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    Posted: 24 Nov 2013 at 15:56
We've all come down after a stunning Blackpool extravaganza, where the frocks had to live up to the extraordinarily beautiful ballroom.  Now we're back to earth and I have to say, it's with quite a bit of a bump.  Not a great week for frocks, they must have blown the budget at Blackpool!

Susanna: I love this dress - great colour for her, neat and tidy bodice with a fab sequined fringe that enhanced those twist turns. Would've looked better without the belt, and the diagonal strap at the front seemed a bit random and not quite part of the design, so I'm thinking that they may have been added after the first dress rehearsal to stop gaping at the sides.  As the ladies progress through the show, costumes have to be altered because hey're losing weight and toning up and it was possibly the case with this one.  Of course, it was totally the wrong dress to put Susanna in, because it showed off her poor leg action.  She looked fab, but the dress did her no favours at all. Something in a longer skirt and latin frills would have been much more forgiving. I wondered the the other week if DSI were actually taking into account the dancers faults/assets when designing their dresses, and it seems that they don't, otherwise Susanna would have been in something else.

Ola: lovely lines in this dress, the two tiered style working really well on the floor.  I liked the difference in texture from the satin to the chiffon, the shiny to matte, the under-skirt looked so light as Ola danced, she looked like she was floating.  Keeping the stoning to the bust area was a good choice, since the top skirt was quite short in itself to bring the stoning down much further would have shortened the perspective and given Ola a shorter-look in the body.  And I appreciated the attention to detail, in the line of the stoning following the line of the topskirts hem.

Natalie: gorgeous colour, in what has become a fairly standard style this series.  The materials didn't work well with each other however, and I would have liked more weight in the skirt, the thin fabric just got in between Natales legs.  To go back to Olas dress for a moment, the thin skirt worked well there because in the Waltz you are almost always in flight. The Tango has more stationery moments, and a thin skirt just end up hanging there like a net curtain and does nothing for you. 

Iveta: absolutely gorgeous colour, she looked stunning.  The delicate scrolling stonework on the bodice was so elegant and I liked how it worked to create a sweetheart line. Do you see what I mean about weight in the skirts?  This danced beautifully due to those extra layers and I love a feathered hem - they provide lots of movement and as the hem ruffles about Iveta looks like she is dancing on air.  Spare a thought for the seamstress who had to hand sew individual ostrich feathers on the top skirt. It is a onerous task, but looks so effective.

Sophie: bloody hell, I thought we'd already done Halloween week! OK the sheer dress over a sparkly leotard is a nice look and can work well for latin, but the proportions were so wrong in this dress.  Too long in the skirts, too long in the sleeves, even her hair was too long, the severity of the neckline at the front would have worked much better if the back had been beautifully daring, but it was far too 'safe'.  Sophie looked like she had got stuck in a shroud and I have to say, she danced like one of the undead too.

Kristina: I guess it must be hard to come up with a Charleston style dress that fits in with a gymnasium/strongman theme. The cutesy Jive shoes made a repeat appearance and I still don't like them!  The dress itself was OK, with the fringing doing it's job of flying about and creating loads of movement, but I didn't like the ties flapping about at the back and the cut was too latin in feel and I would have preferred a straight flapper dress, in similar vein to Nats from last week.

Abbey: the jewelled high neckline was gorgeous and the stoning on the bodice was beautiful, as we have now come to expect as standard on a DSI gown! But what is going on with lengths this week?  Far too long and had the look of a ballroom gown overall.  Also, because it wafted around so much the dance did not have any of the characteristics of a Paso. The secret is all in the ladies back and arms, but Abbey just wasn't strong enough to demonstrate that, in that particular dress.  As with Susanna, a more structured and obviously 'latin' dress would have been more forgiving.

Anya:  I feel for her, having issues with costumes two weeks in a row, but that is no excuse for giving her this tattered shred of a dress. A VW looks at it's best when danced in a 'proper' gown with weight in the skirts.  I've been going on about weight quite a bit I'm beginning to bore myself, but I have been so frustrated with the insubstantial frocks this week. The only think I liked about this dress was the simply stunning work on the bodice, how gorgeous is that design nod

Well there we go. A dour week for many of the ladies, with a lot of them wrapped up in various lengths of curtain, except for Anya, who got the shredded remains of a couple of rolls of Andrex.  Easy to pick my favourites this week, which were Iveta's for ballroom and susanna's for latin (even though it was the wrong dress for her).

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  Quote littlesue Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2013 at 17:49
 I was reading an interview in one of the women's mags with the dress makers of Strictly and they said they start preparing them in late summer so they obviously have some idea who is going on, if they made quite early I suppose they don't know anything about the celebs's cope with arm or leg actions so I suppose if Suzanna's was made a while a go they would'nt have had an idea she was'nt the best in leg movements.
Can't say I liked many of the dresses this week, maybe Ola's was the best although she looked a bit washed out in it.   I hated Abbey's dress with the high neck and no back though she has the long skinny body to carry it off.
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they only make the basic dresses early and they normally do skirt lengths the week they dance
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Oh OK then, they slipped up with Suzanna thenBig%20smile
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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2013 at 17:57
thanks Thess - agree so much - wardrobe absolutely left Susanna with nowhere to hide I loathed Sophies dress though length etc did help hide her lack of hip action and Abbey has such a good figure a proper latin dress would have looked so much better

I had no faves this week Iveta's was best

think the whole show had blackpool hangover from the snappy judges, dour dancing and lousy costumes :)
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  Quote Thess Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2013 at 19:51
Originally posted by Bren


think the whole show had blackpool hangover from the snappy judges, dour dancing and lousy costumes :)


I think you're right.  It's just like they couldn't be bothered and thought: "we'll just drape this over them and Bob's your Uncle"

I'm hoping next week will see the quality perk up a bit.

And for the record, DSI have been known to change a celebs gown within a few days of a dress rehearsal when things have gone wrong with the dress, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think that they could adjust an aspect of a dress to play down faults. 
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  Quote Jo Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2013 at 21:55
I liked Susanna's and Abbey's dresses... even though neither suited the dance.
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2013 at 07:56
I think the costumes are really great  this year. Vast improvement on the last few years.

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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2013 at 10:32
yes Toots DSI (dance style international) and Chrisanne
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Dec 2013 at 11:31
Originally posted by Bren

yes Toots DSI (dance style international) and Chrisanne


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