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The star attraction at this year’s new, improved and possibly hitch-free Lakme India Fashion Week may well be its venue. For the first time the fashion event’s 35 shows, seminars and workshops will not be held at a five star hotel. The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), at the edge of Mumbai’s Marine Drive, which normally plays host to more high-brow art events, will host India’s premier fashion event. NCPA’s Jamshed Bhabha Hall, with its snow flake chandelier, old-world charm and GenNext facilities, actually clinched the show for Bombay, said the organisers, who often face flak for their annual Bombay-Delhi flip flop in deciding the show’s venue. J.J. Valaya, who is one of the founding members of the Fashion Design Council of India (which organises the show) and who’s to display five of his clothes lines in the show, says, "I think the event is going through a natural evolution, which is good to see for people like me who helped create it."