Once Upon a December (Piano Version)
Reed/Reed - Japan
OMG glitter vest. I like her skirt, how it flares at the bottom to look flapper-esque. However, something about the top is not okay… not sure if it is how the top where her neck is or how the glitter comes outs in “V”s at her hips like tails. As one of my favorite bloggers says, un-fug it for me. Also, I like this music but feel they could have used a better version. Just something about the build that I’m not feeling. The chorus probably. Also, her hair needs to be more period. Put some fingerwaves in there!!!
Carron/Jones - France
Again, yay skirt! Overall it is pretty… just pretty. I like the detail on the bottom front but EXTREMELY DISLIKE the same detail on the sleeves. The flowery-fluff stuff just overwhelms her face. Can we also just take a quick second to discuss how much I strongly dislike the curve lift? I understand it is extremely difficult, but it looks sexual and easy to do and IDK… looks like an easy lift. I don’t want to see something that looks easy. I want to see something that looks hard being done in a way that looks easy. He, on the other hand, looks simple, and I appreciate being paired down when next to that. Although I just noticed in kiss/cry that there are SPARKLES ON HIS TIE!
Sinitsina/Zhiganshin - Russia
Gray??? Really??? I feel like she woke up this morning and thought, “Blah… I guess I’ll wear the gray today…” Also, you cannot just doughnut the top part of your hair and leave the rest hanging. It’s not pretty, it’s lazy. Obviously their lifts are great, and the choreography is fun, but there is something nagging I don’t like.Too slow? Not into the music enough? However, the more I see of the Russian warm up jacket the more I really like the design. I know the team didn’t have anything to do with that choice… maybe they should hire the designer for the Olympic clothes as their outfit person?
Kolbe/Caruso - Germany
I like her outfit, but sometimes I feel it looks like her butt is wearing a cape. And the front kind of looks like a loincloth sometimes. And what is up with all of the half-up hair?! Although I like this version because it looks finished and like she actually tried. Also, this is a HORRIBLE version of New York, New York. SINATRA, people. YOU CAN NOT DO BETTER THAN SINATRA. Love that he is wearing tails. Why are tails not in fashion anymore? They make men look gallant and debonair. I personally feel there is not enough debonair in the world. Thank you, Ice Dance, for bringing more of that to my living room.
Guignard/Fabbri - Italy
The guy looks great. He has mini tails but overall classy and fake watch fob, I like it. But her….? I like the idea of headband, but just looking at her head, and the whole hair just looks like she is doing 1980s dancing, not 1920s. I like the belt. I like the left half of her bodice. But the decals over the boob and showing “corset”. do you really want to look like the ice dance version of Two Face? Even if the music is vaguely money/sex, still. Two Face. You could have done sex better, Italy.
Heekin-Canedy/Dun - Ukraine
I love her dress. LOVE. If you are going to glitter your boobs, this is how you should do so. And the arches on the sides of her body are lovely, the belt sits well on her body. I also think it takes a great deal of courage to wear dangle earrings during a routine where there are lifts. Her hair looks great, the only thing I would change is the shoes. IDK, do they have to wear white skates? Because tan would elongate here and look better with the long skirt. He is simple, but in this case I think we could add something. It looks good, but… red shirt instead of white? Or… red darts on vest? IDK…. I want something slightly more complex on him.
Huang/Zheng - China
Points for Gray/Pink combo. Unusual and pretty and with a pink the gray works in this case (looking at you Sinitsina). I like that the bottom of the skirt is that matching pink. I like her jewelry. I like their music. Really like the idea of their choreography and how much fun it looks like they are having. However, WHY WOULD YOU EVER STICK A PINK POINSETTIA THAT IS LITERALLY LARGER THAN YOUR HEAD ON ONE OF YOUR BOOBS? I do UNDERSTAND that you need to put something pink on your gray dress to give that contrast, but a smaller flower, just half that size and placed on her hip or side would totally fix this and make it look SO much classier. It’s an Asian country and they have a completely different style though so I guess I should really expect this sort of thing. Still, LARGER THAN YOUR HEAD.
Obrein/Merriman - Australia
This is okay. It’s not as drab as Sinitsina/Zhiganshin, and I actually feel these colors really set off their tans. I love the drop waist on her outfit, and what looks to be feathers? Very flapper. The brocade is pretty in this sense, it is used tactfully. Also, I like the large “V” on her front in that it gives detail but the glitter covers the stuff under the top of her bust. This is classy and pretty. The guy, once again, is great - I was going to say he needs something more but then I saw the pinstripes and I think that is enough. Please do better in the future so I can see more great style.
Agafonova/Ucar - Turkey
No. They are completely mis-matched! Literally, they could be two singles dancing completely separately who are just standing next to each other. Anyway, besides that, at first glance I like her dress, then when I have more time I really dislike her dress, but then I like it again. It would be okay if she weren’t dancing next to someone who is wearing WHITE, and thus completely throwing off the look. also, He, taken alone, looks great!! I love the tie/scarf look. And suspenders. there are not enough suspenders in ice dancing. At least one team should wear them every year. Too bad he is dancing with someone who is wearing TAN as her accent color, thus making him look strange. I am so distracted by this that I am missing their really fun dancing. I like how happy they are. It is inspiring how excited they are just to be there and skate a clean routine. Despite this outfit pairing I really like them and I am choosing to believe they are just making one mistake but usually very well dressed.
