DWTS long gown dress Season 17: Week 2 Costume Critique
"Latin Night" on week 2 of this season's Dancing Wholesale Babydoll Lingerie With the Stars, and a new format with only one night per week this time around. I think we were ALL surprised to see Keyshawn go home. BUT, we just need to remember that it is a popularity contest and the best dancers don't always make it to the next round.
Keyshawn and Sharna did have the worst costumes, though, in my opinion. The windowpane check of Keyshawn's Samba shirt wasn't very attractive, but was much better looking than Sharna's white satin dress with matching windowpane hem and skirt lining. Ugh! I gave the couple a total of 13 out of 20 possible points. Boring and not pleasing to the eye!
Everyone else really looked good in their costumes. Who ‘Wow-ed' me? Karina looked fabulous in her plaid pleated skirt and dainty white leotard with lace ruffles at the shoulder. Corbin and Karina Jived and were theme-costumed in red and white, cute outfits. No border-line sleazy or skimpy for Karina this week – it was so refreshing to see!
I wasn't a fan of Jack's boring satin un-tucked black shirt, but Cheryl's one-shouldered bat-wing sleeved Rumba costume was beautiful and flattering, (including incorporating a black strap). I didn't care to see her belly button indentation under her sheer mesh midriff area, but otherwise, it was a top-notch costume.
I thought that Valerie was stuck in a Paso Doble costume that was too old for her, but Tristan was HOT in his double-breasted, short textured black vest with black lace-over-red shawl collar. His look was very dapper, and something most guys could pull off.
Something not all ladies could pull off, was Emma's itsy-bitsy yellow, polka-dotted middle-connect costume with really short, ruffled skirt, and ‘real' bra-back. She looked great and Bill E. coordinated beautifully with his ‘stoned' yellow tie and basic shirt, pant and suspenders (also stoned).
Bill N. and Tyne created a themed Paso Doble performance. I enjoyed Bill's wild hair and his Edwardian vest and shirt. I didn't enjoy Tyne's purple ruffled dress so much – it was pretty ordinary, presentable but nothing to get too excited about.
Both Christina and Mark were ‘large and in charge' with their punkish Paso Doble costumes. The ‘Queen' theme is recurring with many of our custom-designed dance team costumes this season, with our high schools! I really enjoyed Mark's take on an ‘edgy' tuxedo look, and Christina's one-side covered one-side bare look was inspiring. The mixing of all types of fabrics and trims really ‘made' the costumes. These types of costumes work on young, edgy dancers but wouldn't be so appropriate on dancers ‘of size' or ‘or a certain age'.
Another pleasing pair, was Elizabeth and Val with their Samba routine. Val has been seen in this particular outfit before, or at least something very similar, so it wasn't a ‘wow' for me, but nice looking. Elizabeth's monochromatic costume of all red was beautiful. Again, the texturing of the red fabrics and trims created pleasing details that gave her costume class and sophistication. I gave her a 9 out of 10.
And I'm shocked again…Snooki…OK, maybe I need to start calling her Nicole, as she is really looking classy in her dance costumes! I loved her Samba costume, and her partner, Sasha's as well. I gave them both a 9 out of 10. Nicole's black lace over white leotard was nice, and the white drape over and across her chest and then becoming an asymmetrical skirt was top-notch. It didn't over power her tiny body and you still saw her shape. The added black panels on Sasha's tuxedo shirt added some interest to this traditional look of white shirt and black pant.
I wasn't enamored, but enjoyed Peta's mid-night blue, Rumba costume even though the lingerie look was a little skimpy. I did like her dolman-sleeved, open backed caftan sort of overdress with the lace banding across her shoulders was a nice detail. I gave this couple each an 8 out of 8. Brant's outfit was 'so so'.
I gave the same score to Amber and Derek for their Jive costumes. Derek incorporated some color into his sport coat and Amber was pretty and presentable. It's just that neither costume was a ‘wow' for me.
Leah and Tony definitely used some great color. With Leah's hot pink over-ruffled confection of a Samba costume, I was glad to see a complimentary color (slate blue) for Tony's outfit. The narrow strips of hot pink cemented their costumes as a couple, while bordering on a little too ‘costumey'. Leah's costume was very wide – perhaps too wide. The saving grace was that the tendril ruffles didn't all end at the same horizontal line, creating some diagonal lines. I did give Leah a 9 out of 10 (with some reservations) and gave Tony an 8 out of 10, just because it wasn't totally sophisticated.
So some costume surprises, along with ‘bottom 3' and ‘going home' surprises for this week. What will next week bring?
