WIFW changes venue, dates still clash with DFW
Uncertainty about the venue of the WIFW is over as the FDCI has announced that Intercontinental Eros in Nehru Place will be the new destination for the fashion week.fashion and trends Updated: Feb 13, 2009 13:26 IST
Uncertainty about the venue of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) is over as the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) Thursday announced that Intercontinental Eros in Nehru Place will be the new destination for the fashion week.
Also putting an end to speculation about the change in dates, FDCI's president Sunil Sethi confirmed that the fashion week dates have not been changed and the autumn-winter edition of this business-to-business event will take place as scheduled from March 20-24.
This means that this time again there will be two parallel fashion weeks with Delhi Fashion Week (DFW) scheduled from March 19-24 resulting in a clash for the grand finale dates.
"There is no change in the schedule, everything will happen on the fixed dates. We have changed our venue because of some reasons and we are hoping that the change is for good only," Sethi told IANS.
Elaborating on the reasons for shifting from Pragati Maidan to the hotel, Sethi explained that everyone used to complain a lot about the earlier venue.
"Everyone, especially the buyers, used to complain a lot about bad washrooms, and there were some other small things also. So we decided to move on and give this a shot."
"This time designers will be given one room each as a stall and each room will also have satellite connection so they can watch the shows from their only. This will save their time and they can concentrate more on their business," he added.
Sethi is also cashing in on the benefits that come with holding events in hotels like better security and good facilities.
"Now we do not have to think much on security issues as the hotel will take care of this and other small things," Sethi said.
Sethi is also terming this change as a good thing for international buyers.
"This change will also benefit the buyers because they used to spend too much time on commuting, but here they can take a room in the hotel itself and watch shows and interact with designers according to their convenience," Sethi explained.
"They too can watch the fashion shows directly in their rooms via satellite connection and above all they will have access to clean washrooms. So they can not complain about that part now," he added.
Though FDCI has not yet signed any contract with the hotel but on the basis of their experience they will take a call on this.
"Right now it is for this edition only but if we have a good experience with them, we would like to continue it in future as well," Sethi said.
Designer Jai of the designer duo Parvesh-Jai feels that holding the event in a hotel is a very good idea.
"It is a very nice idea as the previous venue was governed by the government and it had its disadvantages like bad washrooms and buyers used to complain a lot about that. Hotels are any day better in facilities and maintenance," Jai told IANS.
Talking about not having conventional stalls, Jai feels that giving a room as a stall is not at all a great idea as it can create confusion among buyers.
"I have not seen a concept like this all around the globe, I do not know how it will work. But I have complete faith in the body and I am sure they have come up with this idea after a lot of thought. So let's wait and watch," Jai added.