"Etymologizing the Language of Fashion!"
~ Part 2 of 2 : Style-Alikes #25 - 48 ~
Clear away the feathers...
Compare the eyebrows, the eyes, the nose, the lips, and see the similarities emerge...
Canadian model Jessica Stam at John Galliano, Spring '08, and Vogue magazine from January 15, 1959


Australian model Catherine McNeil at John Galliano, Spring '08, and from Vogue magazine, January 15, 1959
(Yes, the same issue and the same show as the one above! That's two for two! :D)
"Hey, where'd ya get that coat?" Just replace the checkered lapels with costume jewelery, cinch it, and there ya go!
Ukrainian model Mariya Markina at John Galliano, Fall '07, and an ad from Harper's Jr. Bazaar, September '46
Nice necklines! And a pose of uncanny similarity...
Vogue magazine, October 15, 1935, and Danish model Helena Chistensen in Gianni Versace Couture, 1992
The cover of "How to Wear Your Hermès Scarf," published in 1986, paired with a detail from a portrait of the great Italian Renaissance poet, Dante Alighieri, by the Italian painter Alessandro Botticelli, c. 1495. I should note that Dante lived and composed most of his Commedia in the early 1300's. It was later renamed La Divina Commedia, ("The Divine Comedy") in 1555. The word "comedy" was just used to describe any narrative that ended happily--and to go from Inferno to Purgatorio to Paradiso would certainly be one such narrative...

Detail from another portrait of Dante, this one by the Italian painter Agnolo Bronzino, c. 1530. The epic genius is depicted here with two pages from Purgatorio, as he looks at the place itself with the kind of righteous indignation that only a theological visionary of his magnificence could possibly convey...
I will have to peruse the Commedia and Dante's other romantically inspired work, La Vita Nuova (which is certainly more suited to this particular pairing) and find an appropriate verse... LOL (I will!)
I call this particular vignette ~"A Night at the Symphony"~
It deals with a woman and her man going to the concert hall to enjoy a few uplifting orchestral performances. And now, might I conduct you this-a-way... Follow the narrative carefully (and please, no sniffling.)... (Shown: A model form Yves Saint Laurent Menswear, Fall '06, and British model Lily Donaldson at Roberto Cavalli, Fall '07)
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...Not sure what that means? Well, here you go, Maestro: It's the symbol for a fer-mataaaa. A fermata is (tympani-roll, please) "A prolongation at the discretion of the performer of a musical note, chord, or rest beyond its given time value; also: the sign denoting such a prolongation - also know as a hold." And so I say,
May their love be... an everlasting fermata.

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And now here's a brief one--and certainly simpler.
Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen at Yves Saint Laurent, Fall '06, and a model from Prada Menswear, Spring '08
I find this pairing to be very spooky. Make that very, VERY spooky.
From Vogue magazine, October 1, 1969, and Canadian model Alana Zimmer at Alexander McQueen, Spring '07
Above-the-knee? Nah, drop it to the floor, will ya?
That is EXACTLY what I meant! AWESOME! THANK YOU! :D XD :P :D!!!

(French Elle, December 28, 1954; Balenciaga, Fall '06; and an illustration from Vogue, September 1, 1960)
Canadian model Jessica Stam, in a photo layout from a few years ago, and Companion magazine, October 1936.
Two verrry different uses of the same glittery fabric... Nice couple!
Brazilian model Michelle Alves at Armani Privé Couture, Spring '05, and a model from Dior Homme, Spring '06.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights
and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.

-Mae West, early-20th-century American actress
Wow, what's that??
Russian model Sasha Pivovarova at Anna Sui, Spring 2008 and an issue of The Pictorial Review from the 1930s!
“She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love.”
-William Wordsworth, British poet, “She dwelt among the untrodden ways," 1799.
Vogue, March 15, 1939, and Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista from British Vogue, April 1988.




“In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
-Lord Alfred Tennyson, British poet, "Locksley Hall," 1835.
“The Dove, on silver pinions, winged her peaceful way.”
-James Montgomery, British poet, "Pelican Island," 1828.






There it is:
“The dove and very blessed spirit of peace...”
-Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2, Act 4, Scene i, 1599.
> A style-alike in two parts: first the top part of the outfit, and then the bottom! <
Okay, so first up is Dutch model Querelle Jansen at Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, Fall 2006,
and there's Yves Saint Laurent himself, working on a design in Harper's Bazaar, February 1958.



