Top-10 best costumes in pairs. Season 2018-2019
Annual fashion review, today I’m gonna discuss pairs’ costumes.
Unfortunately there weren’t many pairs this season, so we don’t have big choice of costumes.
10. Laura Barquero and Aritz Maestu
Such a cute polka dot sundress which reminds me the dress of Valentina Marchei. Artis wears classic set of “trousers, shirt and a vest” and a pocket square to match her dress. Costumes are nice and suit the style of the program.
9. Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc
When you have a program in the style of 20-30th, what could be better than a dress with a fringe?) Well and who cares that each season we have plenty of such dresses. Sorry, I’ll try to be more kind) Fringe, ruffles on the back and pearls – everything in the spirit of the times. But I would really prefer a deeper color.
Timothy choose a classic look trousers with suspenders. Striped trousers by the way, not just usual boring black.
I start to think that I should have included into the ranking leggings from the free program. At least there was some freshness of ideas)
8. Kirsten Moore-Tower and Michael Marinaro
Kirsten often showed us beautiful outfits. For example, that beautiful dusty lavender dress or the red dress. Therefore, this season I also expected something interesting, but we have only two nice dresses.
Simple, but pretty blue dress, with an open back, rhinestones and a light ombre effect.
The first dress for the short program was more interesting. I’m not sure that I like this shade of purple, but the coloring of the skirt is interesting and non-standard. Looking at it I want to say “Oh, this is something new.” I wish Kirsten have stayed with this dress just having reworked it a bit on the top instead of replacing it with new one nice but usual.
Michal didn’t deserve a change of costume) Okay, okay, just kidding. Just from the beginning he got a good one. Beautiful dark blue, well-fitting and without unnecessary details.
7. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov
It’s finally happened! For the second time in their senior career I don’t want to burn their costumes of immediately. Yes, somewhere we have already seen something similar. Yes, the signs on the back seem to me too much and too primitive, like “Ok, if someone don’t understand the libretto of our program will explain in the simplest way”. But still it’s a huge progress and a confident step forward into a bright stylish future.
Color and antique motifs in silhouette suits Evgenia. It looks nobly and favorably emphasizes her refined beauty. Slight neckline with massive jewelry look very nice. Vladimir has the absolute must have in the wardrobe of every male skater – a gray ombre longsleeve, ok “dark edition”. But after the red disco shirt, I’m ready to appreciate even this.
6. Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer
Almost every season I want to steal their programs together with the costumes and give them to some top pair…Yeah I feel guilty…but just a little) This season I liked the costumes for the free program. Firstly, I really like their laconic style. Secondly, we finally see deep color! Severin even wears not a usual black. Not some boring pale ombre which is so beloved by all the skaters now, but beautiful, deep, dark purple color. And everything would have been gorgeous and with a claim to a fashionable top if not the color of the sleeves which is too bright.
Ok, here I’ll try to explain the logic of my ranking. In the bottom of the rating there are those who in my opinion had one set of good costumes, above are those who got nice (unfortunately can’t say amazing) costumes for both programs.
5. Alexandra Boikova and Dmitri Kozlovski
Despite the fact that in the short program Dmitri looked like waiter in Russian restaurant on Brighton Beach (although … maybe it was the idea?), I want to include this costumes into the ranking because of Alexandra’s dress. It seems to me a very good finding. First and most important, it fits Sasha perfectly and creates a very beautiful, feminine silhouette. Secondly, it pleases with restraint, laconic finishing and overall elegance, which is not often seen in costumes for “Dark eyes”.
As for the costumes for the free program, I like Dmitri’s outfit more.Sasha’s dress seemed to me too pale and too “nude” (especially leotard). I understand that it’s still a trend in fashion, but I wanted something splendid and romantic for the Nutcracker. But Dmitri looked great! Beautifully embroidered black camisole on such tall and handsome guy! Prince no doubt.
4. Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud
anadian pairs have a reputation to uphold. Probably, this is the only jumpsuit of the season, which I liked without any “but”. Taking into account the peculiarities of figure skaters’ bodies, jumpsuits suit not everyone and you need to be very careful with the proportions. But Evelyn has a beautiful figure and can totally afford wearing such an outfit. And I like the idea to step aside from the usual version of jumpsuit. Pants + short top looks fresh and more interesting. Despite the plunging neckline, it doesn’t look vulgar. Trennt’s neckline, of course, could have been less impressive) Although ladies in the stands probably liked it. The costumes are matched to each other, and I really liked that they made a real costume for Trenn, not just pants and some shirt.