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Waist training with corsets and Sexy Clubwear fajas/girdles has continued to gain momentum, and theres a new book out on the subject. Vanna Bs self-published Waist Training 101 book is a substantial improvement on the last one I reviewed, but is it the handbook waist trainers have been looking for? Waist Training 101 by Vanna B.
Lets start with the contents. Whats actually covered in Waist Training 101? The contents include, of course, the expected: intro to waist training, beginning training, results. Also included is a fair amount of general information on corseting itself: history, corset components, types of corsets, health questions, and benefits, care and measuring. There are short chapters on diet and exercise, little Did You Know? facts sprinkled throughout the book, and a measurement tracker and waist training log at the end. The whole book can be read cover to cover in less than an hour.
The book has drawn some criticism; some feel that its simply a compilation of information thats already available on the internet for free. Several who have written about corsets are uncomfortable about what seems to be some pretty close paraphrasing of their own statements, without any crediting or reference to them. This isnt to say that the book is entirely lacking in citations just no referrals to any sources that could be construed as, say, competing. The Corset: A Cultural History, by Valerie Steele, is referenced repeatedly in Waist Training 101, particularly in the section on health.
As for the quality of information, it is more or less accurate. Frankly, there was (and is?) a need for this style of compilation. The last waist training book I reviewed is no longer available (presumably because its author had no rights to the images it used), so at present the only other actual waist training book available is Romantasys price-prohibitive $50 guide.
I say more or less accurate because, generally speaking, I found Vannas explanation of corset functionality to be quite shallow. It does feel like shes paraphrasing other sources without really understanding their meaning. On several occasions, Vanna will reference a certain system (of measuring, of lacing, of gauging quality, of breaking in a corset) as if its unequivocally the best or only way. (Guys, Im really tired about hearing how only steel bones are what make a corset effective as shapewear, and how corsets need at least 20 of them. Boning maintains vertical tension. The shape of the corset panels is what gives it, and you, shape. You could put steel bones in a pillowcase and it wouldnt magically become effective shapewear.)
The health section quotes Valerie Steeles, The Corset: A Cultural History, extensively, distilling the relevant information into a bite size portion. The glossary at the end of the book seems redundant in such a short volume, and gives a combination of better and worse information than that within the meat of the content. Victorian Secrets by Sarah A. Chrisman isnt technically a book on waist training, but it is a personal account from a woman who adopted the habit of wearing a corset, and eventually full Victorian dress, on a daily basis.
Given how short the book is, I wish Vanna had devoted less space to explaining construction and history that she doesnt grok, and devoted more to telling us about her personal journey and actually wearing corsets. This was the rather effective approach taken by Sarah Chrismans Victorian Secrets.
I would have liked to have read more anecdotal evidence how long did Vanna train? What were her results? With which brands did she dabble? Has she had any custom corsets made? What difficulties did she find in adjusting to the corseted life? Vanna is now selling corsets via her Waist Training 101 website, but theres no information about the brand shes selling or how she chose it.
On the plus side, I thought the Did You Know? call-outs were a fun way to keep the reader interested. She maintains the most important maxim of wearing corsets: Listen to your body. I love that she included a measurement tracker and a waist training log. Its great that shes included a section on exercise, including pictures of how to actually do a couple exercises and stretches. (I do wish she had explained why she chose those particular moves Im really clueless when it comes to exercise.) Waist Training 101 by Vanna B. Back cover.
Design-wise, I have to admit I was, well less than enthralled with the aesthetic of the book. The neon cover is a bit garish and looks as if it were designed in PowerPoint. Corsetry to me is about elegance and refinement, attention to detail and old-fashioned craftsmanship. If I had my way, every book about corsets would be at least as nice as your average coffee table book.
The illustrations inside also leave a lot to be desired they are inconsistent; some of them are clear copies of specific designers works, others are crudely sketched and rendered. As a fashion illustrator, I dont think this particular approach to illustration actually serves the purpose of, well, illustrating the concepts. The print version also has some issues with tracking at the ends of paragraphs, where the justified align is maintained and thus the final words are spaced absurdly wide.
From the design to the content, it seems as if Vannas book is directed specifically at the new, mainstream crop of corset wearers. It has the look of a diet book and indeed covers diet and exercise as an aid to waist training goals.
While of course I advocate for eating healthily and being active, many who waist train have no interest in (or need for) losing weight. The corset culture that I know and love is about selflove, about discipline, about increasing your understanding of and appreciation for your own body. The conclusion of the book talks about goals and maintenance as if waist training and corsets are just a means to an end, rather than a lifestyle change/subculture community.
At the end of the day, there is a kind of person who wants to spend $5-$15 to have all the information in one easily digestible source without having to trawl through the free internet sources. Though Waist Training 101 isnt the ideal book on the subject, its unlikely to be the last. I give it three stars.
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