the french phrase "haute couture." Unfortunately the "haute" part means "high" and the "couture" part means having to do with fashion
or sewing. Ignorant Americans mixed
this up and now they
use "couture" to refer to high end or luxury things. So next time
you walk past a bakery offering "bagel couture" feel free to call them idiots, unless they
actually sew their bagels.
couture sweatpants are high fashion. (correct)
Oh look, a store advertising bagel couture. (incorrect)