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Faction in fashion

From the BiBi groups to the Bollywood brigade, there is a lot happening in the glam world than just fashion.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 08, 2008 14:17 IST

Like in life, change is the only constant in fashion. It is not a loyalist of the status quo. Fashion is best perceived through the eyes of the beholder. Thus to each his own but its essential nature is frivolous. Now that the fashion week is upon us, I am privy to a lot of the uber, not so chic side of fashion, read as factionalism. FDCI, the apex body of the fashion frat in the country, is riven by camps.

Obviously nobody mentions this. Every designer makes it a point to pronounce - "This is off the record. Just because you are a friend, I am confiding in you." Now, I don't know if they mean what they say I am sure some say it so it travels from me to other ears.

Miss 'fit':
On the factions, for starters we have the BiBis - Behenji Brigade. I believe this one's not lost to translation. We are talking about the designer salwarkameez types. On their face nobody says anything but the so-called members of this brigade know their slot.

I know its nasty, but then the hip-set don't see it that way 8 Call it the fashion frat's race relations! Ironic isn't it? That sartorial tastes should fuel discrimination. Then there are the powerful and enviable FDCI Board members. They are the elite segment who enjoy a lot of benefits during the fashion week, like grabbing prime slots and prime days for their shows, the best location for their stalls and probably benefits by arm-twisting the sponsors to make them host a postshow party. I need not tell you who the board members are, do I? Just name it!

Next come the fuchchas or first-time participants in fashion week. Their presence definitely gives the fraternity the opportunity to make tall elaims about how pro-active they are in nurturing and fostering new talent. Of course, the reality may be different as they have a Hobson's choice when it comes to location of stalls or slot for fashion shows. Then there are the rock stars. They get the best deal. The media hounds them, as they are 'big-names'.

They manage frontrow seats if they wish to watch a show, they have the privilege of uninterrupted entry at the VIP lounge and spon- sors are desperate to host their post-show parties. They are the darlings of the fashion fraternity and nobody has it better than them. Guess every designer dreams to be in this league except the very media-shy types like, Abraham & Thakore and Rajesh Pratap Singh.

Bollywood tadka:
Filmi designers are a new breed as more and more designers are testing the waters in Bollywood. The non-filmy ones sneer at them dubbing their designs - "very jhatka, very filmy" and the paparazzi is only bothered about which filmstars they are getting for their show. Sadly, nobody talks about the clothes and they seem to be adding just a glam quotient, much to the amusement of the glam-hungry media.

Happy and gay:
Last, but not the least, are the "gay-lords." This faction is the most powerful one and probably the largest. They are indeed the lords of the fash-frat!

Like in life, change is the only con- stant in fashion. It is not a loyalist of the status quo. Fashion is best perceived through the eyes of the beholder. Thus to each his own but its essential nature is frivolous. Now that the fashion week is upon us, I am privy to a lot of the uber, not so chic side of fashion, read as factionalism.

FDCI, the apex body of the fashion frat in the country, is riven by camps. Obvious- ly nobody mentions this. Every designer makes it a point to pronounce - "This is off the record. Just because you are a friend, I am confiding in you." Now, I don't know if they mean what they say I am sure some say it so it travels from me to other ears.

Then there are the powerful and enviable FDCI Board members. They are the elite segment who enjoy a lot of benefits during the fashion week, like grabbing prime slots and prime days for their shows, the best location for their stalls and probably benefits by arm-twist- ing the sponsors to make them host a post- show party. I need not tell you who the board members are, do I? Just name it! Next come the fuchchas or first-time participants in fashion week.

Their presence definitely gives the fraternity the opportunity to make tall elaims about how pro-active they are in nurturing and fostering new talent. Of course, the reality may be different as they have a Hobson's choice when it comes to location of stalls or slot for fashion shows. Then there are the rock stars.

They get the best deal. The media hounds them, as they are 'big-names'. They manage front- row seats if they wish to watch a show, they have the privilege of uninterrupted entry at the VIP lounge and spon- sors are desperate to host their post-show parties. They are the darlings of the fash- ion fraternity and nobody has it better than them.