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FASHION WITH A PASSION.....Fashion With A Passion 2018 Event at FIDM San Diego March 24th

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FASHION WITH A PASSION.....Fashion With A Passion 2018 Event at FIDM San Diego March 24th

 Fashion With A Passion 2018--Nick Verreos with models in his NIKOLAKI gowns at last year's "Fashion With A Passion 2017" Make-A-Wish San Diego event, FIDM San Diego

I am SO EXCITED to announce that I have been invited (for a consecutive year!) to take part in the WONDERFUL Make-A-Wish San Diego "Fashion With A Passion" Event Presented by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM at the FIDM San Diego campus!

"Fashion With A Passion 2018" Event featuring Nick Verreos and his NIKOLAKI gown collection at FIDM San Diego

Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has provided children and their families with a life-affirming experience in the midst of a challenging time. A wish can bring a sense of normalcy, change a child's mental state and provide much-needed respite for a family. "Fashion With A Passion" is a very special event benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego that helps children have their wish come true as well as use fashion for a great cause.

The sensational fashion event will feature:
*Food and wine
*Marvelous vendor village with Pop-up Boutiques
*Make-up artists, jewelry designers
*A Fashion Swap as well as Silent Auction, and...

A very special FASHION SHOW showcasing my NIKOLAKI red carpet gowns! (Photos of models above from last year's "Fashion With A Passion 2017" Event)

Here are all the DETAILS:

WHAT--"Fashion With A Passion" Fashion Event featuring NIKOLAKI Fashion Show with Nick Verreos Benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego Presented by FIDM

WHEN--Saturday March 24, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

WHERE--FIDM San Diego, 350 10th Avenue, #300 (3rd Floor), San Diego California 92101

TICKETS--The earlier you purchase your TICKETS, the better (in terms of price!):
*Early Bird: January 2-February 28th
                    -General Admission (includes Admission, Food, Beverages & Swag Bag): $40
                    -VIP Tickets (Admission, Food, Beverages, complimentary parking,                                                      reserved seating for fashion show, welcome Champagne cocktail, early admission to                            SHOP!, enhanced Swag Bag & private reception with a "Wish Kid" and her                                  family): $100

*General Admission: March 1st-March 23rd, at 5PM
                    -General Admission: $45
                    -VIP Tickets: $125

*At The Door--Tickets will be available to purchase at the door, day of the event
                    -General Admission: $55
                    -VIP: $125

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE!

And...SEE YOU March 24th for "FASHION WITH A PASSION"!

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ICE STYLE.....2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Costumes RECAP: MEN'S COSTUMES

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ICE STYLE.....2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Costumes RECAP: MEN'S COSTUMES

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan during his gold medal winning Free Skate at 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Gangneung Ice Arena, South Korea


In my last ICE STYLE blog post HERE, I discussed some of my FAVORITE PAIRS figure skating costumes from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and now it is time for the MEN. A few days ago,  the Finals of the MEN'S Figure Skating competition took place with twenty-four men competing for that magical Olympic moment. In the end, no one could dethrone THE KING: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu. It was a great championship including Nathan Chen! THE SIX QUAD KING! But, enough about that, it's time to talk about THEIR COSTUMES!

Here are some of my COSTUMES HIGHLIGHTS of the MEN from their Short Programs and Free Skates--Let's begin with the German "Jaime Lannister":

Paul Fentz of Germany Free Skate to Game of Thrones (soundtrack)--As much as I watch figure skating and (almost) each and every one of the international competitions, and as much as I cover the costumes of figure skating...somehow I missed this GEM of a costume: Paul Fentz from Germany in a Jaime Lannister "Game of Thrones" getup! While in terms of going with the theme and music, he was spot-on, it's just the costume looked a little bit as if he had bought it from a costume shop for like $39.99. Well, at least people on the Twittersphere went cosplay CRAY-CRAY for him.


Michal Brezina of Czech Republic Short Program to Kodo (Japanese Drums)--Michal skated his Short Program in this black and white costume featuring a skin-tight top with crystal studded dragon-like motifs. I really liked the sequined dragons on his top and style elements of those Kodo drummers with the cinched-at-the-ankle pants and white-tie wrists. Above all, I was just happy he cut his hair and wasn't featuring that douchey hipster top-knot hair I had last seen him with:


 
Top Knot Michal: NO. 

