Celebs front row at fashion week

Rachel Zoe, NY: Miley Cyrus looks unimpressed by the neckline on the piece walking past. She's joined by her wide-eyed mum Tish and magazine guru Joanna Coles.
Rachel Zoe, NY: Miley Cyrus looks unimpressed by the neckline on the piece walking past. She's joined by her wide-eyed mum Tish and magazine guru Joanna Coles.
Naeem Khan, NY: Matt Damon wins most-enthusiastic clapper award while front row with his gorgeous wife Luciana.
Naeem Khan, NY: Matt Damon wins most-enthusiastic clapper award while front row with his gorgeous wife Luciana.
Michael Kors, NY: Jada Pinkett and Zoe Saldana gasbag while Willow gets all Gen Y on it and Hilary Swank focuses on the clothes.
Michael Kors, NY: Jada Pinkett and Zoe Saldana gasbag while Willow gets all Gen Y on it and Hilary Swank focuses on the clothes.
Michael Kors, NY: Hold up, what is Michael Douglas doing there?
Michael Kors, NY: Hold up, what is Michael Douglas doing there?
Burberry Prorsum, London: There was star power plus-plus at the London label's show. From left to right we have indie musician Jake Bugg, the world's most stylish rapper Tinie Tempah, Melanie Laurent, South Korean actress Kim Hee-sun, Chinese superstar Vicki Zhao (the peeps at Burberry know where the real purchase power is), Downton star Michelle Dockery, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, muso Ria Ora, Kate Beckinsale and, finally, her daughter to actor Michael Sheen Lily Mo Sheen.
Burberry Prorsum, London: There was star power plus-plus at the London label's show. From left to right we have indie musician Jake Bugg, the world's most stylish rapper Tinie Tempah, Melanie Laurent, South Korean actress Kim Hee-sun, Chinese superstar Vicki Zhao (the peeps at Burberry know where the real purchase power is), Downton star Michelle Dockery, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, muso Ria Ora, Kate Beckinsale and, finally, her daughter to actor Michael Sheen Lily Mo Sheen.
Burberry Prorsum, London: Rosie Huntington-Whitely considers how she'd have worked the runway differently to these amateurs.
Burberry Prorsum, London: Rosie Huntington-Whitely considers how she'd have worked the runway differently to these amateurs.
Topshop Unique, London: One Directioner Louis Tomlinson was joined by his girlfriend Eleanor Calder. We're sure many a 1D fan has already torn this picture in half in a jealous rage.
Topshop Unique, London: One Directioner Louis Tomlinson was joined by his girlfriend Eleanor Calder. We're sure many a 1D fan has already torn this picture in half in a jealous rage.
Tom Ford, London: Newlyweds Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were papped on their way into the smooth designer's womenswear show.
Tom Ford, London: Newlyweds Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were papped on their way into the smooth designer's womenswear show.
Jenny Packham, NY: Vanessa Hudgens texts from her rather confidently-labelled phone. 'I'm a star', she says to herself in the mirror a thousand times every morning.
Jenny Packham, NY: Vanessa Hudgens texts from her rather confidently-labelled phone. 'I'm a star', she says to herself in the mirror a thousand times every morning.
Jen Kao, NY: Actors Ben Foster and Robin Wright (formerly Penn) are one of the oddest yet most delightful new couples in Hollywood. He's definitely got the look of a man dragged along to something here.
Jen Kao, NY: Actors Ben Foster and Robin Wright (formerly Penn) are one of the oddest yet most delightful new couples in Hollywood. He's definitely got the look of a man dragged along to something here.
Michael Kors & Carolina Herrera, NY: Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, the ladies behind Vogue US, look like two gal pals who love hanging out front row. And by love hanging out we mean they look like they'd rather be at home watching Jersey Shore.
Michael Kors & Carolina Herrera, NY: Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, the ladies behind Vogue US, look like two gal pals who love hanging out front row. And by love hanging out we mean they look like they'd rather be at home watching Jersey Shore.
The Blonds, NY: Carmen Electra looks mesmerised by the fresh designer's rope and diamond creation.
The Blonds, NY: Carmen Electra looks mesmerised by the fresh designer's rope and diamond creation.
