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DWTS4 – Randall’s Costume Retrospective, Week 2

 First of all, thanks to all of you for such a great response on Randall’s Costume Retrospective from week 1 of season 4! Glad everyone is enjoying his commentary as much as I am :-D  Now let’s see what he has to say about the costumes from week 2, shall we?

Heather’s costume: “This black/green pants suit was created in England and was such a fun costume to dance the mambo.  The circular bell bottoms were flying all over the place, and accentuated all of the intricate footwork that Heather did.”

*photo courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

Billy Ray & Karina’s costumes: Dancing to “Ring of Fire”, Billy Ray really wanted to pay tribute to Johnny Cash.  We embellished the back of his jacket with a completely rhinestone-encrusted guitar, quite the vintage country western look of that time period.  To this day it is one of my favorite men’s costumes.  And Karina’s costume had all those firey red rhinestones totally encrusting her bodice, along with that cute vintage June Carter Cash skirt, with a ballroom flare to it.  Quite the perfect couple coordinating their costumes with such a great song.”

*photos courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

Ian & Cheryl’s costumes: Cheryl’s asymmetrical panel skirt w/slits really showed off some really cool Quicktep moves and Ian’s sleeveless jacket w/coordinating color shirt was a great finish to the couple’s look.  Cheryl’s costume was trimmed out in “Volcano” colored stones which has about 6 colors showing, depending on how the light hits it.  Cheryl has such a curvy and sexy body and this dress really capitalized on showing off her fantastic curves.”

*photos courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

Apolo & Julianne’s costumes: Julianne’s pink quickstep gown is still such a memorable gown.  I still have people commenting on it, after all these years.  I think the combination of the fringe skirt overlayed on top of one layer of sheer silk chiffon was a first, and it really showed off some terrific choreography of Julianne’s.  I am so glad that Apolo was game to wear the gray tails suit, as it was a great look with Julianne’s pink.”

*photos courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

John & Edyta’s costumes: The shaded (emerald green to mint green) silk satin ballgown was quite nude for a ballgown look, but who else but Edyta pulls off such a look (consistently)?!  Even with the chiffon floater (bat wing), she was able to control it so that it didn’t get in John’s way when they were dancing (for the most part!).  And John looks sensational in his classic white tie and tails.”

*photos courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

Kym’s costume: During the dress rehearsal, Kym stepped in the hemline of her gown, which meant that in the (less than 1 ½ hour) turn around from dress rehearsal to LIVE show time, we had to shorten the skirt a couple of inches – which meant that we had to RIP OFF yards and yards (!) of paillette beaded trim on the hemline, shorten the skirt about 2” and RESTITCH the beaded trim back on!  I have to say that we were literally sweating bullets trying to make that happen before we went live!  I still get a hot flash every time I think about that dress!“ 

*photos courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

Shandi’s costume: I sure wish I could take the credit for Shandi looking so INCREDIBLE, but honestly I have to say……she comes that way!  That’s the way she looks all of the time!  Tall and incredibly curvy and sexy.  I just did a little “window dressing” and called it a costume!  Wow!!

*photo courtesy ABC/Carol Kaelson

Wow! Kym sure knows how to give Randall a heart attack, huh? ;-) Be sure to tune in next week when Randall gives his commentary on the costumes from weeks 3 & 4, which air this Saturday starting at 6 PM EST on GSN.  Need more Randall between now and then? Check out his website, or holler at him on his Facebook page :-)

January 25, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Free As Seen on DWTS Earring Giveaway!!

Most long time readers will remember the free earring giveaways we’ve done in the past. They’re brought to you by the lovely Anne Koplik who provides a bunch of the earrings for the stars and pros on Dancing with the Stars. The good news is that Anne Koplik has just finished redesigning their website and so they’ve offered to give away another set of Free earrings from their Ballroom Bling Collection to a Pure DWTS reader.

It turns out that Kristin, Anna, Karina, Hope, Ricki and Peta were all wearing Anne Koplik earrings in their DWTS Promo pics. So, we’ve decided to give away a pair of the beautiful champagne crystal hoops that Kristin Cavallari was wearing:

Of course, now you are probably asking, how do I win? Read more..

September 15, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Gifting by Anne Koplik – Oh Yes…Someone Won Some Free Earrings!

How many of you knew that at Dancing with the Stars they had a gifting area where gifts were given out to the stars and pros on Dancing with the Stars? I know I didn’t and I’ve been back stage at the finale before. That was gift enough for me.

Turns out that Anne Koplik Designs has a gifting suite at the Dancing with the Stars finale where they’re giving the stars some of their jewlery. Here are some pictures from the gifting suite that were on the Anne Koplik Designs Facebook page.

Similar to the DWTS gifting, we’ve been running a contest to giveaway some Anne Koplik jewelry (as seen on DWTS) as well. I’m happy to say that the winner is….check your email (or DM on Twitter) to see if you won.

Who thinks we should hold another jewelry giveaway?

