Finally, it seems Delhi has found an answer to the Carrousel du Louvre, the venue for Paris Fashion Week. The new venue for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week at the Pragati Maidan — with several domes supporting the ceiling, vast eatery section, designer stalls and lounges — is a great example of how a perfect venue should look like. The overall elegant appearance with its split level area, could well be our answer to an international venue for a fashion week. The only hitch is the restrooms — unclean.
The stalls too, follow the design and size preferred by the designers. “We had to pay double the fee for this venue, but it certainly is worth it,” says Sunil Sethi, president, Fashion Design Council of India. “We have given ample space to the designers,” he added.
The absence of some big names — Rajesh Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura, Manish Arora, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna and Rohit Bal — is however, giving a lacklustre feel to the event. The new designers have tried to make up for the absence with their fresh designs. But trends coming out of Indian fashion shows is a rare possibility. Now, that’s unlike Paris