New Delhi, Mar 15: ''Mismanagement'' in the India Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2008, especially on its Day III, put a dampner on the hopes of the fashion traders while negating claims that Indian fashion is going international.
Just a glimpse at the Day III of the WLIFW, and you will come to know that the fashion industry has still a long way to go international. Shows running behind the schedule have become a part of the routine in the fashion week. On Wednesday, which was the Day I of the WLIFW, all the shows started late. Designer Rohit Bal's show was scheduled to begin at 2100 hrs. However, it did not start until 2230 hrs for reasons not known. Day II was no different. The first show was to open at 1215 hrs but was delayed by at least 20 minutes.
The big shows like those of Tarun Tahliani, Varun Bahl and Ritu Kumar were also running much behind the scheduled time.
Oops! fashion slips again
Similarly on Day III, when Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh's show scheduled for 1715 hrs started nearly 40 minutes late, it was marred with "wardrobe malfunction". The aqua blue cowl neck short dress was worn on the catwalk by a German model when the shoulder strap slipped off just as the model reached the centre of the ramp, causing an embarassing moment.
However, Industrialist and Domestic Buyer Sunil Sethi blamed the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) for lack of facilities on the shows. He told UNI ''You should see how models are managing backstage with lack of facilites.'' Designer Payal Jain's show saw a pigeon flying over the head of the models walking the ramp all through the show and peeing on the head of a few people in the media and general section.
The unusual incident diverted the attention of the audience.
Mr Sethi said after the show, ''The FDCI is merely talking of going international. It is not a good organisation, which is at the helm of affairs.'' ''With pigeons flying over the head, how do you call it international?'' he lamented.
''The shows, on an average, are starting late by an hour. It is not the fault of the designers but the FDCI,'' he said adding "There is lack of discipline and the proper facilities." However, Mr Sumeet Nair, FDCI Executive Director said, "The show is going good so far and everything is running smoothly"