Top Three Pairs: (L to R): Brandon Frazier, Haven Denney of the USA (Silver), Yuko Kavaguti, Alexander Smirnov of Russia (Gold), Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang of China (Bronze), 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America medals podium, Sears Centre Arena
Finishing my Costumes Recap for this weekend's first Grand Prix of Figure Skating--2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America--it's now time to discuss the PAIRS and ICE DANCE costume highlights. Let's begin with...
Music from Coppelia by Léo Delibes--The famous ballet, "Coppelia" (some photos of the ballet's costumes above) revolves around a lifelike dancing doll invented by Dr. Coppelius. I think these costumes on Aaron and Settlage worked with the tradition of the ballet, especially hers. I liked the pointed "corset"-like imageery created from the bodice's sequin work; and the light blue color was pretty and delicate. His costume, however, seemed straight out of a "mom's arts-and-crafts sewing room"; it looked a little "happy hands at home". Poor guys, why do they always get the bad end of the costume deal!
Annabelle Prölß and Ruben Blommaert of Germany, Short Program to "O Mi Babbino Caro" by Giacomo Puccini--I thought these costumes were OK, but just that. There was nothing extraordinary about them. I liked the heavy-to-light sequin work in the bodice of hers and how his shirt matched hers but it all seemed rather dated and "Figure Skating Costume 101".
"Pride Rock" by Hans Zimmer--The music, of course, is from "The Lion King" and therefore the costumes--especially his, reflected a more African tribal vibe with the tunic shape and neckline bead work. I actually loved these costumes. Her neckline beading is stunning! The costumes were designed by Elena Pollack and Kudos for a fabulous job!
And now, my thoughts on the ICE DANCE costumes:
Rosen aus dem Süden" and "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss--Alex in tuxedo tails and Maia in deep violet sequined dress: YES! Elegant, appropriate for the music and looking very, very elegant.
That's it for now until next week's Skate Canada! And in case you missed my other 2014 Skate America Costume posts, click HERE for the MEN and HERE for the LADIES!