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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Occupy protesters target Fashion Week

In a week that exudes luxury from its tiny, flawless pores, it was only a matter of time before Occupy Wall Street sullied fashion week’s picture-perfect look.

A group of protesters plans to infiltrate the Calvin Klein show at 2 p.m. today by persuading attendees to wear makeup that gives the illusion of eyes dripping blood. The look is designed to show solidarity with protesters who have been pepper-sprayed and to draw attention to the conditions of the 99 percent — certainly a demographic that isn’t often considered in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Just look at the name.

According to Gawker, which spoke with organizers, protesters will march to the Calvin Klein show from Zuccotti Park, and will set up a tent for applying the eye makeup. They hope to persuade 99 attendees to wear the makeup, but if they do not reach that quota, they plan to “close down” the 3 p.m. show, also Calvin Klein.

Since it’s likely that most of the people attending a fashion week show won’t be interested in adding blood-red eye makeup to their look, things could get ugly around 3 p.m. “The Calvin Klein show — and in fact most shows presented during Fashion Week — is an opportunity to see American design talent at its very best, and we don’t think anyone who was lucky enough to get on the list for the show would dare do anything to disrupt it, no matter what their economic circumstances are,” says Styleite. At 3 p.m. an Occupy group called the Queer Transgender Direct Action Group will make the next moves, whatever those will be.

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