Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Flutter Sleeves Are The Rage...at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup: (L to R) U.S. Ice Dance team Madison Chock and Evan Bates during their "Paso Doble" Short Dance and Russia's Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov during their Pairs Free Program--2014 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia, Moscow Russia
In my last post, I discussed the Costumes Highlights of this past weekend's 2014 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and in particular the LADIES and MEN. Now, it's time to wrap it up with the PAIRS and ICE DANCE Costumes...
Let's begin with the PAIRS:
Sarabande Suite (Aeternae)" by Globus in these all black slightly macabre/Emo--looking costumes. I liked both of their looks and thought there were elements of sexiness and dark fabulousness to them. I also think that the fact that both of them are pasty as all get out (their skin color, his bright red hair), helped to accentuate the costumes even further.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (soundtrack) by Tan Dun and "House of Flying Daggers"(soundtrack), they wore these black and white costumes which blended a bit of Asiana and a bit of Couture Fab. I loved these. I especially liked Ksenia's structured shouldered torso /jumpsuit design and his "Dragon" motif long sleeve top.
The Master and Margarita (soundtrack) by Igor Kornelyuk, Astakhova and Rogonov wore these costumes above. The music's story revolves around a Demon, a love story with a nameless writer in the 1930s...and several other things. What I got from their Free Program was that yes, HE was the Demon and she was his love interest and somehow he was trying to get to her. And hopefully, his "Demonic" exaggerated flutter sleeves and bright red jacket would help. I liked the boldness of these costumes and that he was obviously just "going for it" in terms of a costume. I wondered how those flutter sleeves" would not impede his skating and alas...they did not. I have to say, between the look and fit of his costume and hair, it was a VERY early 1990s moment. Very Retro. Kristina's costume was beautiful, intricate and well done highlighting a spider-web like sequin applique and open back that suggested sexy tragic heroine.
Exogenesis Part 1" by Muse and "Hurricanes and Butterflies" by Muse, this British Ice Dance team looked quite dazzling in their costumes. I really liked her butterfly-inspired costume with its colors and semi-abstract design. I also liked how Nicholas' costume delicately had a "touch" of hers with his neck/collar sequins. If there was any critique, I just wished his pants were tighter.
"Carmen Overture and "Torreador March" from Carmen by Georges Bizet. I thought these costumes embodied the "Carmen" theme and music and I really liked Daniel's bullfighter cropped jacket with black sequined-and-tasseled detail.
Tara's Theme" (from "Gone With the Wind" soundtrack) by Max Steiner performed by Andre Rieu, "Atlanta Bazaar" (from "Gone With the Wind" soundtrack) by Max Steiner, "Fleeing of Atlanta" (from "Gone With the Wind" soundtrack) by Max Steiner and "Tara's Theme" (from "Gone With the Wind" soundtrack) by Max Steiner: The theme--and music was "Gone With The Wind" but the costumes seemed like "Confederate Red Carpet No-No's". I'm especially not a fan of her red off the shoulder costume; it reads 1980's beauty pageant cheap.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates of USA, Short Dance and Free Dance--I discussed these costumes HERE on my 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America costumes blog post.
Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona". Kaitlin's black and nude sequined costume with red skirt was gorgeous. Jean-Luc looked as if he belonged in a "Phantom of the Opera"/Marriage of Figaro" section. Lets hope his costume gets a change. Por Favor.
Espana Cani" performed by Erich Kuenzel. I absolutely LOVED these costumes and especially his black and white toreador look. I want that jacket! Not sure what kind of an occasion I would find to wear it to but, trust me, I'll figure out a way!
HERE. But...there was a bit of a male costume change. At the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, Ruslan wore a red velvet cropped bolero-like jacket, white tuxedo shirt and black super skinny tie as seen above.
At the 2014 Lexus Cup of China, he wore a completely different costume as shown in above pic. Which one do you guys like better? My choice is for the costume above as opposed to the 2014 Rostelecom Cup design.
**Next up...Trophee Eric Bompard!