NEW YORK — Fashion shows have persevered through falling ceilings, crashing light fixtures and frightened sheep roaming the runway, but on Wednesday, the show didn’t go on.

Moments before Eric Gaskins was to present his fall ready-to-wear collection at the 2006 Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Breast Service Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel here, a guest fainted as a result of a severe allergic reaction. Several doctors in the audience responded and laid her down on the runway until Emergency Medical Service arrived and took her to Lenox Hill Hospital with a breathing apparatus. Carol Maslow, the event chairwoman, decided to cancel the fashion show.

Although Gaskins was crestfallen, he made the best of the situation. “I was OK. A fashion show can happen anytime. They told me that if I wasn’t too upset with the circumstances and if I wanted to do it, I could do the show next year,” said Gaskins Wednesday. “Of course, I accepted.”

The woman, whose name is being withheld, is presently in stable condition at Lenox Hill Hospital.

The 15th-annual Beth Israel Breast Service luncheon, in which Lynn Redgrave gave the keynote address, was attended by 430 women and raised $670,000 for the breast programs.

This story first appeared in the May 5, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.