For the past week, I’ve been mesmerized by the tiers of crystals, layers of chiffon and abundance of color skating across the ice at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Russian figure skating team has been at the fashion forefront, and fierce on the ice too. My favorite pairs costume was the tulle skirt Elena Ilinykh wore for her dramatic free dance to Tchaikovsky’s Black Sawn. Wearing a bodice lined with intricate beading and a tutu reminiscent of the ballet’s dark character, Ilinykh stunned all as she stood on partner Nikita Katsalapov’s stomach and feathered herself like the black swan. Katsalapov’s no-frills costume allowed her to shine. By far, one of the best performances and best costumes in the figure skating competition.
Despite the controversy swirling around Julia Lipnitskaia’s performance to the score to “Schindler’s List,” the 15-year-old Russian figure skater demonstrated incredible athleticism and made ice skating look truly effortless. And that’s the sign of a phenomenal skater — someone who makes the sport look easy to the audience. In terms of fashion, Lipnitskaia’s red coat dressed with beading and accompanied by a grey chiffon skirt was classic, striking and simply beautiful.
|Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy // Germany|
|Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte // Italy|
|Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat // France|
|Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov // Russia|
|Jason Brown // United States of America|
|Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford // Canada|
|Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov // Russia|