This meeting of the fashion police is now open!
All stand and recite the creed, "I will do my duty, to the goddess of fashion, to rip and tear without regard for race or sex, any and all costumes that cross the line into boring, ugly, ridiculous, seriously too small, unflattering, wedgie producing, over the top, too naked, not naked enough and just plain weird."
That said, let's get to it!
Wedgies - my personal pet peeve. It is possible to have a dress cut both long enough and with enough fabric to completely cover the behind.
And it also my opinion that the costume can actually change the way you skate, these skaters watch every ounce, what happens when they strap on 42 pounds of fabric and stones?
Caroline Kostner Short Program dress - Is this a new style, thong dresses? OMG, when she did a spin you couldn't tell what was the front or back. Get a new seamstress. Which she did for the LP, nice, skirt still a little short but the concept was excellent and seemed to fit her better.
Without spoiling anything, the reason Shizuka Arakawa placed like she did in the LP is because she finally got a dress that did not give her a wedgie. She tends to go a little over the top, the SP dress was way too engineered, that white part was distracting and way too severe. Why are all of her dresses cut clear up to her earlobes? What is she hiding?
Miki Ando LP - What exactly is happening here? Too short in the body, too much skirt, too much texture, bad color, bad, bad, bad. Miki is a gorgeous athletic young woman, here she's dressing like a milkmaid. You just aren't going to make anything look smaller with yards of fabric, plus I'm thinking it just weighed her down and made her tired too fast.
Bodysuits? I'm still on the fence. Irina looks pretty good in her SP. However, Sokolova needs her own fashion police squad, to save her from herself. She's an absolute doll, beautiful face, sort of a gamine type. So instead of playing that up she heads into weirdness and gotta tell ya, if you're not in the best shape ever, don't wear a nearly naked bodysuit. Makes me think she's secretly wanting to be an ice dancer. Who's the one in the black/red, Poykio?, now that was fine, also a little distractingly naked, but she's at least got the body.
I'm sure I'll come up with more on my second viewing of the SP and LP, but it's a start..
Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult
Galit Chait should be done for her feathered monstrosity in the OD, - feathers and white are not a good look for a costume as you invariably look like you have murdered a swan to make a dress, and I shall say no more about the candy floss pink trim provided she ditches it for Worlds.
Sasha Cohen - love the concept and colour and the basic design of her SP dress but it is she is gently veering towards the Tonya Harding look of illusion fabric - please nip it in the bud before it gets too serious! Sexy dress does not mean cut to the navel!
Body suits, I am still out on this one, not sure if I like them or not. Normally I like Irinas, but not this one thought it made her look chunky and clunky as did Sokolova's free costume. Sarah Meir on the other hand pulled it off reasonably well.
Miki Ando's free dress had too many different colours that didn't match.
The little Georgian gir - vast improvement on the white costume (I have a thing against white costumes, only one I have ever liked was Anissina's OD in1999) but still not sure what to make of it all, thought the black tights made her feet look huge and clunky.
Navka's OD costume - Leopard Print! Nuff said!!!
I was trying to like Miki Ando's dress, but found the color all wrong and it made her look like a little girl.
Sokolova's bodysuit was a bad choice. She doesn't have the curves to pull it off. My oldest son who was watching at the time wondered what was she wearing?!
See the thread "Costumes" for my opinion on the ice dancers
I hated Carolina's SP costume but her LP dress was pretty. Her headpiece added a lot.
Shizuka-not by personal faves but her avbant garde costumes worked for her.
I loved both of Sasha's number's. I loved her SP dress especially the detail on the scarf. I liked the LP costume but it looked like a combo between her old R+J costume and her 2001 Dark Eyes costume.
I thought Emily's dresses were flattering.
ITA about the "thong" bottoms. Some of the lifts the ice dancers do look almost pornographic when the lady's panties have ridden up so high. The Bulgarians have gotten better but some of their positions, and due to their close height, have made me cringe in the past. Any of these people ever heard of glue? I'm almost embarrassed to comment on this, but did anyone notice that Shiz could have used an ummm...errrr...wax? Sometimes I get embarrassed for them. I don't blame some of them for liking the pants.
Oh yes, it was noticeable from in the thumbnail pic on yahoo, and even worse if you looked at the full size picture. That just shouldn't happen at this level.
Originally Posted by Justafan
Poor Miki, her LP dress looked like an old one Carol pulled out of a closet and it looked too big on her, too.
Loved Irina's red dress. Looked great on her.
Loved Sasha's SP dress especially. The detail on the skirt was beautiful.
body image problems
Me thinks that Miki is going through some body image problems and couldn't feel remotely comfortable unless she had yards and yards of fabric over her. Linny
Did anyone think Sara Meier (Swiss) looked half naked (and not in a good way)? I was just looking at that fake flesh monstrosity with horror when I heard Dick say he liked it. Dick must have a naughty streak. She is a lovely girl --but doesn't need to be half naked and covered in flames!
While you are at it you might as well discuss their makeup too. Kostner wins for worst makeup. The heroin chik dark circles under the eyes went out with Kate Moss. Arakawa i thought was best with Sasha a close second.
At least she has the body for it, unlike Elena S, who is inconsistent with being in shape. Irina always looks bowlegged in the unitard to me.
Originally Posted by 76olympics
Irina is bowlegged. that's why she is such a good jumper (think about how efficiently the blades of a cake mixer spin around). To me, pants disguise this much better than a skating skirt.
Originally Posted by Justafan
Sara Meier looked too naked to me.
Carolina Kostner's skirt was too short.
Irina Slutskata looks chunky in the pantsuit costume even though she isn't chunky.