‘Designers will always be together’

October 18th, 2008 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) At a time when the fashion industry is witnessing fragmentation, designer duo Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna of label Cue said here that there is no rift amongst designers, and that they will always be together.On the third day of the ongoing Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week (WIFW), designer Rohit Bal, who is a part of parallel event - Delhi Fashion Week, came to watch the designer duo’s show.

“Rohit is our good friend and his presence just shows the solidarity and displays the fact that we (designers) are very much together and there is no rivalry among us,” Rahul said at the post show conference here late Friday evening.

“We are a family and it feels like as if we are divided for some personal gains. We have to work together and make a conscious effort to bring the family together and we are hopeful that everything will be alright very soon,” he added.

Elaborating more on the fragmentation within the fashion fraternity, Rohit stated: “Organisers, for their personal gains and clashes, have played the divide and rule policy and at the end of the day, it is the designer who is at a loss.”

“Organisers need to get their act together and work in sync and harmony for the betterment of this industry, otherwise their personal clashes will effect our fraternity, that is reflected in these parallel fashion events,” he added.

The designer duo, openly admitted the fact that the parallel fashion week was not at all a good idea as it is not benefiting the fashion industry.

“This was a stupid idea, as everyone knows that the WIFW dates are announced beforehand, this deliberate fashion week is offering nothing new but creating chaos and confusion,” Rahul said.

Initially when the members of the rival fashion body Fashion Foundation of India (FFI) was announced, the designer duo were a part of it, but they backed off from it for certain reasons.

Explaining this, Rohit told IANS: “Yes, initially we were very much part of FFI, but as we came to know about the policies of the foundation, we backed off. The profit made by the designers was meant to benefit just one individual and not the designers.”

“Where as Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is an organization of the people, by the people and for the people and the profit goes directly into the pockets of designers. We had every reason to back off,” he explained.

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