Deniss Vasiljevs of Latvia Free Skate to Put the Blame On Mame by Doctor 3, Anyone to Love and Sway by Michael Buble--For his Free Skate, Deniss went for a "Lead Singer of a Las Vegas Band"-look with his shimmering costume. The look had tuxedo-like pants, dress shirt and a jacket featuring one gold metallic side as well as a blue one. The overall look was a bit Eurovision "kooky".

Keiji Tanaka of Japan Free Skate to Amarcord, Le Notti di Cabiria, La Paaserella di Otto e Mezzo by Nino Rota--Tanaka skated his Free Skate to a selection of music from famed Italian composer Nino Rota (known for his film scores for Fellini). Therefore, I expected color, bold and fun, and he gave me all those with this costume of a royal blue-and-black jacket, striped shirt and skin-tight "jeans". While I LOVED the colors, I was especially fond of his skin-tight skater leggings/jeans; the perfect indigo denim blue, the top-stitching...they were so Disco 1970's Jordache!


Misha Ge of Uzbekistan Short Program to Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini performed by Ikuko Kawai: Misha Ge is one of my FAVORITE male figure skaters. I love his skating but I especially LOVE how he BOWS after his skate like a Bolshoi Ballet Dancer! Oh, and yeah, he also embraces fab costumes. For his Short Program, Misha wore this above. It is a bit "Game of Thrones" Medieval-like in its colors, details and macabre red-and-black details. I liked the asymmetry of the top, sequined embellishment and his low-slung sequined "triple belted" top: So 90's Retro Fab.

Dmitri Aliev of Olympic Athlete from Russia Short Program to Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khatchaturian--I loved this costume. The "Admiral"-like costume featured a red/maroon colored double-breasted snug-fitting stretch jacket, gorgeous collar and cuffs with sequined appliques and those great frilly epaulets. With the accompaniment of the sweeping music and this costume, I was almost transported to a fabulous ball in Imperialist Russia.

Free Skate to To Build A Home by Cinematic Orchestra, The Winner Is (from "Little Miss Sunshine" soundtrack) and How It Ends (from "Little Miss Sunshine" soundtrack) by Mychael Danner & DeVotchKa--I have said this before and it bears repeating: I do love when a male figure skater wears a draped top/costume. Full stop. I love that they are strong enough in their so-called masculinity to wear a soft, draped look, usually reserved for the ladies. So, yes, I do like this purple draped costume worn by Russia's Dmitri Aliev. I also liked the little details, such as the side sequined "buckle" and his purple stretch chiffon-covered hands. This was sublime.

Mikhail Kolyada of  Olympic Athlete from Russia Short Program to Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Tango. I loved this black and white costume from Kolyada. It was sleek, fit him well, and featured enough "sparkle" to make me happy.

Free Skate to to Steamroller Blues, Can't Help Falling In Love, Rip It Up by Elvis Presley--Mikhail did Elvis proud with an interpretation of one of his famous costume looks. I liked the details, especially the front torso jeweled sequins, purple scarf  and crystal studded back yoke. Once again, the super slim fit was perfect!

Jin Boyang Jin China Short Program to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (soundtrack) by Tan Dun--For his Short Program, Jin Boyang wore this all black costume that had the detailing of a traditional Chinese robe, but reinterpreted in a modern way. The entire look was slim, sleek and minimal. I liked how the interest was kept on top and loved the "harness"-like costume details. 


Free Skate to Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, performed by Jeff Buckley--I thought this was quite beautiful, in terms of a costume. It was romantic, sensual and quietly elegant...like the "Hallelujah" music he skated to. I LOVE seeing male figure skaters wear softly draped tops such as these. It might not have been much of a costume (it's just a red top and black pants after all!) but I appreciated it, especially the cowl draping!


