Here is the video of the wardrobe malfunction of the Belgian model Debbie, at the India Fashion week in Delhi. This was during Rajesh Pratap Singh’s line up.

And here is the photo of what happened.


Once again, I think the media made a ruckus out of the whole issue. It wasn’t such a big deal, and I’m sure it’ll cool down soon enough.


Fashion not for the masses?

September 11, 2007

WIFW, like most fashion weeks across the world, remains a ‘by invites only’ event. People behind the show explain why…

Call it snob value or the demand of business, but fashion remains for a select few. As two events – Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week that wrapped up yesterday at Pragati Maidan or the ongoing New York Fashion Week – proved yet again.

The online schedule for the event in New York clearly states , “Entry by invite only. Not open to public.” And WIFW also had the same condition. This , in turn, left a lot of visitors to Pragati Maidan wondering why they can’t have a peep into the world of glam even after buying the entry ticket.

Anjum Singh, who came to Pragati Maidan for book fair, is one such visitor. “I wanted to have a look at WIFW but the security guard asked for an invite . If I have taken a ticket at the gate, why should I have to have an invite too?” she asks. But the truth is that the event remained ‘strictly by invites’ . “But aren’t we the people they are creating all this for?” she asks. Explains Sumeet Nair, executive director, FDCI, “I would not call it an exclusive event but then, it was not meant for public entertainment either. We had hired this space in Pragati Maidan for a private affair, which was fashion week. And this event was strictly for fashion business.”

The fact remains that major fashion weeks around the world are for buyers and media as business remains the focus. Although Milan has large LCD screens all over the venue for the people to have a look at what’s happening.

“People who do not understand what fashion is all about think that this is another mode of entertainment. Like someone SMSed me that they needed passes for the Lara Dutta show. I had to explain that Lara is not a designer, she is an actress,” says Rathi Vinay Jha, DG, FDCI.

Designer Falguni Peacock explains the lack of LCD screens thus, “Here people start commenting on the type of dresses you wear, it will take time before they adjust to fashion the way we see and show it.”

Shobhaa ruffles designer feathers
Shobhaa De is not impressed with what designers are showcasing during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. And so, she has been ripping them apart after watching their shows on telly. She has been hosting a show on a news channel and has been making a lot of designers wonder what exactly happened.

Rina Dhaka was amongst a few of the designers who chose to speak out. “Someone should tell Shobhaa that she can’t sit in Mumbai and judge a clothing line. On TV, you can’t make out the drapes and silhouettes. It is bizarre! If she so wants to comment on our work then she should have come here and seen the collections up, close and personal. One understands a collection only after seeing it with the naked eye, and the hand feel. The lady is not even here. She is sitting in front of the TV like Big Brother and making judgments. She herself doesn’t know how to design clothes, how can she comment like this?” It is up to Shobhaa to answer these charges now!


People are going nuts over “this?” video !

Featured is a clip from one of the Indian fashion shows, where the model realizes that the skirt she is wearing has lost its bearing on the rear. So much fuss over a 2 second display of some skin? Well, I guess the media does make a mountain of a molehill.

Accidental nudity or plain outcry for no reason?

This is one of the recent wardrobe malfunctions in the history of Indian Fashion.

A record 87 designers will showcase their autumn-winter prêt and diffusion lines at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) here March 21-26.

“WIFW will see designers hailing from across different regions of India, making it a truly national event,” Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the event organiser Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), said in a statement Thursday.

“Having perceived the value in our event, our list of participating designers has consistently grown at each event,” she added.

“WIFW, an event dedicated to the business of fashion, will also preview some of the best established and upcoming names among models, choreographers, hair and make-up teams,” Jha stated.

According to Atul Chand, vice president for marketing of principal sponsor ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing, “we are extremely pleased to present an amazing array of talent who will showcase their creations.

“The coming together of India’s leading designers at this unique platform is a reflection of the event’s stature and grandeur,” he added.

Among the designers participating are Abraham & Thakore, Aki Narula, Ashima/Leena, Ashish Soni, Ayesha Depala, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Deepika Gehani, Deepika Govind, Falguni & Shane Peacock, J.J. Valaya, and Kavita Bhartia.

This apart, Manav Gangwani, Mandira Wirk, Manish Arora, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, Rina Dhaka, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Satya Paul, Shantanu & Nikhil, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl will also feature at the event.

