The IPL may have the entire nation talking, but the fashion shows held after the matches have left designer Namrata Joshipura stumped. Joshipura, who had actress Deepika Padukone walk for her at the just concluded WIFW, had an unpleasant experience at one such IPL fashion show, following which she put up a status message on Facebook calling IPL parties ‘trashy’.
When contacted, Joshipura said, “The show started at 1.30 am. More than a show, it was an IPL party. Indian cricketers are well behaved... but to hold a fashion show is inappropriate at an event like that. They should just hold parties... there is no need for a designer there.”
Joshipura added: “We do sponsored shows, so I assumed it’ll just be another show like that, but obviously it wasn’t. I had no idea who some guests were... few had actually been invited by us. Everyone felt it was something they had never witnessed before.”
The Fashion Design Council of India is not keeping mum on the issue either. “The IPL should stick to cricket. Foraying into fashion and having random shows brings down the credibility of designers who need to be appreciated by connoisseurs rather than voyeurs,” says FDCI president Sunil Sethi.