If reading about our fashion industry’s numerous factions has left you confused, there’s some news of collaboration and unification this time.

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Fashion Design Promotion Council (FDPC) have come together to back a united Fashion Week in New Delhi. So the buyers and the media, who had to scurry between two venues of Delhi Fashion Week (DFW) and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week with overlapping shows last season, can breathe a sigh of relief.

A show at the fashion week

In 2005 FDCI ended a six-year association with Lakme and started the India Fashion Week in New Delhi with Wills Lifestyle as a title sponsor. Since then Lakme and IMG have been organising fashion weeks in Mumbai. But last year Sumeet Nair stepped down as executive director of FDCI and his company Prodigy Fashion conceptualised and executed DFW along with FDPC.

“Although we will not be focussing on fashion weeks anymore, we will be organising other fashion events for FDPC," said Nair. According to him, it is better to have multiple events as it gives more designers a chance to showcase their work. “Designers have been pushing to have a single fashion week. But I think this decision is more emotional than practical," he added.

The unified fashion week will be held from 24 to 28 October 2009.