Motley mix of designers at glittery India Fashion Week

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) Unashamed opulence and glitz will be on display when five-day Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week gets underway at Pragati Maidan here on October 15 in which an eclectic mix of 80 designers, including New York-based Vivienne Tam, will be showcasing their creations and 53 models setting the runway ablaze during 36 shows.

'' It will be a gala event with unprecendented splendour. Fashion Design Council of India, which organises the event, is jubilant that the participation of designers and sponsors is growing each year and we feel encouraged that we are getting such a good response.

Designers form the epicentre of the fashion industry and we are extremely happy to announce the list of participating designers of the forthcoming event,'' FDCI president Sunil Sethi told a media conference here today.

He said the designers would be showcasing their collections under three new categories introduced in the last edition -- Contemporary, Synthesis/Heritage and Creator.

Ten commercial partners who will be sponsoring the event include Wills Lifestle, Fiama Di Wills, Chivas, NDTV Good Times, Hewlett Packard and Big FM.

Queried about the number of buyers the fashion fiesta was expecting to draw, Mr Sethi said,'' Right now I will not be able to tell you the exact number of buyers because some have not given confirmation as yet. But I assure you that the number would certainly exceed the number of buyers we had in the last edition of the event.'' To a question about several fashion event being held simultaneously, he said,'' It is unfortunate as well as inconvenient. And I think fragmented fashion bodies should sit together and evolve consensus that this does not happen, otherwise it might end up affecting the trade also.'' UNI RL SG BD1450

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