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More the merrier?

The fashion weeks are all about grand surprises and fashion designer Rohit Bal will be doing two shows at the Delhi Fashion Week, taking one off-site, writes Jaydeep Ghosh.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 10, 2009 20:11 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh

The fashion weeks are all about grand surprises and designer Rohit Bal is the king of them all. Last week, HT City had broken the news about Rohit Bal’s off-site show at his new restaurant Cibo at Janpath Hotel. And now, the designer is going international in his presentation this season by showcasing two shows during the Delhi Fashion Week (DFW).

Sumeet Nair of DFW is excited about the concept and says, “We have introduced the concept [off-site] with Rohit Bal who can pull off an off-site show with ease.”

Bal has two shows lined up — one at the Emporio, the venue for DFW. The on-site show at DFW will showcase Bal’s prêt collection and the off-site show at Cibo will showcase his dramatic couture line. Says Bal, “I will show a more commercial collection at the Emporio with the intention of focusing on the business of fashion. As for the other show, I have decided to do it in a different environment which will have the right ambience to infuse a sense of freshness and unique presentation style.”

International fashion designers have been known to show off-site successfully. Last year, Tommy Hilfiger returned to an on-site show after three seasons. Designer Marc Jacobs held an off-site show last season. Nathan Jenden, Monique Lhuillier and Naeem Khan will be going off-site this season along with Oscar de la Renta who will hold two back-to-back off-site shows.

DFW is hoping to replicate the innovative concept. Nair adds, “This is a leadership position. You will see many designers following this example.”

We haven’t had a precedence of a designer doing two shows at a fashion week. This brings us to question whether this move will fill in slots over the 5-day DFW, especially as Malini Ramani and Meera and Muzaffar Ali aren’t showing but only putting up stalls.