They had Romeo and Juliet in the free program and this theme in one way or another obliges to beautiful, romantic costumes. Their variation is very nice, without cliches. Beautiful, delicate dress with ruffles falling of the shoulder. I won’t even grumble about the another ombre effect) But I’ll seriously think about writing to ISU suggesting implement a -1 deduction for ombre)
It seems that Trennt is a fan of translucent sleeves and plunging necklines) Well ok, at least he has what to show) I love it when a male partner wears a nice costumes and not just somewhere on the background of his beautifully dressed-up lady. Nice variation of doublet with a beautiful finishing on the shoulders. The image turned out very princely)
3. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres
I seemed that it was a time for Vanessa and Morgan to take the position of fashion trendsetters in pair skating. Who if not them? They had so many great costumes! I still remember amazing costumes for “Angels and Demons” FP, which I still consider to be one of the most luxurious and gorgeus costumes in pair skating. Cool and super hot blue dress, which make all the commentators speechless. And, of course, the first appearance of Vanessa in the black jumpsuit. Therefore, the expectations were high…but unfortunately they didn’t reach that bar this season.
I quite liked Morgan’s semi-transparent costume of maroon almost black shade. Yes, he already has a lot of such longsleeves. But still he looks damn good. Surprisingly, I also liked Vanessa’s dress. Despite the richness of finishes and shining golden fabric, which usually looks a bit cheap to me. Surprisingly, but Vanessa can present even such design. I would also like to mention an attempt to bring crop tops on the ice and an interesting asymmetrical skirt design.
And I’d really like this costumes if not for one, but important, BUT. I didn’t get a complete picture, what did they want to say with these costumes for this program? The costumes were on their own, the program on its own.
In the free program Morgan also looked great! An interesting longsleeve with drapery the same as on her costume, and translucent part again. I like that costumes are matched and united with a common idea. Vanessa looks damn good in her jumpsuit … ..but … The trick repeated more than twice has stopped causing such a stunning effect. Well, Vanessa. Well in a jumpsuit. Well, she looks gorgeous. But did we doubt that? I think she’s stuck a bit in this costume direction. I want to see something new. Oh, and “rhinestinestone G-string” was distracting me the entire season)
So it turned out that the most spectacular appearance of the season was training outfit at the European Championships. Vanessa took off her training jacket and remained in this:
The arena exhaled “Oh …”
2. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim
Almost constant participants of the fashion rating and even its repeated prize-winners. At first they shocked me with their futuristic costumes for the short program. It turned out that there are things that can ruin even Alexa. But then they showed us this stylish and beautiful costumes. There are a lot of finishing, but everything was done with taste. Chris has a very nicely decorated neckline. And Alexa’s dress is a great example of how hot a little black dress can look.
In the free program Chris wore this elegant dark blue long-sleeve with drapery on the neckline … which caused me bitterly sweet nostalgia for Patrick Chan’s Olympic costume.
Alexa has a gentle, romantic dress, with a flirty strap falling off the shoulder with a still fashionable multi-level skirt length. The color combination suits her a lot, fashion houses also approve … The dress is so lovely that I will even ignore the notorious ombre effect)
1.Wenjing Sui and Cong Han
Let’s start with the costumes for the free program. Oh, they have everything I love: simplicity of design, minimalism in details and no ombre effect!) Just deep, beautiful color. Cong wears elegant, stylish, black shirt that will look great even with pants or jeans. Wenjing’s dress reflects the fashion trend on structured bodices in the linen style. She was the first who brought this trend to the ice, adding a “provocation” note to the image.
And I want to finish my fashion ranking with costumes for the short program. Mostly because of her dress) Cong, of course, also looked great in his simplified version of a tuxedo. Although, I think there’s too much finishing on it. But everything is fading near Wenjing’s dress. I fell in love with this dress from the first sight and immediately understood – that’s my winner.
Sophisticated gray-blue color, laconic silhouette and gorgeous design of the bodice! Chic, beautiful, sexy. And a thin belt in the best traditions of our beloved Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad as a finishing touch.
And now our rubric “Take it off immediately” for the fashion victims. Let’s see whose costumes amazed us this season, but not in a good way.
I can not past by Mr. Tomato Morozov the disco dancer. The one who gave the redhead Vova this shirt has something personal against him. I see no other reason)
Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise. I still don’t understand how it’s even possible to make such an unflattering costume for Matteo who looks like ancient roman god. I also don’t have any explanation why her skirt is so short…Maybe the dress has shrunked in the wash.
This futuristic jumpsuit with golden armor bra has been making me speechless all season.
And the indisputable leaders of antirating Natalia Zabijako and Alexander Enbert. He wears tile and a velvet curtain, she has some kind of a tulle with a sign that from a distance above the 10th row looked like “High voltage”, or “Danger. Toxic.”
Related topics: Alexa Scimeca Chris Knierim, Alexandra Boikova Dmitri Kozlovski, Ashley Cain Timothy LeDuc, Evelyn Walsh Trennt Michaud, Evgenia Tarasova Vladimir Morozov, figure skating costumes, figure skating dresses, ice style, Kirsten Moore-Towers Michael Marinaro, Laura Barquero Artiz Maestu, Miriam Ziegler Severin Kiefer, Natalia Zabijako Alexander Enbert, Nicole Della Monica Matteo Guarise, Vanessa James Morgan Cipres, Wenjing Sui Cong Han