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Donovan: 2017 Cup of China fashion podiums

Zagitova takes top ladies honors; Papadakis, Cizeron dazzle in dance
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Aside from giving gold medal-worthy performances, Alina Zagitova (left) and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were among the best-dressed skaters at Cup of China. -Getty Images

You guys, I need these kids to try harder. Total Tim Gunn moment: These kids just aren't making it work, and I need them to get it together or none of us are going to Red Lobster. Well, none of us except Gabrielle and Guillaume. They run this town.


GOLD - Boyang Jin (FS)

I mean, I guess. It's got the right blend of bling and structure, and I like that the trompe l'oeil is done in studs. Slightly off the beaten path, polished...good enough for me.

SILVER - Mikhail Kolyada (FS)

Is there a reason for this Elvis revival in figure skating? Did I miss something? In any case, I like this look. Unfortunately, this isn't as finessed as it could be. I like the detailing, the sparkle, the attempts to make it look more structured, but in the end, it just looks like a unitard with a belt. Cute, well done for what it is, but that's about it.

BRONZE - Javier Fernández (SP)

This is just charming. Javier is always charming. For what it is, the costume is sweet; he's mostly getting props for styling himself well and garnishing with that adorable corsage.


GOLD - Alina Zagitova (FS)

This young lady gets it. This costume is regal and deserving of all the gold bedazzling it. Between the coordinating gloves, the perfect embroidery placement and a glorious, inspired, prima-ballerina tutu, this costume is as much a winner as Alina's free skate performance.

SILVER - Alina Zagitova (SP)

When others are merely coasting, Alina is truly bringing it. This psychedelic winter wonderland number is just divine: The blending of the stark white and black in the bodice electrifies what could be a muddy tulle skirt, making Ms. Zagitova look like the embodiment of a winter storm.

BRONZE - Gabrielle Daleman (FS)

While the free skate was not a winner for Gabrielle, her Wonder Woman-inspired ensemble soared. When in doubt, cosplay glamorously, darlings. (The gaunlets are to die for.)


GOLD - Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang (FS)

I'm not screaming because she's dressed like Rey from Star Wars, you're screaming because she's dressed like Rey from Star Wars. (I have nothing to critique; these are perfect because she's dressed, perfectly, like Rey from Star Wars.)

SILVER - Nicole della Monica & Matteo Guarise (FS)

These two are usually my go to Weir Award winners in this category, but honestly, their earnest love for flaunting their Olympian bodies in bedazzled unitards has worn me down. These are fun, pretty and perfectly on brand for them.

BRONZE - Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro (SP)

She looks like a Rockette majorette, and I am thrilled about it; he looks like a waiter at a Italian-themed Manhattan diner. Her sequins ombré perfectly at the edges of her sleeves and neckline; he looks like he's wearing a long-sleeve polo under a black T-shirt. She is flawless; he is almost ready to take your order. Do the work, pairs boys.

WEIR AWARD - Mingyang Zhang & Bowen Song (SP)

Why am I looking at a mismatched crop top and faux denim shorts in a figure skating competition? Why is he dressed like it's still 1988 and acceptable to wear all-black mismatched sportwear? Why, why, why?


GOLD - Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (FD)

No one does costumes like these two. There's always a sense of poignant restraint to what they wear, and it's highlighted beautifully by their brilliant skating. That Gabrielle's dress is so sparse and demure, but so full of life when she moves, is the hallmark of a perfect costume.

SILVER - Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (SD)

I wasn't kidding about no one doing costumes like these two. Of all the fringe in dance this season (and there is a LOT), Gabriella's stands out as the most glorious; this is how you dress in an Olympic year, when you're going for gold. (Guillaume looks lovely here as well, but he smartly always acts as a complement to his partner.)

BRONZE - Madison Chock & Evan Bates (SD)

These are totally insane, but they're totally insane done right. Madison and Evan always have off-the-beaten-path choices when it comes to costuming, but you can tell that a lot of thought goes into those choices. There's balance and texture and personality here, design lines that, while risqué, make sense with the performance. Always an exciting team to watch.

WEIR AWARD - Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter (SD)

When your dress looks like the result of an unconventional materials challenge on Project Runway, and your partner is out-sparkling you wearing all black, it may be time to go back to the drawing board.