Vincent Zhou Short Program to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol--He wore this lilac-hued shirt and dark lilac/gray skin-tight pants designed by Lisa McKinnon who also designed many of the other top figure skaters including Olympic gold medal winner Aljona Savchenko. The shirt featured beautiful crystals throughout but it was the white tank/shirt underneath that made it slightly too "Casual Fridays" for my taste; I'm just not a fan of the under t-shirt showing, so I would have preferred no undershirt. 


Free Skate to Moulin Rouge (soundtrack): Zhou wore this red-and-black costume for his "Moulin Rouge" Free Skate. This costume, which was designed by Ladu Design, featured a red and black color theme. I especially liked the beautiful sequin detail that was delicately placed at the shirt's shoulders and one side of the front. 

Nathan Chen of USA Short Program to Nemesis by Benjamin Clementine--Nathan wore this black-and-white costume for his Short Program at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The design was done by Vera Wang and her team. Wang is not a stranger to figure skating costumes since, as we all know, she famously designed the costume for 1994 Olympic Silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan (on many occasions), as well as 2010 Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek (who now works for Wang). This costume featured a sleek Lycra black long sleeve mock-neck shirt with a bold white section on one side of it as well as one sleeve. He wore black skin-tight pants to go with the top. It was a very linear look. This was a nice look for Nathan and a COSTUME CHANGE from what he last wore to this Short Program--also designed by Vera Wang:

Do we like this (above) or what he wore at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Free Skate to Mao's Last Dancer (soundtrack) by Christopher Gordon--For his Free Skate, Nathan also debuted a new costume--also by Vera Wang--This was different from what he last wore for this Free Skate (also from Vera Wang) at the 2018 U.S. Nationals. Once again, it was a black and white costume--featuring a white stand-up band collar, black top and pants and gray sleeves. While I liked the clean, directional design, I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with BOTH of his costumes--especially when it is Vera Wang. Many fashionistas were expecting SOMETHING...and these two costumes were not that. But I do understand how they were VERY Vera Wang-aesthetic and Nathan-like (no fussy, sequined CRAY-CRAY). In case you are wondering, this is what he last wore to the same Free Skate (by Vera Wang) at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships:


Nathan Chen in Vera Wang, at the 2018 U.S Figure Skating Championships San Jose California

Adam Rippon Short Program to Let Me Think About It (Eddie Thoneick Remix) performed by Ida Carr feat. Fedde Le Grand--I LOVED this costume--designed by Braden Overett and Veretto Sport--worn by Adam for his fab dance music Short Program. I really like the faux leather panels and the rhinestones accenting the top. Throw in that center front zipper and sheer stretch chiffon and Adam is ready to hit the dance floor! I just want to know if I can join him!? The costume is like Figure Skating Meets The Abbey! And just in case you are paying attention (and a figure skating costume fan), the top Adam wore for the 2018 Winter Olympics Short Program was a teeny bit different than what he had been wearing before:


Before: Longer sleeves!

Free Skate to Arrival of the Birds ("Crimson Wing" soundtrack) by The Cinematic Orchestra
O by Coldplay--THIS WAS GORGEOUS! The look--also designed/created by Braden Overett--included blue skin tight pants and a second-skin sequined top. That top was OUTSTANDING: This, ladies and gentlemen IS Figure Skating Haute Couture! There were hints of the sky and bird's wings (to go along with the music) in the sequined designs of the top which I really loved, and against the crisp white ice, the colors and crystals stood out like a fabulous and glorious peacock! In person, the crystals lit up the entire arena! Bravo Adam and Bravo Braden! And by the way, in case you were paying attention...what he wore for his Olympic Free Skate above was different than what he chose to wear for his TEAM competition Free Skate:

Which Top Do You Like The Best?--(Left) Adam Rippon during the 2018 Winter Olympics Team Figure Skating Competition doing his Free Skate representing the U.S.A., and (R) during the Men's Figure Skating Free Skate 2018 Winter Olympics

Javier Fernandez of Spain Short Program to Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin soundtrack): Spaniard Javier Fernandez was a sleek-and-sexy Charlie Chaplin with this costume that he wore for his Short Program. The look comprised of snug gray pants, a second-skin black stretch velvet jacket and white shirt. The jacket had nice details like sequined trim, satin lapels and a fab flower-like lapel "rosette". It was sharp and fit him well yet still had elements of the character he was playing.


