uk open championships 2017

Author VICTORIA MCGREGOR

31 Jan 2017

 Mid January saw the sparkling and glistening start to the New Year with the UK Open Championships 2017 in Bournemouth. Many of our amazing sponsored dancers took part in this event with fabulous results. Wearing Chrisanne Clover Haute Couture our dancers looked absolutely amazing! We have followed their story through the couture process with design, fittings and finally wearing such fabulous designs on the dance floor in competition…

 PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM

 

Domen Krapez & Natascha Karabey

4th place

 

Natascha wore a gorgeous cobalt dress featuring a nude stretch net bodice with cobalt georgette and satin chiffon skirts with organza underskirts, finished off beautifully with georgette floats. Beautiful intricate embellishment design using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Sapphire, Aquamarine, Aquamarine AB and featuring SWAROVSKI SHIMMER CRYSTALS in Sapphire Shimmer…

Natascha also wore a stunning white ballroom dress featuring white stretch fishnet over nude lycra with pleated georgette and satin chiffon godets, with underskirts in satin chiffon and organza. This dress was finished off beautifully with white georgette floats. Using our Phoenix lace motif featured around the body the dress was embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Light Silk, Light Colorado Topaz and Golden Shadow.

Find out more about our couple Domen & Natascha here…

Valerio Colantoni & Monica Nigro

5th Place

 

Monica wore a stunning cappuccino and rose pink dress featuring cappuccino stretch net over lycra with godets in rose pink satin chiffon and organza. Complete with georgette floats from centre back to wrist. Stunning bugle bead dropper design detail in light rose and embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB and Light Colorado Topaz…

This dress was also made in white and cappuccino for the final …

Find out more about our couple Valerio & Monica here…

Eldar Dzhafarov & Anna Sazhina

8th Place

 

Anna wore a stunning jet hematite dress featuring stretch net over lycra with satin chiffon godets and organza underskirts finished off beautifully with satin chiffon floats. Gorgeous intricate embellishment design using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in Crystal AB and SWAROVSKI SHIMMER CRYSTALS in colours Sapphire Shimmer, Silk Shimmer, Light Colorado Topaz Shimmer, Tangerine Shimmer, Hyacinth Shimmer and Fuchsia Shimmer.

Warren & Kristi Boyce

10th Place

 

Kristi wore a beautiful white ballroom dress featuring white stretch net over lycra and using our Aster Sequinned Tulle over satin chiffon for godets, with satin chiffon and organza underskirts. Stunning floral vine crystallised design detail using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Aquamarine, Rose Peach, Silver Shade and featuring SWAROVSKI SHIMMER CRYSTALS in colours Light Silk Shimmer and Light Sapphire Shimmer.

Find out more about our couple Warren & Kristi here…

Marek Kosaty & Paulina Glazik

13th Place

 

Paulina wore a magnificent black ballroom dress featuring black stretch net over lycra with a gorgeous back cape detail, with godets in georgette, satin chiffon and organza and finished off beautifully with luxury boa along the hem. Finishing off the look with spiral floats in georgette from the wristbands. Embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Jet, Golden Shadow and Light Colorado Topaz.

Find out more about our couple Marek & Paulina here…

Stas Portanenko & Nataliya Koliada

17th Place

Our newest sponsored couple Nataliya wore an adorable white and sugar Pink Ballroom dress featuring white stretch net over lycra bodice and stretch net sleeves with gorgeous floral applique using our Rose Crochet Ribbon in white. The skirt consisting of sugar pink stretch net over lycra with godets in georgette and satin chiffon, with organza underskirts and hemmed with gorgeous sugar pink luxury boa. Finished off nicely with white georgette floats and black velvet belt effect detail. Embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB and Crystal.

Find out more about our couple Stas & Nataliya here...

Craig & Evgeniya Shaw

19th Place

 

Evgeniya wore a gorgeous Cappuccino and Red Ballroom dress featuring cappuccino stretch net over lycra with godets in red tulle over cappuccino satin chiffon, with cappuccino organza underskirts. Complete with spiral frill floats from the wrist in red and cappuccino satin chiffon. Using our Passion Embroidered Motif as the main feature design with an incredible 25 motifs placed beautifully around the dress. Stunning embellishment detail using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Light Siam, Light Rose, Rose, Light Colorado Topaz, Light Silk and featuring SWAROVSKI SHIMMER CRYSTALS in colours Hyacinth Shimmer, Fuchsia Shimmer and Silk Shimmer.

Find out more about our couple Craig & Evgeniya here…

Mark & Olga Elsbury

22nd Place

 

Olga wore a gorgeous Tropic Lime Ballroom dress featuring stretch net over lycra with satin chiffon godets and satin chiffon and organza underskirts finished beautifully with feather fringe fading up the dress. Complete with floats in georgette from armbands to wrists. Stunning bugle bead dropper detail in silver and embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Citrine and Peridot AB.

