The Olympic Runway

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Let’s play Word Association.

When I say Olympics, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Sports? Medals? Games?

Not for me. I think figure skating.

Clean lines, talented skaters, and over-the-top glitzy costumes are what the sport is all about.

This year’s winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia had not disappointed in showing the world an array of different fashion statements from each and every country.

Some of the most notable skaters really showed their glitz both on the ice and in their fashion choices.

Russian ice dancers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov made a striking tribute to Natalie Portman’s character in “Black Swan”. With their nod to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the pair was clad in black and embellished in jewels, capturing the movie’s spooky aura. Basically, Ilinykh’s tulle dress with the plunging deep ‘V’ and feather detail was to die for, and her partner Katsalapov complimented her in a sleek dark suit, making them a perfect pair. Best dressed? I think so.

In the women’s short program, American sweetheart Gracie Gold dazzled the rink in an off the shoulder little red number with a sparkly rosette on the side. The glitter embellishments started from her shoulders then went down towards the middle of her dress, making a tasteful “V” neckline. Delicate on the ice, Gold’s costume contrasted well as it was paired with both a strong red lip and manicure. Maybe a little matchy-matchy for my taste, but it certainly played well in giving her that “American pie” look. Gold places in second for me.

The U.S.’ favorite ice dancing pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White may have struck gold in the medal ceremony, but Davis’ could not even place bronze in my book. For one of their routines, Davis sported a shimmery pink semi-sheer 3/4 length-sleeved dress with a high neck. Jewels were cascaded across the diagonals of her costume making her look like she had just come out of a dollhouse for little girls rather than the stunning Olympian she is. Her partner White, however, looked much more sophisticated as his outfit was a classic tux with a long coat tail, embellished with silver buttons. His fitted white vest framed him well as it too crossed diagonally; complimenting Davis’ jeweled detail in a subtle way, and was finished off with a peek of his charcoal gray tie. In my opinion- White looked amazing, Davis, sadly did not.

All in all, these are just a few of the costumes out of the many that caught my eye during the skating events. Figure skating is among my top favorite event and the pretty outfits seal the deal for me. I mean, let’s be serious. What is a world if everything doesn’t glitter?

 









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