Manish responds to FB ‘allegations’
The fashion world often has its hands full, and no, we don’t mean only with fabrics. A war of words broke out on Facebook recently, with designers including Rohit Bal and JJ Valaya lashing out against the deteriorating state of couture and lack of originality on the runway. Fingers were (indirectly) pointed towards Mumbai-based designer Manish Malhotra and his opening show at the ongoing India Couture Week.
We asked Malhotra what he had to say about it. “I’m not on Facebook. I haven’t read any post. I have such long working days that once I’m back from work I’d rather watch Game of Thrones,” he said. “I’d rather concentrate on the growth of my business than comments with negative connotations. India has talented designers, so each designer should concentrate on business of fashion, grow as an industry and work towards better financial numbers as a whole,” he added. However, designers who were a part of the debate say ‘it is a matter of miscommunication.’ “They are my colleagues, I’m not pointing fingers at anyone,” said designer Rina Dhaka.
We asked FDCI president Sunil Sethi for his take. “I look at the couture week with positivity. People are turning up to house fulls. Crores of orders have been written. So, everyone who shows on the platform, has the creative talent,” he said.
My post was simply my take on the current state of fashion in India. It didn’t target Manish or anyone else at all. In fact, he is a dear friend of mine JJ VALAYA, DESIGNER I am not on Facebook and I haven’t read any Facebook post. I’d rather focus on the growth of my business MANISH MALHOTRA, FASHION DESIGNER