^ I can't be 100% sure, so i don't insist on my opinion but if you're right, it's a true shame.
BTW, since Chanel was mentioned, i've read somewhere on the web that Chanel is burning the unsold products at the end of every season, as an attempt to reduce counterfeiters. It sounds silly, i know, but look it up. It's true.
Plus, H&M are destroying the leftovers too. Actually there was quite a buzz in New York in the beginning of the year about it.
So, i suppose most of the houses might do something similar?!
If that's true than it's probably the unsold RTW sent back from the stores at the end of the season and not the couture.
She rarely/never wears it (she mostly wears stuff like J. Crew) and keeps her collection in a temperature controlled warehouse with her art collection. She has display cases in her home and switches them out periodically. She only started buying fairly recently and once told me that she would like to start buying vintage couture as well. I don't really know her at all but I love her.
I don't think she ever attends shows. I suppose she could buy the 30% off samples if she's not wearing them but if the samples have been worn/photographed a lot they get a bit rough.
I know! I don't really know her but I've run into her at fashion events. As you can imagine, she's older and erm, not really in my social circle!
She is really nice. I asked if she ever wore any of her collection and she did say that every once in awhile she'll wear a gown to an event but then worries that she'll spill wine on it! So maybe she does buy to fit her? She is slim but I don't know if she's quite model sample size.
OH! I just thought of my new dream job: her couture curator! I know she and her husband have a few employees that just catalog their art collection. Hmmm.
She is interesting. I probably shouldn't even be talking about her as I know that couture buyers are pretty secretive!
I don't really know all that much about her. I didn't know who she was and chatted with her at a fashion show. After that I heard a rumor that she was buying couture so when I saw her again I asked her. She was really pleased that I was interested. I get the feeling that most people she knows do not care. I'm sure most people would never guess. She dresses like a semi-fashionable Mom. No obvious designer shoes or handbags, very low-key.
eternitygoddess, I don't know who her favorite designer is, but she did tell me that she was looking for vintage Balenciaga. We once had a cute discussion about how annoyed we were about designers who call themselves "couture" when they are not official members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture!
Dkammern, she lives in my city but not my neighborhood. Because then I would live in a massive house and would visit her clothes every day!