Haute Couture is the creation of exclusive, handcrafted, custom-fitted garments made from the most complex patterns and luxurious fabrics boasting exquisite intricacies and detailing — it's fashion at its most extravagant.
And while very few woman can afford the hefty price tag (gowns start at over $100,000), all is not lost on the splendid spectacle of the Paris Haute Couture shows.
After swooning over the wearable works of art that came down the catwalk, now is the time to dissect the looks to determine what details can be incorporated into your own wardrobes. Not sure where to start? Don't fret, we've done the work for you.
Models stormed the Juana Martin Couture Spring 2023 catwalk in blue and white tie-dye fashions that are not for the faint of heart. One look featured an oversized floral-embellished blazer with long-slung pants and a silver chain metal hooded top that we can't stop thinking about
1. A chain metal hoodie is haute couture's athleisure
Models stormed the Juana Martin Couture Spring 2023 catwalk in blue and white tie-dye fashions that are not for the faint of heart.
One look featured an oversized floral-embellished blazer with long-slung pants and a silver chain metal hooded top that we can't stop thinking about.
Hooded tops and gowns exude main character energy.
They've been trending with the fashion adventurous for several seasons, with the likes of Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and Addison Rae all stepping in the theatrical detail.
While the trend — made popular by Grace Jones in the '80s — requires you to cover up, today's starlets have figured out how to make the modest silhouette incredibly sexy.
And the metallic style by Juana Martin is just what a drab winter wardrobe needs.
To get the look at a fraction of the price, purchase a foot long piece of chain metal fabric from your local craft store, drape it over your head and voila! Couture chic!
A model walked the Aelis show wearing an above-the-knee white pinstripe blazer, accessorized by a floor-length piece of tulle fabric in place of a traditional scarf
At Zuhair Murad, models were draped in feather boas
Dior's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri used a feather collar to bring an impeccably-cut jacket and lace dress to life in her spring 2023 collection inspired by singer Josephine Baker
2. Dramatic neckwear adds immediate flair
To add mystery and glamour to even the most casual outfits, take a tip from the Aelis, Zuhair Murad and Dior haute couture collections.
A model walked the Aelis show barefoot wearing an above-the-knee white pinstripe blazer as a dress.
The business savvy look was made complete with a floor-length piece of tulle worn around the neck in place of a traditional scarf.
Tulle fabric is most often sold by the yard in patterns, including polka dot, sparkling, shimmer, fine mesh, and more.
To recreate the dramatic look, purchase approximately 4 yards in your favorite design and pair it with everything from blue jeans to cocktail dresses.
At Zuhair Murad, models strutted their stuff draped in feather boas. For a luxe look, Ostrich boas are the most elegant of all the feather boas.
Dior's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri used a feather collar to bring an impeccably-cut jacket and lace dress to life in her spring 2023 collection inspired by singer Josephine Baker.
Take a tip from the Fendi runway and slick in back for a sophisticated spin without any commitment
3. Try a slicked-back hairstyle for a sophisticated spin
Fendi's artistic director, Kim Jones, delivered a whimsical collection of simple gowns with the lightness of lingerie in predominantly pale colors for spring/summer 23.
Delicate ensembles were offset by edgy slicked-back hairstyles and heavy-handed geometric earrings.
While there's no rule book to how you wear your hair, switching it up can make you feel alive.
While Kim Kardashian has been rocking the 'wet' look for quite sometime, it's a must now that is has the couture seal of approval.
And the best part? It's not restricted to any particular hair length or texture.
To recreate the look, start by combing the hair from root to tip while blow drying it. Then apply an oil or a gel to slick everything in place. The end result is undeniably chic.
Seductive black looks, including lace corset bodysuits and cut-out dresses, were complemented with matching lace thigh-high tights at Thierry Mugler
Instead of slipping into a pair of traditional nude or black pantyhose opt for a pair of lace over-the-knee socks. Or, add a pop of color with neon tights, à la Valentino
4. Put your sexiest foot forward in statement-making hosiery
For his triumphant return to the runway, Thierry Mugler's creative director Casey Cadwallader, made sure his show would be the most talked about, with '90s supermodels Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta, and a handful of stars sharing the catwalk looking sexier than ever.
Most of the collection was made up of seductive black looks, including lace corset bodysuits and cut-out dresses complemented with matching lace thigh-high tights and pointy-toe heels.
Sure, hosiery is functional, but your sock drawer deserves a designer refresh. Take a tip from Mugler and make your legwear a fashion statement.
Instead of slipping into a pair of traditional nude or black pantyhose, opt for a pair of lace over-the-knee socks. Or, add a pop of color with neon tights, à la Valentino.
Marrying fashion and fantasy, bows were oversized at Valentino
5. Wrap it up with a bow (of any size)
Bows are big at couture - literally!
Marrying fashion and fantasy, the girly detail was oversized at Valentino.
One look featured a heavily beaded long sleeve shirt dress with matching sparkly tights, accented with a large black bow at the hip.
At Chanel, the of-the-moment embellishment was worn around the neck adding an element of play to the elegance of tweed skirt suits, cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns.
Bows are a simple way to draw attention to wherever you place them. Whether it's a supersize style or something more subtle, the feminine detail exudes refinement.
At Chanel, the of-the-moment embellishment was worn around the neck adding an element of play to the elegance of tweed skirt suits, cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns
Models showed off their mile-long legs at Thierry Mugler in asymmetrical pants. It's a bit outrageous, but that doesn't mean we cant take a style tip from it
6. Get a leg up with one-legged pants
Models showed off their mile-long legs at Thierry Mugler in asymmetrical pants. It's a bit outrageous, but that doesn't mean we can't take a style tip from the fashion forward look.
Christian Dior took a more subtle approach with a skirt boasting an up-to-there slit, paired with a beaded top and embellished with flapper fringe and beading.
Asymmetry, it itself, creates intrigue and interest. Pants missing a leg on one side are unexpected, and great style is never boring - so go for it!
But do not invest in this trend. Instead, take scissors to a pair of fitted bottoms you no longer wear.
You're sure to get a leg up on any streetstyle star by rocking something so unpredictable, at the very least catch photographers' attention.
Christian Dior took a more subtle approach with skirts boasting up-to-there slits
While the insanity of the life-like taxidermy stole the show, the structural corsets at Schiaparelli are worth noting
7. Accentuate your silhouette with a bustier
The industry never knows what to expect from Schiaparelli and this show was no different.
For Schiaparelli's haute couture 2023 collection, Daniel Roseberry was inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.
We saw faux animal heads, including a lion, she-wolf, and a snow leopard worn by iconic models Irina Shayk, Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow, respectively.
And while the insanity of the life-like taxidermy stole headlines, it was the structural corsets that are worth noting.
Historically corsets were designed as an undergarment to shape a woman's figure into an hourglass silhouette, and as a foundation layer for dresses and petticoats.
But in recent years, celebs have been making corsets the focal point of their red carpet looks.
Schiaparelli's corsets for spring are true works of art. One was designed with vintage emerald green stones, beads, and leather ornaments covered with 24-carat gold leaf, and resembled a peacock.
The piece was worn with high waisted pleated pants in golden bronze flecked wool.
Of course you're not going to step out in performance art for a night on the town, but a statement-making bustier that highlights your silhouette can give you a couture look.
The world is YOUR runway!