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ICE STYLE.....2018 European Figure Skating Championships COSTUMES: MEN!

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ICE STYLE.....2018 European Figure Skating Championships COSTUMES: MEN!

Man of Europe: Spain's Javier Fernandez performing his Free Skate to "Man of La Mancha" in his new costume--2018 ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Moscow Russia

In my last ICE STYLE post HERE, I talked about the LADIES of this past weekend's 2018 European Figure Skating Championships. There were several COSTUME CHANGES (Hello Carolina Kostner!), but new costumes isn't just a female phenomenon...the MEN are doing it too--well Javier Fernandez is and that's news enough!
Here's my MEN'S "Ice Style" 2018 European Figure Skating Championships Costumes Recap including Javi's new costume (at end of post!):

Mikhail Kolyada 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 (seen above, from his 1972 concert). I liked the details, the obvious homage to the original costume including the front torso sequined details, scarf (in different color). I also loved the super slim fit. 

Alexander Samarin of Russia Free Skate to La Naissance de Yaha by Saint-Preux, The Unforgiven III by Metallica and House of the Rising Sun performed by Dave Evans--Russian men's figure skater Alexander Samarin wore this rather "kooky" costume above for his "rocker" Free Skate. The music was hard rock/metal and his costume reflected this in a, shall we say, "unusual" costume way. The top had orange colored "fire" accents (?), a nude illusion with black tribal tattoo sleeve (just one) and for the Rocker/Headbanger Cherry on the Cake...take a look at that skull belt buckle! I know, it's a lot of costume madness.

Dmitri Aliev of Russia Short Program to Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khatchaturian--I loved this costume worn by Russia's Dmitri Aliev of Russia for his Short Program. 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 umm...the ladies. So, yes, I do like this purple draped top 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. 

Alexei/Oleksii Bychenko Free Skate to Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo--For his Free Skate, Alexei donned this costume above for his "Pagliacci" skate. I have to say that this costume above looked more appropriate for "Hava Nagila" than "Pagliacci" (he skated to "Hava Nagila" for his Short Program). This was a bit "Village Extra in a Period Movie" and not really worthy of the opera. The "bloody" pant hems were a little...odd, to say the least. In general, I'm just not a fan of a BEIGE and black costume. Well, if there's any consolation...


At least he didn't go full-on Pagliacci costume clown

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 bi-colored jacket featuring one gold lace side as well as a blue one. Even though it was a bit Eastern European-like Eurovision "kooky", this was a "costume" that I could totally see Michael Buble wear in one of his concerts so it seems appropriate that this was Deniss' choice so...I'll give him that! 

Michal Brezina of Czech Republic Free Skate to Human by Jamie Hartman, Rory Graham performed by Rag'n'Bone Man; Stand by Me by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Human (MJ Cole Remix) performed by Rag'n'Bone Man--Michal skated his Free Skate to the soul/hip-hop/pop song  "Human", wearing this modern look above. The "costume" consisted of skin-tight black pants, a lose gauze draped top and white t-shirt underneath, accessorized with a thick silver necklace. The look was "Euro Hipster at a Club" which I guess was appropriate for the music. I just wished that he would lose the necklace and instead, maybe add some silver crystals onto his shirt. 


Javier Fernandez of Spain Short Program to Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin soundtrack): Spaniard Javier Fernandez brought back his "Charlie Chaplin" program (as many of the skaters are doing for this Olympic Season) from the 2012-2013 Season. Back then, it was his Free Skate and now, it for his Short Program. And as much as I liked his "Chaplin" costume back then, I am happy that he didn't wear it again. This season's costume was a sleeker-and-sexier Charlie Chaplin 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.

**NEW COSTUME ALERT** Free Skate to Man of La Mancha: For his Free Skate at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships, Javier wore a new costume. This "Conquistador"-style costume was still appropriate for his music, featuring a very "Man of La Mancha" style. The new design featured a beautifully pleated blouse with ruffled neckline and sleeve cuffs, as well as high-waisted pants...


Blouse Boy: 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 and I LOVED how the sleeves billowed during his jumps and turns. I also liked the front neckline lacing. Speaking of details and lacing...


I REALLY LOVED the small, almost blink-and-you-might-miss-it detail of the lacing (with gold tips) in the back of his pants. #MuyBien

And in case you had forgotten what Javier wore previously to this Program, it was...well...slightly more "Period" Costume-y:
15th Century Doublet Man of La Mancha

Congratulations to the Top Three Men of 2018 European Championships--(L to R) Silver medalist Dmitri Aliev of Russia, Gold medalist Javier Fernandez of Spain and Bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada of Russia, all three will go to next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Good Luck!

**UP NEXT: The PAIRS and ICE DANCE COSTUMES HIGHLIGHTS from the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships!

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RUNWAY REPORT.....Paris Haute Couture Spring 2018: Christian Dior Haute Couture

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RUNWAY REPORT.....Paris Haute Couture Spring 2018: Christian Dior Haute Couture

Surrealist Dior--Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

WHAT: Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018. Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri showed her latest Haute Couture collection for the French house of Dior.

INSPIRATION: Surrealism, Avant-garde Argentine-French artist Leonor Fini:
 Leonor Fini Paintings

COLORS/TRENDS: Lots of black and white; gold; sheer; fitted and full; Surrealist art; Feathers; Polka dots; Stripes.

