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DWTS Season 28: Week 9 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 14:11 PM

Boy Bands and Girl Groups Night on “Dancing with the Stars” this week, with lots of fun music to remember. And all of us “DWTS” fans can breathe a sigh of relief (spoiler alert)…Sean is gone!!!

In order to fill the time, we are now treated to big production numbers with all the Pro dancer staff. The opening number was a visual treat, with blindingly dazzling silver costumes by all the women and ‘so-so’, but appropriate costumes by all the men. (Oh, and guest judge Joey Fatone split his pants – I didn’t notice. But this was remarked on over and over again…an example of reality in a Reality Show!

James and Emma Jive Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueJames and Emma danced a Jive to the Girl Group – The Pointer Sisters. Their colorful choreography was accented with black and white costuming. James wore black trousers and suspenders with a white mini-printed shirt. Emma wore a black and white printed leotard with organza black and white ruffles. One of my pet-peeves of bad costuming details is that annoying, ugly nude elastic across the back, hitching to a side bra-area that just stops in never-never land. Disappointing costumes.

Sean and Jenna Argentine Tango Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueSpeaking of disappointing, Sean and Jenna danced the Argentine Tango to Destiny’s Child music in very classy costumes. Unfortunately these costumes did not distract enough from Sean’s dancing performance. One of my personal least-favorite colors would be yellow-green. But I liked their costumes, lots! Sean’s jacket was created from a beautiful textured, woven fabric. And Jenna’s costume was exquisite. I loved the shiny satin showing on the underside of her very fluid skirt, and the clusters of scattered rhinestones.

Hannah and Alan Salsa  Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueHannah and Minnesota’s Own Alan performed a Salsa to a TLC tune. After her dance, Hannah kept tugging on her bodice, as she was concerned that it wasn’t staying in place and providing adequate coverage. Yikes! There was no visible mesh…perhaps in hind sight, there should have been mesh to keep her in her comfort zone. The reptile printed spandex costume was accented with beaded fringe. Alan’s coordinating shirt and trousers were forgettable.

Ally and Sasha Samba Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueAlly and Sasha dazzled during their Spice Girls’ Samba. Did I love Ally’s costume? You bet I did, but I must admit that I would personally LOVE to be able to wear thigh-high leopard printed boots! Except for the low-cut front bodice, her costume was actually reasonably modest with lots of coverage, and yet, very sexy. I also appreciated the tufts of bronze and black bugle-beaded fringe, creating lots of movement. Thankfully, Sasha was sporting a coordinating print shirt with simple black pants. Yes, it would have been too much, if he was ‘matchy-matchy’ with a leopard print shirt!

Gleb and Lauren Quick Step Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueLauren and Gleb provided a fresh Quick Step with yellow and black polka dots, dancing to the Supremes. Lauren’s modest costume was created with the traditional 1/3 to 2/3 proportion with her long, sheer chiffon polka dotted skirt and her elbow-length split sleeves. Modest, but definitely not dowdy! Men in yellow? Always scary, but Gleb was glamorous! Thankfully this was not a costume for Sean.

Kel and Witney Paso Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueKel and Witney danced a dynamite Paso Doble to En Vogue, with less-than dynamite duds. Leather cummerbund and boots over a more basic turtleneck shirt and trousers for Kel, was ho-hum. A sort-of-but-not-really-edgy black satin skirted costume with non-stretch sheer midriff area on Witney, could have looked better (and not sloppy) if stretch mesh were used. The bright spot of her costume was the ruched leather-looking upper bodice and real straps.

James and Emma Jazz  Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueFor Round 2 for this week, James and Emma performed a Jazz routine to NSYNC. Emma wore a really, really fun, foiled sort of silver-gunmetal-black camo printed costume, comprised of those sexy thigh-high boots and various other costume pieces! James’ hardware embellished outfit was ‘spot on’ (as was his dancing, as per the judges)!

Alan and Hannah Tango Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueHannah and Minnesota’s Own Alan, danced a Tango to BTS. They wore one of my favorite ‘couple costumes’ of the night, with Alan ‘stylin’ in his black velvet suit with deep red shirt. Loved it! And Hannah’s red and black chiffon gown gave her ‘Old School Hollywood Glam’ as Bruno noted. The detailing on her bodice was exquisite!

Sean and Jenna Fox Trot Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueSean and Jenna’s second effort with their Fox Trot was to a One Direction song. And I loved their outfits! Classy and elegant with fun detailing, including a fun textured, quasi striped jacket for Sean, and flirty flower petal accents for Jenna’s glamorous gown which was also fluid and classy. Definitely a good look to ‘go out on’ Sean! And just a reminder that I love monochromatic color schemes.

Gleb and Lauren Rumba Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueLauren and Gleb’s costumes for their Rumba to the Back Street Boys, were my other favorite 'couple costumes' of the competition this week. Silver was the color, with woven silver tissue lame for Lauren’s bustier and asymmetrical skirt. Shiny, sexy and classy! Gleb coordinated monochromatically with his shiny shirt and trousers.

Kel and Witney Viennese Waltz Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueKel and Witney presented a dusty grape costumed Viennese Waltz inspired by Boys II Men. I loved Kel’s costume with his tailored and textured silk suit. Unfortunately I don’t think that Witney’s costume matched the classiness of Kel’s. Her sheer mesh with underwhelming ruffles were monochromatic, but not real exciting. I loved the concentrated rhinestones over her bustline and along her back zipper.

Ally and Sasha Jazz Costume Satin Stitches DWTS Costume CritiqueClosing out the competition were Ally and Sasha with a totally 80’s Jazz, New Kids on the Block routine. My favorite of these costumes, was Ally’s oversized red jacket with huge shoulder pads. Those of us who lived through the 80’s had similar jackets in our closets, and we loved them! (Mine was denim…) Combining denim with separates worked well, and the addition of a red hoodie (just the hood) was inspired, for Sasha. So with just a sprinkling of rhinestones, these non-Glam costumes were "to the max!" And yes, Ally was channeling Paula Abdul, a big favorite of mine in the 80’s!

So now that the big cloud has lifted, we can start fresh with the semi-finals, next week. Are we in agreement?


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