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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!
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.
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.