While it can be argued that fashion is for everyone, the world of haute couture is not. Last night Atelier Versace kicked off the bi-annual Couture Week in Paris with their Spring 2016 runway but unlike typical fashion weeks, these pieces will not hit stores in six months. Instead, they will start to appear on the backs of clients, some as early as in three months — of course, the ones with the most sway are already wearing them.
With many of the shows beginning today, we look over some of the basics of this rarefied world. From the biggest players to who actually sits at these shows, here’s a quick guide to the world of haute couture.