DFW laughs off speculation of being a non-starter

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) Amid speculation that the five-day Delhi Fashion Week, which got off to a rather muted start on October 14, turned out to be a non-starter and a damp squib in comparison to the ongoing India Fashion Week, an unnerved DFW Consultant Sumeet Nair today brushed aside such ''rumours'' and said the DFW has got an overwhelming response and cited the participation of as many as 165 buyers in the event to corroborate his claim.

Talking to UNI at ritzy Emporio Mall in south Delhi, the venue for the DFW, Sumeet said, '' We have got a very good response from the entire fashion fraternity and we are happy to be able to deliver what we had set out for. DFW was envisioned as a cutting edge, crisp and more focused fashion event and the presence of so many buyers is a testimony to its acceptance as the fashion forward event in the country. In fact, we are proud and pleased of the fact that the DFW has emerged as a more streamlined platform for national as well as international buyers and media.'' Whereas the IFW claims to have 180 designers, including New-York based Vivienne Tam, and till now has seen the participation of a handful of Bollywood stars, including Deepika Padukone, Sameera Reddy and Riya Sen. But the DFW has till now witnessed the participation of actor Raima Sen only. Earlier it was expected that Shilpa Shetty would make an appearance for fashion stalwart Tarun Tahiliani's show in the DFW, but no such thing happened, leaving many sullen faces in the audiences as well as in media circles.

No doubt, too much of action is happening at the IFW at Pragati Maidan where who's who of society is participating in one way or another. Yesterday, even Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath was also seen at the event. There are also reports that a model was left red-faced during designer Falguni's show last night when she tripped over on the ramp, giving the media enough fodder to write about. But thankfully, no incidents of wardrobe malfunctions have been reported from either fashion events, which have become almost an inseparable parts of such spectacles over the years.

Sumeet said,'' Yeah, we do admit that showstoppers do make a difference to such fashion weeks. But see, we have some fashion giants -- Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Meera and Muzaffar Ali -- on our sides. Even Raima Sen also turned up at the event the other day.

We are least bothered by rumours of our show being a non-starter because they are only just that -- rumours. We are even going to hold near-parallel shows in the future too, and I think that puts to an end speculation of any kind of jitters and nervousness on our part.'' UNI RL/SKB SB DS1530

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