30 October, 2020

Jagged Hemlines

It's slit down the middle. India's fash frat, that is — and designers have to choose which side they're on.

Jagged Hemlines
When the Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW) concluded on April 20 this year with the promise of two fashion weeks in 2006, Outlook had predicted "double the ego, paranoia and controversies". Little did we know what an understatement that would turn out to be.

The fashion community, which has been keenly tracking every nasty soundbite in an ongoing territorial spat between Lakme and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is deeply divided over whether this is ultimately a good or a bad thing for the industry.

As anyone who follows the fashion headlines knows by now, the parting of ways over sponsorship negotiations has resulted in the two former collaborators announcing two fashion weeks each. Lakme and its event manager IMG will host two LFWs in Mumbai and FDCI will also host two India Fashion Weeks (IFW)—one each in Delhi and Mumbai.

The fashion fraternity, the one most affected by this decision, is fragmented on whether this development bodes ill or well for it. But the modelling community is thrilled. Models make a large chunk of their annual...


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