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Guli Spring 2012
The Guli Spring 2012 show of Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's authoritarian ruler was canceled the last day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center as originally because of angry protesters alleging that the designer forced child labor in the cotton fields of her home country.
Karimova was not present at the fashion event that was held midtown at Cipriani's on 42nd Streer. Many were New York-based expatriates from Russia, Georgia and other former Soviet republics.
Models strutted on the runway wearing long, flowing dresses in pale colors. the men's collection included ethnic flourishes such as blanket-like shawls flung over the shoulder. The clothes were credited to a group of a half-dozen designers who took a bow but declined interview requests.
While the fashion show was taking place twenty protesters held signs, chanting slogans like "Child labor is a crime, hey Gulnara, it's about time." Protestors also handed out flyers with pictures revealing children picking cotton. Activists also staged a small protest at the Lincoln Center tents where other Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week fashion shows ended on the last day of the spring previews.
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