To a lot of people clothes are just what they plop on their body. They're a necessity, a means of complying with dress codes or appearing “professional”.
Runway fashion has a different goal. Sometimes uneducated consumers measure the value of what they see on the runway by what they see in their wardrobes, when the truth is that runway shows are not trying to depict exactly what you as an individual will be wearing to work the next season.
I view runway shows as art shows, but what is cool is you could potentially wear the pieces, and share the creativity with the world in your own unique way- it’s functional art. High end fashion houses most often are not trying to show you exactly what you should be wearing in your day to day life, rather they’re making statements and spreading ideas that ripple outward and influence the popular cuts, color, and general style of clothing sold from more approachable and affordable retailers throughout the season.
High fashion is stimulating and beautiful, let’s look at a gallery of some beautiful pieces recently in the press.
Rihanna, wearing one of the most memorable pieces of the night, rocked Comme des Garçons at the 2017 Met Gala. The point of this piece is not to be "pretty" or "flattering" in a conventional sense. Its intent is to be freeing, and intriguing, and visually interesting - a goal common to many art forms. (Photo from the NY Times).