Contrary to media reports suggesting that the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week will be moving to Mumbai in its next season, FDCI president Sunil Sethi asserts that the fashion gala will be held in the Capital in October. "We are 100 per cent having the WIFW Spring/Summer 2010 in Delhi itself. There was some confusion about the timing as we didn’t want it to clash with the Commonwealth Games (October 3-14). But that has been sorted out now."
Sethi admitted that the FDCI was mulling over advancing the event. “If we had chosen August, this would’ve been the season’s first fashion week. Buyers would have bigger budgets, but no taste of international trends,” he revealed. In September, the WIFW would clash with the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai and the organisers didn’t “want to divide the buyers”.
September is also the month when international fashion weeks in New York (September 8-16), London (September 17-21), Milan (September 22-28) and Paris (September 29- October 7) are held.“So, we decided that the fashion week will be held in October after the CW Games, though the dates aren’t finalised,” said Sethi. In 2008, WIFW was held from October 15-19 and last year, from October 24 to 28.
Asked if the organisers were also planning to change the venue, after the chaos that was witnessed at the NSIC grounds last month, when the organisers failed to procure the required fire licenses on time, Sethi replied, “It’s too early for such details. Right now, we’re only deciding on the time of the event.”