There were many crosscurrents as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off on Sept. 8 at New Yorkâ€™s Lincoln Center.
The event is always about building buzz in the press about designersâ€™ latest collections, but one piece of news was also buzzing in the tents. British fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired six months ago as the creative director of the fashion house Dior, was found guilty and given a suspended fine for making anti-Semitic remarks by a French court.
The first dayâ€™s events also were cut short as designers prepared to celebrate Fashionâ€™s Night Out. In its third year, the event - which was conceived by Vogueâ€™s Anna Wintour - celebrates fashion and shopping, and has grown enormous, with events planned not only in the high fashion boutiques and department stores of New York, but in suburban shopping malls across the U.S.
After a large turnout for Fashionâ€™s Night Out events, designers headed back to the tents to present their spring 2012 collections through Sept. 15.
By Christina Cheddar-Berk & Jessica Naziri
Updated 14 Sept 2011