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Oh no.. another clash

Despite the inconvenience to the media, buyers and designers, the FDCI and the FFI have once again clashed their fashion weeks this March in Delhi. Umesh Jivnani tells more.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 14, 2009 18:20 IST
Umesh Jivnani
Umesh Jivnani
Hindustan Times

They haven’t wised up yet despite last season’s debacle. Despite the inconvenience to the media, buyers and designers, the FDCI and the FFI have once again clashed their fashion weeks this March in Delhi. And this time, the finales shows will even be on the same day at the same time.

Sunil Sethi of FDCI is livid, calling Sumeet Nair ‘a parasite’ after the latter announced the same dates for his FFI-led Fashion Week. Sethi insists that the FDCI had released its date first (March 20-24) and the FFI should have chosen another time slot.

On the other hand, Nair states that since international buyers would come only once to India during the same season, it made sense to choose the same dates. “The more the merrier. Even internationally, they have simultaneous events at the same time and people choose where they want to be,” he remarks.

Personally, I find this clash most inconvenient. Last season, the media and buyers had to scamper between both the spaced-out events.

Nair suggests that the FDCI should shift its venue from Pragati Maidan to a hotel closer to Emporio Mall where he hosts his event. I don’t see that as a solution.

More practically, they should have worked out a schedule that didn’t clash at all. And if both want similar dates, one should started early morning while the other could choose the afternoon slot. That way, things could flow seamlessly.

Takes 12 to tango
Sumeet Nair’s FFI is all set to woo the Middle-Eastern buyers with 12, a business to business platform that will show designers Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Malini Ramani, Gaurav Gupta, Lecoanet Hemant, Preeti Chandra, Azara, Alpana Neeraj, Vineet Bahl, Risa Abhijeet Khanna and Meera Mahadevia and Alecca Carrano in a two-day exhibition, starting this Sunday in Dubai.

As the name indicates, the 12 designers have been chosen for their collections which suit the styles of the Middle-East. According to Nair, this is the FFI’s first endeavour to take Indian fashion to international shores.

Moveable feast
There’s news for those who swear by Malini and Rahul Akerkar’s food. The couple, who run the highly successful Indigo chain in Mumbai, has now launched Moveable Feast. Offering a full-service, multi-segment, multi-cuisine experience, it will specialise in gourmet catering, big or small. Rahul insists that this personalised service will raise the bar of specialized catering, almost making it an art form. Yummy.

Now, it’s Recessionista
In these times of recession, I’ve been receiving dozens of ‘SALE’ invites from almost all Indian and international stores and brands in the country. But the most apt one came this week from Tarini Jindal’s Muse that is holding a week-long sale for the Resessionista, the new word coined for the Fashionista — the woman who stays fashionable despite the recession.

I’ve never held back from enjoying a good sale. It always makes perfect sense, good times or bad. A few days ago, Avanti and Yash Birla were picking up goodies at the Gucci sale. So go shopping, it’s never a hard time to make a buy that makes you smile.

First Published: Jan 14, 2009 18:18 IST