We have been waiting to know more about the first Couture Week that Delhi will host in July, and its list of participating designers. I have been wondering what’s keeping the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) from releasing it, but now I hear that the delay is because they are trying to accommodate more number of eligible designers into the fold. That’s great.
Little that I got to know was, those in the reckoning are stalwarts of the Indian high fashion such as Abu Jani and Sandip Khosla (a coup of sorts), Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Anamika Khanna, JJ Valaya, Ritu Kumar, Ritu Beri, Pallavi Jaikishen, along with some youngsters. I think it’s a great idea. Age hardly matters at creative fields such as fashion, what really matters is what designers bring to the table. So, I’m told that in a bid to accommodate young designers, and at the same trying to manage the number of shows, efforts are being made to rearrange the list, hence the delay.
High fashion clothes are very expensive. From what I know, a solo show at an event like this can cost anything upwards Rs 40 lakh. Then comes the cost of sets upward of Rs 10 lakh. So a cool Rs 50 lakh is the investment on a single show.
With young designers not having enough funds to pull off a show at an event such as this, perhaps it will be a good idea for the FDCI to give them a joint show where they can showcase what they are capable of. Any young designer would be foolish to miss a platform like this.
I also hear that a few designers have asked for off-site (their personal venues away from the main venue) show possibilities. This is also good, as it is the fashion designer’s prerogative to choose a different venue and settings to make his show as grand as possible. Worldwide designers opt to do off site shows. But only those names that have the power to attract, can afford them.
So, overall it looks good even though Manish Malhotra, the man who brings in Bollywood glamour along with his creations, and Lecoanet-Hemant, the duo who have done couture shows in Paris still seem to be missing from the names making the rounds. It will be great to see Shahab Durazi, who has never been in the limelight all these years, appearing some day in public with his exquisite creations. Let’s see what surprises the final list throws up.