Sunday, 26 September 2010


For the past few weeks, fashion has been making headlines all over India. First it was the couture week, then men's fashion week, then next I heard was Kolkata couture week. Excuse me? Kolkata fashion week and Lakme Fashion week trundling along later with the major coup d'etat they was roping in Manish Arora who showed us a stale collection already viewed in France. In another few days HDIL will host Spring/Summer 2011. All these incessant shows must end. As much as we like to pride ourselves in having fashion weeks, sitting front row and having "international" buyers this has to stop.
Can we consider the above design even something remotely connected to fashion? It's a disgraceful dress something I would imagine a drag queen to wear.
We need to get our act together, make sure we get our seasons right. Drop these multiple fashion weeks and by no account should we do couture. The term 'Haute Couture' is copyrighted. Only those members who belong to the chamber can produce Hatue Couture collections. Why must we copy a french title? Don't Indian designers earn their money from custom made gowns and employ people in their ateliers? Talented people like Nachiket Barve don't get due credit owing to crappy so called designers such as Manish Malhotra and Neeta Lulla who obviously know that innovation is not a word in their dictionary.
Indian fashion ought to change, get a proper council and get your act together.

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