Hurtado/Diaz - Spain
Fingerwaves!!! I agree with Johnny Weir on this point, this is great hair!I I think the dress does a great job of getting longer in the back without looking like a cape. Also, I appreciate the effort of an accent color. However, I personally do not like the use of red here. If you want to use red you need more than one element on him and one element on her. They both just need a bit more, IMHO—the use here puts me in the mind of Cell Block Tango. Which, I love, but… that is not the story of this dance. So change the music or change the gloves. Last little point - horrible earrings.
Tobias/Stagniunas - Lithuania
They look fun. He is wearing tails again, and a bowtie. Debonair!!!! She looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe in this and I kind of want them to be dancing to “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”. OH THERE IT IS!!!!
Even if it is the Moulin Rouge version and not the Marilyn, I now 100% approve of this. It isn’t the best, but it is fun, and personality goes a long way with me.
Paul/Islam - Canada
See, I think this pink doesn’t fit as well on her. It may be all the fluff around the neckline is overwhelming her face again. I do like the dress on her, it’s very 1950’s in my opinion, and if you are dancing to “Someone To Watch Over Me” it is perfectly acceptable to look like the 50’s. He looks wonderful as well in that vest. I feel like it’s a little “eh” but at the same time, Gershwin. I can’t fault them due to the Gershwin. If this were based solely on music this is one of the best so far. Agreed with Johnny Weir, not quite the presence for the big leagues.
Zlobina/Sitnikov - Azerbaijan
Okay, the clothes fit with the music, so it’s okay. However, I still feel this is another “they could be two singles standing next to each other”. And if you take them separately, he looks a little like a Nazi in the coat and she is very… pink. Rumba pink. Between the Pink Panther and the Rumba I now understand the hair poof (you don’t want to know what I was thinking during warm ups). Overall this works for what they want it to be, but I don’t like what they want it to be. I do think the choreography was fun and they had good energy though.
Shibutani/Shibutani - USA
Elegant. Tara said it well, they look stunning. And I love her makeup!!! AND FINALLY SOMEONE USES A GOOD VERSION OF THEIR MUSIC!!! Thank God for the Americans and Michael Buble. They look like they are having fun, they have good energy, great choreography. I really like them.
Chock/Bates - USA
OF COURSE EVAN IS IN TAILS. I love that man. And she is wearing a tassel skirt. And he is wearing a cummerbund. And they are dancing to music which is not boring and not something everyone knows. I love this. Go America!
Cappellini/Lanotte - Italy
I really like this. THIS is a good use of accent color. He’s got a little Blane from Glee going on and she is very 1940s sailor, which is just a wonderful look. Not the best, but fun.
Zhiganshina/Gazsi - Germany
Germany would. Germany would totally think “Hey I’m going to have a see through skirt in the front and a huge bow on my butt! And you know what would make it better? The ends of the bow are going to be TASSELS.” They got the stereotypical nerd right, but I think they could have done a better up-class rich dress on her.
Virtue/Moir - Canada
More suspenders! Yay! And I like the skirt flare on her. Obviously they do a great job, that is one of the reasons they are Olympic champions. But the music was great and the outfits are stunning as well. LBD is always a good move, and the jagged edges on the bust help give an unexpected twist. I think they make her look more fun.
Bobrova/Soloviev - Russia
Oh, Russia. He looks wonderful, but I have a feeling I will always dislike the female costumes. Maybe just too red. Take it toward apple a few notches, away from neon. I don’t like the back at all—it doesn’t’ really look like it fits well with the rest of the dress. And the neckline looks like jeweled teeth. Like something was either ripped or tore… and it just doesn’t fit. I mean, it could be way worse. But just not my cup of tea.
Ilinykh/Katsalapov - Russia
Okay. This is the correct use of a headband. And makeup. And the color is good. I don’t like his lapels, but he’s Russian so there has got to be glitter on him somewhere, right? I am undecided about her skirt. I don’t really like the material it is made of… but maybe that would be okay if it were shorter? I also feel that her dress does not need to be so deeply cut in both front and back. Just maybe too many different types of style put together. But after the actual skating they are adorable.
Coomes/Buckland - Great Britain
I unexpectedly love this? There is A LOT going on. But the music is so wonderful (one of my favorite versions of I Won’t Dance).and the dress details are great. I just wish they would let themselves have more fun with this, they look just a tiny bit too stiff.
Pechalat/Bourzat - France
I do appreciate how French the French look. This is also very Cell Block Tango and I really like it. But that is of course because they are using music from Chicago so… expected. I am not 100% sure what material they used for the skirt here but it’s fab. And that they were able to sew a necklace to the dress. I like this a lot! There should be more triangle straps in current style - they are flattering on EVERYONE. Just maybe loose the arm puffs?
Weaver/Poje - Canada
Another classy outfit! Love the necklace built in on this. I just wish he was in more blue. And what is it with all the Canadians wearing those long skirts? Ooo but he is wearing a great tie and pinstriped white shirt! Great use of detail, Canadians. I wonder if I would like it better if his suit was a navy blue? Hmmm.
Davis/White - USA
I wonder what it feels like to have a wardrobe of a Disney Princess. Do you think she ever wakes up and thinks “I can always go work at Disney once I’m done with school and winning international medals. That would probably be a lot of fun.” If I were a real life Disney Princess I would dress up in my really old costumes for Halloween. God they have great style. I don’t even know what to call what Charlie is wearing, but it is old school and wonderful and has tails. They could literally just step into a Hollywood movie. And also, the fact that after they win they’re like,Oh, okay. Good. and not all happy and smiley and silly, I love that. Professionals who understand there is a lot left to be done.