Best in show: the musical chairs of fashion’s front row

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It's one of our favourite fashion merry-go-rounds - the ever-changing landscape of famous folk in the front row

It's an inarguable fact that anyone attending a runway show is as much attuned to checking out the people in the front row as they are about following the fashion on the catwalk. From editors and bloggers to D-list celebrities and beyond - fashion's front row offers so much head-swivelling eye candy it's often hard to keep your focus on the runway. Because no matter what walk of life you hail from, we think you can agree that people watching is an addictive sport.

It's especially potent during fashion month, when the industry's best and brightest venture out of their studios and offices, and slip on their most stylish garb to attend the jam-packed lineup of runway shows and after parties. And while scoring a winning front row has always been a mixture of having the greats (Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Mario Testino, Carine Roitfeld et al) on your side, it's also become a game of which-celeb-friend-can-I-call-on-next?

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These days, it's not enough to just dial in your label's latest brand ambassador and allow industry's power players to do the rest of the legwork - now, we're seeing musicians and actresses join the usual ranks of socialites, DJs, models and photographers perched in the front row. And New York, being the epicentre of everything cool that's happening right now, never disappoints. This year we saw a random smattering of music legends like Steven Tyler, Debbie Harry and Courtney Love sitting alongside Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Mary J. Blige and Lady Gaga. Even though the Kardashians stole the spotlight at every show (like Vera Wang and Alexander Wang), we kinda loved seeing Christina Ricci, Julia Roberts and Uma Thurman emerge at Givenchy. And at Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola did her muse-ly duty alongside Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Winona Ryder, one of the stars of the Jacobs' last ad campaigns. But the biggest surprise of all? Bette Midler and lookalike daughter Sophie von Haselberg at the Jacobs show - now that's what we call wonderfully random.

Click through the gallery above to see more famous faces at New York Fashion Week.

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