Finally, two might become one. After two seasons of two fashion weeks that wore out socialites’ heels and gave buyers a logistical headache, the umbrella body Fashion Design Promotion Council plans to bring the Delhi Fashion Week and the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week together. An evening meeting scheduled today will work on just that.
This move comes with the announcement that designers will get the permanent space they wanted — a ‘fashion hub’ near IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, in the Capital. This space will host everything from fashion weeks to research facilities. It will take about three years to be finished.
FDPC sources say that today’s meeting will be attended by members of its advisory council — designers JJ Valaya, Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rohit Gandhi — along with other designers from FDPC and from the two rival bodies, the Fashion Design Council of India and the Fashion Foundation of India.
The unity attempt may well succeed since most designers are said to be unhappy with all the chaos. Vijay Singh, CEO of FDPC, says, “Bringing together the factions is our priority.” Sumeet Nair of FFI says, “Coming together will depend on what’s on the table for my designers and other details.” That’s not a yes, but it’s a start.