The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week began in Delhi but the Day One was a complete no-show. With buyers, designers and media persons waiting to attend the first day, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), informed everyone about the cancellation.
With passes in hand and the plans drawn for the opening day of the gala event all returned appalled. All this because FDCI failed to get a permit from the fire safety department.
The event finally kickstarted on Thursday morning, managing to get the requisite approval and a new schedule for some of the shows. Here is what the designers have to say whose shows were cancelled.
Satya Paul was all set to launch its 'Tarot' collection on the first day of the fashion week. It was the 25th year celebration for the label. But the whole fiasco has miffed designer Puneet Nanda.
"It was a complete disaster," says Nanda, who has decided to give the fashion event a miss altogether.
"I will not showcase my collection. I am no leftover. What is the point in showing my collection after the finale. All the buyers and patrons who had come to see my show have returned and it is embarrassing."
The designer has planned promotions around his collection but there is no show for him at WIFW this time.
Another designer who is not very happy with how things have gone is Pali Sachdev from the duo Monapali. "It is very sad and depressing for the designers. Nothing can replace the Day One but we are showcasing on Monday and hope everyone will support us," says Pali.
Nida Mahmood who had to open the fashion week with her 'Sadak Chhaap' collection, too will be showcasing her collection on Monday, March 29. Nida says, "The opening of the fashion week will not be replaced but we are putting things in place and FDCI is working very hard to make things happen. Whatever happened was totally unforeseen and nothing much could be done about it."
Ranna Gill also had to bear the brunt of the cancellation as she was all set to showcase her collection on March 24. But she is glad that the entire day will be scheduled on Day Six. "Let's put it like this that the fashion week is a six-day affair this year. Everything that had to happen on Day One will happen on Day Six."
The fashion week will now end with J J Valaya doing the finale of the fashion week.