Reena Chaturvedi, Head of operations, from the organizing commitee was present in the venue. When enquired about the accusations made by the designers she refutes, ''From the beginning, the designers have been difficult. They have been complaining from the word go, whereas, we have tried to pacify them with assurances and much more. They are just not ready to listen and want to point out the negatives of the thing.'' When I pointed out that many of them paid different money for different stalls, she said that they had to pay as per the prominence, location and size of the stall.
It was a sorry state of affair to see an empty ramp, empty chairs with empty stalls. Shagun, designer of the brand Umaarth was dissappointed as she had paid 50,000 for her stall and she got nothing out of it. Talking about the contract and the event she said, ''The contract is a sham. It is just a piece of paper. We were promised professional models but when we came in we realized college girls are called in to act as models. Hefty charges were collected from all the designers for arranging venue, models etc. But look what we got. The venue is sponsored, the models are free and the main organizing member Rohan is absconding. We were to receive our buyers list last week, but till date we are waiting for the mail.''
A person associated with Panache, also pointed out that apart from the stalls, they had also invested in the clothes. The theme was bridal and a lot of money went into that as well as time and effort, which they would never be able to get back. The only way forward the designers feel is now a police complaint and their only agenda is to get their money back.
All efforts to call Rohan Verma went futile as he kept disconnecting all our calls and never replied back to our message. The cancellation of the event brings back the memories of 2011 when a similar shoddy organization had resulted in the cancellation of event for International Rock Band Metallica in Gurgaon and had led to the arrest of the organizers. But canceling off the first fashion week breaks heart of millions of fashion lovers in the millennium city who were eagerly looking forward to the event.
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