This Week 8 of “Dancing with the Stars” has no particular theme… I’ll call it a ‘Mixed Bag of Leftover Halloween Treats’ week, as many good couples are gone and we are left with one Celebrity that everyone is passing over, except for a particular voting block that may or may not be infiltrated by the Russians!
Many perfect scores were handed out to several couples. I’m being stingy with my perfect costuming scores, only awarding a perfect 10 to Ally, who danced the Paso Doble with Sasha in an absolutely perfect, slinky silver sensation. Her dress was a very modern, sophisticated textured metallic foil, knit gown with traditional back cape/skirt. A beautifully ruched, deep V neckline accented a rhinestone-studded performance bra. A bejeweled waistband accented her luscious costume. Sasha wore the same fabric tailored (and not slinky) motorcycle-esque short jacket over basic black. Stunning!
The worst of the worst, were those matching, bias-cut, red plaid ‘leisure suits’, complete with matching shirts and shoes, worn by Kate and Pasha dancing a Jive performance. I really couldn’t concentrate on their dance performance, because I was so ‘shocked and appalled’ at their costumes. Yikes!!! Spoiler Alert: I’m sorry that were sent home, but what were the costumers thinking. (Yes, I saw that they danced out of a plaid background, but really???)
Another unattractive costume was worn by Sean, for his Jazz dance performance with Jenna, (who substituted for Lindsay). Jenna’s costume was cute and glitzy. I felt that this couple’s costumes were miss-matched. No glitz and an homage to a retro wool-looking, sailor uniform for Sean, and a 40’s inspired tap-pant shiny and glitzy costume for the dancer of the performance.
Better, but mostly just boring, were the Contemporary costumes worn by James and Emma. If you read my musings, you know I’m hardly ever enamored by this casual category. James wore an open, basic ivory shirt with tan trousers and no shoes. Emma wore an off-putting toga-like yellow costume with rhinestoned nude side panels from armpit to thigh. The faux nude look left me uncomfortable.
Kel and Witney danced a Salsa to land one of the 10’s awarded during this show (for dancing)! But I do NOT award a perfect score for their costumes. Kel’s costume was weird! It included color-blocking that Satin Stitches might use for a military/kick High School dance routine. But it wasn’t on a jumpsuit/unitard, but on a shirt with pull-on pants. Too much of a horizontal effect, rather than more pleasing diagonal design. Witney’s costume was a multi-colored, glitzy print paired with multi-colored tufts of tulle. Yuck! It was a traditional ‘butt ruffled’ long-sleeved, open backed Salsa costume. Pleasing silhouette but I am not a fan of multicolored tulle. On anything.
Lauren and Gleb performed a Jive. I really liked Lauren’s striped costume but I hated Gleb’s matching, horizontally striped top with solid colored jacket. Details on Lauren’s 50’s (or was it 40’s???) petticoated costume was unique with just enough glitz and glamour. Perhaps a solid color, coordinated outfit for Gleb would have been more attractive.
Hannah and Minnesota’s own, Alan danced the Quick Step in my second favorite costumes this week. Hannah’s blue to white, dip-dyed, gored fluid satin skirt, worn with a simple cap-sleeved blue crop top with lots of rhinestoned glitz. Her costume was fresh and classy. Alan was sporty in his blue blazer with white shirt and pant, coordinating beautifully with Hannah. No added glitz was needed to present his fresh and classy look.
The second half of the competition was an official ‘Dance Off’ with couples facing off against another couple. I enjoyed the ‘sort of’ matching or coordinating the couple’s costumes. I awarded 8 out of 10 for everyone’s costumes, although I thought Kate’s fringed costume was too matronly for her.
It is ‘crunch time’ at Satin Stitches this month, with many, many High School team costumes and uniforms due to be picked up by local teams and shipped across the country for others. The trends this season: shiny fabrics and lots of mesh, appliques and rhinestones for team costumes! And we are working on some dynamite Military inspired uniforms for the Atlanta Falcons. Send us some positive thoughts for completing our deliveries this week, and all of November and December!