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    Posted: 13 Oct 2015 at 01:25

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It's that time of the year again, when the nights start to draw in, when Saturday nights are again spent on the sofa with a large mug or glass of whatever takes your fancy, to feast our eyes on the sparkly spectacle that is ... Strictly Come Dancing. 


I'm late to the party this year (and I haven't brought a bottle), but I'm looking forward to reviewing this years' frocks. There will be good weeks and theme weeks but one thing is certain, it will be fun.


So then, here we go .....



Kellie and Kevin: a neat little prom style dress for Kellie's first outing. I thought it was a bit dour at first, but the little flashes of red and white in the skirts when Kellie danced, lifted the look.  Kellie suits this style, she is petite and I think DSI may need to be careful if they put her in a long gown that they get the proportions right.  Kevin's suit was nicely cut and behaved itself, the narrow white tie and the shirt (almost matching Kellie's bodice) nicely bringing the two outfits together.



Oti and Anthony: A lovely, delicate coral colour with crystal sparkles, and frills to die for!  To make this type of frill you cut circles (well, doughnut shape out of the material which are then opened out and sewn in a straight line.  It's less complicated that you think!  Darker bias binding defined the frills and the lines enhanced the movement.  Danced very nicely. Anthony looked smart, but the skinny cut trousers left him nowhere to hide his bad leg action. And he split his kecks!



Helen and Aljaz: The stoning on this frock is beautiful and it's something that DSI do extremely well. A nice, 'proper' ballroom gown, with weight and a beautiful line to show off the lady's posture.  Very delicate look overall, which was just right for Helens colouring and complexion, and a nice and clean looking top to the bodice. Aljaz in a pair of superbly cut trousers and waistcoat, looked stylish and comfortable.  I like the look very much. Smart and sleek, yet with lots of freedom for the arms. A beautiful pairing.



Carol and Pasha: I'm not a fan of grey for a latin dress, but this was a classy little number. Fringing started sparsely at the hips and got denser towards the bottom. The whole skirt shimmered and did a fine job of disguising her poor hip action. Good to see a wide should strap on our larger bosomed ladies which, after Chelsea's unfortunate 'boob-gate' incident, has become a regular feature. Pasha's shirt echoed Carol's bodice very well, a different pattern, but being darker in colour it worked well as a foil to Carol. 


Anita and Gleb: a standard little shimmy dress that DSI ladies can make with their eyes closed. In fact I'm not entirely sure that this isn't a recycled ensemble dress from a few series back. A clever move to put Anita in this as she has a very boyish figure with no waist to speak of, so all those strings of beads flicking out around the hips and bust, together with the belted middle, give an illusion of a more curvaceous figure. Nice, I like it. Gleb was a good backdrop for Anita. Solid black is always a safe bet to partner any dress and anything more than a light smattering of stones would have been overkill.  Good light and shade in this pair of costumes.



Kristina and Daniel:  It probably looked a bit different off the floor, but under the strong lights this came across as an insipid colour which didn't do Kristina any favours. I always think that Kristina has her ballroom gowns made far too tight. It makes the seams pucker and you get lots of wrinkles, as the dress rides up to where it wants to sit.  However, I do love the lines in this gown and the skirt, cut from flared panels, dances so well. Daniel was given a very nicely cut tailsuit - some previous sets of tails have been dreadful, gaping, bulging etc but these were very nice indeed.  The long lines of the jacket elongated Daniel's body and complimented the lines in Kristina's dress.  A very nice pairing.



Aliona and Jay: Tidy little gold shimmy dress, this time using sleek bugle beads and adding a cute little short strip around the bottom, like a little frill.  Mixing gold and silver together lightened the look, preventing the gold looking brassy and the silver from looking too overwhelmingly icy. A great dress, that showcased Aliona's pins nicely, but it looked very familiar to me ... I'm thinking that it may have been a recycled frock from the 2013 series first show, where Aliona partnered Tony Jacklin. As for Jay, well, there's a reason that dance trousers are never made with pockets.  This must have been an off the peg ensemble, and while he looked good (the shirt looks like it may be an Alexander McQueen), the moment he started dancing, the pockets bunched, his lines were ruined and it was very distracting. 


Kirsty and Brendan: The pale lemon looked gorgeous on Kirsty, with her colouring and I loved the satin ribbon in road stripes along the hemline, which caught the light as Kirsty danced and the skirt itself ruffled beautifully in the turns, thanks to that little bit of extra weight, but there was just one design feature too many and it was the sash and bow. I could have done without that.  Brendan looking fab in tails, this time in a charcoal grey, which was a great choice to go against the pale lemon frock, black would have been far too heavy a look.



