t’s happened—the street style surrounding the shows at fashion week has become, officially, more important than the shows themselves. That walk from the personal driver to the Grand Palais has now become a highly specialized, ritualistic mating dance, and the creatures who are most successful understand this brief but difficult journey. To be noticed you must create a look that doesn’t look like you put together a look, and when you are noticed, you must not notice you are being noticed. Still, you must be eye-catching, you must stand out.
All this effortless effort has transformed the area outside of the shows into vibrant ecosystems that come alive with rare breeds, all circling, signaling, smoking, and rarely smiling.

Here are some of the most impressive species from Paris, the apex of the fashion month calendar, which, due to harsh weather conditions this year, was especially challenging for the peacocking street style stars. Not only did they have to successfully signal, but they had to consider outer garments and rain protection. Not that it stopped any of these street style stars from venturing out to greet that other wild subspecies of this ecosystem—Camera incessentsia, better known as the Clickers. (You might know them best as street style paparazzi.) How all these magnificent birds of paradise will evolve for next season’s convergence remains to be seen. Here, meet the (social) Butterflies of Paris.

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The Candied Pufferfish: The neon thorax and head area allow for immediate recognition.

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The Walking Jellyfish: Layers of bright color and pattern give this being an advantage in attention-getting.

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The Nicotine Python: This tattooed, tobacco-scented creature can stir the sexual organs of many observers.

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The Snow Anemone: A padded circularity allows this specimen to completely ignore onlookers.

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The Binoche-ish: A quick and dependable technique: signaling the essential elegance of film icon Juliet Binoche.

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The Silver-Bottomed Ennui: The half-shimmered Ennui wanders through traffic in sullen magnificence.

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The Spaz-Footed Droll: With its surprisingly subtle use of color, the Droll attracts only the most sophisticated Clicker.

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The Insta-Chameleon: An uncanny ability to instantly, fashionably match its surroundings gives this creature an edge.

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The Tough-Skinned Clomper: Durable yet delicate, the Clomper’s hooves manage stairs, curbs, and other difficult terrain with élan.

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The Moss-Backed Marcher: Like a very busy lawn with goals.

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The Cocooned Chandelier: Ingeniously remaining in its chrysalis, the Cocooned Chandelier judiciously offers up its beauty.

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The Hopeful Malfunction: This being grabs attention by teetering on the tip of titillation.

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The Multi-Orificed Purse Clasp: An accessory brought to life, the Clasp catches the eye.

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The Lavender Whooping Knot: Like a living purple belly-button, the Whooping Knot will not be ignored.

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