For the first time in the history of WIFW, The first day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Wednesday 24th March 2010, was canceled after the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the organizer, failed to get a permit from the fire safety department.
This left all the buyers, designers and media persons keep waiting till an official announcement for the cancellation of shows was made at 6 p.m.
On question to how will the canceled shows be accommodated in the already packed schedule of WIFW? Sunil Sethi, the FDCI president, said: ‘We have not decided as of now but there are two ways of doing it. Either we will extend the event by a day or we will accommodate today’s shows (over the) next four days.’
The delay has caused a loss to all those who have participated in the event, including designers and buyers.
Puneet Nanda, the man behind well-known label Satya Paul claims to have suffered a loss of Rs.5 million due to the delay.