We can expect a dressing down all around, with yet another wardrobe malfunction at the latest fashion week in the Capital. The thought police will be crimson with rage, or make that fuschia since we are talking fashion here, at this affront to Indian culture and values. And, of course, that all-important question, was this accident or design on the part of the designer? While we are getting to the bottom, or is it top, of the matter, the reputation of the fashion industry will be in tatters. It will just have to skin-and-bare it but that’s the great garment game. It cannot afford to be worn down.
Now while we get into a kerfuffle over such slips, displays of body parts are par for the catwalk in foreign haute couture shows. Those gathered to watch the ‘in thins’ sashay down the ramp don’t turn even one carefully coiffured hair when they see less clothing and more model. The fashion police don’t tell a Naomi Campbell or a Kate Moss where to draw the hemline.
So in keeping with our designs of India cutting a dash at the next Armani or Chanel show, we should get used to the fact that a stitch in time does not always save nine. So forget cutting lights and strategic use of masking tape to hide the real show-stoppers. Indian fashion shows may not have the effect of Donatella Versace hanging up her scissors, but at least this way, they will ensure that they stay in the limelight that much longer. Malfunctions like models tripping over themselves or their clothes detaching themselves are part of fashion legend. Given our ramp record, this could become the USP in our armoire. And no, no one would say our slip is showing or indeed that our show is slipping.