Man­ish re­sponds to FB ‘al­le­ga­tions’

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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

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