I adored Butyrskaya's and Usova's dresses.
IMO, Kostner's costumes over the last TWO quads were as good as anybody's, on par with Sasha Cohen's, generally speaking. Criticizing Kostner's costumes and praising Suzuki's? Give me a break. Her dress, image linked to as Akiko by Buttercup, was a psychological terror directed to Asada, the way I see it. Remember Arakawa and Ando dressed themselves in Kim's Gershwin-esque blue dresses in a same Japanese domestic exhibition event right after Vancouver? Same kind of thing. Well, I guess it worked for Suzuki, since she won WC bronze that year while Asada finished 6th. I won't further comment on her other dresses referred in the Buttercup's post, though I liked her programs in some of those.
I am not a big fan of the unitards or tights instead of pantyhose/flesh. They have a tendancy to add bulk or just not look particularly graceful - maybe I am old fashion.Korpi is always divine but she is so beautiful so she can make a burlap sack work lol, Kwan, Cohen, Bobek, Butyrskaya, Trenary and Manley in their days all were well dressed. I really am not impressed with Kostner and I find Tessa's dresses look rather hohom and too long usually - Meryl is way better. Scott Hamilton had hideous disco crashed into track and field outits. Just bad - should have been docked a mark or two, Suguri's latter outfits were what not to wear. Kim is usually elegant; Mao sometimes looks like she went through a grinder and they just threw things at the carnage hoping it would stick.
I really liked Nicole Bobek's outfits from 1995-1998, particularly her ones from 1995. They were glittery yet sophisticated.
That looks like my kind of topic! YA :D
I totally loved:
Isa´s outfit of the LP this and last season,
Laura´s at Turino (Don Juan skate),
Ashley Cains practice outfit at Nebelhorn (BLING BLING),
Susanna (she always rocked her outfits)
Natalja Zabijako (she wears her outfits with so much attitude)
Sasha Cohen (Imagine 2007!)
Adding: Michelle Couwenberg to my list... her costumes are interesting.
switched to lavender by 2012 Skate Canada), or that wearing it was a form of psychological terror! Thank you for enlightening me. Poor ladies, being terrorized by Akiko. She's a scary one. I do wonder, though, why didn't she wear it all season, if that was her goal?
But wait, didn't Arakawa wear a blue dress first? Perhaps everyone has been copying her! Or maybe it was the Kween whom everyone was trying to emulate? It couldn't have been Nadine Ahmed's dress; she wasn't well-known enough, and anyway the skirt is too long.
Akiko's blue dress was beautiful. Carolina's LP costume that season was interesting, but I thought the idea was better than the execution. I did approve of her black unitard for the Riders on the Storm program, it was a good fit conceptually. And comparing someone's costumes to Sasha Cohen's isn't much of a compliment. Carolina is a lovely skater and a classy person, she deserves better than this sort of "defense".
Also, just FYI: the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball are often closers and other specialized relievers. And they all come in from the bullpen! Don't use baseball as a metaphor if you can't get it right.
^^ No, it's not about Yuna Kim having a monopoly on anything. Yes, anybody can wear any color. Usually, I couldn't care less even if somebody is dressed exactly like someone else. My comments were about what I see in the particular costume you picked as your favorite, and in the costume choice Suzuki made. Is the resemblance only in color, really? With the Arakawa's exhibilition costume I mentioned, similarity to Kim's Gershwin dress was even more striking. It's about the choices made by the Japanese ladies, not about others'. Interesting is that, Murakami's new FS this year is to Papa, Can You Hear Me, the same Yentl OST track Kim skated to in another case of her crushing win over Asada at JWC. All coincidence? Possibly. Hint of intention or design? Yes, the way I see this kind of things in skating. Am I saying it's wrong if it's true? No. You don't agree? Fine, but please don't change or distort what I said.
About the baseball thing, I believe you would be aware that bull pen means a warm up area for the pitchers, primarily; and relievers/closers, secondarily.
There will be dozens of blue dresses in Sochi, and I bet some of them will be royal blue. Asada will have a good excuse if she didn't win Gold.
The lavender dress is lovely - though I suppose that dress in that color, or in pale blue, could look a bit washed out on the ice in competition rather than with gala lighting. More vibrant colors can really show well, as Kiira Korpi has demonstrated over the years.
not much of an ice dancer, she is the future Mrs. Kerr. And Murakami could actually be trying to psych out Carolina Kostner by reminding her that she's not as young as she once was. Yes, that is clearly it.
I picked five different costumes to illustrate how pretty Akiko's dresses are. I don't know why you're so obsessed with this one. What's next, accusing her of copying Jimmy MacElroy with the peacock dress?
It's bullpen - one word. Bullpen the location is the place where relievers throw before entering a game, but bullpen also refers to a team's relief pitchers (source, another source, another source). When someone claims that, say, "the Dodgers have a good bullpen", it does not mean that they have a pretty bullpen with lovely amenities. While starters sometimes throw there as well, the term is not generally associated with them. Or with weak pitching. So, to repeat: baseball terminology, you're doing it wrong.About the baseball thing, I believe you would be aware that bull pen means a warm up area for the pitchers, primarily; and relievers/closers, secondarily.
As for your costume conspiracy theories, they are even more ridiculous than the usual bot "arguments".
Akiko Suzuki, 2012 Worlds: http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/A...25nnf0KJvl.jpg
Yu-Na Kim, 2010 Olympics: http://media.npr.org/assets/news/201...e81-s3-c85.jpg
Personally, I loved Akiko Suzuki's first costume that season the best: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GCE_6QnByb...600/Akiko1.jpg There was no need for her to change it or look to other dresses for inspiration.