Nikki won praise from the judges for her contemporary dance routine last week on DWTS and she’s winning praise from us for her fashion! Paralleling her dancing technique, her style game hit new heights with a pair of looks in black. For week three, the theme was “Guilty Pleasures” and Nikki chose Romance novels, dancing to a Viennese waltz inspired by 50 Shades of Grey to Rihanna's "Love on the Brain".
Brie: Nikki definitely kicked it up a notch for week three! Her red outfit was solid, the purple look was super fun, but this high drama concoction has me totally jazzed! Her halter gown begins with a seductive, corset-like lace bodice. It’s lined in nude, which both shows off the lace and ramps up the sensuality of the piece. From there, the dress transitions into a slinky jersey bottom half that flows beautifully with Nikki’s body. Its solidity contrasts with the delicacy of the lace and lends a darker mood and intensity to the look. I’m not often a fan of double front slits, but the Fearless One has me sold on them here, as they accentuate the movement and and work flawlessly for a performance piece, which can absorb more daring silhouettes and embellishments than streetwear. Her pale gold shoes act similarly to a nude sandal, elongating the leg line. Nikki’s choices of accents are equally stellar: the glamour of her long gloves coupled, the vintage vibe of her braided hairband, the searing passion invoked by her scarlet lip shade – each selection succeeds perfectly in bringing out the racy, titillating nature of this stirring, emotionally charged waltz.
Week four’s theme was “Most Memorable Year”. Nikki and Artev told the story of 2016 and her triumphant comeback to WWE after a serious neck injury in a contemporary dance set to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song.
Brie: The foreboding drama of Nikki’s first look got me revved up and her second black monochrome outfit fired me up even more. It was a similar blend of fluidity and glamour, but with a much more modern and athletic interpretation. The short tennis-style skirt has wonderful sporty influence. A huge dose of personality and contemporary flair is interjected by the jagged cutout of her top, along with its one-shoulder silhouette. A sprinkling of black crystals adds a very Nikki-esque sparkle, while the a-symmetrical draped piece that crosses her midriff and cascades down her thigh adds both 90s-come-today referenced and a Grecian goddess aesthetic. All these seemingly disparate details are unified by the single ebony hue and simple background fabric into a piece that doesn’t feel even the slightest bit costume-y. Instead, it’s theatrical and artistically taut, more understated than her past choices and more powerful because of it. It fits the theme and style of the dance flawlessly. I’m in awe!
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