New Delhi: The Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week finally kickstarted on Thursday with the event managing to get the required fire permit but the one-day delay had its fallout with Satya Paul pulling out.
“Today’s event will go on as per schedule, we have all the approvals in place and the additional requirements have been met. The show will go on and it is business as usual at WIFW,” said Sunil Sethi, president, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).
The 15th edition of the WIFW, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, could not take off on schedule as organisers did not have the necessary permits from the fire department.
With the unexpected delay in a crowded schedule causing heartburn among the designers who were slotted for the first day, the FDCI has now extended the week by a day to accommodate aggrieved designers.
An Indian model presents a creation by designers Ashish Viral and Vikrant at the Wills Lifestyle India FashionWeek Autumn Winter 2010 in New Delhi. Manish Swarup / AP
“All the money will be refunded and these designers are now doing a free show,” Sunil Sethi, president of FDCI told PTI.
“I am really sorry for whatever happened yesterday. The designers were the most affected. Our idea was to open the event with a special lot of designers and to make up for whatever happened we’ll have another day added to this week,” he added.
But, design label Satya Paul which was to showcase its collection on Wednesday has decided not to be a part of the event as they are unhappy with the new slot on the last day.
“I cancelled my show as the permission was not given. I will ask for a refund because a show on the last day does not work for me. I had guests who had come from out of town, how would they come now?,” designer Puneet Nanda from Satya Paul told PTI.
“It is not in my nature to calculate how much losses I have suffered. But, if this is the way we organise things one has to be really cautious in the future,” Nanda said, adding that it is irrelevant to play a blame game now.
WIFW, which was previously held at Pragati Maidan has been shifted to NSIC Grounds in Okhla Industrial Area here this year.
Designers Ranna Gill and Ritu Beri are not following Satya Paul and have decided to be a part of the event despite the initial hiccups.
“I was dumbfound and paralyzed yesterday when I heard the news but lets not play blame game now. I am certainly looking forward to the 29th. I am also bringing a showstopper (Minisha Lamba),” Gill said.
“My collection is a tribute to Indian Army and I feel we should all stand tall and tell the entire country that we are together. I will be looking forward to a full house attendance,” Beri whose show was to be the finale of the first day.