Couture Week is a magical time of year when the fashion elite gather to view—at its simplest form—really, really beautiful clothing. Clothing that is made to measure and well known to be incredibly intricate and well crafted. And although there are only around 2000 global buyers of couture (200 of which are considered regulars), for us it doesn’t matter that we can’t afford to buy it. It’s an art form that we can appreciate and admire.
As such, the F/W 16 Couture Week just wrapped up in Paris, and we found it fitting to sift through the collections to pick out the dresses that made us ooh and aah. If you could use a little eye candy on your Friday afternoon, see below!
After this extravagant gown waltzed down the catwalk, it popped up on just about every showgoer's Instagram.
Mid-Century New York City was the inspiration behind this feminine collection.
Head-to-toe pleats never looked so beautiful.
Perhaps the most luxe way to show off your legs.
Fun fact: This was Giles Deacon's couture debut.
According to Elle UK, the Shakespeare quote embroidered on this gown ("If you love me I'm in your heart, if you hate me I'm in your mind") took 580 hours to do.
We're getting My Fair Lady vibes—and we're loving it.
Feathers and fringe is a decadent duo.
We'll get engaged if we can wear this dress.
The rounded shoulders, intricate beading, and plunging neckline make this a subtle standout.
Read all about the innovative designer's couture dress made entirely of glass bubbles.
For the brand's 90th anniversary, the show took place at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Step off the runway, and check out the best street style from couture week. Also, if you want to learn more, pick up a copy of "The Haute Couture Atelier: The Artisans of Fashion."