Free Skate to Man of La Mancha: I really liked this "Conquistador"-style costume design worn by Fernandez for his Free Skate. The design featured a beautifully pleated blouse with ruffled neckline and sleeve cuffs, as well as high-waisted pants. While I'm not necessarily a fan of the beige-and-black costume color story (so not exciting), it was fine for the theme of his skate and at least, that blouse had those gorgeous details of the mini-pleating. 


Shoma Uno of Japan Short Program to Winter (from "Four Seasons") by Antonio Vivaldi--Shoma Uno wore this costume above for his Short Program and I loved it! The Ombré dyed stretch velvet combined with the beautiful bead-work that mimicked ice crystals made for a fabulous look.


Free Skate to Turandot, Nessun Dorma (from "Turandot") by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Jose Carreras--Shoma Uno's costume for his Free Skate consisted of black pants and an intricately detailed royal blue top. The top was striking and impacting, featuring a "plunging neckline" (demurely covered by nude illusion), and gold sequin applique highlighting his neckline and upper torso. It's obvious Shoma Uno LOVES a FABULOUS top for his skates and this follows this style pattern. I liked the "Costume Period"-like design and the colors and sequined embellishment were quite fantastic.


Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan Short Program to Ballade No. 1 by Frederic Chopin--For this Short Program, Yuzuru Hanyu wore this blouson-style ombre-shaded blue-white blouse with sequined embellishment, a gold cummerbund and black stretch velvet pants. If this costume looks familiar (if you are a figure skating costume fan!), it is because we have (kind of) seen it before: For this 2017-2018 Olympic Season, Hanyu has gone back to the same Short Program Music and (almost) the same Costume that he used for the 2014-15, 2015-16 Seasons. The look above is the costume he debuted at the Rostelecom Cup of Russia 2017 but it is a variation on what he has worn before...


Costume Adjustments: MINOR adjustments to the same costume--(L to R) 2014-15, 2015-2016 and now. The "New & Improved" version includes basically the same ombre-dyed blouson top with crystals but gold beading was added to the mock-neckband. He also used the same gold cummerbund as in the previous season.


Free Skate to Seimei (soundtrack) by Shigeru Umebayashi: For his Free Skate, Yuzuru also went back to a previous Free Skate Program from a couple of seasons ago and he also used the (almost) same costume but with minor sequin adjustments. The costume he wore was elegant and right for the music. In case you are wondering, this is what he wore before, which had more sequin embellishment in the top section...


Old Costume=More Sequined Appliques--Do you guys like this one above or the one worn at the 2018 Olympics?

CONGRATULATIONS...
Top Three Boys--(L to R) Silver medalist, Japan's Shoma Uno; Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, and bronze medalist Javier Fernandez of Spain--2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Men's Figure Skating Finals

Yuzuru Pooh Bear Ice--Winnie The Pooh bears on the 2018 PyeongChang ice, following Yuzuru Hanyu's skate--2018 PyeongChnag Winter Olympics

THE KING!!! Olympic gold medal winner Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan (center) at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Medals Ceremony

**UP NEXT: ICE DANCE COSTUMES RECAP of the 2018 Winter Olympics!!

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ICE STYLE.....2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Costumes RECAP: PAIRS COSTUMES

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ICE STYLE.....2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Costumes RECAP: PAIRS COSTUMES

Golden Couple--Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot at the end of the Gold medal-winning skate at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Last night were the Finals of the 2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Pairs competition in Gangneung Ice Arena, Gangneung South Korea. It was THE BEST PAIRS FIGURE SKATING COMPETITION EVAHHH!!!! I was on the edge of my sofa watching it and hoping/wishing/praying that somehow, some way...the FABULOUS DIVA and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Aljona Savchenko would FINALLY win her Gold. And she did!!

Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany, following their gold medal-winning skate at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Along with her pairs partner Bruno Massot (she is originally from the Ukraine and he is from France), the team won the Gold for Germany and in the most AMAZING fashion. It was EVERYTHING and a perfect example of why I watch and LOVE figure skating. But enough of that...time to discuss the PAIRS COSTUMES!!! 

