The couture shows in Paris are where the big fashion houses and specialist designers get to flex their fashion muscle. Couture is the ultimate artistic expression for a designer, right from the research into the initial concept to the execution of the finished product.
The fabric sourcing and the seamstress's attention to detail together with the uniqueness of the fashion and the exclusive historical locations, set this week apart from the usual chaos of the ready-to-wear fashion weeks.
There are of course a few press, but for the most part the rooms are filled with the ultra-wealthy, who swan through Place Vendome dressed in their finest garments and jewellery - the audience and shows alike giving the world of Haute Couture its air of fantasy.