Saturday, November 28, 2009

Skate Canada: What the Pairs Wore

Skate Canada had great skating and not so great costumes in the pairs competition. None of the outfits really stood out to me. Most of them were predictable and mediocre.

The goal of pairs costuming is for both skaters dress as one complete look. They don't have to wear the exact same color and have the same exact embellishments to achieve this but the colors should compliment each other and they should look great together. The problem with many of the looks for this competition was a lack of creativity.

So many of the outfits looked basic with nothing special about them and there were way too many black costumes and white costumes . German competitors Allona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy wore black and white in their short program and long program. I think they could of experimented with more color.

There was one bright spot though. The beige/pink outfits of Russian skaters Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov was a welcomed changed from a sea of black and white fabric. Mukhortova's dress draped beautifully and floated with her movements. The layered skirt with sheer fabric over heavier fabric was the perfect combination and the jewels added the right amount of sparkle. I also loved her pink lipstick and choice of eyeshadow, it truly complimented the dress. Trankov's outfit was nice but not quite as nice as his partner's dress.

They scored a winner with their short program look but weren't as successful with their long program outfit. Skating to "Love Story" Mukhortova wore a pink sleeveless dress with white tights (that's a look you don't see very often. I can't remember the last time I saw a skater compete in white tights) and Trankov sported a grey vest and pants with a matching pink shirt. I give him extra points for the shirt. I think men look great in pink and shouldn't be afraid of looking less manly. As far as I'm concerned real men do wear pink.

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