The Best Looks from Paris Haute Couture Week

BY ANNA J. STAINSBY                                                                                                                                                   ONLINE DIRECTOR

If fashion week is an invite-only party, then couture week is a secret knock, underground passageway, exclusive affair to which only a select few of the fashion glitterati know the password to.

The premise of the week itself is intrinsically exclusive- only clothing made in Parisian ateliers (staffed with at least 15 employees and armed with at least 50 designs to show during the week) can be called haute couture and shown during the week, where editors, A-listers, and the most influential members of the industry flock to Paris to watch the collections in their jus soli.

While fashion week goers tend to pull out all the sartorial stops to stand out among a sea of attendees to get snapped, couture guests choose uniform dressing and subdued individuality over peacocking. Jeans are worn to Chanel. All black get-ups selected for back to back shows. Blazers are thrown over tees, stilettos swapped out for sneakers. Haute couture week may be bursting with ballgowns and diamonds, but those who go, go to work, and those who work, dress accordingly.

Luckily for us, the fashion elite’s work attire makes for a gallery worthy of their influence. And with streets less crowded than usual, photographers can capture looks and individuals- not just the bustle of the week. Take a cue from the fashion elite and peruse the images below for our favourite street style looks of couture week. It’s summer dressing inspiration straight from Paris, and nothing short of inspiring.
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Photos by Tyler Joe, courtesy of Elle.com