This week’s competition started off very colorful, with Ally and Sasha dancing the Quick Step. Sasha looked like a crayon, resplendent in bright yellow: Matte-finished yellow shirt, yellow pants, yellow shoes and yellow suspenders. (Yikes!) Ally was also monochromatic a bright crayon green (at least on my monitor). Her Kelly green satin charmeuse skirt matched her spandex leotard, which is difficult to do: coordinating a perfect match between woven and knit fabrics. After doing some research online, I am seeing that there are companies that do this, but for the average ballroom dancer, there are not many options to exactly match these two different types of fabrics, as exactly as seen with Ally’s costume. Her costume was tailored and modest with a nude center front panel that helped elongate her bodice. Of course some rhinestones accented her simple style. Their costumes? ‘Adequate.’
Kate and Pasha presented the Viennese Waltz in classy costumes (so much prettier than Kate’s costume last week). Of course, being from Minnesota, purple is always a pretty priority with stage colors! Pasha’s woven and metallic, textured jacket accented with black velvet piping and black velvet trousers was fun and a bit flashy. Kate was sophisticated and classy in her double-georgette split-paneled skirt with off-the-shoulder drape with ruching and with real stoned straps anchoring the dress in place. This week, the costumers of the show did a lovely job with Kate! This couple’s costumes tied for my favorites, this week.
Kel and Witney also danced the Quick Step this week with really fun polka dotted costumes! Kel’s basic black suit jacket was scattered with large, white polka dots. OK, how many guys will now do the same? Witney’s coordinating gown featured much smaller black polka dots on a pastel pink, sheer mesh fabric, appropriately lined and accented with solid, stoned pink. The zig-zag hip seaming is always a favorite of mine. Her long-sleeved dress with high collar, also featured a very open back with thousands of black rhinestones on the black polka dots and lots of pink stones on the pink. This couple’s costumes were fun and fresh.
Karamo and Jenna presented an emotional Contemporary routine with more interesting than usual, contemporary togs. Karamo wore a yellow shirt that was semi-sheer, woven and textured. He coordinated brown glitter trousers that coordinated beautifully with Jenna’s simple, yet classy wrap dress with full, tea-length skirt. Just a touch of rhinestone accented her straps. For me, just enough glitz on their costumes to spice up their fluid, basic costume pieces.
Hannah and Minnesota’s own Alan sashayed across the ballroom, dancing the Samba. Alan wore what I consider ‘street duds’ with his denim, yoked shirt, cuffed jeans and western accessories. He looked great, even with absolutely no glitz! Hanna’s sweet, yet sexy white sheer, with mini-flowered embroidery, short costume was non-traditional for the Samba. Her off-the-shoulders neckline with mini-ruffles, stoned straps and belt completed her look. Their look was youthful and un-stodgy – I enjoyed their costumes!
Sailor and Val preformed a sassy and ‘jiving’ Jive in ‘matchy-matchy’ costumes. The blue and black animal spotted print looked great on Val and Sailor’s full, short costume (complete with black petticoat). Are high-rise trousers really making a comeback? If you have been watching Val, this season, you KNOW they are, and with stitched creases, he wears them so well! I recognized a ‘Satin Stitches’ collared/halter top worn by Sailor – this is a cliché look, worn by many ballroom dancers hoping to give a nod to the 1940’s. It worked for me!
The Viennese Waltz was presented by the ever-popular-with-the-voters, Sean and Lindsay. Spoiler alert…we hope Sean continues to improve, because we just keep, keeping him in this popularity contest. Sean was very dapper, however, in his traditional black suit (with interesting textured fabric). Did I love Lindsay’s green charmeuse middle-connect dress with deep V bodice and very open back. NO…especially because the front bodice just stopped in a peak at her side back and then giving way to nude elastic. UGH!!!! Except for that really annoying design feature (I have blogged about that in the past), her plain tailored look with a touch of ruching and some stoning, revealed lots of one of her legs and was ‘adequate’.
James and Emma danced the Samba with my second ‘most favorite’ couple costumes of the week. And monochromatic color schemes – my favorite! James’s trousers matched Emma’s costume, in burgundy. Emma’s asymmetrical traditional Samba costume included 3-dimentional ruffles, long sleeves and a high collar. The ‘open’ section of her costume was tight, nude-toned spandex that you notice only when specifically looking for it (I was). The use of nude-toned spandex is so helpful for keeping costumes ‘in place’ instead of possibly gapping. James did not dress ‘traditionally’, but paired an off-white shirt with his burgundy trousers. His only glitz was beaded necklaces filling in, his open shirt. And I loved his hat. Their look was very classy!
Another very emotional Contemporary performance was forced onto Lauren and Gleb. Her ‘story’ was very sad and she was crying during her performance. This couple also got ‘matchy-matchy’ with their dusty pink outfits. Gleb’s turtleneck (did you see the invisible zipper at the shoulder to the neck?) and matching trousers were untrimmed. Lauren’s costume featured two layers of handkerchief skirts – the dusty pink over ivory. Her costume was modest, with the ivory lining under her ruched, mesh bodice with long-sleeves that also ruched at her sleeve cuffs. I did not find the ivory bodice lining attractive. To me, it cheapened her look. I would have chosen another color for the accent color on her costume. Otherwise, her bodice had a nice center-front accent and the use of rhinestones added to her design.
So, mostly tasteful this week, but watch out for ‘over-the-top’ costuming for Halloween Week, next Monday! (And watch out for another scary elimination…)