What Couture Fashion Week Is Really Like

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Couture Fashion Week, held twice a year in Paris, is the most glamorous of the fashion showcases. With breathtaking gowns, ornate runway sets and a front row to rival any awards ceremony, you need a professional to guide you through it. That is exactly why we turned to Elena Perminova—model, mother of three and couture customer of the highest order—to share her behind-the-scenes look at the ultimate sartorial experience.

Arriving in Paris

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

Arriving In Paris

"Taking in the stunning view from my hotel balcony."

Unpacking In Style

"Girls just wanna have fun...and flowers...and shoes."

Watching The Dior Couture Show

"I'll pay homage to my super heroes David Bowie and Twiggy with this to-die-for look from the Dior Couture collection."

Playing Dress Up

"Preparing for the Chanel Couture show."

Enjoying A Candlelit Dinner

"The Pucci dinner was perfectly decorated. I got lots of inspiration for future table arrangements."

Catching Up With Designer Friends

"Getting caught confessing my admiration for Peter Dundas, the Creative Director of Emilio Pucci, and his new eyewear range with Marcolin."

Getting Swept Away By Giambattista Valli Couture

"I'm obsessed with the beauty and details of these blush Giambattista Valli gowns. I could get drawn into the pleats."

Appreciating The Local Wildlife

"Making new pals!"

Taking In The Valentino Couture Show

"One of the intricately embroidered looks from the gorgeous Valentino Couture collection."

Hanging At The Versace Haute Couture After-Party

"With my sister-in-crime (and the most incredible Russian model) Natasha Poly."

Bomber With Webbing Detail

$995

Alexander Wang

Shop Her Style

Suede Pumps

$660

Gianvito Rossi

Beaded Navajo Print Dress

$12,000

Emilio Pucci

Faux Fur Coat

$150

True Decadence

Faux Leather Dress With Decorated Hem

$80

Zara