Delhi designers resent Mumbai move
With India Fashion Week 2003 just around the corner, some Delhi designers are reportedly unhappy with the shift of venue to Mumbai. It's a blow to their commercial interests, they say.
According to style guru Rohit Bal, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) turned a deaf ear to the wishes of a majority of designers who are based in the capital. "Look at the amount of inconvenience we are facing. In fact shifting the venue from Delhi to Mumbai was quite unnecessary and defies the logic of trade shows held across the world that are usually associated with just one city. The repeated change in venues cannot be in the best interests of the fledging fashion industry in the country," he insists.
The apparent indecision in choosing a venue for this year's show fuelled speculations that the sponsors were putting undue pressure on the FDCI. While the Council itself denies these allegations, some designers think otherwise."The organsiers seem to have lost focus. There has been no effort to safeguard the interests of the designers who are the main stakeholders in any trade show. And things will not improve until FDCI stops dancing to the tune of sponsors and instead fixes the venue for at least some years to come", says ace couturier Kavita Bhartia.
Other designers voice their resentment too. "Last year, FDCI took the responsibility of getting the collections shot and provide additional support to designers but this year everything has been left to us. No one seems to care that real fashion consciousness lies in Delhi, not Mumbai," laments Anshu Arora Sen.
The FDCI however dismisses these charges as baseless. According to Vinod Kaul, executive director, FDCI: "We have gone out of our way to ensure that the event this year is far more meaningful than in the past. But while the designers are certainly our primary constituency, it's also true that we cannot ignore the interests of the sponsors who have helped make IFW the mega event it is. We had our own reasons for wanting a change of venue this year and I am sure the results will be far better than what we have had before. Instead of expressing displeasure at something that cannot be undone at this late stage, it's best if everyone puts in their bit to make the event a huge success," he says.