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ICE STYLE.....2017 Internationaux de France Grand Prix of France COSTUMES: MEN

Suited Man: Georgia's Moris Kvitelashvili doing his Short Program at the 2017 Internationaux de France Grand Prix of France, Grenoble France

In my last post HERE, I discussed the LADIES COSTUMES from the 2017 Internationaux de France Grand Prix of France. So, naturally, it's time for the MEN to get the "Nick Ice Style" take.

Alexander Samarin of Russia: Alexander was the only male from  Russia to compete at the 2017 Internationaux de France/Grand Prix of France and for his Short Program to Moonlight Sonata performed by E.S. Posthumus and I'm No Angel (cover of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata) by Era, he wore this costume above. I liked this blue and black costume, especially the top. The design featured several gradations of blue --along with a small nude illusion panel and sheer/black panels with "branch"-like details...

I thought those black details were great and wonderfully placed--especially on his upper torso where the cameras would focus during a lot of his skate. Keeping the vibrant blue colors at the top also was a wonderful stage--or shall I say "ICE"-impacting touch!

Free Skate to La Naissance de Yaha by Saint-Preux, The Unforgiven III by Metallica and House of the Rising Sun performed by Dave Evans--This costume was a bit of Rock & Roll, a bit "Punk" and a but OH NO IS THAT A "ROSS DRESS FOR LESS" BELT???!!! I liked the maroon-colored solid/sheer top with the faux leather belt strap details and I got the point of the costume in terms of his music. But...THAT BELT!!!??? Why Oh Why can't Figure Skating Costume designers come up with an alternative? Or at least, be creative enough to design a belt that goes with the costume--maybe one just like the faux leather straps on his top? Seriously...Is it that difficult?

Moris Kvitelashvili of Georgia: For his Short Program to Feeling Good by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley performed by Michael Buble, Moris donned this gray/silver and black costume. The look featured a fitted open jacket with stand-up band collar, vest and band-collar white shirt--and yes, black pants. I thought the fit and style were nice and complimentary to his lean physique. I also liked the dégradé-like beading details, especially on the front of the jacket as well as vest, collar and pocket flaps...

The black oversized jewel buttons were also quite fab!

Free Skate to Radioactive, Dream, and Believer by Imagine Dragons--On the other hand, I wasn't so much a fan of Moris' Free Skate costume. It looked a bit too all over the place/mish-mash'y. There was Ultra Suede-like fabrication, patches of faux leather, zippers, rhinestones and a "Rasta"-like flag on his shoulder. Here's an image I found when I Google'd the music he skated to:

Sooooo, maybe his costume was inspired by this? Maybe???

Misha Ge of Uzbekistan: Misha Ge is one of my FAVORITE male figure skaters. I love his skating but I especially LOVE how he BOWS after his skate like a Bolshoi Ballet Dancer! Oh, and yeah, he also embraces fab costumes. For his 2017-2018 Short Program to Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini performed by Ikuko Kawai, Misha wore this look above. It is a bit "Game of Thrones" Medieval-like in its colors, details and macabre red-and-black details. I liked the asymmetry of the draping and ruffles as well as the "Are those birds and blood on his chest" imagery, and I can't help but add my fondness to his low-slung sequined "triple belted" top. It was sexy yet a bit 90's Retro Fab.

Free Skate to Meditation (from "Thais") by Jules Massenet--In my Ice Style post for the 2017 Rostelecom Cup HERE, I talked about Misha's costume for his Free Skate. While I liked it--the golden/violet/silver sequins were nice and ombre shaping on his top was pretty--I just wasn't a fan of the nude illusion panel I saw here:

Misha Ge of Uzbhekhistan in his Free Skate at 2017 Rostelecom Cup 

Here it is above at the 2017 Internationaux de France Grand Prix of France. Did he get rid of that illusion panel? Yes he did! In looks like a completely new top. Re-fit and ready for the rest of the very important Olympic Season! Thank you Misha Ge!

**UP NEXT: The PAIRS and ICE DANCE COSTUMES HIGHLIGHTS of the 2017 Internationaux de France Grand Prix of France!

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