Find out more about our couple Mark & Olga here…

Wei Ping Li & Cen Angela Zhen

24th Place

 

Angela wore a stunning Sassy Yellow Ballroom Dress featuring nude stretch net over lycra bodice with sassy yellow stretch net over lycra skirt with godets in georgette and satin chiffon, with satin chiffon and organza underskirts. Complete with ribbon floats from the wrists. Beautiful intricate embellishment design crystallised using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Citrine, Jonquil and featuring SWAROVSKI SHIMMER CRYSTALS in Silk Shimmer.

Find out more about our couple Danny & Angela here...

AMATEUR BALLROOM

Charles & Sara

1st Place

 

Sara wore a gorgeous white and sugar pink long sleeved dress. Appliquéd using our beautiful Lola Motif in bright gold and antique silver. Featuring nude stretch net over lycra with godets in shaded and white satin chiffon with underskirts in white satin chiffon and organza. Complete with godets in shaded satin chiffon from centre back to wrist. Embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Crystal, Light Colorado Topaz, Golden Shadow, Light Silk and SHIMMER CRYSTALS in Light Silk Shimmer.

Sara also wore a beautiful spearmint long sleeved dress, featuring stretch net over lycra with godets in satin chiffon and underskirts in satin chiffon and organza. Featuring a pair of godets in satin chiffon from centre back to wrist. Embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB, Peridot, Crystal and Peridot AB. Featuring a gorgeous SWAROVSKI embellished chandelier necklace.

Find out more about a couple Charles and Sara here...

Kyle Taylor & Izabela Skierska

2nd Place

 

Izabela wore a stunning white long sleeved dress featuring a white stretch net over lycra dress with godets in satin chiffon, with satin chiffon and organza underskirts, finished off beautifully with luxury boa along the hem. Complete with floats from side back to wrists in georgette. Embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal AB and Crystal. Complete with a SWAROVSKI crystallised necklace.

Izabela also wore a beautiful midnight sky dress featuring velvet with satin chiffon godets and organza underskirts. Complete with ruched floats from the dress and over the arms to wristbands in georgette. Stunning embellishment design detail using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in Light Colorado Topaz, Light Silk and Cobalt also featuring SWAROVSKI SHIMMER CRYSTALS in colours Light Silk Shimmer and Light Sapphire Shimmer.

Find out more about our couple Kyle & Izabela here...

Philip Peng & Joanne Zhong

Quarter Finalists

 

Joanne wore an adorable black and white long sleeved dress featuring laces in white in amour motif, sunflower motif and harper ribbon. Black velvet dress with godets in black satin chiffon and underskirts in black satin chiffon and organza. Featuring beautiful white satin bow tie centre front and centre back of the dress. Embellished beautifully using CRYSTALS FROM SWAROVSKI in colours Crystal and Crystal AB.

Find out more about our couple Phillip & Joanne here...

 

 Let's not forget about our amazing stand of sparkliness and shine at the event! I asked Becky our Head of Couture Sales what she thought of the event...

 

What was the atmosphere like on the lead up to Bournemouth?

It’s always a busy start coming back after the Christmas break with the UK Championships only 2 weeks in, so it is really hit the ground running time.  Everyone is always very excited though for the first big event of the year, especially as we have so many couples competing and representing us on the floor whilst we have a beautiful stand full of exciting products next door in the exhibition hall.

 

When did Chrisanne Clover travel to Bournemouth to set up and break down?

We loaded the lorry on Friday 13th in the snow in Mitcham and the set up team unpacked everything early on Sunday morning in Bournemouth and before we knew it late Thursday afternoon we were putting it all away again

  

What were the stand opening times?

We opened at 1pm on Monday afternoon to a busy rush of dancers and then opened at 10am on the following days until 8pm, so great timing for people to be able to come and see us throughout the day whilst still being able to pop in and out to watch or take part in the dancing

  

What was the atmosphere like at the stand in Bournemouth?

The atmosphere was incredibly welcoming and one of fun.  We had lots of great products across all ranges and we were proud to be able to show this off to everyone who came to see us

  

What was it like working with Espen on the stand?

Espen has such a presence and people just gravitated naturally to him, whether it was just to say hi, look at his range, or talk about the dancing.  It was great to be able to work with such an icon on our stand.

    

What was the most popular product sold?

The new Chrisanne Clover Dancewear range was a huge hit, the changing rooms were constantly full with ladies trying on the new styles.  There was also alot of interest in our new Principal dress collection

  

What were customers feedback to the stand?

Customers loved the wide range of dancewear options and the varied selection of ballroom and latin dresses.  The stand was open, modern and packed with lots of exciting products to look and try on.  We also had plenty of all those last minute essentials – tan, hairspray, shoe brushes, tights etc to help out the rushed dancer!

  

What was the reaction like to our new Chrisanne Clover Dancewear collection?

The styles were so versatile for all customers – elegantly flattering but at the same time with modern inspirations – it was easy to see why as soon as people put them on they fell in love with the pieces.

   

How were our sponsors feeling at the event?

All of our sponsored dancers were full of energy and ready for the event.  It is such an important championships to start the year with and everyone was prepared and excited.  The Chrisanne Clover sponsored dresses looked absolutely stunning on floor, adding to the confidence of our dancers and making us proud that they represented us.

     

As an overall statement, it was an incredibly successful week for us and our dancers and a positive start for 2017 and all things to come ... :)

 

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