” …it allows us to dream about the absolute inaccessible beauty and eternally young romance.”
 
 
 Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week ended last Thursday, and as always, it brought a incredible display of culture, creativity, and glamor.
 
If you’re thinking that a fashion week in the middle of summer seems oddly-timed, then you’re right. Sort-of. Here’s how it works:  There are four main “Fashion Weeks” every year, and each “week” occurs twice a year – once for Spring/Summer collections, and once for Fall/Winter Collections. The four Fashion Weeks occur each season beginning in New York and then moving on to London, Milan, and Paris. 
 
In addition to these top four, there are also the inter-seasonal fashion weeks of Resort/Cruise (before Spring/Summer) and Pre-Fall (before Autumn/Winter). Finally, there are speciality weeks like Miami Fashion Week, Rio Summer, Prêt-a-PorterCouture, and Bridal.
 
Couture Week is typically in Paris, and it is currently held in the Carrousel du Louvre. The term “haute couture” is actually a protected word in modern France, and only designers meeting certain criteria are allowed to define their label their house as “couture”  and display their designs at this prestigous fashion week.
 
Check out some of the beautiful artwork from this season’s runways.
 
Guest member Iris Van Herpen, a former intern of Alexander McQueen, was a first-time invitee whose designs really wowed the crowd.
 
 
Christophe Josse paired metallics and flowing fabrics for unique warrior-meets-princess looks. Check out the red feathers on that wedding dress!
 
 
And let’s not forget to give props to the models from Maison Rabih Kayrouz, who walked barefoot down a water-coated runway in beautiful pastels.
 
Check out some of the other stunning looks from the runway:
 
 
 
Christian Dior
 
 
Elie Saab
 
 
Jean Paul Gaultier
 
 
Chanel
 
See the rest of the looks from the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week here!
 
(Photos and quote courtesy of Style.com & Hautecouturenews.com)