when it came time for her turns and jumps.

Free Skate:  For her FS to "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, Kanako wore a silver gray costume with blue and black sequined detail. The costume had nothing to do with the "Yentl" film, of course, but really, would you rather have Kanako come out as a Yeshiva Orthodox Jewish boy??? I didn't think this was good enough!

Haruka Imai Japan, Short Program: Haruka skated her Short Program at Cup of China 2013 to "Song Without Words" by Felix Mendelssohn. This ombre dyed lilac costume had heavily appliqued silver crystal neckline and a handkerchief-hemmed skirt. I thought it was quite beautiful. Good job.

Free Skate: For her FS to Piano concerto by Saint-Preux, she wore this costume above. It was a one-shoulder-like costume consisting of nude illusion top, sequined applique torso detail and a "petal"-like multi-layered skirt. The top section was fine (although I'd like the illusion sleeves to be tighter), but it was the skirt that bothered me the most. It looked more "Wilma Flintstone" and less a Figure Skating Diva.

Anna Pogorilaya Russia, Free Skate: For her Free Skate to "Mermaids" from the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, this was THE MOST PERFECT Costume! I loved all the water/oceanic references--from the various shades of blue to the seashell bust detail; it was gorgeous and very right for the program.

Carolina Kostner Italy, Short Program: Carolina skated her SP to Humoresque by Antonin Dvorak in the red costume above. It had a skin-colored illusion neckline and sleeves, a red top and skirt section, sequined waistband and butterfly appliques on the shoulder/upper sleeve. I would have to say that I was 50/50 in terms of liking this. While I liked the butterfly appliques,  the gathered/blouson silhouette of the top section was odd and more odd was...

The clear strap across her back. Sometimes, you just gotta say YES! to nude illusion...because this looked cheap and "Costume-unfinished".

Free Skate: For Carolina's FS to "Scheherazade" by Nikoli Rimsky-Korsakov, she wore this costume above. Supposedly, Carolina "designs" all her costumes. I'm thinking she might want to actually seek professional advice for this Olympic season. This costume--at first--made me think of something one wears for a Russian Folk Dance, and then when I realized it was Scheherazade, I was like "Oh Dear!"; it was a bit of a mess to be honest. The fuchsia stretch velvet top with gold and crystal detail was semi-OK, but the multilayered jaggedy skirt looked like something a belly dancer had chopped off after realizing she had to perform at a cheesy Vegas Show.


Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim USA, Short Program: This above is what this American pair wore for their SP to "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" by Michel Legrand (yes, another "Yentl" skate!). I liked these gray/black with silver crystal looks and especially his. While she was classic and pretty, his was directional and modern.

Free Skate: For their FS to Music from the Ever After soundtrack by George Fenton, they wore these costumes. She wore a wine-colored costume with a "corset" like gold and silver applique detailed midriff, chiffon shoulder panels, and double-layered chiffon skirt. His costume consisted of a white shirt, wine-colored "vest" and black pants. These costumes were good especially when you remember that "Ever After" is about Cinderella; these two belonged together. Both their Short and Free Skate costumes were designed by Elena Pollack.

Qing Pang and Jian Tong China, Short Program: Chinese pairs team Pang and Tong skated their Short Program to Music from the soundtrack of The Lady Caliph by Ennio Morricone. They both wore black with silver sequined and crystal detail costumes. These were very nice, elegant and quite classic.Nothing wrong with these.

Free Skate: For their FS, they skated to "I Dreamed a Dream" from the Les Misérables soundtrack by Claude-Michel Schönberg, which was very popular music choice with lots of the skaters this season (both Pairs and Ice Dance). I wonder if only after the film came out, did all these skaters become aware of this iconic music? Who knows. But back to the costumes...I thought hers, especially, was sublime! I loved the heavily jeweled silver crystal detail of her top section; it looked very expensive and well made.

Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay USA, Free Skate: Speaking of Les Miserables...Zhang and Bartholomay of the US also skated their Free Skate to Music from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg. I liked the French flag colors that were incorporated into their costumes and his peasant shirt, waist scarf and pant look, I thought hers could have been a lot better and more creative.

Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang China, Short Program: This Chinese Pair of Peng and Zhang teamed up last year--Zhang is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist with former partner Dan Zhang. For their Short Program to Music from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack by Tan Dun, these colorful costumes were quite fabulous. I especially love--how (in this photo), the line of the blue color of the costumes--just continues, from him to her. The crystal/sequin work was exquisite as well.

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy Germany, Short Program: For their Short Program to "When Winter Comes" by Chris de Burgh, arranged by André Rieu, this German Pair wore these costumes above. I liked the degrade color and sequin effect of the blue and white of the costumes. I liked hers but actually had a bit of a problem with his--in particular, his pants: the fit was odd--all that pulling and "whiskers" radiating from the center front crotch means the pants are too tight at the crotch/rise--and at the same time, they seemed to be too loose.

Free Skate: For their Free Skate, they skated to Music from The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky. I have to tell you that after watching their performance/skate, all I kept thinking was that if--and when--they get this skate PERFECT, it will be SPECTACULAR Olympic Gold! Now, in terms of their costumes, they would qualify as "Bronze" for me. I liked hers; she was very "Sugar Plum Fairy" but once again, I had a problem with his; it just looked cheesy and cheap. He was a low-rent "Nutcracker Prince". With all this being said, I do miss the CRAY CRAY costumes of last season from this German Pairs team:

 Tye Dye Jumpsuit Mess: Season 2012-2013 Short Program to "Kismet by Bond", Savchenko and Szolkowy

Miro Couture: Season 2012-2013 Free Program to "Flamenco Bolero"--Savchenko and Szolkowy

**UP NEXT: The Men and ICE DANCE Costumes Recap of Lexus Cup of China 2013

2 Responses to "ICE STYLE.....2013 Lexus Cup of China: Ladies and Pairs!"

Jessim said...

Someone on FSU found this photo of Carolina in her costume in a show with Denis Ten in Kazakstan.

So if it was a reused show costume that was Kazakstani, that kind of makes sense it looks a bit like a Russian folk dance.
Maybe her "real" costume is not ready yet.

Lili said...

I wish Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy would trade the costumes between their programs; the Nutcracker music they're skating to is "Land of Snow." That should have blue and white. The peach and black/red/peach just looks wrong to me.

That said, I'm glad this year's costumes are NOT cray-cray, because that's the main reason I've always disliked them.