20 People, Places and Things to Watch During New York Fashion Week

From new hotspots to the next crop of front row faces, we have your cheat sheet right here.
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From new hotspots to the next crop of front row faces, we have your cheat sheet right here.
Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

This week marks the start of a whirlwind Fashion Month, kicking off in New York City on Wednesday. With over 100 shows on the schedule and seemingly just as many events and after-hours parties to keep track of, it's easy to get a bit overwhelmed — even before the whole thing starts. (Trust us, we know.) We've already shared our picks for the new designers and models to watch this season, and to make things even easier to navigate, we listed a few of the people, places and things we have our eyes and ears on this New York Fashion Week. And don't worry, we'll be keeping you up-to-date on it all right here.

Hailey Baldwin. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Hailey Baldwin. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Sister, sister: In February, the biggest names on the modeling scene were reality TV offspring Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. Now, their little sisters are making their way into the spotlight: Kylie Jenner has editorials in the fall issues of both DuJour and V, while Bella Hadid was just signed to IMG models, the same agency as her older sibling. We'll be keeping our eyes on the runways for both of these beauties.

The latest in celeb spawn-turned-models: While we're on the subject of models to watch, Hailey Baldwin — the daughter of Stephen Baldwin who is best friends with the aforementioned Kendall Jenner — was spotted around New York City on castings this week, which presumably means that she'll be hitting the runways this season. The 17-year-old is signed with Next Models and has appeared on Instagram with Katie Grand very recently, so we wouldn't be too shocked if she pulls a Jenner and makes a surprise appearance walking Marc Jacobs.

A brand new Space: Every Fashion Week is met with a barrage of restaurant and club openings, which is perfect for the designers who seek out new hotspots where they can throw an after-party. The most hyped of these this season is the New York outpost of Space Ibiza, which will open its doors in early September. With 20,000 feet of space to dance, we're willing to bet that at least one designer will throw a rager at the 12th Avenue club, and with his history of hosting wild post-show parties, our money is really on Alexander Wang. (He did throw a rave last September and a Major Lazer show at Coachella, after all.)

Miley Cyrus and Jeremy Scott's top-secret plans: At the MTV Video Music Awards, designer Jeremy Scott let it slip that he has something special in store for his Fashion Week show — specifically, that Miley Cyrus is involved, and that they will be casting "a group of cool kids, rather than models." Cyrus, who has been lying relatively low this summer, brought a homeless 22-year-old man (albeit a very good looking one) as her date to the VMAs, allowing him to make a social statement on her behalf when she was called up to accept her award. Could Cyrus and Scott use the runway as a platform for change? Now that's something we'd like to see.

New front row faces: It happens every year: A new wave of cool kids takes over the front row, and show up at seemingly every party of the week. This season, we are keeping an eye out for the buzziest ladies in the music industry, including Banks — who is already set to perform at the Refinery29 party and at the recently renovated Top of the Standard — Charli XCX and FKA Twigs. Hollywood also has some newcomers who we're expecting to see in the front row, namely Nicola Peltz (who became an industry darling over the summer), actress Stacy Martin who landed the fall Miu Miu campaign and Margaret Qualley, who stars in HBO's summer hit "The Leftovers."

Performance art is the new runway show: Some of the most interesting fashion show invites we received this season aren't even for actual fashion shows. Activewear brand Athleta is hosting a choreographed performance called "Rush of Adrenaline" starring dancers, parkour runners and more to show of its collection. Gareth Pugh, who is showing stateside for the first time, is promising a "live immersive fashion experience" when he debuts his spring collection at Pier 36 with Lexus Design Disrupted. Finally, Opening Ceremony has enlisted Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill to co-write a one-act play that will feature actors and models wearing pieces from the brand's new collection.

Gareth Pugh. Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images

Gareth Pugh. Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images

Instantly shopping the shows on Instagram: In addition to the buzzy new app Spring that makes brands' wares one swipe away from purchase, BCBG is making its show immediately shoppable from the runway via Instagram, and the mobile app Keep is teaming up with street style stars to ID their looks and help fans find (and buy) their looks right from Instagram. We suggest you hide your credit cards.

Anthony Vaccarello makes his Versus debut: Like Christopher Kane and J.W. Anderson before him, Vaccarello — who is known for his sexy, skin-baring designs and sky high slits — will present his first collection for Versus Versace during New York Fashion Week, complete with a Donatella-hosted blowout of an after party that boasts a surprise musical performance. Her previous celebrations have involved the likes of Prince, Nicki Minaj and Grimes, so we are thinking that this might be one of the week's most hyped affairs.

The Hollaback Girl is back!: One of the invitations that got the Fashionista team the most excited came from L.A.M.B., Gwen Stefani's (!) fashion label that hasn't held a proper Fashion Week presentation since 2011. We'll be there to welcome the designer back to the schedule with open arms.