Ice Dance Fab: Costumes from Ice Dance skaters at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, Shanghai China
Finally...it's time for my last Costume Blog Post of this past week's 2015 World Figure Skating Championships. I guess I saved the best for last--arguably, I am sure,...but here are my Costumes Highlights of what the Ice Dance skaters wore:
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada: Canada's Weaver and Poje wore these costumes for their Short Dance to La Virgen de la Macarena and Free Dance to Spring, Summer 1, Summer 3, Winter from "Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi arranged by Max Richter. I loved them both! In fact, I thought that they were some of THE BEST Ice Dance costumes of the season! In the Short Dance, Andrew's very intricate and detailed Toreador costume was BEYOND! And for the Free Dance, Kaitlyn's ombre yellow and red costume with sequined applique detail was SUBLIME! Costume Kudos! #IBowDown
Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the USA: American Ice Dance skaters Chock and Bates skated their Short Dance "Don Quixote" by Leon Minkus and Free Dance to "An American in Paris". These costumes were--and still are--some of my favorites from the entire 2014-2015 season. The combination of modern lines, coordinating looks (male AND female PLUNGING necklines for the Short dance!), unique neckline details...they're both fashion-forward as well as figure skating costume impacting. These costumes get an "A++"!
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France: Gold medal winning Ice Dance skaters Papadakis and Cizeron of France (OMG--their Free Dance at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships was BEYOND a MOMENT!!!) wore these costumes above for their Short Dance to "Escobilla" by Christina Hoyos, "Farruca" by Christina Hoyos and Free Dance to Adagio from Concerto No. 23 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both the Short and Free Dance costumes are SEXY as heck...without being vulgar or tacky. I love Cizeron's Short Dance white and black "Flamenco Sexy God" look with super tight plunging neckline white shirt and that cummerbund is EVERYTHING! And for the Free Dance, the liquid soft, ethereal, delicate costumes reflected perfectly their program. Between their skating, performance and costumes, it was a TRIPLE WIN!
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada: these are the costumes Canada's Gilles and Poirier wear for their Short Dance to "El Gato Montes" and "Capriccio Espagnol" by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov. One word: AMAZING! Oh, and how about Fantastico! These are so dramatic, creative and impacting--all at the same time. I especially love Piper's overskirt/toreador cape; that is DEFINITELY the Star of the costumes. Whoever came up with that needs a Figure Skating Costume raise!!
Cathy Reed and Chris Reed of Japan: These are the costumes worn by Japan's Reed and Reed for their Short Dance to "El Cid - Farruca" by Thomas Hickstein, Elva La Guardia and
"Gato Montes" by Hugo Montenegro. Notice anything different between the top photo and the lower one? The lower photo were the costumes they wore for the All Japan Figure Skating Championships (Japan Nationals) back in December 2014. So, for the most recent competition (top photo), it looks like Cathy reed decided to do a "Color-Way" Costume Change and switch from red and white, to black and white. Also notice the addition of a red applique in Chris' cummerbund.
Alexandra Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin of Ukraine: Nazarova and Nikitin wore these for their Free Dance to "Escalier" by Hugues Le Bars, "Air" by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Tango Tchack" by Hugues Le Bars. I wanted to highlight these for her unique asymmetrical hemline mesh over red slip dress which I liked, as well as the apple green colored shirt worn by Maxim which added a nice pop of color. I also like the color tie-in with his red neck scarf.
Allison Reed and Vasili Rogov of Israel: First off, in case you recognize the "Reed" last name, yes, you are right if you guess that she is related to the Japan Ice Dance brother-and-sister pair of Reed and Reed (whose Short Dance costumes I discussed earlier); Allison is their younger sister! Anyhow, back to the costumes--these above are Reed and Rogov's Free Dance costumes to Romeo and Juliet (soundtrack). I like Allison's romantic Juliet dress and do appreciate the sequin criss-cross straps seen on her sleeves as well as his. But I find his look--especially that shirt and light blue neck/torso scarf, a bit costume-cheesy.
Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu of China: I really like these costumes worn by Wang and Liu for their Short Dance to "A Bad Kitty", "Farewell to San Ricardo" by Henry Jackman and "Diablo Rojo" by Rodrigo y Gabriela. These costumes are exquisitely made, the sequin work on her costume is Couture-impressive (notice how the same sequin detail is on his cropped jacket shoulder sections). I would also be remiss if I didn't mention his Toreador costume: it is MUY fabuloso.
Federica Testa and Lucas Csolley of Slovakia: Finally I just wanted to talk about these rather kooky costumes worn by Testa and Csolley for their Free dance to "Enter the Circus" by Christina Aguilera, "Terrorklowns" by Verse 13 (Jamod L. Dodson), "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera and "Song Of Spirit" by Karl Jenkins. At first glance, yes, I thought they were a little "out there" and two minutes from a Cirque du Soleil show but...then I realized that their skate was based on the Circus and Clowns. Thank Goodness! So...yep, these costumes TOTALLY work for me!
Also, do you notice something different from the top photo and the lower photo? Her strapless bustier top is black on the top yet all of a sudden, a harlequin print on the lower photo. Explanation: during their Free Dance, he pulls the black fabric covering her top down, to reveal the harlequin one underneath. So...just for that "reveal' during their skate, they get a "Nick Costume Grade" of an "A"!