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Fashion critic’s view on Kiira’s new dresses

Sami Sykkö, a style and fashion columnist for Helsingin Sanomat news paper,
gave some views on Kiira’s new competition outfits:

Kiira Korpi’s double win

Photo: Helsingin Sanomat

During the weekend friends of figure skating had only on address, the Helsinki ice stadium. The competition was exciting for two reasons: it decided which three ladies will represent Finland in the Euros and it also revealed Kiira’s new competition outfits.

Competition showed that Kiira is getting back on to her feet after a long period of being ill, nobody expected her to jump to the front of the pack and winning the title. Audience also got se see Kiira’s new free skate program. It was intensive and exciting, althought the choreography had too much of that old fashioned and void hand waving. Korpi is the freshest skater in the arenas so she should have fresh choreographies.

But those dresses took my breath away. Skaters often perform in the weirdest short skirts with decorations that don’t make any sense. Korpi on the other hand has for a couple of years now brought new kind of style on ice, glimpses from world of high fashion.

In short program Korpi wore a gray-white-red striped dress that had a new modern touch I have been looking for years. There were too many sequins on the dress, maybe they don’t believe in Tampere that sometimes simplicity works better that shine and glittering. If someone had asked me, I would have taken off all the decorations and only left some glittering on the top part. Still, of all the outfits I have seen this season, this one was on the league of it’s own.

In free skate Korpi came to ice wearing a dress that has to be one of the most succesfull in figureskating history. The black dress was festive but youthfull, simple but exquisite. And the decorations were perfect. The bold cuts below the arms were spot on. If skating was a dress competition, Korpi would be the world champion.

Korpi’s dresses are designed by Tuomas Merikoski who is a designer for Givenchy in Paris. This shows that one man can, at least a bit, change the skating world.

Original article in Finnish: http://blogit.hs.fi/tyyli/kiira-korven-kaksoisvoitto

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