The phrase "high fashion" refers to the most luxurious, elegant and expensive clothing and accessories from top fashion designers. This American term comes from a common French expression, "haute couture," which has the same meaning. High-fashion clothing is typically custom-made women's clothing.
Clothing that is considered high fashion is made by well-known designers. Often, the designers name is connected to the clothing labels and contributes to its value. High-fashion items are commonly sold through boutiques and specialty shops as opposed to large discount or department stores. However, discount chain Target has managed to create agreements with prominent high-fashion designers to develop exclusive, affordable lines for the store.