When India’s most well-respected fashion journalist and influencer is asked to leave the Lakme Fashion Week board, a lot of eyebrows are bound to raise. In an ideal case scenario, the board is supposed to have a good mix of individuals and seasoned voices who have nurtured young talent over the years. Sathya Saran’s abrupt and unceremonious departure has sent ripples across the style spectrum. Has Reliance presence in LFW altered the scenario? If they want to make space for young blood then what’s the rationale behind it? Do they value glamour over experience? ‘
Agenda behind it
Sathya says, “If the agenda is hidden, how will I know of it. I have no clue. Perhaps because they find me of no great use directly, as I am not reporting on shows. As for politics, I’ve never been a political animal, and don’t see any ‘political’ enemies. Reliance presence has changed things.
Some for the better. Shows are on time for one, organisation is much better. Each has his own ways of functioning, and I neither claim to understand the how or the why of some decisions which seem very arbitrary. Personally, I think there should be a good mix of disinterested parties.
From various fields. Some cutting edge, some seasoned. And everyone should be given equal.
The Board comes together twice a year, quibbles over need for change. And then we wait for a repeat next season. The will to improve is not visibly present at all levels of the organisation. I have never been a social butterfly. If they are looking for such, good luck to them,” she adds.
Saket Dhankar, Head-Fashion, IMGReliance says, “The Advisory Board of Lakme Fashion Week comprised individuals from different fields of fashion in their various capacities as editors, buyers or designers. It plays a key role in selection of Gen Next and emerging designers and giving an overall direction to the event. With the support and guidance of Advisory Board, Lakme Fashion Week is now the largest Fashion Week in India in terms of showcasing designers on the ramp.
With initiatives like Season Shift to Retail Cycle, Gen Next, Talent Box, Indian Textile Day, Offsite Shows and Leadership in the Digital space, Lakme Fashion Week is the premier fashion event of the country. We are constantly innovating and evolving our event format including the advisory board composition. We want to be collaborative and invite more and more people to come on the advisory board and contribute to the premier event.”
Sad day for fashion
Anjana Sharma COO & Fashion Director at Stylista.com says, “It’s a sad day in Indian fashion and really appalling.. Sathya has seen the transition of Indian fashion growth. The LFW board is supposed to be a mix of the stakeholders of fashion which includes store owners, designers and influencers who bring in different perspectives. I think it’s a great loss. Let’s face it— we can’t be alienating fashion from the grass roots. There are a lot of unseen people spending money on fashion. Where is the evolution? The LFW format has been the same since the time it started.
Even New York fashion week is questioning the format. It’s not a good move.”