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The 12 Types Of Celebrities That Attend New York Fashion Week

The 12 Types Of Celebrities That Attend New York Fashion Week

February 6th, 2013
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  • Marchesa - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Couple Du Jour: The only thing more eye-catching than an A-lister in the front row is an A-list couple in the front row, especially those who are serious tabloid fodder. It's a pretty safe bet that this year's token couple will be fashion fanatics Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Chelsea Lauren
  • Jeremy Scott - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Zeitgeisty Athlete: Even if they have nothing to do with fashion, getting the athlete of the moment in your the front row is a major coup. Last season, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was literally all over NYFW, and we're placing bets on gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas to succeed him (it doesn't hurt that she's walking in The Heart Truth Red Dress Fashion Show.) 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jeff Schear
  • Badgley Mischka - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The CW Starlets Who Attend Everything: Every season, a slew of young B-listers from various CW shows make the rounds in a major way (most likely because they're getting paid). For example, in seasons past, we saw "Gossip Girl" star Michelle Trachtenberg, "90210" girls Shenae Grimes and AnnaLynne McCord, and "One Tree Hill" actress Sophia Bush at pretty much every show throughout the week. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz
  • Michael Kors - Front Row - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Non-Fashion "Grown Up" Stars Who Attend One Thing: Every season, there are a handful of mature, established actors and actresses who probably don't care much about Fashion Week, but invariably show up to lend support to one particular designer. Case in point: Debra Messing always makes a point to attend Michael Kors, and Stanley Tucci always sits front row at Nanette Lepore. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • Zang Toi - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Reality Stars: These days, reality TV dominates the small screen so it's no surprise that hoards of "Real Housewives"— namely those from New York—find their way to the front row at certain shows. Let's face it: Reality stars will attend the opening of an envelope, so a fashion week invitation is a big deal for them. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz
  • Michael Kors - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Male Plus-Ones: It's not uncommon for an actress to bring her boyfriend or husband to a show. Catherine Zeta-Jones took husband Michael Douglas to Michael Kors last season, and starlets Olivia Palermo and Kelly Osbourne have been spotted in the front row with their boyfriends. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • Zac Posen - Front Row - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The It Girls: Hipster favorites like Alexa ChungDita Von Teese, Erin WassonLeigh Lezark, and Harley Viera Newton are frequently photographed alongside the catwalk, often wearing head-to-toe looks of the designers they're watching. This year, we're expecting to spot the girls from "Girls" quite a bit. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin
  • Vera Wang - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Overnight A-Lister: Celebrity status is fickle, but there's always that one starlet who went from C-list to A-list just in time for Fashion Week. Last season, it was Stacy Keibler (you know, George Clooney's girlfriend) who sat front-row at Vera Wang amidst a flurry of flashbulbs. This year, we're placing our bets on Justin Bieber's on-and-off girlfriend Selena Gomez taking Keibler's place.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Kempin
  • Rena Lange Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2012

    The Famous Photographer: Fashion photographers have become celebrities in their own right, so it's not surprising that they regularly pop up in the front row. Photogs like Terry Richardson, Bill Cunningham and Nigel Barker can always be found taking in shows every season. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Sean Gallup
  • Douglas Hannant - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Aging Socialites: Every season, we manage to spot at least one aging socialite—the Ivana Trumps, Kathy Hiltons, or Candace Bushnells of the worldwho seem to appear out of nowhere and land in the front row. Often these woman will be at shows such as Dennis Basso, Pamella Roland, or Douglas Hannant—aka designers who typically cater to older Upper East Side types. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Cindy Ord
  • Jenny Packham - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The Reality Star-Turned-Designer: It's not uncommon to spot successful reality stars who became designers in the front row, such as Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port, as well as Rachel Zoe, who's showing this season at Lincoln Center. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Mike Coppola

Every season, we look forward to Fashion Week for a slew of reasons. It’s always a joy checking out the newest designer collections, seeing the hoards of wannabe street style stars preening outside Lincoln Center, and sipping cocktails at the hottest after-parties, but one of our all-time favorite parts of Fashion Week is doing some front-row celebrity spotting.

Having a star attend a runway show has become a business in itself, with some A-listers like Beyoncé rumored to net around $100,000 just to sit and look interested in the collection. So, with New York Fashion Week beginning tomorrow, we decided to break down the 12 different types of celebrities who always pop up in the front row—from the athletes of the moment to the token It girls.

Click through the slideshow above for your guide to celebrities at Fashion Week! 

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