2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America international figure skating competition occurred this past weekend. I did not attend since I had to work, hosting a fabulous Macy's "Fashion Rocks" event in Houston Texas (I'll have a blog recap of that here soon!), but now that I am back home, I have found the time to watch the Ladies and Men's on NBC today and subsequently, do some my Figure Skating Costume BLOG Commentary here.
If you are a fan of Figure Skating, you may already know that Skate America is the first of six events in the 2014-2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating international competition circuit. Skate America 2014 was held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Here are some of my Men's Costume Highlights (and some Low ones) from this past weekend's competition. First up: the Men! Starting with Jason Brown from the US:
Jason Brown of the USA--Short Program to"Juke" by Little Walter: Jazzy, sassy and rock-and-roll fab! That's about all I can say: good job on this look! Love the slim great fitting pants with tailored pintucks, the suspenders and studded "cuffed" cobalt shirt.
Free Skate to "Tristan and Iseult" by Maxime Rodriguez--Jason went full-on costume for his Free Skate. This costume paid homage to the famous medieval romantic tale of "Tristan & Isolde". The setting is understood to be Great Britain during the Dark Ages and after the fall of the Roman Empire. Jason's costume certainly gives hints of the medieval romantic male lead (Tristan). While many may think it was A LOT, I actually liked the one shoulder sequined panel over the blouse, the chocolate leather cummerbund and matching covered boots. I love it when a MALE skater goes for it 110% and does it right!
Nam Nguyen of Canada--Free Skate to Music from La Strada by Nino Rota: Sixteen year-old Nam wore this black, white and red accented costume above. The colors and graphic stripes reflect the famous film. I thought it was nice to keep all the interest up top.
Jeremy Abbott of the USA Short Program to "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith--Jeremy is not famous for his costumes; he's like the Anti-Costume Figure Skater. So, it wasn't a surprise that this look was contemporary. It made sense with the music of course. I think he looked very dapper and I do LOVE his new haircut and facial hair (I am sooo not calling it a beard yet!). But, I can't help but think he still looks like he's selling cell phones at my local Verizon store in the mall.
Free Skate to "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber--It wouldn't be a Jeremy Abbott "costume" if there wasn't some GRAY or MAROON! And he continued this color legacy with the boat neck top and pants look above. It was a "Yawn" yes, but then again, at least the back of the shirt had some pleating detail (you can't see it in the photo above but trust me, at least it was something!).
Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, Free Skate to "Ambush from Ten Sides for Pipa, Sheng, Guitar, Cello and Orchestra" by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and "Vocussion" by Sandeep Das, Joseph Gramley, Dong-Won Kim, Shane Shanahan and Mark Suter-- This costume above was elegant, chic, and quite a statement. I loved the asymmetrical gathered draping, the sequined panels and color blocking.
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines, Short Program to "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Rachmaninoff--Michael Christian's costume was a little "Star Trek" and a little "Blades of Glory". And yet, I liked it.
Tatsuki Machida of Japan, Short Program to "Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra" by Nigel Hess--Machida wore this white blouse with crystal details and black pants for his Short program. It was OK, but nothing out of this world. I probably expected much more from the get-go, knowing this is the skater who gave me Firebird Fabulous!
Free Skate to "Symphony No. 9" by Ludwig van Beethoven--For his Free Skate, Machida up'ed the costume and sequin element but it was still, a little bit of a letdown. I liked the violet-blue blouse color and the gold paired with back pants but I felt that the entire outfit seemed dated and not so expensive looking.
Adian Pitkeev of Russia, Short Program to "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 4" by Sergei Rachmaninoff--I want to highlight sixteen year old Adian (a baby!) because he is a Costume Diva! (Yes, I said "Diva!"). He wore this red and black one-piece unitard costume with silver sequins to his Short Program.This costume was very 1982 and part of me really liked it!
Free Skate to "Sarabande Suite by Globus"--for this costume Adian decided to go more "Firebird". Gotta luv this kid and whoever is handling his "look"; it's very Retro Figure Skating Costumes!
The Top Three Men: (L to R) Jason Brown of USA (Silver), Tatsuki Machida of Japan (Gold) and Nam Nguyen of Canada (Bronze)--2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America
*NEXT UP: The LADIES Costume Highlights of 2014 Skate America!