ROMAN KOSTOMAROV & TATYANA NAVKA, RUSSIA
“I didn’t know that Olivia Newton-John made a comeback,” Valvo quips of the gold medalist’s leopard-print ensemble—which Garcia agrees looks like the singer’s “Let’s Get Physical” video. Says Garcia: “She should lose the headband.”
STEPHANE LAMBIEL, SWITZERLAND
This safari-inspired getup prompted Rich to declare, “Siegfried and Roy unleashed!” But the animal print is only part of what troubles Garcia. She wonders, “Is that a gold chain around his neck?”
SASHA COHEN, USA
“It would have been beautiful,” says Valvo, “without the apron.” Garcia agrees: “A poor choice for America’s sweetheart.” But Rich praises Cohen’s “razzle-dazzle,” calling the look “fun and flirty. In the ice skating world, what more could you ask for?”
RUSLAN GONCHAROV & YELENA GRUSHINA, UKRAINE
“Las Vegas showgirl on ice,” boos Project Runway judge and Elle fashion director Nina Garcia. “Where’s the pole?” Adds designer Carmen Marc Valvo: “If horrific were a color, this would be it.” Ouch.
EVAN LYSACEK, USA
“I looooove this!” gushes Richie Rich, co-creator of the Heatherette clothing line. “The matador look can go either way—and he looks dashingly cool.”
He may have finished a disappointing fifth in Men’s Figure Skating, but Johnny Weir deserved a gold for alpine punditry. Outrageous and outspoken, he criticized the Olympic accommodations, defended his decision to wear an old Soviet Union jacket to a practice and sparred jovially with the press corps, becoming a favorite TV interview along the way. PEOPLE caught up with the free-spirited Weir in a Turin coffeehouse and, over lattes and pasticcerias, asked him to free associate a bit.
If we peeked into your closet at home we’d see …
Lots of fur; it’s pretty. I love the fur. And lots of jeans—I have a whole denim salon in my closet. And I have 105 pairs of shoes.
We’d be surprised to see …
The U.S. Team uniform could use …
Rhinestones. And real fur. They give us these coats shaped like a box. We’re the wealthiest country, so why not give the athletes good clothes?
I get my outspoken nature from …
My mother, Patty, who always taught me to have my own opinions and never be a puppet for anyone.
If you could do anything differently …
I’d know the bus schedule so I could skate and not think about anything else. I would have come out with better results in the standings.
If you weren’t a skater …
I’d be a fashion designer. Or anything that would make me happy. Life is too short to do something for your living that makes you unhappy.