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

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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?

Hair pieces lay in wait backstage before the Donna Karan New York Fall/Winter 2015 collection presentation at New York Fashion Week February 16, 2015.
Hair pieces at the Donna Karan New York show (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)
Tools for a grooming lie next to a Maltese dog at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The show starts Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it's the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park.
A maltese’s mane (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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

Model Devon Windsor, of St. Louis, is prepared backstage before the Zac Posen Fall 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP/John Minchillo)
Rocket a shih tzu co-owned by famed and infamous heiress Patty Hearst is inspected by the judge in the ring during the toy group competition during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rocket won the toy group.
This is Rocket, a shih tzu co-owned by heiress Patty Hearst. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“So bored right now.”

A model is prepared backstage before a presentation of the KTZ Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION) - RTR4Q03K
Getting your hair done isn’t so tedious if you can schmooze at the same time. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Lana, a standard Poodle from Scarsdale, New York yawns in the grooming area before judging at the139th Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS) - RTR4PT29
This is a standard Poodle named Lana, yawning before being judged at Westminster on Feb. 16. (Reuters/Mike Segar)

“You lookin’ at me?”

A model has makeup applied and her hair done backstage before the Rodarte Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4Q00L
A model has makeup applied and her hair done backstage before the Rodarte Fall/Winter 2015 collection show. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
A Yorkshire Terrier named Cali is groomed by Heather Sanzari at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The show starts Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it's the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A Yorkshire Terrier named Cali is groomed backstage at Westminster on Feb. 16. (AP/Seth Wenig)

Curls are the new black

The Christian Siriano Fall 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A new style from Christian Siriano on the runway at Fashion Week (AP/Seth Wenig)
Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, competes at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The show started Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it's the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
(AP/Seth Wenig)

“This is exhausting.”

Models rest before a rehearsal in preparation for modeling the Zac Posen Fall 2015 collection during Fashion Week, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP/John Minchillo)
Kellie, left, and Angie, Lhasa Apsos from Canton, Mass. participate in the American Kennel Club Meet the Breed event, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
(AP/Mary Altaffer)

“Get me out of here.”

A model peers through a curtain backstage before the Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week February 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4PJ9U
(Reuters/Andrew Kelly)
Milton, a Bulldog from Fitch Bay Quebec, Canada, stands with his owners as they check into the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City ahead of the139th Westminster Kennel Club's Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS) - RTR4POZ8
(Reuters/Mike Segar)

 

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