Thursday, January 29, 2015
Pairs Style: Pairs Costumes Highlights--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships
Ice Dance Cha Cha: Ice Dance Costume Highlights--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships
In my last post HERE, I discussed my personal Costumes Highlights: LADIES and MEN from last week's 2015 U.S. Nationals of Figure Skating which were held in Greensboro, North Carolina.
First up, PAIRS:
Your Song" (from "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack) by Elton John, Bernie Taupin--For their Short Program, I thought these were cute renditions of what one could recognize as being costume interpretations from the musical/film "Moulin Rouge". I loved his red and black jacquard vest and the unbuttoned wingtip tuxedo shirt. I also appreciated the "little details" such as the black buttons on the shirt. Tarah's costume was delicate and pretty. I liked how the sequins were placed on the bodice section to give the look of a corset. Once again (like in their Free Skate), I think Danny was the Costume Star.
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim: Gold medal winning pairs Scimeca and Knierim skated their Free Skate to "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin. I loved his costume--it was very Gene Kelly. Seriously, look at the movie's poster: same costume! I thought her costume was very sparkly; it almost looked like Swarovski crystal fireworks that one would see over the Eiffel Tower during New Year's. If there was any critique, it just looked very Figure Skating 101, but obviously on a bigger budget!
El Tango de Roxanne" by Craig Armstrong (from "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack)--I thought these all black costumes on both Scimeca and Knierim were very good. The crystals strewn throughout hers and his made them look more like a pair and I liked that there was a definite "Tango" element in the styling; while she looked perfectly feminine, he looked MUY sexy
Free Skate to "The King and I" by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein--For their Free Skate, their costumes were very similar--in style and construction--to what they had worn for their Short Program. While I get the hints of the costumes used in "The King and I", they seemed--how do I say this politely?--a bit cheap and junior-like. Someone please give these kids a higher costume budget. Pronto!
"Dear Father" by Neil Diamond in these blue costumes above. I thought they looked perfectly fit--costume-wise--as a pair. I liked the bold electric/royal blue color and I especially appreciated the asymmetrically draped panels that were not only on her costume but also on his top. High Costume score for these two!
"Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra--Skating to the very famous tune of "Clair du Lune" in these costumes, Donlan and Bartholomay looked like a picture from an Ice Skating brochure; nothing wrong with the costumes yet there was also nothing extraordinary--style wise. Since "Clair du Lune" means "moonlight" in French--I expected possibly darker more "monnlight"-esque colors so the mint green and pale blue seemed more 2pm than 7pm. But, I get why possibly they went with the lighter colors since for their Short Program, their costumes were of the darker hues.
DeeDee Leng and Simon Shnapir: For their Free Skate to "Miss Saigon" by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, performed by Sean Alderking, I really liked these costumes. They were cute, appropriate and right for the musical and theme and wait...no red color in any of the costumes?? Kudos for stepping a little bit outside the "Miss Saigon" costume box and not going the typical route.
Now, time for the ICE DANCE:
Free Dance to "An American in Paris" Gold medal Ice Dance pair Chock and Bates wore these FAB costumes above. I normally would complain about the male being "left out" of the costume parade but here, I didn't care; Madison Chock's black and white costume was ALL THAT! I loved the asymmetrical neckline with "cut out" and the side sequin work and side slit asymmetrical skirt.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the USA, Short Dance to "Paso Doble"--I really liked these costumes as well. Madison's featured a plunging neckline and full black with red lining skirt. She was fiery, sexy and very caliente. Evan's costume was also very good with it's band collar and plunging neckline (mimicking hers!) and light sequin work. Muy bien y Muy Sexy.
Maia and Alex Shibutani of the USA, Short Dance to Flamenco and Paso Doble--One word: WOW! I thought these costumes were outstanding! Alex went full-on toreador and Maia was sultry "Miss Spain". The intricacy of the applique and sequin work matched the style quotient. There were so many details on both costumes, they were great "eye candy" for a fashionista like myself.
New Costumes seen at last week's 2015 U.S. Nationals (top photo) and previous ones (bottom photo) from the ISI Grand Prix of Figure Skating Championships in Barcelona.
Free Dance to "Rosen aus dem Süden" and "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss--These were a change in costumes from what they had worn last month at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Barcelona Spain in December 2014. I'll be honest here: I liked the previous ones much better. The "old ones" projected elegance, refinement, and something one can see in a dance pair gliding to "the Blue Danube". The "new" costumes seemed better suited for a rehearsal as opposed to the actual competition.
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton: Aldridge and Eaton skated their Paso Doble Short Dance to "Carmen Overture" and "Toreador March" from Carmen by Georges Bizet (of course they did!). I really liked these. I loved his strong and bold Toreador ensemble, the sequined tasseled details and the shoulders and front torso. The skinny black tie was muy chic too. And for Alexandra, my favorite detail was the fringed Mantilla-like lace overskirt--especially when they were doing their twizzles (photo above).
Free Skate to "Tara's Theme", "Atlanta Bazaar", "Fleeing of Atlanta", and "Tara's Theme" from "Gone With the Wind" soundtrack by Max Steiner--Aldridge and Eaton skated their Free Skate wearing the costume looks in the top photo. Obviously, there's a reference to what Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh wore in the iconic film. I see the vest and cravat (in his) and hers I guess, refers to the famous Walter Plunkett-designed burgundy ball gown Scarlett wore to attend Ashley's birthday party. Alexandra and Daniel's costumes are OK but lack a bit of sophistication. I also thought his waistcoat made him looked boxy and thick; I think it was too long and possibly needed a tad more cinching (even the boys need cinching sometimes!).
Hubbell and Donohue skated their Free Dance to selections from "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack including "Young and Beautiful" by Lana del Rey, "Back to Black" by Beyonce & Andre 3000, "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie, "Gatsby Believed in the Green Light" by Tobey Maguire. I loved that these were modern and sooo UN_Gatsby-esque. They--and their costume designer--took it to another level and that, I appreciated. There were "hints" of 1920s Art Deco details (in her bandeau top) but everything else was unique and so not referential.
"Malagueña" by 101 Strings. I thought these costumes were nice and quite effective for their Paso Doble/Flamenco Short Dance. There were details in both his and her's which sparked my interest including the red in her skirt ruffles' hem as well as the red flower applique, and I liked his red (almost matching her red embellishment) cropped bolero/vest. If there was any critique, I felt he looked more "Gypsy King" and less Toreador.
Free Dance to "The Nights of Cabiria" by Nino Rota--The music is, of course, from the Federico Fellini film of the same name. The movie is about a prostitute (yep, you got that right!) in Rome searching for love in vain--and it won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film back in 1957.
Not sure what these kooky costumes worn by the Gamelin's have to do with the film or the prostitute in Rome (there is a scene in the movie involving a magic show and a magician and maybe these are "Magic Show"-like costumes)--who knows, and frankly, who cares!! I think these are fun, bold and made me smile!