On this day in fashion history

In 2005, one of the journalists injured by a falling bank of lights during Diane von Furstenberg’s New York Fashion Week show began legal proceedings against the designer. Several fashionistas in the front row, including The Daily Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander, escaped serious injury when the lights fell, bringing the spring/summer 2006 show to a dramatic and premature end.

Karen Hanes Larrain suffered with concussion and three cuts which required 30 stitches. Von Furstenberg’s rep said that the designer, who was reportedly in tears at the scene as she personally tried to help those injured, had offered to pay all subsequent medical bills.


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