Let's begin with the US pair:
Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Christopher Knierim Short Program to Come What May (Moulin Rouge soundtrack)--Alexa and Chris skated their Short Program wearing these costumes above. Alexa wore a pretty golden/nude colored costume--designed by Skating Costume Goddess Lisa McKinnon--with gorgeous beading throughout and a lilac/violet colored belt/waistband. I thought she looked like a "Red Carpet Satine" in her look, very on-trend and very pretty. Christopher's costume (of the same color as her waistband) involved a delicately beaded shirt, with matching-color pants. When they last wore this, during the 2018 U.S. Nationals, his shirt was un-tucked and it annoyed me and I said HERE that I wish it wasn't. Well, I guess someone read my blog! Thank you Chris.

Free Skate to Ghost - The Musical by David A. Stewart, Glen Ballard--For their Free Skate, Alexa and Chris wore these looks above which I thought were modern and sleek. Alexa's dress featured a lilac-hued ombre color and clean/un-fussy design and I loved the sexy open back. Christopher's look was more on the un-costume costume world of the "Max Aaron School of Costuming" with his very tight silver-gray asymmetrical top and black pants. He also looked quite sexy and it was wise to make those sleeves as tight as they could be, showing off his very toned biceps. Overall--in terms of their skating--I just wished they had more emotion, more passion. For a married couple, it seems strange how much of that they lacked, particularly Chris; the entire time he looked as if he was waiting for his bread to toast. 

Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy Short Program to Magnificat by Mina--OK, let me be frank: I could CARE LESS what they skated to when they looked this HOT! HOT! HOT! I loved these lavender costumes featuring ombre-dye coloring and sequined applique embellishments. I liked her little costume with long sleeves and handkerchief-hemmed skirt section. But can we discuss MATTEO GUARISE!!??? Mamma mia!!! His body is INSANE! Oh, and yes, I loved his costume. First, the fit was perfection. 


Free Skate to The Tree Of Life by Roberto Cacciapagua--Once again, these Italians are making me swoon with just looking at how SEXY they look! I really liked these costumes from head to toe! The colors were vibrant and ice-impacting and they looked like a wonderful and sexy sea/earth flora-and-fauna God and Goddess in these.


Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy Short Program to Tu vuo fa l'Americano by Renato Carosone--The music and program was SOOOO Italian, they should have served the judges some Limoncello after they skated! The colors and fun presentation were a welcomed respite from the usually more serious Pairs programs. Ondrej wore black pants, tight white dress shirt and red polka dotted neck-scarf. He looked like the waiter at a fun pizza restaurant, and Valentina wore this red mini dress using the same polka dotted print for the skirt. I especially liked the crystals that were strewn throughout her tights.


Free Skate to Amarcord by Nino Rota--Once again, Marchei and Hotarek went the Italiano route; this time for their Free Skate, they skated to the music of the Academy Award-winning Federico Fellini film "Amarcord". They were bold and fun in their "Harlequin" print embellished costumes in black, red and white. It was kooky and slightly "Circus"-like. But visually, at least it got me to pay attention. Fun and bold: Me Piace!(I LIKE IT!).


Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France Short Program to Make It Rain by Foy Vance performed by Ed Sheeran arranged by Maxime Rodriguez--Vanessa wore a bright royal blue "Versace"-like design featuring strap detail, crystals and overall styling reminiscent of the 90's heydays of Gianni Versace. I could care less if the music or program had NOTHING to do with the Italian designer or 90's Supermodels because I loved her costume! And now, it's time for Morgan: While I do not complain when I see something SUPER TIGHT and SUPER SEXY on Morgan Cipres (Bonjour Morgan!!), this was a bit of a disjointed mess. I give them points for trying to bring in her royal blue color with his strap detail, but...this was just odd. He should have dumped that vest and belt and just keep that see-through super sexy plunging v-neck top. Add tiny royal blue crystals on it...and call it a COSTUME day! Merci.


