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LFW: Backstage Pass

Get a close-up view of fashion week from an insider who shall not be named!

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 23, 2011 15:08 IST
Hindustan Times
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Get a close-up view of fashion week from an insider who shall not be named!

Not so Fashionably late
Manish Malhotra’s Grand Finale show gave new meaning to the term fashionably late. The audience waited impatiently for the doors to open, but over an hour later, there were no signs that of the show beginning. Turns out the designer had asked for an all-glass runway, which seemed great on paper, but when the models took to the ramp for rehearsal, the glass began to crack. Parts had to be replaced, and all while A-listers like Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan sat in the empty ballroom, watching the proceedings. The models found it funny to rehearse in front of a starry crowd, but it’s good to know that even celebrities are kept on hold like us lesser mortals.

Sabya turns mentor
Designer Sabyasachi had a heart-to-heart session with some of the younger designers, explaining how they needed to get their business fundas right. Seems the industry veteran was doing some tough talking, explaining that the young ’uns hadn’t a hope in heaven of making it big, unless they thought of what their markets wanted to buy, rather than make it a self-satisfying romp on the runway. Bursting bubbles already, Sabya?

Show me the money
This year at LFW, many popular models were missing from the ramp. And contrary to other stories, the biggest problem was the low pay being offered to even senior models. At Rs 22,000 per day, the catwalk queens aren’t willing to sit through hair and make-up for hours, then march onto the ramp. Most would rather walk for the rival Delhi fashion week, where their demands for higher pay are met. Who knew models had unions too?