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New York Fashion Week: Open-to-the-public events that you don't need tickets for

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 Feb. 8, don't fret — there's room for you at these cool, open-to-the-public events that'll keep you in the loop.

From behind-the-scenes talks to free makeup master classes, 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.

Party with Twelv Magazine for NWFW (Feb. 16)

Stop by Better Days for music by artists
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Stop by Better Days for music by artists like Kristian Kirk, Oliver Stumm and Phil Anker and a party hosted by Twelv magazine and Chama Photography. RSVP to rsvp@twelvmag.com (Free, 9 p.m., 302 Broome St., facebook.com

Say 'goodbye' to NYFW (Feb. 15)

Enjoy a NYFW closing party at the Attic
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Enjoy a NYFW closing party at the Attic Rooftop & Lounge with a fashion show by Pamela Quinzi, an Italian shoe designer, happy hour specials, music by DJ Phase and more. (Free, 5 p.m., 251 W. 48th St., facebook.com)

Design your own scarf (Feb. 17-18)

In the spirit of Fashion Week, make your
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In the spirit of Fashion Week, make your own upcycled scarf with scraps from a fabric recycler called FABSCRAP. Use the scraps, which would otherwise end up in a landfill, to create a one-of-a-kind scarf using templates and help from staff. Once your design is set, Vestment (a loungewear/robe company) will pin it and send it off to its factory for sewing. In two weeks, the scarf will be mailed to you. A wide, 12-inch scarf will cost $75 and a narrow 6-inch scarf will cost $65. (1 p.m., A/D/O, 29 Norman Ave., Greenpoint, eventbrite.com

Catch a hair show and network (Feb. 16)

BB Magazine and Fashion Avenue News are paying
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BB Magazine and Fashion Avenue News are paying tribute to fashion photographer Hank Pegeron, perfume entrepreneur Wendy Isaac, fashion producer Levy Paul and others with a free Fashion Week hair show and "super power" networking event. The party will include sampling of the Boss Lady fragrance, will make the audience a judge of a model walk-off, a hair fashion show by Levy Paul and more. (5 to 11:30 p.m., The Time New York Hotel, 224 W. 49th St., eventbrite.com)

Take a master class with a NARS artist (Feb. 16)

This is the first in a series of
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This is the first in a series of classes with NARS to teach participants makeup tips and tricks. This NYFW-themed lesson is with Armando Guajardo Jr., who has more than 20 years in the industry. The class is limited to a small number so Guajardo can give his undivided attention, organizers say. Samples and travel size items will be given away. ($70, 6:30 p.m. W New York - Downtown, 8 Albany St., eventbrite.com)

Check out Club Monaco's installation (through Feb. 14)

Club Monaco is hosting its own show at
Photo Credit: Club Monaco

Club Monaco is hosting its own show at its Fifth Avenue location with a large-scale interactive installation called #nowyouseeme. Not only will you get to see yourself in the reflective installation but you'll see what's coming to Club Monaco. (Free, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, 160 Fifth Ave., clubmonaco.com)

Watch the runway from your couch (all week)

There's no need to leave your apartment to
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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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