Free Skate to Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel performed by Disturbed, arranged by Maxime Rodriguez--The French pairs team went back to their 2016-2017 Free Skate with his music and program. In terms of their costumes, they were sleek and sexy, just like their skating. Vanessa wore a black jumpsuit/unitard with a faux leather-like strappy harness on her upper torso. I liked the modernity of it. We know she loves a jumpsuit/unitard so this was not a surprise. Morgan was a bit of a costume disappointment since he looked as if her just went to Zara and called it a day...


In case you were wondering, this above is what they last wore for this same program last season

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada Short Program to With Or Without You by U2 performed by April Meservy--Meagan's look featured a sheer tank with deep blue lace overlay including delicate silver beading. I thought she looked pretty, sexy and modern. Eric looked sleek and fab in his matching deep blue "Western Shirt"-inspired top that had delicate rhinestone details at the collar, shoulder and sleeve bands. Oh, and yes, he wore a pair of nice super-tight black pants. While we have seen these costumes before at the end of last year and at the 2018 Canadian Nationals, this was a COSTUME CHANGE from what they last wore at Skate Canada International 2017 for the Short Program...


I am happy they changed because these were just plain odd, especially hers. Come to think of it, maybe they knew it and that's why they changed.

Free Skate to Neutron Star Collision by Matthew Bellamy, I Belong To You (Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix) from "Samson and Dalilah" by Camille Saint-Saens, and Uprising by Matthew Bellamy performed by Muse--If I am not mistaken, these were new costumes for this Free Skate, debuted at the Olympics last week for the Team Event...and I liked them! Meagan's maroon colored halter-style costume featured GORGEOUS jeweled sequins in the neckline which accentuated her incredible shoulders, as well as a handkerchief hem skirt which elongated her petite frame. I especially LOVED Eric's cowl draped top with see-through chiffon side panels. It was pretty, matched her dress and had enough stage impact. Now, going back to the Costume Change...Meagan and Eric love a Costume Change and especially for their Free Skate; they literally CHANGED THEIR COSTUMES almost every single time they skated:

Gold? Red? Or Blue? Costumes worn by Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford for their Season 2017-2018 Free Skate 

Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Olympic Athlete from Russia Free Skate to Too Close by Alex Clare (Evan Duffy Cover) , I love you much too much by Bob Zurke and The Sleeping Beauty by Petr I. Tchaikovski--Since the nation of Russia was not allowed to compete under the name "Russia", all their athletes come from the banner "Olympic Athlete from Russia". Now, in terms of their costumes: These lovely looks are what they wore for their Free Skate. They were quietly elegant if not rather "basic" but not in a bad way. The music was classical, yet instead of going the tutu route, they went for 90's slip dress sleek. They did, however, allow for a little bit of sparkle when toward the end of their program, they flipped their necklines, and exposed hidden sequin embellishments in a kind of "costume change" flourish (see photos above for before and after the "costume flip". It was meant to reflect going from "practice to performance"...cleaver, but also a tad gimmicky.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Olympic Athlete from Russia Short Program to Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninov--I thought these costumes were quite unique and fabulous. I loved the wrapping-around red ties and black background. While they did give me a feel of blood slashed through their bodies, the costumes still seemed sublime and almost pretty. I also really liked how they matched! (what a novel costume idea for Pairs??!!).


Free Skate to Candyman by Christina Aguilera--For their Free Skate for the 2017-2018 Season, Tarasova and Morozov decided to go "Kooky" as you can see above. While I guess there were hints of the WWII 40's Milk Shake Diner Style to these looks, they were still more "The Mask" than "Candyman". I don't know but these costumes just seem a little too "comical", especially for an Olympic year skate as many commentators pointed out (Hello Tara Lapinski & Johnny Weir!). 

Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang of China Free Skate to Star Wars (soundtrack): While I liked both of these costumes, I especially loved the blue chiffon costume on her! The gathered bodice design featured gorgeous sequined trim at the plunging neckline, armholes and waist and a fabulous neck drape. This dress could easily go from ice to the red carpet! Now, for Hao Zhang, I thought his top was great with its Star Wars-meets-Star Trek-like details; I especially loved how the crystals on his shirt look like mini buttons lighting up on a "Star Wars" ship!

