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Just thought I would add an update to my previous comment.
Firstly, I was a bit dismayed that Adelina Sotnikova wore the same costumes at the Cup of Russia that she wore at Skate America. You would have thought that she would have chosen a different SP costume after seeing just how much of her chest you could see through the side of that dress.
At the time I wrote the original comment, I hadn't watched any of the gala exhibitions. But, I have now watched the Skate America gala, and I would just like to say that I thought Adelina's gala dress was absolutely beautiful. Something similar for the competitions would have been a lot more appropriate.
I have just hunted down videos from earlier competitions in the 2012/13 season and, as a result, I have a theory. I am starting to get the impression that the other Russian girls were perhaps responding to Adelina being so daring with her costumes in Skate America.
At the end of September, Adelina competed at the Nebelhorn trophy. Now, in all 3 of her performances in Oberstdorf, Adelina wore different outfits to what she wore in her Grand Prix appearances. And none of them were at all revealing.
Polina Shelepen was also at Oberstdorf, and although she wore the same FS costume as at Skate Canada, her SP costume was different. Whereas the dress she wore in Canada was largely transparent with tassels over, her costume in Germany was much more like what we are used to seeing - with skin-coloured areas rather than transparent areas.
It was the same with Julia Lipnitskaia at the Finlandia Trophy at the start of October. Julia wore the same SP costume as at the Cup of China, but her FS costume was different. Like Polina Shelepen in Germany, Julia's FS costume in Finland was more like what we are used to. Although her Finlandia dress did have transparent areas, they were positioned in the area we traditionally find them - the midriff.
So, it seems to me that the Russian girls saw Adelina's new costumes at Skate America, and some of them thought "Oh. We'll have to wear something daring as well if we want to get noticed enough to get into the team".
I'm not sure how accurate my theory is, but it seems plausible.
Also, since I wrote my comment, we have seen Polina Korobeynikova's first performance of the Grand Prix series. So here is my verdict on her costumes at the Cup of Russia.
Polina Korobeynikova (16)
Polina K did not wear anything revealing at the Cup of Russia. In fact, she wore two very beautiful dresses. But, what impressed me more was her skating. She has improved immensely since the appearances I saw from her last year. Perhaps Polina K is the dark horse in the race for a place in the Russian team at the Europeans and Worlds…
But, as I said in my previous comment, I hope that this trend for revealing costumes is nipped in the bud sooner rather than later. It is just taking away from the excellent skating that we want to see.
Last edited by CaroLiza_fan; 11-16-2012 at 03:11 AM.
^I didn't notice the inappropriateness of those costumes until it was pointed out. I can see why they might be pressured to appear older, since many people say things like they lack maturity in artistry/presentation.
I loved Kanako's short program dress:
Beautiful variation of colors on the floaty skirt and a one-shoulder pale blue top with silver details
It reminded me a lot of Yukina Ota's, hers matched the organic, impressionistic Daphnis & Chloe music well:
Akiko Suzuki's long program dress this season is one of the most stunning bird-theme costumes, I think:
Also like Ashley Wagner's long program dress, it looks really good on her.
EZETTIE LATUASV IVAKMHA
Right, hopefully this will be the final comment I post on this matter.
Mmmm. All I can say is that Julia certainly put on some very mature performances in Paris this weekend - she was absolutely sensational!!! :D But, I know what you are getting at!
Originally Posted by avalyn
Anyway, back what I was planning to write.
I just wanted to say that I was delighted to see that for their 2nd GP series appearance in France, Julia and Liza both wore different dresses in the FS to the ones that I was complaining about.
Liza's dress in particular was absolutely beautiful! (but, I would say that, wouldn't I?!) It was very similar to her Skate Canada FS dress, except that instead of the plunging neckline, it had a red patterned area which contrasted brilliantly with the black of the rest of her dress.
Although Liza wore her Canadian FS dress for her gala performance in France, I actually liked it under the gala lighting! It looked a lot more impressive than it did under the normal lighting, and it no longer looked like she was just trying to "show off her 'assets' " (as I put it in my original comment in this thread).
It's amazing the difference that the gala lighting can make. I know she's not Russian or a teenager, but take the completely transparent dress that Ashley Wagner wore in her gala performances this year. I haven't seen it in normal light, but I would imagine that it would look a little bit desperate. But, under the gala lighting, it looks really impressive.
And as for Julia, I loved the colour of her dress at Paris. It was the same colour as the dress that she wore for her FS at the Finlandia Trophy, but it was a lot nicer. The Finlandia dress had a very low neckline (a bit like Polina Shelepen's FS top), but the French dress not only had a higher neckline, but also had a nice lacey bit above it.
Oh, and I just realised that I forgot to mention in my original comment that there was another Russian teenager that was wearing a top in their Skate Canada SP that was too transparent …
So, it's not just the girls that are at it!!!
Last edited by CaroLiza_fan; 11-26-2012 at 03:28 PM.
Reason: Just discovered I have been using the wrong auto-text for the "big grin" emoticon!
Maia Shibutani @MaiaShibutani
Gorgeous photos showing close-up shots of details from the costumes for both Maia and Alex.
Can I just say how much I love Ashley Wagner's LP dress? This is one of my favorite costumes the last few years. I just love the deep yellow color, the glam factor, and how well it fits the program. Ashley looks simply great in it.
Kiira Korpi's costumes are also, as usual, gorgeous. She certainly does the elegant, ladylike look very well.
I love Cappelllini & Lanotte's Carmen costumes. That red dress is so striking--I love the the poufs and the dramatic cut. Anna looks fantastic. And Pechalat & Bourzat's FD costumes--to die for. (I know a lot of people don't like them, but I personally think they're perfect, and once again accentuate the effortless sexiness of this team.) I've also decided I like Kavaguti & Smirnov's LP costumes. That deep, intense, prismatic color really evokes the cold, wintry feeling of their February music. Very very attractive.
Worst costumes of the year? Julia Lipnitskaya's. I hate the black tights in the SP costume. And that candy-cotton pink LP dress is terrible. Her costumes are very juniorish, just like her skating.
I can't say I like Gracie Gold's costumes much better. I think she's too young for the strapless look. Also I don't like the dress colors, they're both a little too bright and flashy.