Voilà! It's The Best Of Paris Couture Street Style

If we were to review the first batch of the fall 2018 haute couture shows like a sports commentator, it'd sound a bit like this: "And we're off! Following a swift start from Ronald van der Kemp (thanks to a sustainable sneaker collaboration), Sonia Rykiel picked up the pace with a stride that felt more light than haute! Later, Schiaparelli took the lead — nice moves, Stephen Jones — though Iris Van Herpen is still the oddball contender! But Dior may prove that slow and steady could take the race!"

But hey, this is haute couture we're talking about — the only week of the fashion calendar when the industry slows down and brings fans from all over the world to take in the magic that is clothing that took more than a few months to put together. And what better time and place to peacock than Paris in July? We're talking about the street style moments outside of the shows that, if you ask us, bring the heat unlike any other season. And now that we've reached the end of it, it's time to look at the MVPs of ultra luxe fashion.

Apart from the supermodel lineups on the runways — see: Jaime King, Erin O'Connor, and Adriana Lima, who don't usually strut their stuff at couture week — the frenzy around the annual spectacle is a little more controlled. Think: fashion without the chaos (and a front row that may not have a million followers on Instagram, but who have more than a few million in the bank). It's why, like a very chic spectator's sport, we love to post up outside of the shows to people watch. Double the clothes, double the fun.

In the slideshow ahead, we'll be keeping you posted on the best street style moments outside of the Paris haute couture shows until the finish line. So far, it seems showgoers are pulling out all the stops when it comes to flexing for the 'gram — there's (still) plenty of Vetements and Balenciaga to go around — but stay tuned to see why, when it comes to street style, haute couture is where it's at.

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When your friend says your ex will be at the function tonight, so just keep it cool and casual.
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The Parisian heat didn't stop Vetements attendees from pulling looks.
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See? A look.
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Is there such thing as Leg Slit Energy? Because this is it.
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What? You don't tattoo your shoes?
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No, really — you should try it!
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A cookie as an accessory is not just a #mood, but a #forevermood.
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Big Pocket Energy? Okay, we'll stop.
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Logomania shows no signs of slowing.
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In case you were wondering — yes, fanny packs are a thing now (er, again).
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A clutch that holds your essentials — but also says "Right this way, please."
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In fashion, going from the office to the club is actually pretty easy.
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One of the very few examples where doubling (or tripling) up on prints doesn't mean they have to clash.
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Take it from Natalia Vodionova: Leopard print is always a good idea.
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A lesson in how to be business and casual.
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These boots were made for...burning the house down.
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It's a dress! A skirt! A...blazer?
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A dress full of secrets (or, like, in-between show snacks).
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We'd walk through traffic if we were wearing this, too.
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"Say what now?"
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It's pretty, but how does it work?
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The Dior saddle bag is back and (almost) all is right in the world again.
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Pink is always a good idea.
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The iconic New Look made even newer.
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Ladies who...couture. Er, something like that.
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Ah, Paris Fashion Week...the only time of year you actually have to take your look from day to night.
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The minimal side to street style is très underrated.
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Hi, Emma Roberts! Can we borrow that when you're done with it? Merci.
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"Um, excusez-moi, which way to the Dior show?"
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The irresistible Parisian beret... Gets us every time.
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Now that's how you do florals for spring.
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She means business and we don't blame her.
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When you're sprinting to and from fashion shows, comfort is key. We hope there are some sneakers under there.
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It's all in the details on this linen jumpsuit.
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What else does one wear to the Chanel haute couture show?
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ICYMI: That whole 'model-off-duty' style thing got a major upgrade.
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Keeping it cool in a tartan mini is our summer #mood.
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We're no billionaires, but we're seeing green (no, literally, look at that skirt).
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Somebody's ready for the Murphy Brown reboot.
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No pink? You stink.
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This is what being gone-with-the-wind fabulous looks like.
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When in doubt, channel '90s minimalism.
What are those?! No, seriously, how do we get a pair of those Chanel kicks?
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For a spicy styling trick, just wear your shirt backwards. #youhearditherefirst
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When it's disco night at La Machine du Moulin Rouge, but the Maison Martin Margiela show starts in five minutes.
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Comment below if you know what the proper term for these kind of sleeves are.
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If this doesn't say Cool for the summer then we don't know what to tell you.
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Now that's how you rock a LBD.
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Primary colors only, please. Thanks!
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"Do you think they can see me?"
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Orange you glad we didn't...okay, we'll stop.
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That's a whole lot of...Chanel.
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Leave it to Giovanna Battaglia to always pull a look.
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Is Legally Blonde 3 out yet? We're getting some ideas...
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If looks could kill — amirite?
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A tee that says "IT'S COUTURE, BABY"? We'll take two.
Cindy! Over here!
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Stripes, whichever direction you want to wear them, are always a good idea.
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Because if you're going to wear pink, why not make it shocking?
That's quite the DIY project, but we're up for the challenge.
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On the prowl for street style paps, no doubt.
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What? You've never mismatched your shoes before?
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It's a dress! It's a jumpsuit! It's both.
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Who's ready to party? (We are.)
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We're not sure it counts as an LBD if you can see through it, but when it's this pretty, do we care? Nah.
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