In my decade and half long career as a fashion scribe, I haven’t seen such a blatant copying of design by one designer of another designer’s work. This shameless copying was done by a new name in fashion – Riyaz Gangji. He copied a bridal ensemble of Delhi based designer duo – Parvesh & Jai who showed their creation in July 2009. Riyaz showed almost a ditto copy of an elaborate lehenga-choli in Saji-Wajid’s Music inspired show on the 9th of this month. The pictures say it all.This is what Riyaz Gangji showed on 9th of May 2010 as his show-stopper for the bridal collection. Now see the original design by Parvesh & Jai that they showcased in Bangalore Fashion Week in July 2009 below. Look closely at the similarity of design in the choli and the colour-combo and the embellishment on the lehenga. It’s a shameless COPY.Who is Riyaz Gangji? Well I did some digging up and discovered that he used to register as a buyer at Lakme Fashion Week. Then suddenly last season he emerged as a designer at Lakme Fashion Week. I am sure Mr. Anil Chopra wouldn’t appreciate Gangji’s copying ways. The worst part is that Riyaz bought pieces from Parvesh and Jai when he attended LFW as a buyer. It’s another story that he defaulted in payment and the matter is sub-judice. What a novel way to turn designer, huh? Become a buyer, horde designs of other designers, default on payment and then emerge as a designer buy copying designs of the same designers he bought for his store – Libas. Someone truly said, “Nakal Mein Bhi Akal Chaiye”, which I doubt Riyaz Gangji has!
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