According to sources, the LFW board meeting
held post the event expressed displeasure over some board members, senior designers and models missing from the event. While the industry is talking about LFW losing its sheen, the fashion gala has been focussing more on promoting upcoming talent since big names are choosing to stay away.
Even the members attending the board meeting questioned the seriousness of missing senior designers, board members who should’ve been present to extend support. Subjects like the need for a Bollywood connect, and the quality of models and designers were also discussed.
The board members present at the meeting included Anjana Sharma from IMG, designers Krishna Mehta and Rohit Bal, buyers Pradeep Hirani and Alka Nishar, Lakme’s Purnima Lamba and Sangita Kathiwada, among others. The group also questioned why there was a constant comparison between Delhi and Mumbai’s fashion week performances as Mumbai’s focus has been clearly defined as event for promoting young talent. And Delhi is traditionally the biggest market for business, no comparisons should be made between the two.
The quality of designers and models was also brought under scrutiny. Also there were discussions on the need to consider a bigger venue, get more business for the week and quality control for talent. Even the people on the committees to choose models and designers would be carefully selected and instead of socialites preference would be given to highly experienced choreographers, who can judge the quality of models coming in.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra and Narendra Kumar were missing from the board meeting and the members present objected to their absence strongly.
Meanwhile the dates for next season of LFW has also been. After LFW Winter/Festive 2012, which concluded on August 8, 2012, LFW Summer/Resort 2013 would be held from March 22 to March 26, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.