Trend of the 2016-2017 season: Ash-rose dress

Posted on 2017-01-12 • 4 comments


While we have a minute of rest before big events like US, Canadian Nationals and European Championships, I’d like to discuss some fashion)

This season we have a white dress trend in ladies single skating, but apparently it’s not the only color trend of the season. Interesting coincidence, but both Duhamel / Radford and Stolbova / Klimov chose pretty the same color shade and design for their costumes.

Meagan Duhamel Eric Radford

Ksenia Stolbova Fedor Klimov

Carolina Kostner also chose the dress of this color:

Carolina Kostner

and Tessa Virtue:

Tessa Virtue

So let’s discuss the color.

This color shade has many names “silver peony”, “dusty rose”, “old rose” but I think the most popular is “ash-rose”. Interesting thing, the most famous ash-rose dress has never existed in reality. Maggie Cleary from “The Thorn Birds” wore it.

It was a dusky, pale pinkish grey, the color that in those days was called ashes of roses.

Author emphasized on this romantic dress color of the main heroine, making it a symbol might-have-been dreams for happiness. Difficult to say what color exactly meant Colleen McCullough, that’s how it looked in movie:

This color is also popular nowadays among famous designers (the most beloved by skaters):

Elie Saab:

Elie Saab

elie saab

elie saab

ash-rose in combination:

elie saab

Zuhair Murad:

Zuhair Murad

Jenny Packham:

Naeem Khan:

I like this color shade a lot, it’s tender but elegant and noble. But it’s also a tricky color, a lot depends on lightening. that’s why I don’t think it’s best choice for ice. At least not for everyone. For example, Elena Ilinykh looked gorgeous in her ash-rose dress:

Elena Ilinykh

Frankly, I wish Ksenia, Meagan and Carolina have chosen some different shade. It’s not really their color.  For Meagan I’d prefer brighter and more saturated colors like vinous, dark blue, dark purple, black. Ash-rose look ok on Ksenia, but still not her best color. Carolina look too pale wearing it. I like how it looks on Tessa, it suits her, but I don’t like it for this dance.



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4 Responses to “Trend of the 2016-2017 season: Ash-rose dress”

  1. Catherine says:

    This is not surprising because Pantone selected this color—known as Rose Quartz—as one of their colors for 2016:

    A lot of companies pay close attention to Pantone’s “Color of the Year” and palette selections.

    • FS Gossips says:

      Thanks for this info! I didn’t know that. The color is so beautiful, but as I said not really for everyone. When I saw this color my first thought was about Yuna Kim. I think she’d look perfect in the dress of such shade.

  2. Mad for Skating says:

    I like the color A LOT but I agree it’s not for Meagan. Ksenia has dark enough features that it’s not horrible, but I love her in red or black (and I want to see her in dark purple!). Carolina is too fair for it and pink is not the color for Tessa’s program. Elena looks nice as always :)

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