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Heads shaking more than hands?

india Updated: Jul 25, 2009 16:17 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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Surprise, surprise! So the FDPC drops the bombshell. While presumably the negotiations for a unified fashion week in Delhi for the coming season were on, FDPC decided to go ahead and announce its dates for its fashion week.

The explanation given was that it had to do so in order to inform the international buyers of the fashion week dates well in advance so that they could mark the same in their diaries. You mean, they can start getting ready for their paid holidays?

Buyers from foreign shores are always flown in business class, put up at star hotels and pampered all the way through till the end of the event. Most of them just make fleeting appearances at the shows where they are meant to be and then take off for shopping and sightseeing at the organisers’ expense. And they buy very little or nothing.

Ignorant media always put these idiots’ names in the headlines and the event gets its 15 minutes of fame… that’s all. And FDPC chose to risk an ongoing process of unification efforts for this bunch of losers called the international buyers? That’s really sad. Agreed that its Secretary General, Vijay Singh, is new to this industry. But what about the A-list fashion designers who are rallying behind FDPC, didn’t they know that the very mention of international designers is a farce?

It indeed came as an unpleasant surprise to hear FDPC announce the dates while the negotiations were still on. If it wanted to go ahead with its week, instead of waiting endlessly for an answer from Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), FDPC should have given a cut-off date to FDCI and waited till the end of that term before announcing their dates. That would have been appropriate.

In all fairness, FDCI President Sunil Sethi had announced the dates and possible venues much before. The dates announced by the FDPC are the same. FDPC says that this was discussed in one of its meetings. I now hear that there will be yet another round of talks between FDPC and FDCI sometime today. May be things will be back on track once again… I am still waiting to see the swords being put back in its sheath.