I enjoyed the opening Zombie routine, didn’t you? It also brought to mind a HS Show Choir routine that Satin Stitches costumed, just a few months ago. North Central HS included some ‘Sparkly Zombie’ costumes that also transformed to another look! We are very proud of these costumes.
This week’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Halloween Night was a monstrous event with lots of special stage lighting, hair, makeup and ‘interesting’ (for the most part) costuming! The plot did, indeed follow a horror film, with a foreseen ending (unfortunately).
My costume critique? Makeup (along with hair) out-shown the costuming in many cases. Maybe as a resident of “The Halloween Capital of the World” (Anoka), and after attending Anoka’s big Grand Day Parade over the weekend, I’ve been seeing many, many incredible, self-made local costumes (both in the parade and on the spectators)! I was really expecting more, from DWTS’s costumers, this week.
Let’s start with the so-so, ‘meh’ costumes: Sorry, Hannah and Minnesota’s own Alan danced a nerdy Jazz routine, with Hannah in a self-described ‘bad pageant girl’ costume, which was a pageant-type dress with appropriate sash, with full tulle skirt that appeared dirty, with dirty sneakers. Yes, probably anyone could pull a similar costume together, along with Alan’s plaid shirt with pocket protector, suspenders, high-rise trousers and tape accented glasses. Really ugly costumes, obviously not the ‘Sparkly Zombie’ style costumes I noted in my introduction.
Kel and Witney danced a snaky Jive with snakeskin printed spandex. At first glance they seemed to match, but after studying, Kel’s shirt and pants were green, and Witney’s costume was yellow. Both costumes could be replicated by talented sewers, except I did appreciate the fun tufts of beaded fringe and rhinestone embellishment on Witney’s costume. Oh, and I LOVED her matching over-the-knee boots! Does anyone else covet a pair of these?
James and Emma presented a Viennese Waltz with James in a black tailcoat ensemble (with a hint of ‘steam punk’) and Emma in a raggedy black halter dress with long mesh gloves. Black ‘Edgar Allan Poe’-esque feathers accented Emma’s dress. Both costumes did feature lots of black texture with the use of fabrics and trims. But was I enthralled? No.
Sean and Lindsay performed a Jive as Frankenstein and his bride. Again, hair and makeup were the stars. Sean’s silver-foiled black velvet suit complimented his 4-hour makeup job. And any tailor could reproduce such a costume. Lindsay’s petticoated short bridal gown included fun embroidered fabric and a wide, accenting Basque-waisted cummerbund. These costumes were ‘adequate’ but not spectacular.
Ally and Sasha danced a Tango, with Ally in a pink and purple (with black) “Suicide Squad” costume that didn’t impress me, as it emulated the movie costume closely, in my humble opinion. BUT, I LOVED Sasha’s gray suit with hardware toggles and black grommet tape! If this was based on a movie costume, well…I missed it. If not, kudos to the DWTS costumers!
Lauren and Gleb were retro-stylish for their Argentine Tango. This dance category is traditionally influenced by the 1940’s, and their costumes did that. I’ve read that Lauren has lost weight with her rigorous dance practice sessions, but now learned of rib injuries. She looked stunning in her beige satin 1940’s slip-dress with bustier. I loved her look. Gleb was very debonair in his 1940’s era window-pane plaid, gray double-breasted suit. Not spectacular costuming, but pleasing, none-the-less!
Kate and Pasha presented a Rumba with Kate looking stunning in her ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ cape (shed early on) with modest, yet classy and sexy red bodiced costume (with mesh bodice sections) with a double-layered skirt. This perhaps, was her most beautiful costume of the season. It is a shame that she was voted off, this week. Pasha wore a shiny, sparkly silver and gunmetal shirt and trousers costume and did appear rather wolf-like. This couples’ costumes were my second favorite of the evening!
That leaves Karamo and Jenna dancing a passionate Paso Doble. Karamo’s costume was a stunning combination of matte and shiny, with soft/fluid combined with rigid tailoring. Jenna’s rhinestoned nude mesh bodice and gloves were accented with bone-like black detailing. All combined with the traditional black satin skirt/cape. WOW! This was my favorite couple costumes!
I was excited to be able to find the ‘Team Trick’ and ‘Team Treat’ photos, as in past seasons, photos were difficult to find. The team scoring the highest for dancing had the least interesting costumes, with a dark blue suit combined with black shirts (the same for everyone), while the other team had silk pajamas for the guys and wild striped and polka dotted ‘Clown-tutu’ themed costumes (yes, everyone unique). The costumes were fun to look at, but yes, their dancing was less skilled.
We all know the elimination results…it is our Halloween Horror!