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China Short Program to Hallelujah--I LOVE this Chinese Pairs couple, not just for their skating but, yes, their costumes as well. They are bringing the Haute in Haute Couture Figure Skating Costumes with these looks above worn for their Short Program. Her scarlet red costume was BEAUTIFUL; I loved the sequin work that went from heavy to light--as if a gorgeous Swarovski crystal mirror had broken and ended up beautifully on her costume! And he was not left behind with a beautifully-embellished "Dragon" sequined top. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Free Skate to Violin Fantasy on Puccini's Turandot by Vanessa-Mae and Nessun Dorma (from "Turandot") by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Luciano Pavarotti--These costumes worn for their Free Skate were two of the MOST BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES I have seen in a long time on Pairs skaters. They were bold, right for the music and looked super ice skating COUTURE...I can go on and on. I loved the sequined applique on her gorgeous red dress but that gold and silver dragon on his shirt was EVERYTHING!

Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim of North Korea Short Program to A Day in the Life by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, performed by Jeff Beck--This is the North Korean pairs couple EVERYONE is talking about so, naturally, I was excited to discuss their costumes. Anyone thinking that since they came from poverty-stricken North Korea that their costumes would be, let's just say Not-So-Mucheey, they were sadly mistaken: They looked FAB! They skated their Short Program in these black jumpsuit ensembles featuring silver and gray metallic, jeweled sequins and Rock & Roll-like accessories--like her arm bands. I liked the matching asymmetrical waist/hip details and his sheer side panels, encrusted with crystals. These reflected the music and had nice stage impact.


Free Skate to Je suis qu'une chanson by Diane Justler, performed by Ginette Reno--For their Free Skate, they wore the costumes above, which were quite similar in silhouette to their Short program but with slight changes. She looked quite sexy in her halter-style jumpsuit/unitard with silver beading and illusion neckline and I really liked the sheer swirl patterns on her legs. Finally, his look comprised of black pants and top was sleek and directional. I especially loved his tank-top/short sleeve shirt design featuring similar sheer panels seen on her costume. Overall, these were great fashionable looks from this North Korean pairs team. whoever is designing these looks and helping out with their image is doing an A+ job!

Let's finish with the Gold medalists from Germany:
Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany Short Program to That Man performed by Caro Emerald--I absolutely LOVED this new costume worn by Aljona for her Short program! The minute she stepped on the ice I had one word: WOW. The crystals, sequins, fringe, sheer waist panel...it was GLORIOUS 1920's Flapper "Great Gatsby" DIVA! Sorry Bruno, you looked cute and I loved your little bow tie but...it was ALL ABOUT Miss Savchenko! Her costume, by the way, was designed and created by:


Lisa McKinnon. Of course. Fab job Lisa!

And in case you were wondering, these were the costumes they wore when they skated to this music/program last season (Season 2016-2017):
While I think these are cute and the salmon pink color is nice, the new one is MUCH BETTER!

Free Skate to La Terre vue du ciel by Armand Amar, edited by Maxime Rodriguez: For their Olympic gold medal winning Free Skate, the German Pairs couple of Savchenko and Massot wore these lilac-hued costumes above. I LOVED Aljona's white-and-lilac ombre dyed costume which featured gathered upper torso and a sequined neckband. The costume also had a center front nude illusion panel and diamante-studded waistband. I especially LOVED the front gathered section and that bejeweled neckline! Bruno matched her costume with his top and while it was OK, once again, this was all about (costume-wise) Aljona darlings! Her costume was another great design from...

Lisa McKinnon

And, for those inquiring minds...while she has worn this before, it was a COSTUME CHANGE from what she last wore for their Free Skate earlier in the season last year at...
2017 Skate Canada International

CONGRATULATIONS...
To all the Top Three Medalists: (L to R) China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han (Silver), Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot (Gold) and Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Rric Radford (Bronze)

Bravo Savchenko and Massot! 

**Stay tuned here on my ICE STYLE BLOG for more Costumes Recaps of the 2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating!!

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