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Fashion Week 2015: How to get in on the action sans invite

It's NYFW! While not everyone works in fashion or has invites to all the shows and parties, there are still lots of events and ways to feel like you're in on the action.

Here's how to feel like you're a member of the in-crowd.

Hang out at Lincoln Center

You don't need a ticket into the tents
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You don't need a ticket into the tents to catch the action! Lounge around the Lincoln Center Plaza for some of the best people watching of the year. If you like to ham it up for the camera, get into your most stylish and creative outfit for a chance of being shot for street style. To catch some of the biggest names, head to the back of the tents where celebs and models make their exits.

Dine near Lincoln Center

While some celebs will hop in their cars
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While some celebs will hop in their cars and head downtown, plenty of designers, models and big fashion names (rhymes with Shmintour, cough) will stay near Lincoln Center, where the heart of the action is. Enjoy a good meal and look for a famous face at nearby hotspots including Boulud Sud, The Smith and Lincoln Square Steak. A drink at The Empire Hotel, stomping ground of the fashionable yet fictional Chuck Bass is never a bad idea for pseudo-paparazzing.

Caffeinate like a fashionista

Refresh and recharge with the Fashion Week crew
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Refresh and recharge with the Fashion Week crew at Epicerie Boulud, just across from Lincoln Center where you can pick up an espresso and pastry and rush back to the action. You can also grab some java at trendy spots like Joe (187 Columbus Ave.), or lounge for a bit at American Table Cafe and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson (inside Alice Tully Hall).

Catch up on the scene at Coffee Shop

One of New York's first ironically named restaurants,
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One of New York's first ironically named restaurants, Coffee Shop, near Union Square, is notably popular with models year-round, but especially during Fashion Week. Order a coffee or sit down for a full meal -- with service 23 hours a day, you can certainly make time to catch up on the Coffee Shop action.

Visit a fashionable restaurant or bar in the Meatpacking District

Even models have to eat (or at least
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Even models have to eat (or at least drink). Luckily, Manhattan's West Side has no shortage of hot spot restaurants that cater to the fashion crowd. Here are some of our favorites in the Meatpacking District

Gallow Green (pictured):

Located on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, home of the experiential play "Sleep No More," Gallow Green is almost as gorgeous as the people who drink and hang out there. Delicious cocktails served by the coupe or in punch bowls for groups are the thing here. 542 W. 27th St., mckittrickhotel.com/gallowgreen

Santina:

This new restaurant from the team behind hot spots Carbone, Parm and Dirty French sits in the shadow of the oh-so-cool High Line and is oozing with coolness -- there's even Julian Schnabel on the walls. It's hard to get a table but you can wait on line, right? 820 Washington St., santinanyc.com

PH-D and Bodega Negra at the Dream Downtown:

One of the classy and fun-loving Meatpacking District hotels features a restaurant, Bodega Negra, and a rooftop bar, PH-D that are certainly places to see and be seen. Dine at the hotspot and then dance the night away on the heated rooftop with views of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River. 355 W. 16th St., dreamdowntown.com

Beaumarchais:

This French restaurant boasts a strong party scene at brunch and we see that continuing throughout fashion week. 409 W. 13th St., beaumarchaisny.com

Empire Diner:

Celebrity chef Amanda Freitag reopened Empire Diner to rave reviews last year and the hot spot continues to attract the A-list. It's a tiny, old-school diner (with modern takes on the classic menu items) and is very hard to get into. But it's worth a shot. 210 Tenth Ave., empire-diner.com

Bagatelle:

This hot spot hosts parties and events all the time, in addition to serving food and drinks to the fashion crowd. Definitely worth a visit. 1 Little W. 12th St., bagatellenyc.com

Gansevoort Meatpacking Rooftop:

One of the hip Meatpacking District hotels, The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, has various bars and party areas on the premises. Hightail it to the top floor for views and cool peeps. 18 Ninth Ave., gansevoorthotelgroup.com

Hit up a party (Don't forget to RSVP!)

Lots of parties and events are open to
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Lots of parties and events are open to the public. Here are a few:

Kiss Don't Tell

Bagatelle New York hosts this party for Fashion Week, featuring DJ HEX and Master of Ceremonies Ricardo Ralph Lopez. Feb. 18, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. 1 Little W. 12th St.

President's Day at No. 8

This party hosted by #CULTOF8 and Adam Models will have music by Formerly Erock, lots of eye candy and vodka by VDKA6100. Feb. 15, 9 - 11 p.m., No. 8, 357 W. 16th St., no8ny.com

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