According to Wikipedia Haute Couture is; "French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking" or "high fashion", it refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques."
They are expensive pieces, not available for everyone's budgets only the elite. You often see slightly adapted Haute Couture looks on celebrities for Red Carpet Events.
Here are some of the highlights from the top shows. I have chosen outfits where I think the detail or the design is amazing. Especially when you think these have all been lovingly hand crafted! Beads sewn on and pieces painstakingly put together by hand.
All photos from Vogue.com.