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Collision brings destruction

So, the several meetings held between the two sets of our fashion designers to see whether they can hold one instead of two fashion weeks failed, once again.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 14, 2009 16:09 IST
Vinod Nair

So, the several meetings held between the two sets of our fashion designers to see whether they can hold one instead of two fashion weeks failed, once again. I hear that they met a few times in the last few days and most of them wanted to find out the possibility of having one fashion week as before, or in the worst case scenario avoid the clash of dates between the two.Both failed… miserably.

Though there have been talks about the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) shifting its dates, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) finally decided to go ahead with the dates announced earlier (March 20-24), but has shifted its venue for this season from Pragati Maidan to the Intercontinental hotel at Nehru Place. This means that the dates of WIFW and the newly-formed Delhi Fashion Week (DFW) will clash, yet again.

What’s surprising is that our fashion designers have not yet realised that fashion weeks are first for them and then for some one else who look at it as a business. I hear that a senior designer who is widely respected and has the reputation for standing for the benefit of the industry chose to throw the spanner in the wheel while the patch up talks were happening between the two sets of designers. This isn’t good for the fraternity and such designers should not be followed.

This is particularly important for the talented youngsters who move along with the so-called big names with their eyes closed. Do you guys realise that these big names have reached where they have to in terms of money and fame? Talented or not talented, they are the ‘celebrities’ now and they make their moolah while you guys (you youngsters) shadow them showing your support?

If the younger lot does it, they are the biggest fools on earth. I honestly feel that the future of India’s fashion industry lies in the hands of the fresh blood. And it is this fresh blood that has to understand that they have to take the industry forward. For this, first they have to open their eyes really wide and see what’s going on around them and then take a decision. And that decision should be something that will take our fashion industry forward… and not divide. Always remember, collision always brought in destruction.