In just a few short weeks, many of us will be flurrying around New York City in our finest, most statement-making duds—crossing our fingers that street style photographers take notice of our carefully crafted ensembles as we flit to and from runway shows in shoes far too uncomfortable for the task. Though fashion month won’t hit full swing until New York Fashion Week kicks off on Friday, February 8, the fashion set has already gotten a glimpse of what awaits: The first gowns from Paris Couture Fashion Week 2019 (January 21-24) have already hit the internet, and they’re exactly as jaw-droppingly gorgeous as you might expect.
Every fashion week is like an extended, experiential visit to some kind of sartorial museum. You spend days immersed in art, and the looks aren’t the only thing on display; everything from clothing to makeup, from scenery to music, has been meticulously curated to create an atmosphere, to capture an idea, to communicate a message. Paris Couture Fashion Week offers all of these things—magnified. Because couture is about drama and experimentation; Paris Couture Fashion Week is where you go to see the greatest, most creative minds in fashion debuting their latest takes on the genre. (Or, you know, the internet is where you go to see photos of Paris Couture Fashion Week and vicariously experience the greatest, most creative minds in fashion debuting their latest takes on the genre.)