The best FROWs (aka front rows) of New York Fashion Week
Laverne Cox, Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon and Cardi B front row at Christian Siriano Getty Images

The best FROWs (aka front rows) of New York Fashion Week

With New York Fashion Week now said and done, it’s time to reflect on one the more enjoyable parts of NYFW coverage: the front rows, or the FROWs, as they’re sometimes called.

What makes a good front row? There is no one formula, but one we quite like is a certain level of celebrity power and fame mixed with unpredictability — like a comedian next to a rapper next to an iconic actress. Or, the most powerful woman in fashion sitting next to one of the most powerful women in rap.

Not all shows have this, but enough did this season that we wanted to bring them to your attention. Please enjoy these groups of random but wonderful people.

Christian Siriano

Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon, Cardi B., Brad Walsh, Sarah Rafferty and Nastia Liukin attend the Christian Siriano show.
Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon, Cardi B., Brad Walsh, Sarah Rafferty and Nastia Liukin attend the Christian Siriano show. Brent N. Clarke/AP

Christian Siriano’s front rows have a set reputation of being great. Remember when Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones hollered and cheered during Siriano’s runway in 2017? Perfection.

In 2018, he had Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan and Molly Shannon butted up right next to Cardi B, who was wearing a bright green suit with a white fur stole, and Nastia Liukin, the former Olympic gymnast.

Magic.

Calvin Klein

Actors Sebastian Stan, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan at the Calvin Klein show
Actors Sebastian Stan, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan at the Calvin Klein show Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Calvin Klein’s front row fully charmed us. Sitting all together, one after another, were actors Sebastian Stan, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan.

Actors Sebastian Stan, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan at the Calvin Klein show
Actors Sebastian Stan, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan at the Calvin Klein show Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Just look at them.

Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern laugh during the Calvin Klein fashion show at New York Fashion Week.
Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern laugh during the Calvin Klein fashion show at New York Fashion Week. Andres Kudacki/AP

Alexander Wang

A prime example of a front row that really was unpredictable: the Alexander Wang show, where Vogue creative director at large Grace Coddington and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour snuggled right up next to Cardi B, who seemed quite happy about that.

Jeremy Scott

Model Shaun Ross, DJ Steve Aoki, recording artist Kehlani, recording artist Cardi B, and actors Jasmine Sanders and Serayah McNeill at the Jeremy Scott show
Model Shaun Ross, DJ Steve Aoki, recording artist Kehlani, recording artist Cardi B, and actors Jasmine Sanders and Serayah McNeill at the Jeremy Scott show Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Maybe all it takes to make a front row go from good to great is a little Cardi B.

At the Jeremy Scott show, Cardi was joined front row by model Shaun Ross, DJ Steve Aoki, musician Kehlani and actors Jasmine Sanders and Serayah McNeill.

Prabal Gurung

Janet Mock and Laverne Cox at Prabal Gurung’s NYFW show
Janet Mock and Laverne Cox at Prabal Gurung’s NYFW show Andrew Toth/Getty Images

Let’s just run through who was sitting in the front row of Prabal Gurung’s show, in order: Janet Mock; Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo; Huma Abedin, famed Hillary Clinton aide; Laverne Cox; Cardi B; and Offset.

Remake Oceans 11 with these people, too.

Michael Kors

Stylist Law Roach, Zendaya, Blake Lively, and Emily Blunt front row at the Michael Kors show
Stylist Law Roach, Zendaya, Blake Lively, and Emily Blunt front row at the Michael Kors show Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Since he’s dressed pretty much every celebrity in Hollywood right now, of course Michael Kors’ front row would be quality. We were particularly big fans of this lineup: stylist Law Roach, Zendaya, Black Lively (in a great red leather coat) and Emily Blunt, who seems just lovely.

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