Vera Wang, NY: Olivia Palermo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and Rachel Roy cheer the 63-year-old designer on.
Vera Wang, NY: Olivia Palermo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and Rachel Roy cheer the 63-year-old designer on.
Christian Siriano, NY: Shailene Woodley (not fussed), Ashlee Simpson and Leigh Lezark watch the former Project Runway star's show.
Christian Siriano, NY: Shailene Woodley (not fussed), Ashlee Simpson and Leigh Lezark watch the former Project Runway star's show.
Nanette Lepore, NY: One of the more eclectic front rows - June Ambrose, John Forte, Patricia Clarkson, Jo Andres, Steve Buscemi (a truly fashionable man), Ella Rae Peck and Nastia Liukin.
Nanette Lepore, NY: One of the more eclectic front rows - June Ambrose, John Forte, Patricia Clarkson, Jo Andres, Steve Buscemi (a truly fashionable man), Ella Rae Peck and Nastia Liukin.
Donna Karan, NY: Uma Thurman was front row with Gretchen Mol for her friend Donna's show.
Donna Karan, NY: Uma Thurman was front row with Gretchen Mol for her friend Donna's show.
Thakoon, NY: Christina Ricci was front-row at the Thai-American designer's show.
Thakoon, NY: Christina Ricci was front-row at the Thai-American designer's show.
Kaufmanfranco, NY: Actresses Jane Krakowski, Maggie Grace and Ashley Greene add at least B-list star power to the design duo's show. We'll go out on a limb and say the headpiece on the woman behind Ashley is a fail.
Kaufmanfranco, NY: Actresses Jane Krakowski, Maggie Grace and Ashley Greene add at least B-list star power to the design duo's show. We'll go out on a limb and say the headpiece on the woman behind Ashley is a fail.
Monique Lhuillier, NY: Celeb stylist Brad Goreski (sweet gold jacket) sat next to TV queens Bridget Moynahan and Connie Britton at the bridal-wear favourite. We're pretty sure that guy photo-bomb smiling in the background's famous too, we just can't place him.
Monique Lhuillier, NY: Celeb stylist Brad Goreski (sweet gold jacket) sat next to TV queens Bridget Moynahan and Connie Britton at the bridal-wear favourite. We're pretty sure that guy photo-bomb smiling in the background's famous too, we just can't place him.
Reem Acra, NY: Katherine Heigl looks less impressed by the Lebanese designer's retro creation than the Yoko Ono impersonator behind her. Meanwhile, Heigl's bodyguard is just plain bored.
Reem Acra, NY: Katherine Heigl looks less impressed by the Lebanese designer's retro creation than the Yoko Ono impersonator behind her. Meanwhile, Heigl's bodyguard is just plain bored.
Dennis Basso, NY: Joan Collins and her 30-years-younger husband Percy Gibson attend the world's most prominent fur designer's collection showcase.
Dennis Basso, NY: Joan Collins and her 30-years-younger husband Percy Gibson attend the world's most prominent fur designer's collection showcase.
Dennis Basso, NY: Further fur-lovers, Martha Stewart (unimpressed), Joan Rivers, Star Jones and Kelly Bensimon.
Dennis Basso, NY: Further fur-lovers, Martha Stewart (unimpressed), Joan Rivers, Star Jones and Kelly Bensimon.
Tommy Hilfiger, NY: Muse-to-many-a-designer Julianne Moore sits front row with her husband of 10 years, Bart Freundlich.
Tommy Hilfiger, NY: Muse-to-many-a-designer Julianne Moore sits front row with her husband of 10 years, Bart Freundlich.
Topshop Unique, London: Fashion it-girls Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung watch a high street show.
Topshop Unique, London: Fashion it-girls Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung watch a high street show.

It's no great secret that prominent people are often paid (in cash if you're a big deal or in clothes if you're at blogger-level) to sit front row at Fashion Week shows.

Fashion insiders estimate that big time celebs (Beyonce level) will get up to NZD$118,000 to sit for 10-or-so minutes and pose for a few shots, while less-aspirational reality stars will rake in around NZD$5,900. 

Well, word on the style street is that budgets are tight, and so gone are the days of 20 celebs to a show. That said, there were definitely still some heavy-hitters out at NY and London fashion weeks this month, and so we bring you the highlights in the gallery above. 

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