Prêt-à-porter (fr.: “ready-to-wear”) – models of the ready-to-wear clothes produced in large quantities and various sizes.
In high-end fashion, ready-to-wear collections are usually presented by fashion houses each season during a period known as Fashion Week. This takes place on a city-by-city basis, and the most prominent of these include London, New York, Milan, and Paris, and are held twice a year—the Fall/Winter (FW) shows take place in February, and the Spring/Summer (SS) collections are shown in September. Smaller lines including the Cruise and Pre-Fall collections, which add to the retail value of a brand, are presented separately at the fashion designer’s discretion. Ready-to-wear fashion weeks occur separately and earlier than those of haute couture.