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.
'Mount Sodom' exhibit (Sept. 6 - Oct. 16)
An exhibit of dramatic photographs featuring Maskit's Spring/Summer 2019 Sodom collection filmed against the backdrop of Sodom in the Judean Desert is on through Oct. 16. The exhibit by Israeli fashion photographer Eyal Nevo and former Alexander McQueen designer and current MASKIT artistic director Sharon Tal, together with Nevo also features the Inbal Dance Theater. "Mount Sodom" will be on view in the heart of New York's fashion district, coinciding with New York Fashion Week. (Free, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 10 Times Square, zaz10ts.com)
Pindi House Jewelry pop-up (Sept. 5-29)
Peruse Pindi House's handmade jewelry, inspired by 19th-century antiquities, at its first pop-up in New York City. Every Thursday, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a happy hour. (Free entry, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave., pindihouse.com)
'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)
NARS House of Climax pop-up (Sept. 20-22)
In celebration of its new Climax mascara, NARS presents "The House of Climax," a series of "sensorial" rooms with mirrored walls, rooms of discovery, hidden rooms and "countless" selfie moments. You'll run into performances and interact with the space around you. It's open to those 21 and older. (Free, 7 p.m. to midnight, 22 E. Second St., narshouseofclimax.com)
'Pool-side' eyewear pop-up (Sept. 21-23)
Call out "sick" and head to Canal Street for the Timo x Zenni OOO Eyewear Collection that will offer sweets and selfie opportunities at its poolside- themed pop-up. The speakeasy claims it will cover your back with an eye doctor's note if you really do want to call out. (Free, noon to 6 p.m., 326 Canal St., timoxzenni.splashthat.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)
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.