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New York Fashion Week: Free and open-to-the-public events

Models, stylists, designers, photographers and buyers are about to take the city by style storm come Sept. 7.

As the new spring/summer collections hit runways, fashionistas without a front row seat can still take part in the NYFW festivities at parties, events and more.

Here's where to get in on the action, with or without an invitation. ...

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Models, stylists, designers, photographers and buyers are about to take the city by style storm come Sept. 7.

As the new spring/summer collections hit runways, fashionistas without a front row seat can still take part in the NYFW festivities at parties, events and more.

Here's where to get in on the action, with or without an invitation.

Head to Tommy Hilfiger's carnival

Tommy Hilfiger is bringing a free fashion carnival to NYFW to show off his fall collection to the public. "Tommy Pier" will take over South Street Seaport's Pier 16 on Sept. 9 and 10, combining stylish shopping opportunities with classic street fair events, including a 40-foot Ferris wheel, a tattoo pop-up shop and a variety of DJ sets throughout the day. Be sure to check out the latest TommyxGigi designs -- a collection featuring collaborations with model Gigi Hadid -- before you enjoy the fair rides. South Street Seaport, 89 South St. in Manhattan, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., tommy.com

Chat with fellow fashionistas

Style blogger Treyonna De'Sha, who's behind the local site Portreys, is hosting a NYFW viewing party on Feb. 11. Watch a live-stream of fall/winter shows, and chat with editors, bloggers and fashion lovers alike about the latest trends. Attendees who choose the "Front Row Perks" ticket will receive a mini makeover by Lyne Cosmetics, as well as enjoy a wine tasting and make some last-minute Valentine's Day cards at the "Seal It With a Kiss" bar. (The Work Inn, 295 Madison Ave., Manhattan, 1 to 5 p.m., free to $20, eventbrite.com)

Watch the runway from your couch (all week)

There's no need to leave your apartment to get your NYFW fix. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, NYFW Live will be streaming the top designer shows, so anyone with a computer can be one of the first to spot the latest trends. Just head to the website when your favorite brand's collection is premiering, and enjoy the show.

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Get street stylish

Street style photographers from New York and beyond will be on the prowl for great shots of NYFW attendees. Head outside any Fashion Week venue for your chance to not only spot your style icons but also to be spotted.

Get a free fashion illustration at Triumph Hotels (all week)

Triumph Hotels has teamed up with fashion illustrator Laura Kay to offer free sketches during NYFW to capture your street style look. Kay's sketches, which will feature iconic NYC backgrounds like the Empire State Building, will be available at Hotel Chandler (12 E. 31st St.) on Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.; Hotel Belleclaire (250 W. 77th St.) on Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon; The Iroquois New York (49 W. 44th St.) on Sept. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.; The Evelyn (7 E. 27th St.) on Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.; Cosmopolitan Hotel (95 W. Broadway) on Sept. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.; Washington Jefferson (318 W. 51st St.) on Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.; Hotel Edison (228 W. 47th St.) on Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.