Sunday, December 21, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen: Some of my favorite costumes from the 2014-2015 ISU Grand Prix Finals from the Ladies (Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia and Ashley Wagner of the USA) and Men (Javier Fernandez of Spain and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan)
Last weekend, the city of Barcelona in Spain hosted the 2014-2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals competition. This was the first time this top international competition had taken place in the Iberian Peninsula.
Let's begin with the LADIES:
The Top Three: (L to R) Silver medalist Elena Radionova, gold medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and bronze medalists, Ashley Wagner of the USA--2014 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals, Barcelona Spain
Batwannis Beek" by The REG Project and "Sandstorm" by La Bionda. I loved the color, the asymmetrical neckline, the chiffon dolman sleeves and gold jeweled details. FAB-ulous! She wore a similar costume--but in black with silver crystals...
Spartacus" by Aram Khatchaturian and I liked the gathered top section with open sides and gold embellished waist; it was very "Near East" fab! For her Free Skate to Music from "Moulin Rouge", she DAZZLED in that red costume with "diamond" necklace detail.
Ladies Costume Changes:
Piano Concerto No. 3" and "Trio Elegiaque No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninov. If I have to chose the better of the two, it would be the top (newer) one; I liked the ombre shading and yellow with sequined top section of the 2014-2015 Grand Prix Finals costume. I think the other costume was a bit "heavy-handed" in terms of the ruching/gathering. But I did love the gold neck/shoulder section embellishments.
"Romeo and Juliet" by Nino Rota, Mother's Journey (from "Good Bye Lenin" soundtrack) by Yann Tiersen and "Forbidden Love" (from "Romeo and Juliet" soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski. I have to be honest here: both are BAD. I get that she's young but seriously, she's a Gold-medal Olympian. These costumes seem so "Happy Hands at Home" and cheap, tacky. The stretch lace screams Downtown L.A. fabric bin. Sorry.
The Top Three Boys: (L to R) Silver medalist Javier Fernandez of Spain, gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, and bronze medalist Sergei Voronov of Russia--2014-1015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals, Barcelona Spain
Ouverture, Acto Laro al Factotum, andTemporale from "Il Barbiere di Seviglia" by Giacchino Rossini. I loved this look for Javi. The striped vest fit him perfectly and I especially LOVED the mitering (matching) of the stripes in the back.
especially at the 2014 Sochi Olympics!) but I am beginning to warm up to these Short (top photo) and Free Skate (bottom one) designs for the 2014-2015 season. If I have to choose a better one, it would be the the Free Skate costume which he wears to "Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I like the jagged color distribution on his top and gold applique accents. Not sure how necessary the black chiffon sleeve hem ruffles were but, I have a feeling with Yuzuru...More is More.
"Exogenesis Symphony" by Muse (bottom photo, above) he wore this blue and black skeleton-like top with black pants. While it would seem OK, I had MAJOR problems once his body kept lifting up and showing the same "Ross Dress For Less" belt he wore for his Short Program. This costume needed to be a complete bodysuit to make any sense.
**NEXT UP: PAIRS and ICE DANCE COSTUMES of the 2014-2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals!!