(1) sis ok since you practically have a Ph.D in Vivic 101 i wanted to ask: did you notice how when victor was just hanging out with yuuri + the fam he wore bright colors (the yukata, the maroon v-neck, the red & blue jacket he wore when he went to get noodles/get drunk) but he was in a complete suit, tie & trenchcoat in neutral colors while doing his Professional Duties as yuuri’s coach?? Like all the other coaches were in regular clothes or tracksuits but our babe went the extra mile of taking
(2) his coaching duties seriously and thus proving to everyone that no it wasn’t a stunt & yes he had absolute faith in yuuri’s abilities??? I know there was a throwaway line of him wearing a stuffy suit & possibly upstaging yuuri bc of his good looks but vivic wanted to make a good impression & being the conscientious person he is he chose his wardrobe so that it takes a backseat to Yuuri bc he was the main focus not Victor Nikiforov… like… I’m blown away at how thoughtful our son is 😭😭
FOK lilly, i’ve actually thought about this a lot and even considered writing meta but looks like u beat me to it!!!!!!!! you go sis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the fact vivic tidied up for yuri’s first competition (and every other one) says so much about how seriously he took his job as yuri’s coach, how highly he regarded the work they were doing together and the goals they both had in mind.
like you mentioned, the first time victor dresses up is A Thing in the anime, with fans losing their shit and minako making an offhand comment about him stealing the skaters’ thunder. back then she was probably still wary of victor and his intentions, the fact she’s fiercely protective of yuri only adding to it, so she failed to read the situation for what it was: victor going out of his way to demonstrate just how much respect he has for yuri, for how hard he’d worked up until that point and his faith in him.
afaik yuri’s first competition was a low tier qualifying event for skaters that didn’t place well in the nationals (victor actually had to ask what a block championship was lmao) and the results of which don’t even go on official record. he was competing against much younger and less experienced skaters. like takeshi said, yuri was certain to “breeze through” it. minako herself got all emotional over how yuri put actual effort into placing well even though he could’ve just half-assed his way to the podium:
it turns out victor nikiforov, 5-time world champion, also took the event, yuri and his competitors seriously, and the formal attire is just one of the ways he chose to express it.