Upcoming Wills fashion week brings hope of good business

March 10th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by admin  

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By Shweta Thakur
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) With the highest number of new participants and the strongest line up of sponsors ever, the upcoming edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) will mark not only the maturing of the country’s fashion industry but will bring a lot of money into its kitty. The 11th edition of the fashion event by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) starts here Wednesday.

“The forthcoming event has the greatest number of sponsors,” said Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of FDCI. It reiterated the synergy of business and fashion, she added.

Hectic preparations are in full swing at the Pragati Maidan exhibition complex to ensure the five-day long event runs like clockwork.

The indigenous and international brands associating with the WIFW autumn-winter 2008 event include ITC Group’s Wills Lifestyle as the title sponsor and Fiama Di Wills, Chivas, Hewlett Packard, Audi, Birla Cellulose, Reliance Mutual Fund, Elle magazine, Le Meridien, Big FM and Yahoo India as co-sponsors.

As many as 84 designers, established and new, will display their works over five action-packed days. WIFW this year will include 10 budding designers and 15 new entrants. While all participants will get a chance to display their designs in the exhibition area, 61 select designers will showcase their collections on the ramp in 40 shows.

“As WIFW is India’s premier business-to-business design event, it proves a tremendous launch pad for new talent and also facilitates employment opportunities for budding designers and models,” Jha said.

For a ramp show, a designer will have to pay Rs.200,000 plus the service tax. Space in the exhibition area is going at Rs.10,000 per square metre. So a 3×3 square metre stall will cost Rs.90,000, not to mention service tax.

This year, designers will be showcasing their collections under three broad categories - Contemporary, Synthesis/Heritage and Creator.

Under the Heritage segment, designers will exhibit their collections that celebrate and promote India’s unique legacy of clothing, craft and textile. Synthesis will showcase apparel that attempt to merge Indian sensibilities with the international ethos.

The Contemporary category will incorporate ultra pr

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