I feel this is how the conversation went down with the folks at Dolce & Gabbana: "Instead of coming up with creative artistic expression of our own, let's just copy something that has been done a bajillion times but hey, it's cool, because we're Very Important Designers so instead of it looking like we're selling-out, we'll just say it's a homage or some dumb shit and the lowly peons of the world will think we're so terribly retro they'll be duped into thinking we're ad geniuses and no one will get mad that we're basically just regurgitating a 25 year old idea-again. I'm so glad we're millionaires, yay!"
Witness the latest ad from D & G, starring Scarlett Johansson. Groundbreaking stuff. Don't get me wrong, I think she's gawgeous (and isn't she like, every man's fantasy or something? I mean, next to me, of course. Riiight.) and she doesn't do a muy terrible job (though she does look a bit like Blow-Up Barbie.) The Marilyn thing is just soooo...trite.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I guess, whatever. I think it's annoying and actually the exact opposite of flattery but I'm not a jillionaire schmacy designer with a gold toilet, so what do I know? Perhaps D & G didn't realise that copping the Marilyn Monroe schtick has, without a doubt, been done before in print ads and they're all pretty much the same story over and over again. Many...many...times...Zzzzzzz...Huh?! Oh. Sorry. I'm awake.
Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Well too bad, we're doing it anyway!
Ol' Chicken Wing here is probably the biggest Marilyn ripper-offer of all time.
Hot Mess Smith is the second biggest copycat.
Christina Aguilera. Yawn. Gettin' sleepy again.
OK, I'll admit that I actually *love* the shoot done with Charlize Theron. I think she did a fantastic job, don't you? One of the better Marilyns!
Nicole Kidman on Feb. of 08's Harper's Bazaar. Nicole Kidman. Really? Huh. And also, meh.
No, Really, I'm a Lesbian Lohan. Sleepy feeling gone. Hello, nausea!