Barely a month after Lakme Fashion Week drew attention for its first finale presented by young designers,comes the news of the ouster of Anjana Sharma. She headed event management company IMGs fashion division in India,which has been collaborating with Lakme on LFW ever since the latters inception. She allegedly drew flak for having over-championed the cause of younger designers without striking the right balance. The sponsors were reportedly miffed at the absence of established names and with the fact that the finale was helmed by two young names.
Muck flies fast in an industry rife with work politics. Gossip mills working overtime at the moment over Sharmas exit also suggest other issues. Insiders say that Kallol Dattas collection was not befitting a finale,while designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi,lauded for their cutting-edge designs,were later accused of copying a design from Givenchys Fall/ Winter 2012 collection for their show-stopper outfit for Kareena Kapoor. When contacted,Pankaj said he was saddened by Sharmas exit. She truly appreciated young talent, he said. He admitted that he had also checked out the Givenchy outfit that his finale creation was being compared with. I wouldnt say that there are no similarities but let me emphasise that it is an unfortunate coincidence. Our colour theme had been decided in advance and lattice work is our forte. Why would we stake our reputation by copying from someone else,and that too for our finale? he said. Sharma remained unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts to reach her.