It seems that the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) may shift its dates for the Spring/Summer 09 Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WLIFW) by five days early to avoid a clash with the Fashion Foundation of India’s (FFI) Delhi Fashion Week — something that happened last season. A decision on it is likely to be taken today.
Apparently designers from both sides have been meeting to find a solution to this without their respective heads of organisations — FDCI President Sunil Sethi and Sumeet Nair of FFI. It seems that their meetings to arrive at a plausible solution reached a deadlock when two prominent designers from the breakaway faction failed to support what was put on the table. Most other designers want to avoid the clash.
Sethi confirmed the news of their plans for preponing the event. “The idea is to see whether we can reach a consensus on the issue and have one event instead of two,” he says. “If that fails to happen between designers and organisers, then we would definitely want to shift our event dates by five days early and avoid the clash.” Moreover, he says that FDCI did not want to further clash its dates with that of Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai) in March end. “We are trying to create a synergy between WLIFW and LFW and the last thing we want to do is to avoid one clash and create another one with LFW,” he says adding “Our member designers are welcome to take part in both events.”
In addition to Pragati Maidan, FDCI also seems to be scouting for more suitable locations to hold the event, including DLF Emporio, the Grand and the Intercontinental (Park Royal).