Celebs front row at fashion week

16:00, Feb 19 2013
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Tommy Hilfiger, NY: Muse-to-many-a-designer Julianne Moore sits front row with her husband of 10 years, Bart Freundlich.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Topshop Unique, London: Fashion it-girls Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung watch a high street show.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
The Blonds, NY: Carmen Electra looks mesmerised by the fresh designer's rope and diamond creation.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Dennis Basso, NY: Joan Collins and her 30-years-younger husband Percy Gibson attend the world's most prominent fur designer's collection showcase.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Thakoon, NY: Christina Ricci was front-row at the Thai-American designer's show.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Donna Karan, NY: Uma Thurman was front row with Gretchen Mol for her friend Donna's show.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Tom Ford, London: Newlyweds Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were papped on their way into the smooth designer's womenswear show.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Michael Kors, NY: Hold up, what is Michael Douglas doing there?
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Michael Kors, NY: Jada Pinkett and Zoe Saldana gasbag while Willow gets all Gen Y on it and Hilary Swank focuses on the clothes.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Dennis Basso, NY: Further fur-lovers, Martha Stewart (unimpressed), Joan Rivers, Star Jones and Kelly Bensimon.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Naeem Khan, NY: Matt Damon wins most-enthusiastic clapper award while front row with his gorgeous wife Luciana.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Burberry Prorsum, London: Rosie Huntington-Whitely considers how she'd have worked the runway differently to these amateurs.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Christian Siriano, NY: Shailene Woodley (not fussed), Ashlee Simpson and Leigh Lezark watch the former Project Runway star's show.
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.
Celebs Front Row At Fashion Week
Vera Wang, NY: Olivia Palermo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and Rachel Roy cheer the 63-year-old designer on.

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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