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Lights out at Fashion Week

B.C. Fashion Week had a rocky end to its Spring 2010 show.

PS Production, the company in charge of the stage, sound and lighting, pulled the plug on Friday’s afternoon show at the last minute, forcing models to walk down an ad-hoc runway in the foyer of the Chinese Cultural Centre.

It all had to do with a financial controversy between the production company, a local designer and Chez Noel, the producer of B.C. Fashion Week, said Pariya Kaligi, a spokesperson for Showmax Events.

Showmax had originally signed on with B.C. Fashion Week, but backed out because Noel allegedly failed to pay the company up front, Kaligi said.

PS Production Services signed on in place of Showmax and was paid up front, but through an account belonging to a fashion designer who did not OK the transaction, said Kaligi.

She added that when PS Production learned about possibly fraudulent transaction, it dismantled the stage. Police were called to keep the peace.

Neither Noel nor a representative for PS Production was available for comment yesterday.

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