Even the desi designer duo did not lose the chance to make money out of CWG. For the opening and closing ceremony, the cultural committee had lined up a fashion show too to showcase India’s rich culture to the world. Hence bids were submitted. Sumit Nair proposed a Mega Show with Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal, two of India’s best know designers. The proposal was an expensive one worth Rs. 1 Crore. But subsequently Nair brought down the figure to Rs. 38 Lacs.
FDCI presented a multi-designer show including top names like Sabyasachi, Manish Arora, Pratap, JJ Valaya and few more and quoted the expense figure at Rs. 18Lacs. But when OC of CWG cribbed about lack of funds, FDCI offered to do it free by bringing in a Corporate Sponsor.
But what happened finally? A designer duo got the show and a huge sanction of Rs. 55 Lakhs to do the show during opening ceremony as well as the Closing ceremony.
FDCI quoted ‘Free of Cost’ fashion show with multiple top designers of India. Sumit Nair’s Company proposed a show with top names – Gudda and Tahiliani for Rs.38Lakhs. A designer duo quoted Rs. 55Lakhs and got it. What kind of economics the Organising Committee of the Common Wealth Games follow? I truly believe that the Common Wealth Games is treated as Personal Wealth Accumulating Games by Kalmadi and his dubious cronies.
I thought true-blue fashionistas follow the thumb-rule of wearing the host designer’s creations at their shows and soirees. It’s a way of showing solidarity. But I was shocked to discover that the busty-lusty Elizabeth Hurley wore Dior to the Valentino Garavani Archives Dinner Party at Versailles. Interestingly it wasn’t a one time faux pas. Liz Hurley wore Dior even at Valentino Haute Couture Show in Paris the same afternoon. For the Valentino Couture show Liz wore a pink silk georgette Dior dress and for the evening gala dinner she looked tempting in a lilac silk chiffon bustier Dior dress. It’s like a double slap for Valentino and at the same time a double-whammy for Christian Dior.
It’s not that Elizabeth Hurley didn’t have any Valentino dresses in her closet. Arun Nayyar definitely splurges on her.
I don’t know if I am right about the thumb-rule of donning the dress of the designer whose show or the dinner you attending. What do you say folks? In fact I have seen Kalyani Shah Chawla, our very own Dior ambassador in Pratap jacket or a shirt at Pratap’s show. In fact here if we spot a real fashionista in a Sabyasachi number at Tarun Tahiliani’s Bridal exposition, tabloids will go screaming ‘Breaking News – Breaking News’.