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Canines and catwalks: The Westminster Dog Show meets New York Fashion Week

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Le strut.
  • Anne Quito
By Anne Quito

Design and architecture reporter

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Two kinds of models besieged New York City this week. A pack of top runway models are in town for New York Fashion Week, and a cast of impeccably groomed purebred canines are hovering around midtown for the Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show, which concluded last night.

In some ways, these two events could not be more different. But the photos of their backstage activities reveal some notable similarities. Both groups undergo the requisite preening frenzies aided by dressers, groomers, and stylists who come armed with a panoply of blowdryers, irons and brushes. When juxtaposed, even their polished looks reveal parallel universes.

Of course, there are no winners in New York Fashion Week, just 500 shows and events spotlighting designer fall fashion, and an army of camera-hungry celebs. As for the Westminster Kennel Club show, of some 3,000 dogs who competed this year, Miss P, a 15-inch beagle from British Columbia, Canada was named Best in Show.

Which hair is for the dogs and which for the humans?

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Hair pieces at the Donna Karan New York show
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A maltese’s mane

Who’s more likely to snap if you tug her hair too tightly?

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This is Rocket, a shih tzu co-owned by heiress Patty Hearst.

“So bored right now.”

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Getting your hair done isn’t so tedious if you can schmooze at the same time.
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This is a standard Poodle named Lana, yawning before being judged at Westminster on Feb. 16.

“You lookin’ at me?”

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A model has makeup applied and her hair done backstage before the Rodarte Fall/Winter 2015 collection show.
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A Yorkshire Terrier named Cali is groomed backstage at Westminster on Feb. 16.

Curls are the new black

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A new style from Christian Siriano on the runway at Fashion Week
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“This is exhausting.”

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“Get me out of here.”

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