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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Designer Marta Zampolini walks the runway during the ZAMP by Zampolini  show at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW The Shows presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on September 13, 2016 in New York City
Photograph: Arun Nevader

The best New York Fashion Week shows you can attend

You might not be front-row, but you can still get a good seat at these open-to-the-public New York Fashion Week shows

By Jennifer Picht
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FYI: New York Fashion week isn’t a super-exclusive affair anymore. In fact, there are plenty of free and open to the public New York Fashion events you can actually attend. Whether you wish to join the stampede of stilettos at Skylight at Moynihan Station or want to discover trendy fashion in a different area code, here are the runway shows you’re invited to—and, no, you don’t have to be Karlie Kloss’s girl gang. Before you go, make sure to hit some of NYC’s best clothing stores and blow dry bars in case you happen to run into a street-style photographer.

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Best New York Fashion Week shows you can attend

Photograph: Courtesy Arun Nevader

Art Hearts Fashion NYFW

Things to do

Like us, designer platform Art Hearts Fashion believes that NYFW (and fashion overall) should be inclusive. At its annual runway show, you can ogle looks from designers who have dressed fierce A-listers like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Quirky London brand Catch Michelle, lingerie line AnaOno, contemporary Netherlands powerhouse House of Byfield and many more grace the stage this year. Die-hard fans can snag front-row tickets ($250), which come with a VIP gift bag, but general admission ($33 to $65) grants you access to the trendy affair as well as to the opening and closing parties off-site.

Harlem Fashion Week

Things to do

If you want to avoid the madness at NYFW’s home base—Skylight at Moynihan Station—head uptown for Harlem Fashion Week! The four-day celebration takes over restaurants and cultural centers in the area, but the main draw is the runway event at the Museum of the City of New York. You’ll catch brands such as Simply Ma’am, Next Level World and D Mochelle Fashions as well as a showcase by designers Jamia Jordan and Daniel Mozzes. Proceeds go to the Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

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A model prepares backstage before the Hale Bob show at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW The Shows presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on September 12, 2016
Photograph: Courtsey Arun Nevader/Getty Images

AMCONYC NYFW

Things to do

If you enjoy keeping tabs on emerging trends, don’t miss this event. This sixth annual runway show—and, yes, you’re invited—features designs from Rack Addik, Ivory Couture, Emuleos and Storm Dorris. Just like last year, you can snag the items right off the runway on the AMCONYC website (amconyc.com). Just make sure to R.S.V.P. to Brook Duddie (bduddie@beautifulplanning.com) if you wish to attend. Shows take place at various times.

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