The unmistakable Gaultier silhouette--a tight decorative corset and hugely baggy wool trousers (Think Madonna on the Blonde Ambition Tour - video later). That's American model (turned actress) Rene Russo, Vogue, August 1974.
Nice lipsss... (Hey, what else can I say.)
Karl Lagerfeld at the close of a Chanel runway show, and an exuberant model from Harper's Bazaar, January 1965.
~ From Manhattan's West Side . . .
. . . to the East Side ~
British model Jean Shrimpton, taken by British photographer David Bailey, 1963,
and Anglo-Dutch actress Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," 1961.
Brazilian model Jeisa Chiminazzo at Balenciaga, Fall '06, and a model from Vogue, September 1, 1967.

American singer Cher from Vogue, April 1, 1972, and Russian model Milana Keller at Dolce & Gabbana, Fall '05.
A Neiman Marcus ad from Vogue, September 1, 1961, and Dutch model Cicely Telman at Marc Jacobs, Fall '07.

Wait a minute--what's THIS one?? Read on...
Russian model Natalia Vodianova at YSL, Spring '08, and two records by a particular mid-'80s British rock group...








The connection, you ask?
Well, here's the group's lead singer, Morrissey, first circa 1985, then circa 2005.
I lost my faith in womanhood
I lost my faith in womanhood
I lost my faith. . .
Getting that one cover...
American supermodel Christy Turlington in Versace, c. 1992, dressed in a Warholian collage featuring, among other covers, the cover of Vogue from June of 1950, by American photographer Irving Penn.
Fifty years on, that hat (mmm, close enough) makes a comeback!
Belarussian model Olga Sherer at Marc Jacobs, Fall 2007.
"Hey!!! Will ya look at that?!?"
That is Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart, the legendary Tennessee-born WWF wrestling manager, sporting some very similar shades and surrounding colors as Russian model Natalia Vodianova at Karl Lagerfeld, Spring '08
"How about that!"



"Whoa whoa whoa--c'mon, man!!! Ya can't get to pose with ALL of 'em!!!"
(British models Agyness Deyn and Lily Donaldson, then Karl Lagerfeld, and Estonian model Carmen Kass)




"Nice shades, honey!!! They look reeeeal good on ya!"
He's trying to get another one's attention, but he'll be needing one of his best wrestlers to protect him from this guy--
(Canadian model Jessica Stam at Karl Lagerfeld, Spring '08, and a dude from Galliano Men, Spring '08)
"Nah, see I can be tough too!" Yeah really...? You sure about that?
(Brazilian model Raquel Zimmermann)
"Hey y'know what! I'm just gonna give props to the guy who gave these girls that amazing style! Ha-hahhhhhh!!"


And lastly, just one side-note--
A perfectly suitable outfit for women's wrestling:
Wanna relax in the autumn splendor? Great, bring a chair! xD
"The Muses in the Sacred Wood" ("Les Muses") by French painter Maurice Denis, 1893, and a Dolce & Gabbana ad from 2005, featuring Indian model Ujjwala Rau, Canadian model Jessica Stam, German model Julia Stegner, Somalian model Yasmin Warsame, and Russian model Eugenia Volodina. Cool, right?
Flipped it for quite a different effect:
Guess there was something about those flowers--they grew (as did the length of the dress!)
Russian model Sasha Pivovarova at Anna Sui, Spring '08, and
Italian model Mariacarla Boscono at Karl Lagerfeld, Spring '08
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>> Following are some images from the 1986 WWF "investigative report," "The Offices of the Hart Foundation." From left to right are the wrestlers Danny Davis, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, their manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart, and the commentator, "Mean Gene" Okerlund. These guys not only know how to kick ass--they also got tons of style >>
Mean Gene Okerlund: “One final question, and I’m very curious—you apparently have some kind of a dress code here in your offices… Pink seems to be the hot ticket. Is that mandatory?”

Jimmy Hart: “Well, ya see baby, we’re purdy in pink— I guess you could say we’re
BRUTAL in Pink
because, y'see, these guys are the only guys bad enough to walk down the streets of any city in the world, baby, who can wear pink and get by with it, hahahahaha…”

Mean Gene Okerlund: “Pink and Mink, I guess I kinda like that.”
These are their "personal trainers."
Obviously a very tough workout--it's not for everybody.
The manager keeps a watchful eye on the proceedings.
The Mouth of the South--the name ain't for nothin'...HA! The picture says it all.
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(Kinky... isn't it? Just throwin' this is in as somethin' extra.)
(American model Lindsay Ellingson at that same show. Outstanding.)
Thank YOU! - More s♥♥n... ;-)
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