Men Down: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu (left) and China's Yan Han after headbutting, and colliding on the ice during the warm-up--2014 Lexus Cup of China
There was one big newsworthy item that happened during the Men's Competition, when two male skaters--Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, the Gold medalist from the 2014 Socchi Olympics, and China's Yan Han collided while doing their pre-skating warm up. It was quite a scene...but I'll get to that in the end of this post...
For now, time to discuss the LADIES Costumes and yes, then I'll get to the Men--and the Collide.
Note: I've already discussed some of these skaters who skated at the Cup of China in previous Grand Prix posts for this season (for 2014 Skate America and 2014 Skate Canada) so if you want to see what I thought of Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's costume, go to "Ice Style" tags on the right on this blog.
Gold and Bronze Ladies: Gold medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia (Left) and Bronze medalist Kanako Murakami of Japan (Right)--2014 Lexus Cup of China
The Piano Guys featuring Lindsey Stirling, and she wore this black sequined jumpsuit. Yes, kids, a jumpsuit. The costume featured a cascade of heavy-to-light crystals in the torso area that trickled down the legs. I was surprised by this "unusual" look; I more expect this from a Mae-Berenice Meite of France. With that said, I do think it worked with the music and theme of her program.
Free Skate to "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Webber: For her Free Skate, she went a more "classical" costume route (good choice after wearing a sequined black jumpsuit for her Short Program) with a perfectly white costume with stunningly sequined bodice and crystal "necklace". Naturally, she was trying to portray Evita Peron. I thought it looked elegant and pretty. I also loved that Ashley's hairstyle was also Evita-severe.
"Flamenco Medley" of "Buleria" and "Tango Serenata" from the was designed by Lilya Dukler and had the look of a very feminine "Flamenco Princess" with its fluttery sleeve details, grid-and-flower torso and of course, the flower on her chignon. I especially liked the back and all those criss-cross ties. I think it was a good choice to not make this in red because A) it would have been to clique and B) it would have looked as if she was skating to Bizet's "Carmen". So, overall: good choice Polina!
Free Skate to "Tinker Bell" from "Peter Pan Soundtrack" by James Newton Howard: Polina wore this ombre shaded pink costume with lots of crystals throughout, multi-layered skirt and ruffle details. It was a very "Tinker Bell"-like costume and frankly, looked maybe too "young" even for the 16-year old American skater. But what I did like was the wing-like back detail (you can partially see some of that in above photo), again giving a hint of the fictional "Tinker Fairy" of "Peter Pan".
And now, time to discuss the MEN:
"Ballade No. 1 op. 23 in G minor" by Frederic Chopin. I liked the lilac colored mock-neck blouson with a sequined cummerbund and black pants costume. I give Hanyu props for going there and wearing such a feminine sequined blouse. But, then again, knowing what he's worn in the past, it doesn't surprise me. I think it worked well with the music and program and gave an air of a young (and very bedazzled) Chopin.
Music from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber: A head-bandaged and chin-Band-Aid'ed Yuzuru skated his Free Skate. His costume featured a half-jacket (kind of like Kanako's half jacket design in her costume), very frilly lace and sequined blouse, black pants and gloves.The jacket was a bit too "Michael Jackson" as opposed to "Phantom of the Opera" (the cheap gold whickety-wack trim didn't help) but the overall "Too Muchey" look of this was still very consistent with Hanyu's penchant for over-the-top costumes. I have to say, that if I had not realized what had occurred and the fact that what he had on his head was a big bandage...just from looking at this photo I would have thought "Oh, is Yuzuru skating to Les Miserables?"
**Up Next: Costume Recap of the PAIRS and ICE DANCE of 2014 Lexus Cup of China