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Mumbai-based Tiesta provides custom-made luxury footwear which can be ordered from the comfort of your home. Unsplash

As more and more Indians buy customised, made-to-order and well-fitting apparel online in the pandemic, the same trend has been observed in the accessories segment where people are now spending on customised shoes and other items in these social distancing times.

Ashish Prakash and Aayush Jindal who graduated from IIT Delhi started Toesmith in 2019 that allows customers to not only customise different parts of the shoe but also edit and upload their own design online. Based in Gurugram, Toesmith ships their products — mostly in the range of Rs 1,000-Rs 3,000 — across Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata.

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Nothing can dim the light that shines from within; nothing is more impressive than a "Gulenaar". IANS

Designer Dolly J’s latest couture collection celebrates body confidence and ethnicity. The designer launched her collection ‘Gulenaar’ on Day 3 of the first-ever digital edition of the India Couture Week (ICW), organised by the Fashion Design Council of India, on Sunday.

A short, musical video shot inside a palace, the designer showcased a line-up of ensembles for “functional bridal wear” comprising traditional red bridal lehengas, western gowns, drapes and sarees.

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First-ever digital ICW opens with Gaurav Gupta's tribute to 'love'. IANS

It wasn’t the familiar setting of the ballroom at the Taj Palace Hotel in the Capital, neither was it the familiar parade of ‘shaadi’ wear one is accustomed to at the India Couture Week (ICW). Pleasantly, day one of the 13th edition of the ICW was au courant — it was digital, it was virtual, it was democratic, and thanks to Gaurav Gupta it was also topical and relevant.

Gupta, the high priest of avant grade Indian fashion, set the tone and the pace for the week with an ode to “all forms of love”. His 12-minute cinema noir show, titled ‘Name is Love’, featured 18 models of different genders, body types, ethnicities and sexualities, showcasing 45 women’s wear and 20 men’s wear pieces of his 2021 couture collection.

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The above picture shows Gaurav Gupta's Couture Campaign 2019. IANS

By Sujata Assomull

Like so many fashion words, “couture” is a term that tends to be used very loosely. Translated from its French origins, the phrase means “high sewing”. In France (considered to be haute couture’s original home), it is so revered that it is protected by law; to show at Paris, you need to comply with strict guidelines.

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