Have you ever heard of “Fashion Du Jour” or “prêt-à-porter”? If you have not, we have summarized 7 of the most used words in the fashion industry that you need to know.
1.Ready to Wear / Prêt-à-porter
Most of what we see in the fashion boutique is a collection of ready to wear or prêt-à-porter in French. This term is used to describe a collection of mass-produced labels. Usually this collection are made with standard clothing sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) and are readily available in stores.
Contrary to the “ready to wear”, the term haute couture means high quality clothes. The designer uses this word to describe a line of custom-made clothing. A haute couture gown will only be made by order and made to client’s measurements. This line is luxurious, exclusive, and definitely one of a kind.
3.Fashion Seasons: Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter
Luckily for us, fashion trends are still determined by the four seasons in the western countries, like our beloved USA. Within a year, clothing labels will hold the two major fashions show Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. For Spring/Summer, the labels prepared a collection of lightweight materials and bright colors. As for the Fall/Winter, darker color selection is selected, and then the use of materials such as fur and leather are often included in this season. Then at the time of transition between the two seasons, several designers usually issue as a Mini Resort Collection or the Pre Fall as a sneak peek for a large collection later.
4. Fashion Faux Pas
The word “faux pas” in French means offenses against the social norms that exist, ranging from customs to rules or etiquette. While the “fashion faux pas” itself is used when someone is caught wearing the wrong dress code for an event, or even the wrong style for the trend.
At first, the word fashionista was used with negative connotations. Now the media uses this word to describe someone who has incredible personal style, succeedes in creating a trend of his or her own, or is able to combine high fashion with a vintage collection. The purpose of the term is to encourage everybody to have their own stylish style and not be dictated by the trends.
6. Fashion Editrix
Actually fashion editrix has the same meaning of a female fashion editor. The use of the word “Editrix” instead of “editor” is the result of the additional word “dominatrix”. Editor + Dominatrix = Editrix. Therefore, this nickname is usually referred to women in senior leadership positions like Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine USA. Anna’s opinion is so important that the designers ask for her approval prior to indirectly launching their latest collections.
7. Fashion Du Jour
Fashion du jour is also one of the terms that we often read or hear. The word “du jour” itself is derived from French and means “today”. So the fashion du jour has a sense of fashion for today or can also be considered “the latest fashion/trend”.