Said Ranna Gill of the fashion week: “Its my eighth year of participation in WIFW. It’s been a long journey since its inception to what it is today and I am happy that the shows have gone from strength to strength.”

According to Tarun Tahiliani, “as an Indian designer this is the premier and most comprehensive fashion week of the subcontinent that has opened many doors besides the most serious buyer profile”.

Rohit Bal said he was “always extremely happy to be part of WIFW and look forward to participating in March”.

According to Preeta Singh, CEO of event management firm PDM that is assisting in organising the event, “WIFW has promised proven support to the Indian fashion industry by constantly innovating to meet the needs of both the designers and buyers.”

FDCI, a not-for-profit organisation, is the apex industry body in the field of fashion design in India.

Its primary objective is to provide a cohesive platform for Indian designers and act as the mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant platforms, in a bid to promote Indian fashion – at home and abroad.

FDCI is also instrumental in facilitating designer-corporate tie-ups aimed at expanding the designer prêt market in the country.

Fashion Fest 2007, held at Chennai between February 12 and 13, 2007 and inaugurated by actor Sarat Kumar was a resounding success showcasing dresses, jewellery, accessories and lifestyle statements presented by 25 fashion designers.

The designers chosen from across India, showcased collections prepared with a view to present trends, colours and designs for forthcoming season.

Fashion Festival – the biannual exhibition, was staged in Chennai to present latest trends in fashion and lifestyle from various parts of India, said Arti Bagdy, the organizer, at the inauguration.

The fest is also held to provide a common platform under one banner, to established and upcoming designers to showcase their collections which are affordable and wearable to people at large, she said.

On display were exquisite sarees by Anushka’s from Kolkata, Shubh-Prabha from Benaras, Pachrangi from Jaipur, Plums from Pune and Maya from Mumbai, tunics and Indo-Westerns by Anubha’s Kiah from Chennai and Molly Designs from Mumbai along with Pakistani suits by Nona’s exclusif-Delhi and hand painted garments from To be Two from Auroville.

Poshaak from Delhi, Threads Redesign from Jaipur, Kanchili from Jaipur and Sanskrutie from Chennai wer presented with an ethnic touch.

Exclusive precious and semi-precious jewellery by Sheel Jewels from Mumbai, JNC from Bangalore, Silver Point from Mumbai, Jusra and Rising Jewels from Jaipur while paper handcrafted jewellery was introduced by Mahalaxmi Creations from Chennai complemented the collection.

Elegant handbags and footwear was brought by Mizu from Mumbai and ANZ designs from Mumbai.

Home furnishings were were brought in by 19 sides and Jesia Bed Line both from Delhi.

Fashion festival will be returning with more and fresh talented designers and their collections in August this year, informed Arti.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) scheduled for next month will debut five promising designers confirming the event’s commitment to promote new talent in Indian fashion industry.

Ameet Sikka, Neetu Gupta, Samant Chauhan, Shubhra and Zubair Kirmani were selected to showcase in new Hi-5 category of WIFW from March 21-26.

Creativity, quality and design edge were the benchmarks for their selection. The selected five will be given the chance to show their talent through 12 garments each.

Kirmani, is known for blending contemporary minimalism with classic heritage.

Hence, the introduction of this initiative was only a natural step to take forward the process of evolution of the Indian fashion industry,’ said Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) that is organising WIFW.

WIFW is India’s only fashion trade event which draws the biggest domestic and international buyers, media and fashionistas,’ an FDCI release said.

Bollywood stars Urmila Matondkar, Shilpa Shetty, Milind Soman and Dino Morea wowed the Pakistani audience as they modelled outfits by Indian designers at a Lux carnival in Karachi.

The works of top Indian designers, including Manish Malhotra and Tarun Tahiliani, were displayed at the annual Lux Carnival de Couture in Karachi Saturday evening.

Pakistan’s own fashion tycoon Rizwan Beyg displayed some of his best works, Daily Times reported.

Urmila Matondkar said that Pakistani and Indian actors have been trying arduously to bring the two countries closer, but she said bureaucracies of the two countries were ‘a major hindrance’ in their efforts.

She said this should not mean that attempts to create harmony and brotherhood between the two countries should stop.

Shilpa praised the local cuisine and said that both countries should always remain friends, the newspaper quoted her as saying.