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Pink Geisha: Satoko Miyahara of Japan performs her Short Program to "Memoirs of a Geisha" at NHK Trophy 2017, Osaka Japan

We have gone through three of the I.S.U. Grand Prix of Figure Skating series competitions for this 2017-2018 season, including the Rostelecom Cup of Russia, Skate Canada International, Grand Prix Cup of China and now, it's time for the 2017 NHK Trophy, or Grand Prix Japan. I have discussed all three and the respective costumes for Ladies, Men, Pairs and Ice Dance here on my ICE STYLE Blog (search the keyword "Ice Style" or "Latest" here on this blog to check out those Costumes Recaps). I have discussed some of the Ladies who skated at the 2017 NHK Trophy already (at Rostelecom Cup HERE) so now, let's discuss some of the LADIES Costumes I have not talked about from 2017 NHK Trophy:

Alena Leonova of Russia: I love me some Alena! Why? Because she LOVES a good costume! In fact, I would put here in that category of figure skaters who fully embrace a "themed" costume! For her Free Skate to Tune Maari Entriyaan (Bollywood Selection), she didn't just "suggest" Bollywood, she gave you SARI FIERCENESS! Alena wore a purple chiffon sari-inspired look along with a nude-colored crop bodice, all bedazzled in oversized, multicolored jeweled sequins, gold trim and silver rhinestones. She even donned that gold accessory down the center part of her hair. #Love

Satoko Miyahara of Japan: Japan's Satoko Miyahara wore this pink costume for her Short Program to Memoirs of a Geisha (soundtrack) by John Williams. It was quite delicate, subdued and pretty. There weren't any overt hints of a Geisha or Kimono. What we did see was a powder pink costume with beautiful petal-like silver rhinestones and dégradé pink skirt.

Free Skate to Madame Butterfly Act 3, Goro's Entrance (Madame Butterfly Act 2)  and Butterfly Bids Her Child Farewell (Madame Butterfly Act 2) by Giacomo Puccini--Continuing with her Japan-centric music for her programs, Satoko wore this blue design for her "Madame Butterfly" Free Skate. Once again, this wasn't in the "Alena Leonova" in-your-face/obvious in terms of an "ethnic" costume look; instead it was a figure skating costume "interpretation". Miyahara wore this blue costume which featured solid and nude illusion, beautifully sequined, giving a hint of a delicate Kimono-like robe.

Polina Tsurskaya of Russia: One word--WOW. I LOVED this blue and nude costume worn by Russia's Polina Tsurskaya for her Short Program to Light of the Seven (Games of Thrones soundtrack) by Ramin Djawadi. The costume featured rhinestone-studded "branches" set on a nude illusion base with perfectly cut solid panels in blue violet. She looked like an Ice Queen--or a GORGEOUS White Walker from "Game of Thrones"...and I guess that was the point. 

So Young Park of Korea: South Korea's So Young Park skated her Short Program to Black Swan by Petr I. Tchaikovski, arranged by Clint Mansell in this costume above and I loved it. She looked ethereal, delicate and pretty. I liked that it wasn't your typical all black or white costume for "Swan Lake", but was instead this stunning deep blue, gold and black beauty. I also loved the subtle sequined "feathered" hair crown. 

Yuna Shirawa of Japan: Yuna skated her Short Program to The Girl With Flaxen Hair by Claude Debussy in this pastel pretty costume. The design featured lilac, aquamarine and nude colors and  beautiful flowers-and-leaves sequined embroidery on the upper torso. 

Free Skate to Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky: For her Free Skate, Yuna wore this maroon/deep purple-colored costume above. It had silver jeweled sequins and a small nude illusion panel. It was nice and I especially loved the heavy-to-light effect of the rhinestones. She also added a matching color hair bow.

Mirai Nagasu of USA: I've talked about her Season 2017-2018 costumes HERE when was at the 2017 Rostelecom Cup but it was a nice surprise to see a NEW COSTUME for her Short Program to Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor by Frederic Chopin, which was the same music for her last season's Short Program. This new Cabernet-red colored design featured a stretch lace bodice/sleeves/skirt with silver rhinestone studded front bodice. It was OK but, frankly I liked last season's costume better:

I really liked this costume last season, and I still do. This is what I said in my 2017 Rostelecom Cup Costumes Recap when she wore this again: "Would I have wished she might have 'changed' the costume just a teeny-tiny bit? Maybe. But, this is so outstanding that heck, why not? Give it a second run! Since is the first event of the season, I'm kinda hoping these repeat program gals and guys will at least give us a switch in costumes. One can only hope!" And she did. But maybe, I just wanted something better.

**UP NEXT: THE MEN'S COSTUMES Highlights of 2017 NHK Trophy Grand Prix of Figure Skating

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1 Response to "ICE STYLE.....2017 NHK Trophy Grand Prix of Japan FIGURE SKATING COSTUMES: LADIES"

Lili said...

Satoko's costume was the color of cherry blossoms.