This new season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ started out with Show #400 – WOW, what an accomplishment! It was good to see my old DWTS “friends”: returning Pros such as Kym, Peta and Maks, along with those returning from last season. The opening dance performance was fun, in shades of blue, black and silver!
The show’s directors always start and end the competition with a really good performance. This week was no exception.
Normani and Val presented a Quickstep with Normani in a stunningly beautiful sheer white gown and Val in a basic white sports coat, suspenders and trousers, with a basic black shirt and bedazzled black tie. I’m showing a close-up photo of Normani because the bodice detailing was so lovely. The asymmetrical lace embroidery on the bodice, paired with the heavily bejeweled bodice section and sleeve was so classy, yet very stylish. The wispy ostrich feathers on the lower skirt was a beautifully feminine addition. I LOVED her costume!
Next, Nancy and Artem danced the Viennese Waltz in coordinating blue. Artem was basic in his suit with white shirt and Nancy was classy and classic. Her deep V front and back necklines were paired with a nice sleeveless look with lace appliqués overflowing off the seamlines, including at the waistline transition. Her layered woven, double-georgette skirt was simple and elegant, as was Nancy’s total look and dance performance. I liked this couple’s monochromatic costumes.
Chris and Witney danced an ‘interesting’ (stated in the cliché Minnesotan way) Cha Cha. They coordinated in baby blue costumes with Chris in a shiny suit with some rhinestone trim enhancing his pocket flaps and lapels. Witney’s basic bra-top and A-line skirt with sparse, beaded fringe was basic, yet cute and attractive. I liked the addition of the silver halter straps and collar accents. Both of these costumes are something that most costume creators could construct. I liked the simplicity of their ensembles.
Bonner and Sharna also danced a Cha Cha, with a totally different vibe, and level of performance. Relatively simple country costumes were employed, with Sharna in very short ‘Daisy Dukes’ and a plaid tied-at-the-front waistline-shirt with a sprinkling of rhinestones plus a rhinestoned buckle. Bonner wore jeans, cowboy boots and a simple untucked, collared cowboy shirt, with a couple of rows of rhinestones outlining the yokes and collar. Easy costumes to pull together for almost anyone – but totally suitable for their dance performance.
Not so simple to pull together, were the costumes for Charo and Keo’s Salsa! Hot pink and yellow is one of my favorite Latin color combinations, and this couple’s costumes were superb! Alternating ruffles –edged in rhinestones added the pizazz to Keo’s hot pink costume. Charo added her own pizazz! Her costume was very bold, yet flattering and classy. I loved the edging lines of rhinestones along her ruffled organza skirt. Of course thousands of rhinestones were used, and the result was smashing – I loved them! Of course you need a manly-man to pull off a ruffled, hot pink costume, and Keo is that man!
Nick and Peta danced a much more sedate (at least with the costuming!) Cha Cha. Basic black shirt and trousers for Nick, although a leather-looking shoulder yoke with some black rhinestoning was a nice ‘edgy’ trim to make a costume out of basic street apparel. Peta was lovely with her long-sleeved fringed costume with black mesh sleeves and upper bodice neckline. Lace appliques along with rhinestones trimmed the costume, including at the cuffs of her sleeves. They were a classy couple – I liked their costumes a lot.
Heather (a favorite of mine from “Glee”) and Maks danced a Viennese Waltz. It was nice to see this non-black ensemble worn by Maks. His basic gray outfit was a very nice accompaniment to Heather’s bright yellow gown. Even though her gown included 3-D flower appliques on her bodice, I would classify her dress as a tailored design, with her deep ‘V’ front neckline with an open back and narrow belt detailing at her natural waist. Her skirt was created of woven, matte-finished, semi-sheer double georgette for a frothy, yet tailored look. I enjoyed their costumes.
David and Lindsay danced a Quickstep in baseball togs. It was a basic uniform for David with the addition of scattered rhinestones, especially on his Cubs logo, with Lindsay ‘as cute as a button’ in her cap-sleeved crop top and to-the-knee baseball pin-striped Capri pants. They were adorable!
Erika and Gleb then danced a raunchy (according to judge Len) Salsa in red. Gleb was pretty basic but Erika’s costume include lace-up thigh-high boots, with a silver beaded macramé skirt over a bust-enhancing leotard. Obviously the costuming was over the top to fit Erika’s personality. Did I love their costumes – NO.
Rashad and Emma performed a Cha Cha. I LOVED Rashad’s gold/black suit with vest, along with gold shoes and lots of rhinestone embellishment, but I HATED Emma’s more minimal costume. I’ve never appreciated the style of leotard that she wore, and I especially didn’t care for the deep ‘V” accenting of the trim. The organza ‘butt ruffle’ seemed ‘ho hum’. It appeared that the costume department ran out of time on her costume and just threw together what they could, in a very short time. Many more hours went into Rashad’s costume and it looked very debonair.
The costume department also spent many hours with Mr. T and Kym’s fully rhinestoned camouflage costumes. I loved the use of gold beads accenting Kym’s shoulder pads and creating skirt-like side dangles from her gold belt. Mr. T was decked out in EXACTLY what I would expect of him. I was not disappointed!
Simone and Sasha danced a Tango with Sasha in a simple textured white shirt with black trousers and Simone in a very unattractive white and brown costume. The chainmail rhinestoned metallic drape around her neck and down to her skirt, was too much for her. The brown rhinestoned underbodice completed the upper portion of her costume. Then her costume was completed with a plain, sheer metallic white skirt that looked tacked on. The proportion was wrong for her compact body, and it was unattractive and unflattering. She danced well, but her costume was a big disappointment. I hope that the costume department does a much better job with her apparel, next week, and presumably for many weeks to come.