Celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon's sister Sanjana Jon made a grand debut at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. She got a lot of bad press and was also criticised by the fashion industry. Her participation in the Fashion Week was controversial from the very beginning and her show made it worse.
No designer except a few of her friends attended the show. Post her show the sentiment expressed by the entire community was one of anger.
Fashion designer Rahul Jain from Gunjan and Rahul duo said, "The show was completely trashy and even clothes were not good, of course Sanjana is a friend but for this she can't be given a benefit of doubt."
Designers have refused to accept her in the industry and according to them she doesn't even fulfill the criteria of being the member of the Fashion Design Council of India.
Nida Mahmood who showcased her filmy collection yesterday minced no words. She said that clothes should speak for themselves on the ramp and not the celebrities. Also, "I have lots of celebrity friends who can walk and cheer for me in the front row but I want my work to speak for me so I never ask my friends to endorse my clothes."
So far we've read and heard from the other side of the fence. We caught up with Sanjana to get her side of the story out too.
Bad press and harsh criticism, notwithstanding Sanjana leveled a counter-offensive on her fellow designers. She said, "A designer's collection is a very individual expression of creativity and no one can point fingers on it. We are like a family and if I don't like anyone's collection I may not buy it but I have no right to comment on somebody's work."
She also reacted vociferously to the contention that she isn't a designer. "I have been in the international fashion circuit since 1995 and have shown collections at various fashion weeks. All are my friends here and this kind of criticism won't make me weak," she said.
This is not the first time that fashion fraternity has raised eyebrows upon an outsider wanting to get a foothold into the industry. During Van Huesen Men's Fashion Week when Himmat Singh, a designer from Jaipur was introduced, despite his excellent work and show, he got a lot of flak.
Is the fashion industry too closed to welcome a new member with open arms? Or is Sanjana's case too weak to find support anywhere?
(With inputs from Prerna Sharma)
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