“Trying to inspire two sets of Latin costumes with no music to inspire or direct us! Need I say how laborious that process was” ~ Randall Christensen
I bet it was!! Randall Christensen must have really been challenged this week. But, he (like the dancers) rose to the occasion. Here is what he told Stylelist in a costume recap.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: When host Tom Bergeron cracked a joke that the couples’ lime-green Latin costumes resembled packing materials, StyleList wondered if Christensen took offense. “Whether in jest, or critically, comments are good,” he says. “It doesn’t hurt to get a bit of insight into what the judges think or feel.” As for the shiny green frocks? “It was samba, for heaven’s sake. Carnival time!”
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: The singer rose to the top again in StyleList’s favorite costume of the night: a floaty, romantic ensemble that featured a snow-white corset and piles of Swarovski crystal bangles. “Because of our rush to get costumes made, we combined two purchased corsets. Shopping for the exact right lacing, frog clasps, and edging trims was a challenge,” the designer says. It was Chmerkovskiy’s idea to also wear white, which “added to the sophisticated, romantic elegance of their dance.”
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Grey’s sexy rumba costume was a risk for Christensen, who combined nude lace with strategically placed lingerie-lace appliqués and lilac fabric dyed by hand. “I was biting my nails that the appliqués were going to be enough,” says Christensen. Grey’s waltz ball gown of nude mesh featured 15,000 crystals and ostrich plumes snipped over a three-day period, attached one-by-one to charmeuse godets. “Talk about a labor of love,” he says.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: The political daughter has stayed true to her promise to not show too much skin, but the black lace she donned for her Argentine tango was a showstopper, proving Christensen’s theory that “you can be so covered up and yet be so sexy!” Christensen pronounced the costume, “by far Bristol’s most sophisticated, sexy look to date.” The designer was pleased with the way the minidress accentuated her “wonderful, perfect-for-dancing legs.”
THE DWTS Make-up team has posted some cool backstage videos from last week. I can’t embed them here. But, you can see them HERE and HERE. The process is fascinating and so intense at the same time for what the dancers and celebrities must go through.
Ok, so which costumes were your favorites this week and least favorite. Be sure to tell us in the comments and vote in our Poll.
My Fave: Brandy and Maks! I loved Brandy’s white corset dress. They both looked stunning like from an English Fairy tale. I liked Bristol’s black Tango dress too. But, I wish it had been a little longer.
My Least Fave: Lacey’s green dress in their first dance. It was all wrong for her hips.