There was a grand finale, but no grand party to mark the closing of the WLIFW, leaving many in the fashion frat disgruntled. There was, of course, a small celebration after the last show, by designer Tarun Tahiliani, but it ended far too quickly. Even as everyone anticipated a bigger bash to celebrate the success of the largest fashion event in the country so far, there was none.
“We wanted to organise something, but the guest list grew to almost 1000. And, there was just so much to manage during the Week. Besides, the business was the real celebration,” explained Sunil Sethi, president, Fashion Design Council of India. Apparently, a last minute effort was made to put together a party, but it didn’t work out. “We were approached by the FDCI to host the finale party. But it was too short a notice to work something out,” said Assad Namazi, co-owner, Hype — the nightclub which was approached for the do.
“Actually, Wills (the sponsor) decided to back out of the finale party. And without a sponsor’s backing, to pull off such a big party is almost impossible,” added a source who wished not to be named.