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Friday, July 29, 2011

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Destination Bliss – The Review

To say I was nervous to see Bliss costumes after TRIBE’s presentation is an understatement. I wanted Bliss to wow and really bring the gorgeous costumes to match the theme. So it was with great excitement that I looked forward to last night’s launch and I have to say I left disappointed. Don’t get me wrong there are some workable costumes in Bliss but I have a particular interest in this band because I am just not looking at costumes aesthetically I am also looking at what I would play in and at this point, for me personally it would be none. Of course I will need a second, third and maybe even fifth look before I decide on a choice and I also need to know if what was shown was Frontline or Individual before I consider a costume because even the booklet does not show ALL of the costume properly. Now for the review:

If Caged Canary and Mayan Eagle had a costume lovechild this would be it. I feel as if I have seen that colour combination already in TRIBE and I cannot help but think of Caged Canary when I see it. Also the long hanging fringe was a hit this year in both TRIBE and Bliss but I am not so enthused to see it reused again here as I was in Ibiza (TRIBE) which draped it differently and to me created a different twist on using the same fringe. I also do not like the plain undecorated underwear in lieu of a belt; it could have been decorated in my opinion. I do like the gems used for embellishments as well as the headpiece backpack combo albeit it is a pretty standard design.

Kuala Lumpur
This costume like others in the presentation has such an exotic locale/destination/name and yet it looks generic without even a hint of a resemblance to theme. Kuala Lumpur could have incorporated some East Indian elements in design, maybe in the decoration on the headpiece, or bra and even in the accessories used. Lots of feathers in the costume shown (not too sure if it is Individual or Frontline) and it reminds me of Mulberry (TRIBE secret of silk) a bit with that backpack.

I am liking Bali, even if it is done in two of my least favourite costume colours aside from black; pink and burgundy. This costume uses the same gems as on Monaco but I also like the metal detailing that makes up the belt, decorates the bra , headpiece and necklace. I think the leg wings/tail is an interesting piece to the costume and the model really worked it on stage.

Bora Bora
This is really a nice simple costume that uses fabric as the accent rather than beads and feathers. I think this is one of the standouts and even sticks to theme as it looks very tropical. I like the tie options of the bra and that the designers still gave you some bling to the costume. I am thinking it should have had different headpiece options for those who want a bit more than just that teeny headpiece. A fabric backpack for Frontline would really be fabulous for Bora Bora.

Another costume that is lacking elements relating to theme, which is sad because an opportunity was missed to do something really spectacular with this costume using Thai influences in design. I am not too much of a fan of the colour combination but this costume (Individual? Frontline?) had the greatest impact on stage with ALL those feathers! I like the gem work on the costume however I am noticing a trend to drape the gems over an undecorated bra which translates to me as laziness or shortcut in design or a way to keep production costs down. Any way you take it I don’t like the unfinished decorated bra look!

I like the headpiece and backpack on this costume (the backpack looks like Xi Ling shi which was gorgeous on the road) but two things killed it for me … the frilled bikini and the touches of blue on the feathers. I am just not getting the idea of a frill bikini for Carnival at all. Yes it looks a bit different from the norm but seriously, how is this going to look on a size 12 masquerader as opposed to a size 2? 

The Wire bra option of this looked much nicer than I expected it is actually one of my favourites even though the gems on the belt are rather chunky and bulky looking. I am liking the teal, green and purple combination and just how the whole package looks. Not too sure about the feathers sprouting from one breast, but overall one of the nicer sections in Bliss.

Wow, I think this may be this designer’s best work yet, I really like it. The headpiece is lovely as is the belt, the bra may be a bit too heavily appliqu├ęd for MY taste but holistically the entire costume works down to the Loulan Leg pieces. I am going to have to give Waikiki a thumbs up.

Right now to be honest I am actually liking TRIBE’s costumes more than Bliss, I have seen nothing to top Ibiza. The funny thing is I spoke to several people and they said they prefer Bliss to TRIBE. I agree that some of the costumes look a bit richer and have more impact and thank goodness the backpacks vary in style, but I personally give the nudge to TRIBE for better costumes. Will I be playing in Bliss for Carnival 2012? If I find a costume I can work with yes, I absolutely loved the size of the band and the experience,but does that outweigh having a costume I absolutely LOVE? I  guess you will all have to wait and see my final choice in costume… or band!

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