Sunday, February 9, 2014

ICE STYLE.....Figure Skating Costumes Recap Team Competition: Costume Changes, Re-runs, A Wardrobe Malfunction + More!

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics began last week and ended tonight. Spoiler Alert: Team Russia won the Gold with Canada getting Silver and the USA getting Bronze. I discussed my favorites of the Opening Ceremony "Parade of Nations" outfits/uniforms so now it's time to discuss some "Ice Style". If you've been keeping up with the Olympics, one of the first competitions held were the Figure Skating Team competition. This was the first time these were being held. Qualifying nations from around the world competed as teams (like in gymnastics at the Summer Olympics) in Ladies and Men Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance disciplines--in short and free (long) programs. As you know, I love discussing the figure skating costumes and naturally, I want to talk about some of the costumes at this Figure Skating Team competition. There were some costume changes, a return-to-an-original, a wardrobe malfunction and more...

Let's get started:

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, USA, Short Dance: The favorites to win the Gold for the Ice Dance competition--USA's Davis and White skated their Short Dance to My Fair Lady by Frederic Loewe. Meryl changed her costume to this pink blouson sleeved chiffon with sequin applique look. This was elegant if not a little "mature"--but in a good way. I actually liked the change. It was more intricate than what she last wore for this same Short Dance:

 Davis and White, Short Dance: This above was the last costume Meryl Davis had worn for this program.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, Free Dance: For their Free Dance to Petit Adagio Waltz and from Seasons by Alexander Glazunov and "Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor" by Alexander Scriabin, Tessa changed the costume she had last worn in her previous competitions. She wore a red look with Faberge Egg-inspired gold and red bustier with neck band and above-the-knee flared skirt. I liked the strong color choice but felt that the skirt was too long; it looked mumsy. This is what she last wore for the same Free Dance at...

The 2014 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships at Canadian Tire Centre on January 11, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada--a silver-gray costume with beaded top and neckband.

And in case you are wondering, this was also a Costume Change from what they BOTH wore at the  ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2013/2014 at Marine Messe Fukuoka on December 7, 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan (above photo).

Tatsuki Machida of Japan, Free Program: Machida's costume choice for his Free Program to Music from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky seen above at the Sochi Olympics Figure Skating Team competition was a return to what he had last worn at Skate America 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. This costume was one of my favorites from last year and I am glad he went back to this, as opposed to wearing what he last wore for this same Free Skate:

Firebird Not: Japanese figure skater Tatsuki Machida wore this costume at the All Japan Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena on December 22, 2013 in Saitama, Japan.

Gracie Gold of the USA, Free Skate: Gracie skated wonderfully at tonight's Sochi Olympics Figure Skating Team Finals to Music from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky. This was not a costume change but there was a wardrobe malfunction. Her costume--designed by Brad Griffies Gale Johnson and Denise Gold--is beautiful and one of my favorites of the ladies. But the neckband snapped open during her skate:

Olympic Wardrobe Malfunction: Gracie Gold of the USA and her costume malfunction--her sequined neckband snapped off--this did not affect her skate at all, but as a fashion designer, I was holding my breath for sure!

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, Free Skate: Osmond wore one of my favorite costumes of the night--this mauve colored look with oversized jeweled crystal neckline and back. This costume was worn for her Free Skate to Music from the Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre soundtrack by Philippe Chany and music from Claude-Michel Schönberg & David Nixon's Cleopatra. I LOVED this costume; absolutely one of my faves of the Olympics. It reminded me of...

 The Gionni Straccia-designed gown worn by Marelisa Gibson Miss Venezuela 2009 when she competed--and won--the "Miss Venezuela 2009" crown

Carolina Kostner Italy, Short Program: This costume, worn by Italy's figure skating Fashion Diva, Carolina Kostner for her SP to "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert. It's a beautiful costume--a light lilac chiffon look with nude illusion plunging neckline and crystals throughout. This--I've already said--is much better than her last costume choice for this same program:

Butterfly Red Kostner--cute but not "Olympic Couture" enough

Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrating Russia's win--Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Team Competition

Congrats Russia!