The Top Three Ladies: (L to R) Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (Silver), Elena Radionova of Russia (Gold) and Gracie Gold of the USA (Bronze)--2014 Skate America
It's Grand Prix of Figure Skating season! This past weekend was the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America and therefore, we all know what that means: time to discuss the COSTUMES! In my last post, I talked about the Men's so now it's time for the Ladies. I want to begin with Gracie Gold of the US:
Samantha Cesario of the USA, Short Program to "Danza Mora" by Dr. Samy Farag--I liked the maroon color and sequin details of this costume for Samantha's Short Program. The gold, pink and cobalt blue sequins really stood out and I especially liked the back; it looked like a fabulous spiderweb.
Free Skate to "Carmen" by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin--Samantha skated to "Carmen" and wore this Tania Bass-designed costume above. Since we all know that "Carmen" has been skated to--and designed--over and over again--this was a good costume considering. The sequined applique detail of the bodice was very well done and I liked the asymmetry of the nude illusion placement. Part of me, however, would love to see a big ol' peineta and mantilla! I know, it may be too much and not necessarily helpful when doing jumps and turns.
Free Skate to "Piano Concerto No. 3" and "Trio élégiaque No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff--Here's another case of over-designing for a figure skating costume. I thought the beading, sequins and multi-sized pearl detail on top was OUTSTANDING and looked very Couture--and I liked the hair bands--but the rest of the costume was a mess; it was TOO MUCHEEY. The royal blue costume had a gathered bodice, pleated torso detail plus a wrap/twisted draped accent as well. I feel that this costume should have been a simple angelic-like ivory to the top section's beading.
"Hosanna" by Soweto Gospel Choir, "The Groove You Liked (Mala Dub)" by Savanj Rooms and "Freedom"--Mae Berenice wore this creme and gold costume with armor-like bodice detail and gold and ivory beading. the design featured an off-the-shoulder style, held by nude illusion. I am a BIG STICKLER when it come to illusion and making sure it matches the skin color of the skater and here on Mae Berenice, it does! good job!
Free Skate to "Conquest of Spaces," "Shadows" and "Run Boy Run" by Woodkid--Mae Berenice wore this exact same jumpsuit with heavily sequined "vest" detail last season and at her appearance at the Socchi 2014 Winter Olympics. Last year, it was a completely different Free Skate (with music by "Europa" by Jean-Pierre Danel, "We Will Rock You" by KCPK and "La Grange" by Jean-Pierre Danel). I guess she decided that the same costume would work for this 2014-2015 season. Or maybe, her new costume wasn't ready in time for 2014 Skate America. We'll see at her next Grand Prix if she wears this costume again.
**UP NEXT: The Pairs and Ice Dance Costume Highlights of 2014 Skate America!!