What Couture Week Is Like If You’re A Paying Customer

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If you scan the front rows at Couture Week, you’re virtually guaranteed to see Elena Perminova. As a model, mother, couture customer and fashion-scene fixture, Elena is a pro at navigating the deluge of shows and parties in Paris—and does so ultra-glamorously. Ahead, she gives us an inside look at her highlights from the Spring 2016 season.

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"First thing's first—makeup! So happy that my sister arrived to help me before first couture show of the week."

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"The Atelier Versace show is always the embodiment of femininity and sexuality. They have best models in the best dresses. Bravo, Donatella!"

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"I just love Ulyana Sergeenko's creations. I agree with Suzy Menkes, it's her strongest collection yet."

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"Dior Dior Dior! Always a pleasure to receive surprises, especially when you don't have time for shopping."

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"Tub time! The main task for couture week is to be on schedule. Here I am getting ready for Valentino."

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"Lucky me to get this Valentino Couture dress right after the show, even if just to wear for a few photos."

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"An amazing wedding dress on the stunning Anna Cleveland, who closed the Elie Saab couture show. Unforgettable!"

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"My friend Giambattista Valli wins my heart with each collection. This is a true haute couture."

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"Matching in pale pink with Kristina Bazan at Dior Poison party in Paris. Such a fun night! Can't wait for next time."