The tight in boot look is fabulous if you are built like Alissa; however, as one who is built more like Rachael Flatt, I agree with my coach that tights over boot gives me a little more length to my body and lines and frankly looks better. Sorry for those who don't like it, but as a skater, I understand why so many wear it.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
i loved the joe hisaishi part of her SP last season. wish she used more of his music. heck, he's japanese too!
Does anyone happen to know who choreographed it?
I wish that Mirai had a more fun uptempo program at least in the SP to take advantage of her speed and personality. Quite frankly both her programs this year bore me and that's a first for me.
Wagner's? No thank you. Some of her dresses were so ugly to my eyes.
Like this: http://www.usfigureskating.org/conte...wagner-fs2.jpg
Or this: http://www.lifeskate.com/.a/6a00e54f...b51a970b-300wi
Or this: http://www3.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/I...8KBCCY2zAl.jpg
Or this: http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-...0011803785.jpg
Kim did much better. But still.
I don't like this, for example: http://www.sottozeronews.com/images/...m-yu-na-01.jpg
Many of her other competition costumes were fine, but I can't think of a single one I actually really liked.
Plus, I generally don't like her exibition costumes. The trousers have a weird cut. While the dresses look like gowns.
That's of course to my eye. I'm picky.
I usually like plain. No asimetricalities. No patches. No wrappings. No holes.
Yet, sometitmes I like complicated. I didn't really mind this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/43143551@N02/4016122621/, that everybody else hated.
And I loved the yellow malguena Cohen's costume. Which I'm not sure how popular it was.
Last edited by loulou; 12-19-2010 at 01:09 AM.
TAT is used to controlling every aspect of her student's skating, including costumes but Sasha did what she wanted. That dress was one example of insubordination.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
TAT was wrong. As she was wrong when she wanted Cohen to wear more fluffly parts in her first swan lake dress (the white and the black swan).
I think TAT did a great job with Cohen, who was never so refined under any other coach (well, leave the jumps alone).
But for costumes, oh, for costumes no one is as good as Cohen is.
-- Sadly, once she left competitions, I discovered I don't like her touring style, nor the way she dresses at non-skating events.
The colour is indeed nice.
The beading, on the other hand, is not that pretty.
The shoulder cut and the level where the skirt starts are disturbing.
And the overall thing is topped with a fugly ugly hole in the midldle.
To me: it fails, big time. As do most of Wagner's costumes.
I also quite hate nude fabric.
Last edited by loulou; 12-19-2010 at 01:18 AM.
I don't think Mirai's filling because of age.
She was like she's now already two years ago (I think it was two years ago), after her ankle injury, when she was touring in Japan.
Then she lost weight again last season.
So, I'm thinking it has more to do with injury rest (combined with off season).
But I might be wrong (time will tell).
Heh.. many Yuna fans would agree with you, that and her
costumes were the least favourites (what's with the lavender/purple feathers?). To me, Mirai's Memoir of a Geisha this year shares remarkable similarities to Yuna's 2nd year program Miss Saigon.
They are similar in subject matter, shares similar false representation bordered on icky western fictitious/fetishtisation of the Asian submissive exotic tragic female stereotype (I am speaking as an Asian female), and most of all - bland program, cheesy costumes (kitsch imitation rather than authentic), and hardly suite the aura of the skater. These are young girls and world's best young athletes, strong, powerful, and full of life's vigour in their mere teens. These conflict with the tone of the program and makes it really hard bring out an honest and truthful performance (never mind the audience reading of the material), on par with what we know the skaters themselves are capable of.
The best program in my opinion should have some aspect of complementary quality that can bring out the best spirit/aura/knowledge/life experience of the skater. They should have meanings which they can relate to, or have the aptitude to interpret and process. Have something else they'd want to express themselves beyond the mechanics of the skating and the choreography movements. They will need all these things to be able to perform with conviction or authenticity.
Last edited by os168; 12-19-2010 at 03:42 AM.
Actually it is a pity John William's didn't quite work out for Mirai this time. His music usually has the high emotional octane that is capable bring out the best of Mirai's young gutso (kinder carmen style) bravado performance. Unfortunately she picked a piece that is rather monotone along with her choreographed program which is equally monotone.
As alternative to John William's memoir of a geisha to the Japanese exotism, May be she can consider some Joe Hisashi music Particularly his Nausicaä - vally of the wind suite OST.
(Story about a young girl warrior in a foreign land same age as Mirai.)
Or his Laputa suite (his less known but superb work)
Mirai would be 18 next year. It is the fringe of girl/lady. I would love her do an americana, and something by Joe Hisashi, even non - Miyasaki theme.
For example, I really like his sound track for Kikujiro. It has an innocent, modern, uplifting spirit suitable for Mirai.
I can totally imagine her skating to this with pure adulated joy!
Last edited by os168; 12-19-2010 at 03:36 AM.
and get kawahara! the whole dickson, wilson, and nichol dominating the choreography department is ridiculous. there are recycled moves everywhere and no shining programs anymore. at least choosing kawahara would seem more like an original choice nowadays.
and this is a post about mirai's program not about the costume. it would make sense if it was about how the costume did not fit the program but it that conversation sort of got out of hand