May 24, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Jewelry Giveaway – As Worn on DWTS

As if there wasn’t enough excitement here at Pure Dancing with the Stars with the Dancing with the Stars finale just around the corner, now we have another exciting giveaway. That’s right, we’re giving away more free DWTS jewelry to readers of Pure DWTS. Woot!

A big thanks goes out to Anne Koplik Designs for providing the jewelry for the giveaway. They provide much of the jewelry that you see on Dancing with the Stars. Like Anne Koplik Designs Facebook page to see all their Dancing with the Stars related jewelry including pictures of the stars and pros wearing their jewelry.

This giveaway is for the pair of earrings that Chelsea wore last night on Dancing with the Stars. You can find the earrings for sale on the Anne Koplik website. Check them out and see the other great Anne Koplik DWTS earrings.

How to enter to win:
There are 3 ways to enter and unfortunately this is restricted to US and Canada (see we listen) residents only. The only person who can’t win is me (or maybe I should say my wife). Be sure to enter every way to increase your chances of winning.
1. Leave a comment on this site about your favorite DWTS jewelry or how much you love Pure DWTS. Be sure to use a real email since that’s what we’ll use to notify the winner.
2. Send a tweet that includes @puredwts and @AKoplikDesigns. Something like the following will work:
I really want to win the Free @AKoplikDesigns earrings that were worn on DWTS. I love @puredwts giveaways.
3. Like Pure DWTS on Facebook and leave a comment with the tag #FreeDWTSEarrings

That’s all. 3 ways to enter to win some great earrings! We’ll run the competition for a week and then do the giveaway next week based on a random selection amongst all the entries.

May 17, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Earrings Giveaway – Yellow Swarovski Crystal Hoops

I think we’re all quite familiar with the costumes used on Dancing with the Stars. We know about Randall and the challenge he has in putting together the costumes so quickly. We even have our incredibly popular Who Wore it Better series where we compare costumes when they decide to reuse them. What I hadn’t heard much about was the jewelry that Randall decided to use on the show.

Turns out that Anne Koplik Designs provides over over 400 pairs of earrings to DWTS each season. A veritable rainbow of Swarovski crystal earrings in all shapes and sizes. As you can imagine they reuse the earrings on DWTS as well (It is the 12th season). Sounds like we might have to have a special Who Wore it Better: Earring Edition (Courtney?). To find out who is wearing Anne Koplik Jewelry on DWTS each week, just “Like” Anne Koplik on Facebook for all the latest details and photos.

I’m really excited to tell you that Anne Koplik Designs has very generously provided a free set of earrings to a lucky Pure DWTS reader. The lucky winner will get a pair of the Yellow Swarovski Crystal Hoops as worn by Kym and Hines last week (and shown in the picture below).

How to enter to win:
There are 2 ways to enter and unfortunately this is restricted to US residents only. The only person who can’t win is me (or maybe I should say my wife). Be sure to enter both ways to double your chances of winning.
1. Leave a comment on this site about your favorite DWTS jewelry. Be sure to use a real email since that’s what we’ll use to notify the winner.
2. Send a tweet that includes @puredwts and @AKoplikDesigns. Something like the following will work:
I really want to win the Swarovski crystal hoops Kym Johnson wore on DWTS that @puredwts and @AKoplikDesigns are giving away.

That’s all. We’ll run the competition for a week and then do the giveaway next week based on a random selection amongst all the entries.

Check out some of the other jewelry Anne Koplik Designs has provided to Dancing with the Stars:

Here’s a little more info about Anne Koplik Designs:

Anne Koplik the designer…

Anne Koplik, founder, and head designer, has always loved antique jewelry. Anne’s initial inspiration stemmed from her mother’s successful hat design business ambitiously established in New York City during the roaring twenties. For 30 years, Anne has been combining her innate sense of style and design with her vast knowledge of glass jewels, crystals and brass findings to create original works of art treasured for their heirloom quality.

It seems this family tradition remains strong throughout generations as Anne works side-by-side daily with her two daughters Jill and Kara. Jill is the CEO and lead designer. She produces and creates the innovative 200+-piece collection each season, Kara is the CFO who ensures all business, and financial operations run smoothly.

Together these three women have combined their exceptional talents to develop a very successful fashion jewelry company.

Anne Koplik Designs…

Anne Koplik Designs, is a high fashion, trend setting jewelry company offering beautiful vintage-inspired jewelry…..Anne Koplik Designs have been seen on many soap operas and prime time television shows, currently on Dancing with the Stars, Skating with the Star as well The View, The Wendy Williams Show, Americas Got Talent, The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and 90210. We have been featured at the American Music Awards, The Daytime Emmy Awards, and The Tony Awards. Fashion editorial coverage includes prominent magazines such as In Style, Lucky, Modern Bride, Your Prom, Good Housekeeping, and WW to name a few.

We use only the finest materials, including Swarovski Elements, semi-precious stones, antique glass beads, and exclusive hand enameling. We individually design, produce, and ship from our New York, USA studio. Anne Koplik was also honored by Swarovski as one of the top designers using Swarovski crystals.

April 12, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.