And the Mirror Ball Trophy goes to… Hannah and ‘Minnesota’s Own’ Alan Bersten! What a contentious season, but all in all, we saw some incredible dancing and fabulous costuming (along with some so-so, ho-hum costuming) this season.
With fewer costumes to critique this week, I was able to critique Erin’s gown (so-so), Carrie Ann’s dress (I did NOT find it attractive at all), Tom and Len’s suits (dapper), and Bruno’s rhinestone-encrusted jacket (gorgeous)!
The first round of dances were “Reprise” dances, where all contestants updated previous dances, incorporating their past costumes, as well. The costumes were the same, but the dancing was much improved, making it fun to watch.
Ally and Sasha danced a dynamite Jive in their lavender monochromatic costumes. Lauren and Gleb danced their Fox Trot in yellow. Kel and Witney Jazz danced in high school athletic togs. Hannah and ‘Minnesota’s Own’ Alan presented their Viennese Waltz, also in pastel/light toned costumes.
The most anticipated dances of the season are the Freestyle dances presented by the finalists. And all 4 dances were very entertaining and ‘suitably’ costumed. Each Freestyle was unique to the Finalist Stars, both the dancing and the costumes.
Ally and Sasha presented a sassy Latin-dance inspired Freestyle in teal and black, with tufts of beaded fringe and shades of green and blue rhinestones on Ally’s mostly modest costume with utilitarian back elastic that didn’t interfere with the back design. Sasha’s bejeweled jacket coordinated beautifully with his partner and was worn with black jeans. I loved their costumes: fun and flashy.
Lauren and Gleb created some cowboy class, with their Freestyle, Lauren ‘line danced’ in a modest (except for her deep front neckline) white/silver costume with modestly-cut shorts, under rows of silver beaded fringe. I enjoyed the scattered rhinestones on her tights. Gleb didn’t look uncomfortable (I don’t picture him as a cowboy) in a stylized leather jacket over a print shirt, worn with jeans, along with the requisite western buckle and boots. Years ago, Satin Stitches was more deeply involved with custom Western apparel, so I do have a design reference. Their costumes were not stunning, but yes, they were pleasing.
Hannah and 'Minnesota’s Own' Alan offered Hannah’s best dance performance of the season (as noted by Carrie Ann) for their Freestyle. Alan wore a jacket that incorporated ‘fashion forward’ fabric detailing that I enjoyed, as it was not traditional, even though it was inspired by a marching band uniform jacket. Hannah’s costume was stunning, with geometric detailing on her leotard and her sheer overskirt (that was removed partway through their dance). I absolutely LOVED the glamorous geometric bedazzled banding and the zig-zag angles on the legline of her leotard. My, oh my, oh my! I LOVED her costume.
Kel and Witney incorporated a Chicago dance group to back up their Freestyle presentation. With this dance style, Kel and Witney kept their costumes inspired by sports’ jerseys, worn with blue jeans. (I loved Witney’s high-rise jeans!)
I enjoyed all the DWTS Pros, in their production numbers (sorry, no photos found), along with singing guest stars, especially Cher. Cher is on ANOTHER tour!
I loved Cher’s presentation with her own dancers and then with adding the DWTS Pros. 1960’s styling with the beat continuing – I truly enjoyed the music and costuming. Cher is promoting her “Here We Go Again Tour”. If her costumes were not designed by my costume/fashion design hero Bob Mackie, then someone is definitely copying his style. I smiled!
In my opinion all the finalists could have won the Mirror Ball Trophy! But it is definitely fun for 'Minnesota’s Own', Alan!
Now we head into the holidays’ glitz and glamour, awaiting next season!