Designer Tarun Tahiliani says he’s all set to do his own Bridal Exposition and is not taking part in the Delhi Couture Week, as originally planned. Just that permission issues have forced him to shift the venue from luxury tents outside the venue — DLF Emporio — to inside the premises.
“I’m hundred per cent doing my own Bridal Exposition during July 22-25 and not participating in the Couture Week. Because of permission issues, I have simply shifted my exposition inside the Emporio,” he told HT City, in light of rumours that he may not hold his own event.
The same was confirmed by Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), who is organising the Pearl Delhi Couture Week from July 20-25. “Tarun is holding his own exposition and we wish him luck. There is no question of officially including anyone else in the Delhi Couture Week at this stage. Our shows are all planned,” said Sethi.
Meanwhile, Bollywood seems to rule again when it comes to lending glamour to the couture week. While actresses Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan are set to grace the front row to cheer for designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Lara Dutta is going to walk the ramp for designer Rina Dhaka.
“Rani and Vidya are my friends and I’ve invited them as guests. They are not walking the ramp because actresses’ job is to act and models’ job, to walk the ramp,” says Sabyasachi, who is showing in Delhi after five years.
Dhaka is ecstatic about bringing in Lara Dutta as her show-stopper. “Lara walked the ramp for me way back in 1998, too, when she wasn’t even Miss India. Her beauty is awe-inspiring,” she says. Lara says, “I’m excited about walking for Rina. She’s a dear friend and one of the first designers I walked the ramp for.”
Designer Rakesh Agarvwal will have Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez walking for him. “I saw her on a magazine cover and thought she looked fab. What I’ve designed for Jacqueline is completely sexy,” he says. While designer Manish Malhotra says he’s not bringing any celeb show-stopper, Sunil Sethi said, “We are determined to not let celebrities take away from the fact that the real stars of the couture week are the clothes.”
The Couture Week shall see 12 designers showcasing their collection at the Grand Hotel, while designer Rohit Bal has chosen to do an off-site show at Delhi’s Aman Hotel.