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New York Fashion Week is very nearly upon us (really, we can almost hear the drum of heels on catwalk from here), which means we're getting ready to immerse ourselves in all things backstage, runway and—oh yes—front row. Those of us hitting the streets during the style extravaganza are already packed and raring to go, and of course the number one thing we'll be carrying (beyond our iPhones to snap pics) is a calendar of shows.
And since most hardcore fashionistas already have their schedules set, this one is for the NYFW novices (because maybe you want to keep up with the big name designers without being overwhelmed with, oh, say 50 shows a day). So while we sift through every show, every look, every street style get-up—your attention should be right here. We've made this super easy for you, so that even if your designer Rolodex is paper thin, and even if you don't know the NYFW ins and outs, you'll have an idea of who the big players are and when they're up at bat. What we're saying is this: If major highlights are what you're interested in, you're in the right place. Read on for the must-see shows at New York Fashion Week below!
LC Lauren Conrad: Lauren Conrad is making her NYFW debut, and we're sure the runway collection will be as much a fairytale as her collections with Kohl's.
BCBG: This is the runway showing where we can not only see things we like, but can bet on buying them off the rack in just a few months.
Adam Selman: Rihanna's 2014 CFDA Awards naked dress virtually put Selman on every major fashion editor's radar—and his continued flair for all things funky will likely make him a household name.
Kate Spade New York: Because whimsical is always in for this brand, which makes some of the most covetable accessories on the market. (We mean, have you seen Maisie Williams' clutch collection?)
Givenchy: You'll probably see 90 percent of the Kardashian-Jenner clan in the audience (and really, you could be in that audience because designer Riccardo Tisci is opening his runway to 1,200 fashion fans). Kendall Jenner will skip the front row and make her appearance on the catwalk, natch.
Jason Wu: Michelle Obama's go-to inauguration dress designer consistently surprises and delights on the catwalk so, yes, we're invested.
Rebecca Minkoff: You know that handbag that, well, every fashionista has? Minkoff made it, and makes even more eye-catching (and street style-ready) runway looks, too.
Christian Siriano: This Project Runway winner (and definitively the series' most famous alum) counts style mavens Solange Knowles and Sarah Hyland as fans. Extreme silhouettes, punchy colors and drool-worthy finale gowns pretty much explain why.
Monique Lhuillier: For our 2015 Emmy dress predictions, we need look no further than this catwalk: Lhuillier's attention to detail and ethereal aesthetic solidify her gowns as a red carpet favorite.
Alexander Wang: Wang designs to the beat of his own drum (like Madonna and Rihanna, two of his biggest celeb followers), so we're expecting something as equally unexpected as his goth-centric fall-winter collection.
Victoria Beckham: Best believe you're going to see the whole Beckham fam in the crowd like year's past (we don't know who's cuter: David Beckham or daughter Harper).
Diane Von Furstenberg: Caitlyn Jenner's favorite designer keeps things fresh, fun and easy-to-wear for the runway (and real life).
Jenny Packham: She's Kate Middleton's go-to for good reason—sweeping gowns, simple silhouettes and regal hues grace her runway season after season.
Prabal Gurung: Given this designer's affinity for playing with texture (you may recall Diane Kruger's sequin-all-over 2015 CFDA Awards dress), this show should be a feast for the eyes.
Carolina Herrera: Last season, Herrera put forth one of the dreamiest collections on the NYFW runways (need proof?—see Emmy Rossum), so our anticipation for this round is at an all-time high.
Tommy Hilfiger: Mr. Hilfiger's sporty fall-winter showing featured Kendall, Gigi Hadid and just about every other It Model you can think of, so we don't expect any less star power this time around.
Lela Rose: Remember that feathered gown Nina Dobrev wowed in at the 2015 CFDAs? The look proved more than ever that this designer knows how to make clothes that will please a woman (in flattering her figure, of course).
Zac Posen: Posen's show-stopping runway finale featuring Naomi Campbell was one of the highlights of the fall-winter collections, and we're sure he has something else just as head-turning up his sleeve for spring.
Reem Acra: The designer's Medieval-inspired fall-winter collection makes us think that something modern—but just as stunning—is on its way next week.
Tory Burch: Burch leaves the medallion-topped shoes to the wayside for her runway presentations, which consistently provide well-tailored separates in must-wear prints.
Vera Wang: Virtually every celebs' favorite bridal designer is a force at New York Fashion Week too: Wang's been in a darker mood for her last couple showings, so we're wondering if the spring-summer collection will give attendees some light.
Alice + Olivia: Stacey Bendet's collection always gives us a taste for, well, shopping her collection.
Oscar de la Renta: Peter Copping's second showing at the helm of Oscar de la Renta is likely to be even more refined (if that's even possible).
Michael Kors: He's celeb-loved, and it's no wonder why: Nothing is smarter than Kors' extremely wearable separates and dresses (we can't wait to see what's in store for this season).
J.Crew: We can expect kitschy details where we least expect them (again!) from J.Crew's fashion week presentation.
Marchesa: Almost every look that hits this catwalk is fair chic game for the red carpet (check the sweet floral number Elizabeth Banks just stepped out in at the 2015 Venice Film Festival)—so keep those eyes peeled!
DKNY: Donna Karan officially stepped down from her chief designer role at Donna Karan International, with Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne set to take over the DKNY brand. Which means, from our view, that the line will continue to offer urban-cool duds for many seasons to come.
Ralph Lauren: Iconic Americana (with a signature wink) is what we look for on a Ralph Lauren runway and, happily, it's what we get.
J. Mendel: Plunging gowns are a J. Mendel staple (hello Kate Hudson), and the designer's spring-summer collection is sure to give us more cut-to-there confections from where we left off in February.
Calvin Klein: Klein reigns supreme over the red carpet column dress (and apparently iridescent minis, if you ask Kendall Jenner), but his presentations offer utilitarian-chic pieces for the non-celeb set.
Marc Jacobs: He's still a runway rebel (and a designer after every It Girl's heart). Expect to see Kendall, Gigi, Joan Smalls, Bella Hadid and more on this star-studded catwalk.