Free and open-to-the-public NYFW events, runway shows and pop-up shops

No ticket? No problem.

Yes, front-row seats at a New York Fashion Week runway shows are expensive and/or really only open to celebrities and fashion leaders. But when models, stylists, designers, photographers and bloggers descend upon the city for days of all-things fashion, you don’t necessarily need an invite to participate.

There is a lineup of fun, open-to-the-public events — from affordable shows to industry panels to pop-ups — that’ll keep you in the loop.

Here’s where to get in on the action without a stuffy invitation.

Alexis Bittar accessories and jewelry will be available for purchase outside the William Vale in a VW pick-up.
Alexis Bittar accessories and jewelry will be available for purchase outside the William Vale in a VW pick-up. Photo Credit: Alexis Bittar


11 Howard NYFW pop-ups (Sept. 5-15)

Hotel 11 Howard (11 Howard St.) has a handful of activations during NYFW that include shopping, an "IV drip" and more:

  • Sept. 5-12 — Detox with an IV Drip proffering hydration and key vitamins in Guestroom 415. Both hotel guests and walk-ins are welcome 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and to 8 p.m. weekends. Book your appointment at ivdrips.com.
  • Sept. 13-15 — Toni Garrn’s "Supermodel Flea Market" sprouts in the library, with proceeds going toward girls’ education. The flea market has treasures donated from celebrities like the Hadid sisters, Karlie Kloss and Naomi Campbell, who have sent 220 pieces from brands including Prada, Chanel and Christian Louboutin. Its hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 13, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 14-15.

Designers take over the Gregory Hotel

The Gregory Hotel (42 W. 35th St.) and One Grand Books are lending reads from a library of books chosen by fashion designers like Tom Ford, Isaac Mizrahi and Margherita Missoni and playing music selected by 28 leading and emerging designers working for Cynthia Rowley, Vivienne Tam and Yeohlee, among others.

Throughout Fashion Week, Theia will showcase its eveningwear in the hotel’s lobby.

Kate Connick Clothing at Dream Downtown

Kate Connick, the daughter of Harry Connick Jr. and Jill Goodacre, is bringing her clothing line to Dream Downtown’s lobby from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Connick will be there to meet guests and showcase her sustainable, unisex apparel. Those who post from the pop-up using #CLOUD19 and tagging @DreamDowntown and @Kate.Connick, will be entered into a giveaway for a Cloud Billie Hoodie from Connick’s line, a gift card to Benjamin Salon in the hotel, a gift card to Philippe by Philippe Chow restaurant and a VIP invite to a party with Connick at the Electric Room.

Paola Hernández at Ace Hotel

On Wednesday, Paola Hernández is bringing her spring/summer 2020 collection to the Ace Hotel New York (20 W. 29th St.) from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nine West at Bryant Park

On Wednesday, Nine West is bringing its latest footwear, apparel and accessories to Bryant Park so you can shop till you drop from noon to 7 p.m.

Fashion Night Out at the Seaport District

Take advantage of one-night-only deals and gifts at some of the district’s boutiques and retail shops from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday:

  • DITA – 20% off
  • Lauren Farrell – 20%
  • Scotch & Soda – Receive a gift with purchase
  • SJP – 20% off purchases of $350+
  • Alexis Bittar – 20% off
  • Cynthia Rowley – 20% off
  • 10 Corso Como – spend $500+ and receive a special voucher of $100 off your next purchase of $300 or more.


Spotted fashion show and panel

This inclusive event on Friday and Saturday kicks off at 11:30 a.m. each day with a runway show featuring "real women" and their personal styles. "The only label we wear tonight is confidence," organizers state on eventbrite.com. The event will also give away free bubble tea by DIU with your selfie "printed" on its cream or foam (the first 80 people), panel discussions, "unlimited selfie moments," free touch-ups and a play station by WinkyLux, XXO Tinsley eyelashes, on-site embroidery by Morgan Powers USA and more. Tickets are $15-$25 and a portion of ticket sales goes to GC4W, a nonprofit that promotes the success of women around the world.

An immersive experience at UNIQLO

"Step" into UNIQLO‘s new LifeWear magazine at its immersive experience during NYFW. The third floor of its 666 Fifth Ave. store will be transformed into the LifeWear lounge, which reflects the pages of the magazine’s first issue. From styling stories to interviews with Roger Federer and its Fall/Winter 2019 collection, visitors will be able to relax, immerse themselves and take photos inside. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

NYFW Oasis at Moxy

Take a break at Moxy Times Square (485 Seventh Ave.) and Moxy Chelsea (105 W. 28th St.) hotels with Dear Sundays and Quick Chiro where you can get free manicures, hand massages, breathe from an oxygen bar, do some guided meditation and take a self-love poem workshop, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moxy Times Square and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Moxy Chelsea.

"Sustainable fashion is hilarious" comedy show & opening

Zero Waste Daniel is performing his comedy routine and opening an exhibit about the eco-streetwear line he created using decommissioned Sanitation Department attire and hard-to-recycle materials, starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Ace Hotel (20 W. 29th St.). Tickets are $20. The line will be on view through Oct. 5.

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