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'Sexy' skaters fail on fashion front

Day-glo orange costumes with tiny feathery frills that barely cover the bottom at the Winter Olympic Games are making fashionistas wince.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 18:11 IST

Milan fashion week is starting just down the road, dictating sexy city style for next winter, but in Turin, skaters are setting an example of what not to do.

If the ice dance costumes were anything to go by, day-glo orange would be the colour of the year, preferably cut into tiny feathery frills that barely cover the bottom.

Skaters are known for their risque outfits, which are supposed to reflect the character of their dance but more often make fashionistas wince in pain.

On Sunday, where the dance was Latin, there were plenty of eye-sores on display, from a silver sequined bikini under a cut-away black dress to a neon pink one-armed dress for the girl with matching shiny shirt and black trousers for the man.

Even the little boy who helped pick up the flowers and cuddly toys thrown on to the ice looked like Superted in his red white and yellow jumpsuit.

"I think it's good to have slinky outfits. If you have the body, why not show it?" said Israeli ice dancer Galit Chait, wearing a backless pink top that gave way into a puffball of white feathers.

Her partner Sergei Sakhnovski was not so flattering.

"I call it 'chicken feather'," he said.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 18:11 IST