5 Ways to Celebrate Fashion Week (Even If You’re Not a Fashion Editor)

New York Fashion Week Fall 2018 rolls into town Thursday, but it isn’t just for industry wonks and celebs.

For fashionistas, few moments are as thrilling as when the room goes dark just before a runway show starts. That excitement mounts tenfold during New York Fashion Week, when leading designers never fail to deliver the best in street-style, couture, and major inspiration. Be a part of the fashion frenzy this year, even if you don’t work in the industry or happen to be a celebrity (or have an Instagram following that rivals a Kardashian’s). You may not sit next to Wintour or Wang, but you’ll have a blast celebrating next season’s newest trends at these very fashionable events.


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A peek at a show from last season.

“Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” through April 1; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Vintage vixens won’t want to miss the latest exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. Focusing on the 1960s, when fashion was turned on its head, the show covers the full gamut of the decade, including the rise of the ultimate new American fashion icon, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; the introduction of the miniskirt; the launch of color-blocking; and Beatlemania. More than 70 garments will be on display, ranging from looks created by American designer Geoffrey Beene to British icon Mary Quant.

Couture Fashion Week Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10; times and locations vary

For the quintessential NYFW experience, get a sneak peek of boundary-breaking couture garments at Couture Fashion Week. The event was started in 2005, and designers come from all over the globe to show their collections. There’s plenty going on off the runway, as well, including art exhibitions, exclusive parties, and live entertainment from musicians, singers, and dancers.

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Art Pop With Mark Farina at House of Yes Friday, February 9; 10 p.m.–4 a.m.

When a statement outfit is mandatory for attendance, you know it’s a serious fashion party. This night is all about celebrating individual style—there are cash prizes for the weirdest and most wonderful looks—and fusing fashion with art and sexy performances.

New York Teen Fashion Week Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, February 11; 6–9 p.m.

As any teenager will remind you, you’re never too young for Fashion Week. Created for trendsetters ages 13 to 17, New York Teen Fashion Week produces three different runway shows—ready-to-wear, street style, and high fashion—to showcase the top new trends for teens. But its third season is offering more than a look at the latest styles; the shows also aim to teach young people about the fashion industry, from how to walk the runway to sketching their own collection.

Street Fashion Week Thursday, February 15; 6–8 p.m.

Every style nerd knows that trends start on the street. See where the latest looks are born at Street Fashion Week, a biannual event that showcases up-and-coming designers. This season, the organizers honor the OG of street style, Dapper Dan, in a presentation that melds fashion, music, and technology.

Have the ultimate week made for a fashionista. Let us know if you’d like to get into any of these New York Fashion Week events. Find more great goings-on in The Guide.