Karen and Jeremy: Another standard two-piece the likes of which have been seen a lot.  Clever though, it looks like a very short ra-ra skirt, but it is actually a pair of frilly knickers!  Still, Karen looks good in almost anything, and her hips made these knickers come alive!  Teamed with a fringed bra top, this costume never stood still!  Jeremy in a fairly standard shirt but again with the 'off the peg' trousers. Cue more pocket bunching. Maybe they are easing the gents into tailored dancewear slowly this year!



Georgia and Giovanni: cutsie two piece with both frills and fringe in the skirt, this flipped and flounced it's way through this Jive beautifully.  The black trim on the top was a touch too heavy, even with the black polka dots.  Pink would have been a better choice, to match the waistband and Giovanni's shirt.  Giovanni did well to dance in sneakers by the way, very difficult because the soles stick to the floor.  A little design feature that was far too subtle to be noticed, was that his polka dot braces matched  Georgia's top.  



Natalie and Ainsley: And they've gone red early!  Lovely deep colour which Natalie carries well. Keeping the decoration brief and in the top half only, elongated the skirt and enhanced Natalie's lines. The skirt was a bit thin and i hate splits in ballroom gowns, but since there was a bit of chair choreo, it was probably best not to have layer upon layer of fabric getting in the way.  I did like the way the frill at the hemline stuck out spikily, owing to the difference in the fabric used.  Overall a nice little mover. Now, they are going to have to be very careful with Ainsley, he hunches his shoulders quite badly and this makes his collar ride up and he loses his neck as a result, so it was a huge mistake to put him in a cravat and a wide collar, I think. Another mistake in the cut of the waistcoat armholes. They sat too wide on his shoulder and, or course, they started to lift. They're going to have to cut his narrower on the shoulder to counteract this.  Oh and I hated the beret!


Ola and Iwan: very striking colour combination and, of course, it was based on Team GB colours but actually worked as a frock in it's own right. The scarlet lines down the sides looking fabulous when the skirts flared out and the change in fabric part the way down, kept it from being too heavy a look.  Going with a sporty theme for dress design is a tricky one, but this turned out much better than poor old Victoria Pendleton's dire Olympic themed ensemble!  Iwan looking sleek in dark blue with a pop of scarlet from the tie.  I could have done without the big 'GB' on his back 's a minor point.  Maybe it was to remind the audience that he is an athlete.  



Jamelia and Tristan: Such a delicate and light touch in this palest pink prom style dress.  I liked a lot about this dress, but it was the wrong choice for Jamelia. I don't think the dress was the right proportions for her.  Also a short dress leaves you nowhere to hide foot faults and a longer frock would have helped her out on a couple of occasions. Nice variation of material in the skirts though, danced quite nicely.  Jamelia has a full bosom and I really liked how the design here was split into three different but complimentary stoning.  A great way to break up a large bosom on a dress.  Tristan looking casual in a shirt and trousers, but with spectacular shoes (a bit like spats) and I did like the darker belt, breaking up the overwhelming ice-cream sundae vendor look about him. 



Kate and Tony: Pale turquoise and gold is an odd combination, it looks old and contemporary at the same time and I thought this looked lovely on Kate.  I think the fringing was sewn in scallops, but I can't get a pic of the dress where it is stationery long enough to check! Nice clean lines in the neck and a great little mover. Tony's black and white number didn't really appear to compliment it, but i think he was going for the 'band leader' to Kate's funky harpist look.  He did look smart although the jacket was bunching up behind his neck.



Janette and Peter: Gorgeous fuschia colour, that really popped on the floor.  A version of Georgia's skirt, I think a tad longer, of fringe and frill, this skirt could have danced that Cha Cha by itself! Fun costume, carried very well by Janette.  Peter looking dapper too, in pinstripes and what I believe may be am emerging trend for the boys this year ... Braces.


Well, what a show!  No bad dresses this week, only one or two that I would have tweaked slightly and a bit of a reliance on stock dresses/patterns.  My favourites in this week were Helen's for ballroom and Kate's for Latin. 


What were yours?

Edited by Thess - 17 Oct 2015 at 12:42
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  Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2015 at 15:14
Loved the blog Thess! Agree with most of your thoughts.
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  Quote Jo Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Oct 2015 at 09:40
Thanks Thess Very good read.

My favourite dresses were Kirsty's & Georgia's.

Loving the braces for the fellas this year.

Edited by Jo Bird - 15 Oct 2015 at 09:43
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