NEW YORK — The grand finale of the Diane von Furstenberg show Sunday evening came to an abrupt end when a track of lights crashed to the floor just as the models were walking their last lap.
Hilary Alexander, fashion editor of London's Daily Telegraph; Amy Astley, editor in chief of Teen Vogue; Jane Keltner, fashion news editor of Teen Vogue, and Karl Treacy, a reporter at The Daily, were all injured.
Alexander was visibly shaken, and the International Herald Tribune's Suzy Menkes and Vanity Fair's Elizabeth Saltzman rushed to her side to comfort her. She left on a stretcher. Astley received a cut on her back and tore her sweater, while Anne Christensen of The New York Times rushed Treacy, who had a big gash on his head, out of von Furstenberg's West 12th Street studio.
When the lights fell, there was a collective gasp in the room, and all the models stopped and turned around to exit. Nightclub owner Amy Sacco and a host of models advised Paris Hilton to make a quick exit.
"We were trying not to be an impediment for once, so we just got out of the way," said Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York.
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