21 of the most couture looking shots from the Spring 2015 shows

Couture Spring 2015 Schiaparelli
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If you use the word “couture” to describe high fashion, here’s a quick refresher: you’re using it wrong. One of the most commonly misused words in fashion, couture actually means something quite specific: a garment that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made with the finest materials and with extreme attention to detail. Couture pieces are custom-made and take weeks to complete, with multiple fittings involved. Its own commission, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, who are the ones to approve whether or not a designer can officially be referred to as couture, also governs the couture world, ensuring that only certain designers are legally allowed to use the term.

With all this being said, it makes appreciating the Couture Spring 2015 shows even better, knowing how much work has been put into each piece of frothy eveningwear, gilded suiting and embroidered silk. Cases in point: Dior’s rainbow sequin boots, a feat in miniscule details, Chanel’s sparkly painted linen coats embellished with garlands of flowers or Schiaparelli’s delicately embroidered silk absinthe green evening dress.

So, without further ado, we give you 21 of the most couture looking items from the Couture Spring 2015 shows. Can you catch the details?