Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hey Ladies: Costume Highlights seen on US Figure Skaters Ashley Wagner, Polina Edmunds and Gracie Gold--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships
Oh Boys: Men Costume Highlights on Jason Brown, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships
This past week and weekend were the ever important US Nationals of Figure Skating--the 2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships, to be more precise--held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro North Carolina.
OK, now that we got that out of the way, time for the FASHION, I mean... COSTUMES!
"Moulin Rouge (soundtrack)". I loved the deep red color and especially the jeweled neckline that resembled the diamond necklace in the musical/film. Overall, it was a GREAT costume job. Oh, and Congrats to her for getting the gold!
Short Program to "Spartacus" by Aram Katchaturian--Ashley wore a black with gold accented costume. I thought this was a nice, modern interpretation. I especially liked the gold jeweled waistband and gathered/draped torso section. It was Spartacus chic!
Samantha Cesario: 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. I love how her hair accessory matches the sequin work in her costume. Well done Miss Samantha!
Polina Edmunds: Short Program to "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 think it was a good choice to not make this in red because it would have been to cliche and it would have looked as if she was skating to Bizet's "Carmen".
Godfather Suite" by Drew Tretick. She is definitely the ONE TO LOOK OUT FOR! Now, in terms of her costume, I liked the maturity in the design and that it had the black and red colors that gave it an almost "Tango" look. The sequin work was also quite nice.
Short Program to "Requiem for a Tower" by Escala and "Requiem for a Dream" by Clint Mansell--Speaking of sequin work, I really liked the red and silver crystals on Karen's Short Program costume and the way they vertically trickled down the torso of the costume. Quite elegant and once again, mature, for such a young skater.
Summertime" by Giovanni in this costume. While I thought she skated wonderfully, I had a couple of issues with the costume; I don't think the silhouette and ombre light color position did her figure justice. It wasn't flattering. You can see that it is fitted on the side, yet for some reason while she was skating, the costume made her look shapeless. And I believe it had a lot to do with the Empire cut as well as the light ombre color being right in the front.
Code Name Vivaldi" by The Piano Guys. I loved this costume. It's simple, elegant and I especially liked that blue, black and silver sequined neck-piece. She was very much a macabre DIVA during this skate and that was great! I also liked her eye makeup. If there was any critique, maybe her makeup base color was a shade too pale...compared to the rest of her.
Ashley Cain Short Program: Ashley Cain skated to "Mission Impossible" by 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 loved it! #GoJumpsuits #FigureSkating
Firebird" by Igor Stravinski. Sometimes, a costume to "Firebird" can go CRAY-CRAy but I think this was a nice interpretation. It might not have been Haute Couture in terms of Figure Skating FASHION but it was good.
Free Skate to "Tristan and Iseult" by Maxime Rodriguez--Jason went full-on costume for his Free Skate. This costume paid homage to the famous medieval romantic tale of "Tristan & Isolde". The setting is understood to be Great Britain during the Dark Ages and after the fall of the Roman Empire. Jason's costume certainly gives hints of the medieval romantic male lead (Tristan). While many may think it was A LOT, I actually liked the one shoulder sequined panel over the blouse, the chocolate leather cummerbund and matching covered boots. I love it when a MALE skater goes for it 110% and does it right!
Jason Brown of the USA--Short Program to"Juke" by Little Walter: Jazzy, sassy and rock-and-roll fab! That's about all I can say: good job on this look. Love the slim great fitting pants, the suspenders and cobalt colored studded sleeve cuff and collar shirt. Oh and if that wasn't enough, there was a silver chain from the belt loop to the pocket. Nothing was left out of this costume in terms of details.
Piano Concerto No. 1" by Franz Liszt, Adam wore one of my favorite looks on the men. The black and white ensemble was stark, effective and very right with the music. In addition, I LOVED that shirt! The sequin work was spectacular.
Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith, James Napier, Elvin Smith, Jeremy wore this paisley short sleeve shirt and blue "tuxedo" pants. I thought this was a slightly sexier look for Jeremy and still retained his sleek elegant sensibility. I especially loved the tuxedo pants with the satin outseam band. If there was any critique, the shirt was a bit "cropped" and while he skate it kept "popping" up. This was a different costume from what we saw him in last at the...
Free Skate Costume at the 2014 NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Championships in November 2014
Free Skate to "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber: For his Free Skate, Jeremy wore this red liquid jersey top with silver sequins and black pants. It was very nice and appropriate for the program. Very nice indeed. It was also a bit of a costume change...
Above photo shows the costume (maybe the same top minus the crystals?) he wore at the 2014 NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Championships
Joshua Farris: For his Free Skate to "Music from Schindler's List" by John Williams, Joshua wore this Susi Hubbs-designed costume . I loved the cowl drape and asymmetrical hemline of the top. It's liquid Costume Fab.
Short Program to "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins: I like the black and white color juxtaposition but...I think the top was a bit too long. Let me explain, Max has got short legs (and very muscle-perfect ones at that!) but...by making the top long, it shortened his legs more than they already are. I would have liked higher--longer rise--pants. And a shorter top.
Free Skate to "Romanza" by Andrea Bocelli: I thought this silver and black costume with black jet sequins was quite elegant. Much better costume than what he had worn before for the...
2014 NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Championships in November 2014
Summer and Winter" from Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. When I first saw this costume, I thought he was skating to Michael Jackson, to be honest, but yes as it turned out it was Vivaldi. Nathan is wearing a silver jacket with gold details--it's very "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"...and then there's the pants with the gold "tuxedo" side seam trim and that fab belt; it's all pretty cool in terms of a costume. Not so sure how it applies to Vivaldi, though.
**UP NEXT: The PAIRS and ICE DANCE Costumes Recap from the 2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships