Delhi’s silver streak is all set for a tryst with some serious style. The crowds will make way for the catwalk, and the country’s who’s who will be seen scrambling for seats in the pink coach — the Delhi Metro is the venue for the grand finale of the Wills Lifestyle India fashion Week (WLIFW), to be held in the Capital from April 6-10.
“The biggest benefit of hosting the finale in the Metro will be that no one will throw a tantrum over not making it to the front row, because everyone will be in it, literally!” says Sunil Sethi, president, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI). Ask him how they came up with the idea, and he says, “Fashion is about innovation, and I don’t think it can get better than this. We wanted to make a statement that fashion is going places in Delhi, so this was it!”
Designers are happy about the change. “This is so exciting … things like these happen abroad all the time; it was time we started doing our own thing,” says Delhi-based designer, Nida Mahmood. Anand Bhushan is equally thrilled. “Now, I so wish I was doing the finale ... I can’t wait to see women in Jimmy Choo waiting at the ticket counter!”
Fashion week choreographer Misha Bartholomew says despite the challenge, the models and backstage crew will surely shine, just like the Metro coaches. “Everyone’s so kicked up,” she says.
Metro officials are also bracing up for the fashion gala. “We have received a request and are in talks with FDCI. This is a great way to show off our brand new airport line,” say a DMRC official, wishing not to be named.
Front row regulars can’t wait, either. “Let’s see how the gatecrashers push and shove their way in. I hope the Metro guards throw them out,” says a prominent Delhi-based party regular.
Did you fall for it?
Don’t tell us you forgot that it’s April 1, Fool’s Day! So no, there’s no fashion week finale on the Delhi Metro. We thought it’d be fun to gang up with our friends to pull a fast one on you. So, guys, please don’t go hoping to see ramp shows on your Metro ride. The WLIFW will be held as per schedule, from April 6-10, at Pragati Maidan. Happy fooling around!