The front row seat at a New York Fashion Week runway show is a much coveted position and only really open to those in the industry, leaving much of the public out in the cold.
When models, stylists, designers, photographers and bloggers take the city by style storm on Sept. 6, don't fret — there's room for you at these cool, open-to-the-public events that'll keep you in the loop.
From free fashion shows to rooftop parties, fashionistas of all kinds will be able to participate in the week's fashion festivities.
Here's where to get in on the action without an invitation.
'On Canal' fashion week installations (starting Sept. 6)
Designers will display their collections through immersive and artsy installations on Canal Street as part of the "On Canal" project. Get 3D scanned by Beheld and see Jonathan Rosen's tech-enabled mirror. There will also be garments from Wearable Media, pictured, and biotech piece by LAByrinth. An installation by FELT Zine will project mapped fabric created by Melissa Clark with a VR experience. You can also be fitted for custom, genuine gold mouthpieces by King of Canal Street Grillz and so much more. (Free, Tuesday through Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, oncanal.nyc)
African yacht fashion show (Sept. 22)
See the newest in African fashion while you sail around Manhattan. In addition to a fashion show, you'll have access to a buffet of African dishes, dance to Afro beats and be able to shop merchandise. Off The Chain Dresses is the featured designer this year. ($65-$85, 9 p.m., Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th St., eventbrite.com)
Touch of a Queen fashion pop-up (Aug. 27- Sept. 2)
See the newest in high-end African fashion at this week-long pop-up at the TNT Concept Store. There will be head wraps, turbans, hats, bags, jewelry and more with a "deal of the day." Just register online. (Free entry, noon to 7 p.m., 1385 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com)
The Future of Fashion: BNY Style Fashion Show (Sept. 29)
Brooklyn designers will show off their styles on the runway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for free. Companies that made their collections at the Yard, like Hip Hop Closet, Crye Precision and Lafayette 148, will be front and center. The designers and artists will hang around after the show to talk about their inspiration, designs and styles and to sell their clothing. (Free, 3 to 5 p.m., Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Ave., eventbrite.com)
New York Denim Days (Sept. 22-23)
If you love jeans and all things denim, this two-day event is for you. Expect interactive displays, new denim designers, established brands, indigo dyeing workshops, denim mills, a vintage denim market and dance parties all in the name of denim. On Sept. 23, there will be a street bazaar with food, live music, games, selfie stations and more. ($10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., eventbrite.com)
INTO Happy Hour (Sept. 6-9)
Head to Arlo SoHo for a happy hour, with bites from Harold Moore, where you'll party, network and get great views of the Hudson River. INTO is an app-based community of agency-signed models, celebrities and athletes. (Free entry, 3 to 5 p.m., 231 Hudson St., arlohotels.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.