New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend

Forget trying to sneak into a runway show when you can attend these kick-ass New York Fashion Week events instead
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By Jennifer Picht |

Fashion Week 2018 in NYC may seem like an exclusive affair, but there are some pretty cool New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend. Yes, we’re serious. You don't have to be a part of the elite fashion world to enjoy one of the top universal interests: style! Many of the city's best shops are offering free events or parties in NYC celebrating all things fashion and beauty. From complimentary makeovers and hairstyles from great hair salons and treats to full-blown ragers, these are the must-attend events.

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New York Fashion Week events

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29Rooms 2018

When 29 doors close, another 29 open! At least that’s how the phrase works according to Refinery29. The major media brand’s totally interactive art exhibition is back for its fourth run for two sure-to-be-sold-out weekends. Ticket holders can wander through 29 rooms designed by retail brands, artists and other creatives inside a large Boerum Hill space under a new theme, “Expand Your Reality.” The premise is meant to inspire guests to open themselves up to a world of endless possibilities while ditching self-limiting beliefs. We like the sound of that!

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Break NYFW

Greenpoint vintage shop The Break rolls out its racks to give the Fashion Week faithful the first pick at its Fall/Winter 2018 selection. In addition to the site's killer vintage duds there will be other vendors selling kick-ass products and libations—because shopping is always more fun (read: dangerous) when booze is involved. An after party with an open bar and a dancefloor follows the event at 9pm. 

Photograph: Courtesy Samsung 837
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WWD Style Dimension

Stay in-the-know about all the emerging fashion trends and NYFW happenings thanks to Samsung 837. The technology brand once again partners with fashion publication WWD to introduce “The Style Dimension,” which is essentially an engaging style summit using the best technology on the market to showcase all the exciting things happening in the fashion world right now. Sign up here to attend the events and consider Samsung 837’s flagship your NYFW hub for the start of Fashion Week.

DapperQ's Five-Year Anniversary
Photograph: Grace Chu
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dapperQ Presents Dress Code

Queer style collective dapperQ serves a mesmerizing fashion show in the Brooklyn Museum at this annual Fashion Week showcase. Grab a drink and peruse pop-up shops from featured designers beginning at 6pm, then at 8:15pm catch runway collections from Thuy Custom Clothier, A/C Space, Audio Helkuik, SALT, Stuzo, Jag and Co, The Phluid Project and more.

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color
Photograph: Courtesy Eileen Costa, Museum at FIT
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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

icon-location-pin The Museum at FIT, Chelsea

The Museum at FIT unleashes the politics and provocations of the color pink at this stunning exhibition, featuring clothing from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, just in time for New York Fashion Week. Divided into two sections, the exhibition explores how the color has come to play into eroticism, punk rock, activism and gender politics. You'll explore historical ensembles from Japan, India, Africa, Mexico, Great Britain, the U.S. and beyond that played into the lives of commoners and royals alike; then gag at stunning looks from the vaults of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Moschino and Comme des Garçon. 

Photograph: Courtesy Bruna Lacerda
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SmartGlamour Runway Show

NYC-based clothing company SmartGlamour is hosting a body-positive catwalk (sizes XXS to 6X) to launch its new collection, featuring trendy women's looks for all shapes, sizes, enthnicities and genders. Bonus for attendees: The free event features complimentary wine. Seas are already sold out, but you can R.S.V.P. for standing room here

Exterior building of Moxy Times Square
Photograph: Courtesy Moxy Times Square
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Fashion Fun House at Moxy Times Square

Moxy Times Square puts the "fun" back in fashun with this whimsical pop-up experience. Come play in the hotel's discovery zone including wonky, distorted mirrors for your #OOTD photo, maze-like barriers and a medley of other Instagrammable moments. There are carnival attractions as well, including a high-heeled stiletto ring toss and dueling slides for you and your friends to race in while sporting burlap sacks. Look, before you scoff, the sacks are designer! It's going to be a stylish hoot.

Panel at Arlo Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Arlo Hotel
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The Future of Fashion and Sustainability

Did you know the fashion world is the second most damaging industry to our earth's climate? Join the conversation about why shopping and designing sustainably is of the utmost importance right now. WAYE founder, model and United Nations speaker Sinead Bovell sits down with other industry professionals like Victoria Secret model and Project Tsehigh founder Grace Mahary, leading New York sustainability consultant Christina Wong, Celsius founders Theresa and Corinna Williams and others to discuss and hopefully spark some positive change.

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