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Fashion diary – clothes, controversies and a finale that wasn’t

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Fashion consciousness has grown in a big way in the last 3-4 years, a fashion analyst told me. And judging by the crowds that throng the week-long Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, it would seem that most middle class citizens, given a chance (or a day pass) want to have a piece of the fashion fraternity tag on their chest, whether they have any clue about couture or not.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week finaleThe question of affordability or even wearability of the sometimes outlandish designs for the common man on Indian streets is another question.

And what would a big event in the Indian capital be without a good dose of controversy to go along with the catwalks.  All shows on the first day were suddenly cancelled due to the absence of mandatory fire safety permits even as models were dressing up backstage and guests were lining up outside the hall.

The need to accommodate the cancelled shows resulted in the addition of an extra day, and a new fashion phrase – The Grand Fashion Day.

Fashion overdose: Do we need so many expensive clothes?

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Whenever I have attended the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, it has always struck me as an event that is a little out of my league, but something that always gets the eyeballs.

After all, isn’t fashion, at least some form of it, an increasingly essential part of urban living?

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