Games upset show schedules

Monday, 26 July 2010

The Fashion Design Council of India’s WIFW spring/summer show that usually takes place in the first two weeks of October every year has clashed with the Commonwealth Games this time. The show dates have been rescheduled to the end of the month. Sunil Sethi, President of India’s governing fashion body the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) said the other option was to move the entire event either to Mumbai or Goa. Most designers were keen on Mumbai, but it would have caused a conflict of interest with the organizers of the Mumbai-centric Lakme Fashion Week.

First it was the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week held last March that got stymied. The reason: the organizers failed to acquire a ‘No Objection Certificate’ for fire-safety measures at the National Small Industries Corporation exhibition grounds, Okhla, New Delhi. The event got postponed by a day, throwing schedules off gear. Then it was the turn of designer Tarun Tahiliani. The lavish sets he erected for the Bridal Couture Exposition at DLF Emporio Mall were dismantled. Reason: most open-air trade fair grounds in New Delhi have been dragooned for the Commonwealth Games. So he was been forced to move to the confined atrium area of DLF Emporio Mall, scale down his show and rework the plan, all just a week before the event.

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