The Yomiuri Shimbun The allure of figure skating is not limited to jumps and steps—the gorgeous costumes of figure skaters are something you also do not want to miss. The Yomiuri Shimbun has asked fashion critic Koji Uematsu to assess the costumes of some famous male skaters ahead of the men’s free program, beginning today. Here’s what he said:
It’s safe to say that Japanese men are keen on fashion, and this tendency can also be found with Japanese figure skaters. Nowadays, figure skaters have long arms and legs, which help highlight the features of their costumes nicely.
Let’s look at the costumes some figure skaters wore at recent competitions.
I have to start with Daisuke Takahashi, the pillar of the Japan men’s figure skating team. The outfit he wore at the recent All-Japan Championship exuded masculine sexiness. He chose dark colors for both his shirt and pants, and the design of the outfit was simple. The costume really highlighted Takahashi’s spins and steps nicely against the white ice.
In addition, champagne-gold fabric peeked out from cuts of his outfit, bringing to mind a piece from a Paris collection.
Yuzuru Hanyu’s elegant costume reminds me of something a prince would wear. It’s something you could also never pull off if you are not around his age—19.
Laces and colored stones are attached to his top, giving a hint of femininity. It fits perfectly with Hanyu’s long arms and legs, as well as his silky smooth skin.
I cannot wait to see Tatsuki Machida’s performance at Sochi. His costume is a perfect match to his free program music, “Firebird,” music for a ballet.
His costume underscores the power of his body, such as his thick neck and hips, which have good muscle tone. His look could be compared to a hero who appears in sci-fi fantasies.
Let’s also take a look at foreign skaters, starting with Canada’s gold medal favorite Patrick Chan. I feel he is a smart dresser. He wears a low-cut shirt, but it does not look crass, and instead exudes a sophisticated kind of sexiness.
The real value of the outfit of Spain skater Javier Fernandez will be noticed while he is in action. There are lines in his shirt, such as on his arms, that highlight his body in motion while skating.
Some skaters may change their costumes in Sochi. I’m looking forward to watching the spectacular moments of figure skating through TV.