The much-hyped Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week got a setback soon after it kicked off in the capital today, when Delhi police did not give No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the show.
As reported by a website, the show organizers failed to get clearance from fire department; as a result, the event was delayed.
Designer Nida Mahmood, who was to open the fashion week with her collection along with accessory designer Little Shilpa at 12 pm, was almost in tears at the unexpected delay. "My models were ready, everything was done, I was backstage when I heard that the show is so delayed. I don't know what's going to happen," Nida said.
Other designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Leena Singh, Ritu Kumar and JJ Valaya too were seen wandering around the venue, wondering when the show will begin. Visitors, other than accredited journalists, designers and workers, were asked to move out of the venue for security reasons.
The gala event, hosted by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is being held at the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Exhibition Complex in New Delhi.
One of the biggest fashion events, the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week will be held from March 24-28.