According to the bylaws of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, an haute
couturier is a designer who presides over the creation of hand-finished made-to-
order clothing. There are only a handful of fashion houses approved by the Chambre
Syndicale who are legally authorized to produce clothing under the branch of Haute
Couture — making it an exclusive club of the most revered high priests and
priestesses of the fashion world.
Most of the creations that we saw this season will most likely never be worn or
presented in front of the general public. Although we may not possess the wealth to
purchase haute couture, an eye for fit and quality can go a long way towards adding
a hint of haute couture to your winter wardrobe.
This season we saw luxury at its finest, so when updating your winter wardrobe,
think construction, detail, and quality.
What makes haute couture different from Pret-a-Porter, is the custom made-to-
order construction of the garment. When browsing your favorite boutique or local
thrift shop, select pieces that fit properly to your proportions — don’t be afraid to
get it tailored! In the long run, you will be doing yourself a favor by wearing clothing
that fits you properly.
Attention to detail is key to curating a wardrobe that exudes luxury. Select pieces
with intricate embroidery, beading or weaving. A hand painted fabric or intricate
applique can make all the difference in elevating your style to haute couture status.
Quality is more important than quality! Choose garments that are made of quality
fabrics or blends. There is a reason haute couture fashion houses use natural silk,
wool, cotton and linen blends because these fabrics will breathe well and look
expensive when worn. If you’re on a budget, look to your local vintage shop for
pieces made of quality fabrics. You just might find a garment made of 100% silk!
Text Ricky Rodriguez