Wendell Rodricks blamed the resort week for causing environmental damage.
The fashion shows at the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW), held in Goa’s Candolim beach from November 28 to December 1, came to an end on Saturday but not everyone was celebrating. Goa-based designer Wendell Rodricks lashed out at the event organisers. He accused them of hurting the environment, especially the turtles on the beach. In fact, just like last year, he chose to not participate in it as a mark of protest.
“I am against Goa becoming a party zone that encourages lights, loud sound and undesired party animals. Besides, what has Paris Hilton got to do with a fashion week? I may be designing skimpy clothes myself, but I have always shown them at the right event with the right audience. These events are just about money,” he said, adding that Goa doesn’t need an event that aims at ‘destroying its image’.
On their part, the organisers were quick to point out that theirs was an environment-friendly event and it has been so since its inception.
Pallav Ojha, Director, IRFW, refuted the designer’s claims saying, “IRFW shows took place on a private property away from any disturbances to nature or the environment. Moreover, we have Chameleon, a Wild Life NGO from Goa, as an environment partner.” He asserted that as a Goan, he wanted to bring business as well as visibility to Goa. “As for Paris Hilton, she was here to promote music and creativity through her performance,” he said.