'Fashion events encourage competition'
Refusing to put a halt on the upcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week organised by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) said here today that such events encourage competition instead of restricting it.
"It does not in any manner restrict competition. On the other hand, it encourages the competition in so far as all the designers in the field get an opportunity in one or another (event)," said Justice B K Rathi, Chairman of the MRTPC.
Rejecting the petition of Narendra Kumar Ahmed, a Mumbai-based fashion designer, the commission said that the restrictions imposed by Fashion Design Council of India on its members participating in other fashion events like Lakme India Fashion Week does not amount to "restrictive practices".
FDCI has asked its participants not to accept other fashion engagements for at least two weeks prior to IFW event.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is organising the India Fashion Week from April 5 to April 9 in New Delhi, whereas cosmetics major Lakme is organising Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) event in Mumbai.