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS:
 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

Click here to watch Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018:


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ICE STYLE.....2018 European Figure Skating Championships COSTUMES: LADIES!

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ICE STYLE.....2018 European Figure Skating Championships COSTUMES: LADIES!

New Carolina: New Costume for Carolina Kostner of Italy--2018 ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Moscow Russia

This past weekend were the very important 2018 ISU European Figure Skating Championships, which were held in Moscow Russia, in advance of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Lots of top European figure skaters competed for the medals--several of which also showcased new costumes.


I'll talk about the MEN, PAIRS, ICE DANCE, but first up, it's time to discuss the LADIES:

Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia Short Program to Nocturne by Frederic Chopin--For her Short Program, Evgenia has worn this gray, blue and ombre lilac costume throughout this entire 2017-2018 Season. It is a gorgeous costume that reflects the "nocturne", night-lit sky through the design, colors and sprinkle of star-like crystals. I also liked the subtly asymmetrical/handkerchief hem and strappy neckline.

Free Skate to Anna Karenina (soundtrack) by Dario Marianelli: For her Free Skate, Evgenia debuted a brand new costume at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships, in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  The costume was similar to what she had been wearing before in style and sequined applique but while the previous one was black, this new one was in a rust/Cabernet red-like color. I thought the costume was very luxe, reflecting the Upper Class Russia "Anna Karenina" era, and I loved the blood-like red caviar beading throughout the design. If there was any critique, it would be that it was verging on being a little too busy and too intricate; she could have done with a couple less sequined applique flowers for sure and still made a nice costume impact. 
And in case you were wondering, this was her previous costume for the same Free Skate:

Old Anna Karenina Costume--Which one do you guys like best? The black one above or rust/red-ish colored one?

Maria Sotskova of Russia Short Program to Swan Lake by Petr I. Tchaikovski--Maria wore this pink sequined costume for her Short Program and it was beautiful. In the beginning of the season--at 2017 Skate Canada International, she was still wearing an older costume (from the previous season) and I wondered if she was going to change it or if a new one was being made and it wasn't ready yet. Well, yes and yes were the answers to my questions. I loved this elegant costume featuring a pink chiffon base with 19th Century-like design details reminding me of a Romanov Russian Princess. The rhinestone-studded necklace, bracelets and bodice embellishment were superb! I also loved that back. 

Free Skate to Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy--Maria debuted this gray costume back at the 2017-2018 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals and I thought it was elegant and very pretty. The costume was a silver/gray sequined embroidered design featuring a high neck, long sleeves, appliqued bodice and clean chiffon bottom/skirt section.


Alina Zagitova of Russia Short Program to Black Swan--For her Short Program to Black Swan, Alina wore this GORGEOUS sequined and tulle design. I absolutely LOVED this costume--the hand-cut ballerina tutu, the silver and black paillettes, the sleeve/arm details...it was Haute Figure Skating COUTURE! This may be her first Senior International Season but darlings, someone is spending A LOT of money on her costumes. And very smart to do so because it rounds out her incredible skating! This young woman might be your next Olympic gold medalist!

Free Skate to Don Quixote by Leon Minkus: Another excellent costume from figure skating phenom Alina Zagitova. She looked like a Prima Ballerina in this absolutely beautiful costume. The ballet theme started with her Short Program and reached a zenith in this red and gold sequined design for her Free Skate. But I have to say, she skated so incredible that well, she probably could have put on a red and gold garbage bag...and I would have been: OK! 


Carolina Kostner of Italy: Italy's Carolina Kostner is BAAAACK! And I for one, am very happy! For her Short Program to Ne me quitte pas by Jacques Brel, performed by Celine Dion, she wore this Cabernet red colored costume that was romantic and feminine...just right for the iconic song. This, by the way, was a BRAND NEW COSTUME, and featured lovely volants/ruffles at the neckline, an illusion front, a gathered waist and a smattering of hand-sewn crystals throughout. And in case you are wondering, this is what she wore at 2017 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia:


Which one do you guys like better? The Ruffled new design or silver jeweled strappy one above? I love the straps but I'm more inclined to say that my favorite is the newer one.

Now speaking of NEW COSTUMES and COSTUME CHANGES....Carolina Strikes Again:
Free Skate to L'apres-midi d'un faun by Claude Debussy: For her Free Skate, Carolina debuted this NEON GREEN JUMPSUIT at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships. When I first saw her--and this--I was like "WOW! Ummm, OK!". This was definitely  something that one had to stop and take in because well, it was A LOT! The apple green colored costume was completely covered in sequins and had nude illusion panels down the sides and through the upper torso. it was definitely A STATEMENT...


While I thought it was kind of pretty and she did evoke some kind of Flora & Fauna "Nymph"-like creature...it was a bit "Too Mucheey" and distracted from her beautiful skating. With all that said, at least we know she's being consistent with her love of sequined JUMPSUITS:

 Carolina Kostner at the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

And...by the way (in case you were wondering)...this is what she wore for her Free Skate previously: 
Lilac Bird--Which one do you guys like better?  The neon green jumpsuit or this above? 

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