DWTS long gown dress Season 16: Week 8 Costume Critique Kellie wore a modestly cut white chiffon gown with handkerchief flutter sleeves and beaded/stoned banding at the neckline and inverted ‘V' hip/waistline, for her Viennese Waltz. The ruching, trimming, and the circle, apple-peel ruffle at the back waist, gave her gown a pretty, feminine look. I enjoyed her dress, but thought it would have been more suitable for Zendaya. I was surprised when it was ripped off (with Velcro on the back) in one swift movement to reveal her sexy, sultry black dress underneath, for her trio Paso Doble with her Pro boys. Derek and Tristan were more dashing in their black glitter, double-breasted vest costumes than Derek in his simple shirt and pant for his opening act. They, all three were dashing! Kellie's black charmeuse skirt with bedazzled bodice, fit perfectly and unassumingly under the white dress. This was an amazing feat of costume design. Bravo to the costumers! And Len, shame on you – you KNOW they deserved better than a 7 from you!

This week swimwear manufacturer on Dancing With the Stars, we were treated to two sets of costumes for the Stars, and with the second performance, we were treated to two Pros for each Star!Zendaya and Val started the show off with their Fox Trot. I was disappointed in Zendaya's big flower/watercolor printed charmeuse dress. It was kept ‘young' for her, with the little flutter cap sleeves and very modest ‘V' necklines (both front and back). A very wide green leather belt anchored her natural waistline and the minimalist skirt rode over a slim petticoat finished off with a wide white horsehair braid, to give it some dimension. It was as ‘blah' as Val's basic tuxedo ensemble.

I costume manufacturer LOVED Zendaya's white Salsa costume, however, during the second half of the show! Her blouse featured shoulder padded, fringed cap sleeves and a big fun bib of metallic gold strips. She wore a belt again, at her natural waist – narrow this time. Her fuller pants featured side slits and were tight at the cuffs, with fringe on the sides, providing lots of movement. The entire costume gave off the aura of the 1940's silver screen movie stars, even though she wore matching gold high-top shoes. It was funky and fun, and worked wonderfully for a stylish teenager. The open, basic satin shirts for ‘the boys', paired with tight white jeans added the sex appeal for this routine.Jaboby unfortunately looked very ‘clown-like' in his bright yellow Paso Doble costume. His two partners wore matching bright yellow costumes – not quite matching. I've mentioned before, that I prefer totally matching or different enough that they are visibly coordinating rather than slightly off. Karina and Cheryl just looked slightly off with the skirts seemingly alike, but the bodices not. The placement of the black lace appliques went in two different directions and slightly different back lacing made the dresses looking like one worked out, but that there was a problem, so that the second one fell short in matching the first. And then a sneaking suspicion that maybe it is more difficult to create two costumes EXACTLY alike, so no attempt is made, so it's easier? I'm guessing there is some truth to this, what do you think? I liked Cheryl's version better. But all three costumes looked like a bunch of black lace appliques were thrown at the costumes, and sewn on where they landed. These costumes didn't look classy.

I was also disappointed with Peta's Tango costume. Her ‘mullet' dress emulated a wedding gown for their routine, with Sean wearing a very dapper, shawl-collared tuxedo jacket with all the wedding ‘fixings'. There were rows and rows of ruffled, stiff tulle creating the ‘big butt' bustle on the back of her skirt and the mini-skirted front. It was not very flattering. The bedazzled stretch satin bodice was attractive enough, except that it ended with a point at the side seam area, with an ample amount of nude elastic straps across her back, to hold everything in place. It could have been so much prettier, with decorative strapping.

Peta and her Pro partner were absolutely STUNNING in their Jazz costumes. Sean wore a costumey tuxedo outfit that had comic, miss-proportions and also was over accessorized to create a sort of ringmaster look, to coordinate with the stunning red ‘Moulin Rouge' costumes worn by his Pros. I loved them! The bustier and peplum bodices, paired with feathered back skirts, worn with taupe panties and front halter neck details were splendid. The taupe areas were encrusted with scattered rhinestones and also with large multi-colored gemstones. Red thigh-high stockings and opera gloves completed their sexy, yet classy costumes. The entire trio was excellently accessorized!

Jacoby was minimalist with his soon-to-be-open white shirt, open bow tie and black pant for his Viennese Waltz. Karina wore a mixed bag. I absolutely LOVED her mint green costume – well, the TOP half anyway. Her costume was actually to her natural waistline. It had an open back without a spider web of nude elastics. Wide 40's style shoulder straps ruched down to her waistline, creating a marvelous plunging front neckline and modest mesh sides. The sprinkling of matching rhinestones was exquisite and oh, so classy. I loved it! The skirt? I wasn't enamored. The matching satin charmeuse skirt was slim-cut with three modest tiers with a wide sheer band between them. My guess is that these bandings were sheer white organza – something relatively stiff. I would have preferred a softer, fuller skirt to coordinate with her beautiful, perfect bodice.

Kym and Ingo were beautifully dressed for their Fox Trot. Again, the accessories for Ingo's gray vest and pant duo classed up his costume. I adored Kym's nude-toned gown. It was sexy, classy and elegant. Any nude elastics across her back were inconsequential. I gave her a TEN. The halter with collar and the entire upper dress were covered in thousands of rhinestones, with larger gems accenting the upper bodice, just the way I like! The white chiffon godets of the skirt were fish-lined for dimension at the hem and attached with pretty white silk flowers. Wispy tufts of ostrich feathers were perfect finishing details.

But then I was very disappointed with Kym and her Pro partner's pink, saccharinely-sweet Jive costumes. The bodices were cute enough (and overly girly on purpose), but the elasticized open back and bustle-like sunburst pleated back skirts were not flattering, but big and lumpy at the back waist. I really enjoyed Ingo's costume. Comedy was the inspiration, with his pastel pink sweater vest, giant bow tie, wild plaid pants and taped geek glasses. What fun!

Of course Mark wore his trademark hat and spats with his pin-striped 3-piece suit to accompany Alexandra for their Argentine Tango performance. The black, scalloped sweetheart neckline was very flattering for Alexandra. I didn't love the nude straps, but I appreciated that the back wasn't cut low. Her charmeuse skirt danced well, with it's ruched sides and very high, diagonally slanted skirt. But when she was standing still, it hung very weirdly wide, and didn't drape nicely down her side. It danced very well, with great movement.

I also enjoyed Alexandra and her Pro boys' Jive costumes. Alexandra was cute and sassy in her tri-colored, fringed, asymmetrical 1920's costume. Her short gloves, fishnets and garter completed her look. The boys wore matching red satin, double-breasted vests with red spats (of course), hats (of course) and garters for their comedic costumes. Very nicely done!

There was lots of flashy costumes and dancing this week, with minimal disappointments. I truly enjoyed the ‘Walking on Air' routine choreographed and danced by Derek and his partner. And I can't wait until the semi-finals next week, for even more spectacular dancing!

-- LeeuannaLeeuanna - 29 Aug 2017

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