I waited till the end of today to see whether the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) would come up with the list of participating fashion designers for its couture week. Till midnight on Thursday, I hadn’t heard anything from FDCI.
What I heard though were complaints from designers that the process of selection was not right. All those who called to share their grief with me, without exception, told me that all the proceedings for selection were being done in camera.
They feared that the ‘favourites’ would find their place on the list when it is finally announced and the rest will get the boot.
While interacting with the FDCI, I heard that the initial plan was to have eight designers taking part in the maiden event. Then it became 10 and as of today, chances were that it might even go to 12. Perhaps, by the time my column comes out, FDCI would have released the list. But the idea of writing on the couture week is to ask the organisers as to whether they will avoid making the same flaws as they did during the last couple of them held in Mumbai.
If you followed the couture weeks that happened in Mumbai in the last couple of years, you will know what to avoid this time in Delhi. Both the times in Mumbai, the décor was rather pathetic. First attempt done by the organisers was particularly bad. Colour ribbons on the roof of the foyer made it look more like the Ram Leela maidan than the couture week. Décor and its execution are crucial for making an impact.
The list of invitees should also be controlled to maintain the overall elegance of the event. Success of the event I doubt will depend on how many hundreds of people turn out. At an event such as this one, a controlled set of people with no one standing or crowding the venue will be a good idea.
Backdrops and presentations of collections should also be done in the most elegant manner. Of course, there are those designers such as Tarun Tahiliani and JJ Valaya who are well known to go out of their ways to do their shows in the grandest possible ways. But, all participating designers must ensure that elements of grandeur are spread across the event in the best possible manner.
Complimenting this should be the collections chosen for the runway. Here, I feel that FDCI and its selection jury must go beyond just the size of the names. They must ensure that those selected are the ones who are ‘big’ in terms of creativity and talent and not merely because of being around for a long time.
I’d much rather see what a young designer with immense talent has to offer than a veteran with no talent. I hope the list will not have even a single ‘unwanted’ name.
After all, what is going to hold the event is what the designers have to offer on the runway. Hope it will be the best in terms of high fashion creativity and not just heavy surfaces.
So, let’s talk again once the list is out, shall we?