“Questions No One Asks”, an interview was conducted with ‘The Voice of Fashion’ magazine, a well-known and followed digital fashion magazine at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019. According to a statement, “At The Studio during Lakme Fashion Week, Winter/Festive 2019 ‘The Voice of Fashion’ the well-known and eagerly followed digital fashion magazine brought the live version of its interview format “Questions No One Asks”. The session was a lively interaction and exchange of ideas between the panelists and media on questions that are rarely asked.”
Pioneers of the Indian fashion industry came together at one platform. Moderating the discussion very professionally was Shefalee Vasudev, Editor, and ‘The Voice of Fashion’ with panelists Wendell Rodricks, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rohit Bal, Shahab Durazi and David Abraham who frankly answered the questions from Shefalee and the audience. This was Shahab Durazi’s first-ever presence on a panel in the 31 years of his career.
The panel spoke on sponsorships, pressures of bringing in showstoppers, glamour, doublespeak, plagiarism, Bollywood influence, politics and innovation.
Questions on the proliferation of fashion designers despite mediocre work, what is bad fashion, whether social media is the new mafia in settling plagiarism issues brought responses from Rohit Bal and Shahab Durazi.
The importance of PR firms too was debated. Most panelists said they didn’t believe in having one but preferred to do the talking. When it came to the question of balance between Bollywood showstoppers and fashion, many panelists felt that the most important thing on the ramp should be the clothes and the designers. Some of the other questions revolved around media responsibility and plagiarism. Concluding it with a final rapid-fire round, which was restricted to ‘yes’ and ‘no’ from the designers, was conducted.