New York Fashion Week may seem like a pointedly exclusive affair, but there are all-inclusive New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend. That’s right, you don't have to be a part of the elite fashion world to partake in the festivities! Many of the best shops and best hotels in NYC are offering free events celebrating all things style and beauty. From complimentary makeovers and hairstyles from great blow dry bars and treats to full-blown parties, these are the must-attend events.
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New York Fashion Week events
We get it: Fashion Week’s free swag and celebrity-populated after-parties are enough to make the uninvited go mad. But everyone is welcome to join fashion-and-beauty website PorTreys’s (portreys.com) NYFW bash! Chitchat with style bloggers and editors while studying upcoming trends at this runway streaming party. You can also nab mini makeovers by Lyne Cosmetics and partake in a wine tasting.
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If you always put in the extra effort to look chic as hell, now’s your time to shine! Instagram sketcher extraordinaire Holly Nichols teams with Triumph Hotels to offer gratis fashion illustrations (by appointment only) at four locations (the Library Room at Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, Hotel Edison Lobby and the Iroquois Library). Nichols uses inspiration from your ensemble and aesthetic to draw your own effortlessly cool portrait, and trust us, it will definitely become your new profile picture.
Skip the runway, and shop the trends instantly
Maybe you couldn’t care less about sitting front-row with Anna Wintour, but you might still want to get your hands on the trends before the rest of the world. Well, guess what? There’s an app for that! Project September (projectseptember.com) makes New York Fashion Week instantly shoppable: Industry experts use the platform to record and document the shows, and then the app offers recommendations of similar styles for purchase. You may get addicted, but you’ll look fabulous!
Visual artist and designer JAHNKOY wants to add you to the guest list for her Puma-sponsored NYFW bash. In honor of the twosome’s latest sustainable and contemporary menswear collection The Displaced, head to Brooklyn watering hole Friends and Lovers to dance all night to performances by Everyday People’s DJ Moma, French-American hip-hop artist Salomon Faye, rapper Dyme-A-Duzin and more. You never know which A-lister might turn up.