Monday night was Ballroom Night on Week 2 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, with Latin Night on Tuesday. I noticed that I wasn’t finishing my costume notes by the time the dance routine was over. That was my first clue that the routines were really short!
Debbie and Alan danced the Quick Step in matching/coordinating turquoise togs. Debbie’s costume was fun, flattering double-georgette and charmeuse with skirt gores, with deep slits to show off legs and movement. The small fluttery cap sleeves accented her deep V neckline. A basic tuxedo style shirt was worn with tuxedo trousers and suspenders by Alan – a nice look for most amateur guys.
Nikki and Artem danced the Waltz in coordinating outfits that I can’t get excited about – they were both pretty boring, with the emphasis NOT on the pretty. The very slanted shoulder-line on Artem’s suit jacket, I am not a fan of. I like to see square shoulders on my men.
Lindsey and Mark danced the Quick Step in spectacular (non-boring) costumes. I even enjoyed the huge sweater cocoons that they started out with, before transforming into butterflies! I have seen Monarch butterfly dresses before, but I still really liked Lindsey’s dress. I also enjoyed the 3-D butterflies at her neck and on Mark’s costume…but there were too many painted-on butterflies for me. Sometimes ‘less is indeed, more’! That said…I liked these costumes best, this week!
Barbara and Keo danced the Tango in really deep green and black. Keo’s velvet suit was very dapper and thankfully Barbara kept her hands off it, for the most part! I enjoyed Barbara’s fully covered dress with the interesting vertical sequin lines on the bodice and really fun and flattering design motif, flowing into her long and lean skirt. This look was much classier for her, this week.
Nick and Peta danced a Fox Trot with Nick in a very similar shirt to Alan’s. Peta’s dusty peach/pink mesh costume didn’t excite me, with blobs of embroidery and rhinestones, besides the border embroidery at her hem. It was ‘pretty’ but not very sophisticated – maybe suitable for a much younger dancer.
Drew and Emma danced the Quick Step with Drew in a very dapper pinstriped suit where some of the pinstripes were accented with rhinestones. Emma’s costume consisted of very long fringe for her skirt and a very weird bodice, that wasn’t classy…maybe ‘whimsical’? Vanessa and Maks danced the Fox Trot with Vanessa swathed in glittering gold paillettes. Thankfully, she has a larger-than-life personality, so she pulled off this look with finesse. A shrinking violet could never pull off this dress, as this dress would wear her! Maks was wearing a non-costume…maybe the best to coordinate with Vanessa?
Frankie and Witney danced a Tango with Witney, in a beautiful red charmeuse costume, complete with real, ruched straps and bodice – I loved it! Frankie was a little too costumey in his matching bright red suit with black accents.
Terrell and Cheryl danced a very steamy Fox Trot in sort of nude-toned costumes. Terrell wore basic black tuxedo trousers to coordinate with Cheryl’s sheer lace panels with 3-D appliques. I don’t have a good photo of it, but from my notes, it was nothing special.
Sasha and Gleb danced a Viennese Waltz with Sasha in a frothy baby blue chiffon gown with tufts of white ostrich feathers at her hemline. The ruched draping on her bodice was beautiful and this style enhanced her figure. Gleb was traditional in black and white.
Victoria and Val danced a Tango, and I loved both of their costumes. Victoria wore an untraditional charmeuse white costume with shoulder-padded detailing and an open back. Val’s costume was also not traditional and appeared to have sheer mesh tails on the back. It worked for me, as something not the ‘same old….same old’.
Derek and Sharna danced a Fox Trot in polka dots! Sharna’s costume was very 50’s looking, including a ruffle and petticoat. And I thought I saw a flash of polka dot panties…did I? Even being polka dotted, Derek seemed very sedate in his costume with glitzy red bow tie!
Completing the night, Jordan and Lindsay danced a Viennese Waltz in nice, but not too exciting costumes. Maybe the night was just a bit long for me. Jordan’s basic woven shirt and trousers could be worn by any amateur guy. Lindsay’s charmeuse paneled skirt with high, accented slit was lovely, but oh-oh, that nude elastic across the back with the weird side view of her bodice (just ending in a point), is just not my idea of a complete design.
Latin Night revealed some gorgeous costumes, many so-so costumes and a few ‘could use some improvement’ costumes. Actually one of my favorite costumes was worn by the Troupe – a beaded fringe costume that went from gold to orange to red, progressing down the costume. Did you notice it?
I loved both Derek and Sharna’s red and gold Paso Doble costumes – glitzy and classy on both dancers. I loved Debbie and Alan’s bright maroon Argentine Tango costumes, with Alan in a satin suit and Debbie in stoned lace. Scrumptious, but oh, so sad for no more Alan in the competition. (He is from Minnesota, you know!...yes, I keep mentioning it.)
I also loved Terrell and Cheryl’s sassy Samba costumes (yellow fireman’s jackets with their red hot black costumes underneath). AND, I loved Peta’s silver ‘big-hole-mesh’ Argentine Tango costume for its simplicity, class and fun decoration, a much better look for her than her Ballroom Night costume. (And Nick looked OK.)
I did not like Sasha’s Samba costume as it just didn’t look classy and wasn’t flattering for her. And I disliked Victoria and Val’s contemporary looking (read ‘lingerie’) Samba costumes.
What did I hate? I hated Vanessa and Maks’ Samba costumes as well. Vanessa looked chunky in her unflattering black pants with her loose blush-toned, long-sleeved, short crop top. I liked all the rhinestones, but hated the top, pant and cummerbund. Maks in a distressed denim vest did nothing for me.
All the other costumes scored ‘middle of the road’. Most were generally flattering with some nice details. Nikki wore a deep blue strappy Samba costume with a shirt-less Artem. Lindsay and Mark had lovely Salsa costumes – I liked the lavender and purple combination on both the basic costume and her organza back ruffle with some sort of draped fabric piece attached to Mark’s basic black ensemble.
Jordan and Lindsay danced an ‘interestingly’ costumed Samba with blue denim and a few chains – a really sassy visual picture that I did appreciate! Drew and Emma’s Rumba costumes were simple and suitable, although I will never view Drew the same, on HGTV.
Frankie and Witney closed out the week by doing a dynamite Cha Cha in gold. Actually, I wasn’t really watching their costumes, as their dance routine was over-the-top, incredible. Who knew that Frankie was such a performer? I can’t wait for next week, on Dancing with the Stars!