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Donovan: Internationaux de France fashion awards

High praise for Méité, Kvitelashvili; James, Ciprès' free skate look dazzles
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France's Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès looked as great as they skated at the 2017 Internationaux de France. -Getty Images

The 2017 Internationaux de France showcased a few things from a fashion perspective. For starters, the men definitely struggled to dress themselves for this event, but skaters from the host country certainly delivered on the big stage with remarkable costuming.

With that being said, here's a look at my fashion podiums from the fifth stop on the Grand Prix circuit.


GOLD -- Maé-Bérénice Méité (SP)

Maé-Bérénice is an actual queen. It should say something about how amazing this bodice is that it beat out Alina Zagitova and Kaetlyn Osmond when she's effectively wearing leggings for the second half. The detailing is immaculate, and perfect for the routine. It also perfectly highlights who Méité is as a skater.

SILVER -- Kaetlyn Osmond (SP)

This short program is legendary, as is this costume. I've been allowing it to hide in the background, but no longer. This is one of the best costumes I've ever seen in figure skating.

BRONZE -- Alina Zagitova (FS)

I've already said all I can about this look -- regal, flawlessly detailed, unique. The hold up here is how cheap the base fabric looks; that red stretch satin does detract from the overall feel of regality.

WEIR AWARD -- Mai Mihara (FS)

This is a great costume, but does anyone else think she looks like she's single-white-femaling Evgenia's short program costume from last season?

WEIR AWARD -- Polina Edmunds (FS)

I honestly mean this in the fiercest way possible, but Polina looks like she's wearing a dress that Paris Hilton would have had made for a shotgun wedding in Vegas.


GOLD -- Moris Kvitelashvili (SP)

I know, I know: another glittery English period costume. I am full of surprises. Honestly y'all, this was great, but it also had zero competition. I love the fabulous way the edges are ombréd and littered with sequins. I would wear even this, but I'm biased.

SILVER -- Shoma Uno (FS)

I figured I'd give Shoma's free skate look some love after giving him the gold for his short program look at Skate Canada. This is a gorgeously embellished jacket with a sea of rich color. The problem? The sleeves don't match the jacket in color or fabrication, making what should be a show-stopping look also a bit of a head scratcher. I also have an issue with the proportion; it's so high on his waist and boxy -- an issue with many of Uno's looks. Still, gorgeous bodice, but the level of detail needs to expand past the shoulders.

BRONZE -- Misha Ge (SP)

He's dressed like Link from the Legend of Zelda prior to discovering his destined quest, which is still good enough for a nerd like me to give him a bronze in a weak field.

WEIR AWARD -- Kévin Aymoz (SP)

You cannot convince me that he didn't pick these up at Old Navy before his performance. In the wise words of legendary drag queen Raja, "If you can't hide it, throw some [freaking] glitter at it!"


GOLD -- Vanessa James & Morgan Ciprès (FS)

Please, like you did not know this was coming. Gorgeous, sexy and stunning, as this costume is somehow both icy and steaming. And again, the level of detail and use of line on Vanessa's costume is absolutely stunning. Morgan, of course, looks adorable in his matching menswear.

SILVER -- Nicole della Monica & Matteo Guarise (SP)

They've broken me down, y'all. Nicole and Matteo are going to flaunt every rhinestoned, ombré bodysuit they can 'til the end of time, and we might as well get on board now. I've already ordered three!

BRONZE -- Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran (FS)

Simple, coordinated, sparkly. If you can't be Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland will get the job done. The dark sequin/rhinestone details on her dress show up beautifully against the blush tone of her dress as well.


GOLD -- Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (FD)

The king stays the king. I don't think anyone is ever going to master the art of marrying their costuming to their choreography the way these two do it, and make it look as compellingly high fashion as they do. Her dress is simply the perfect shade of blue, and the starkness and austerity of his look makes it vibrate with vibrancy. Stunning, stunning, stunning.

SILVER -- Madison Chock & Evan Bates (FD)

I'm mostly choosing them because I'm hoping icenetwork editors will use the picture where Madison is defying all laws of physics and appears to have a vice grip on Evan's neck.

These are lovely, and I appreciate that they look coordinated, but not terribly matchy-matchy, to use a highly technical fashion term. I like that Evan's costume has the same ombré sequin effect that's found in Madison's costume, but that his costume also has an ombré dye to accompany it. Madison's skirt is STUNNING -- nearly enough to dethrone Gabriella -- and the movement and sheerness of it is really captivating to watch.

BRONZE -- Lorenza Alessandrini & Pierre Souquet (FD)

The French know how to land on a fashion podium even when their choreography gets them nowhere near it. These costumes are perfectly coordinated; subtle, with a minimalist drama that reminds me of Gabriella and Guillaume -- maybe he even designed their costumes, too! I like that while her skirt is the centerpiece of the routine, his shirt is beautifully designed to complement it.

WEIR AWARD -- Charlène Guignard & Marco Fabbri (FD)

Charlène is my age, which makes dressing like the mother of the bride somewhat ridiculous. The dress has nice elements -- the movement of the skirt and the icy color -- but the neckline and proportion of the bodice just make me feel like she's about to start chastising me for not wearing sleeves like Polina Edmunds, who got married in Vegas.