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New York Fashion Week on Twitter: Take Your Seat in the Digital Front Row

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Watching events unfold Twitter is no longer just an interesting pastime, but a crucial way to keep abreast of cultural, political or sports-oriented happenings. We broke down the best accounts to stalk for the Super Bowl -- but, in many ways, that's a piece of cake. The event, pre- and post-game, lasts half of a day, has one location, and features two discernible sides. New York Fashion Week, on the other hand, is a week-long event with thousands of designers, hundreds of celebrities, an uncountable amount of info, and hordes of image-hungry bloggers (and Tumblrs) ready to spot the next big thing. So, we've got your Twitter list broken down by your needs and wants, hitting the best and brightest.

Note: Big names didn't mean automatic inclusion on our list. Instead, we considered factors like frequency and quality of tweets, along with insider info (no one wants to read a hundred retweets or myriad #followfriday lists). Enjoy the drama, beauty and excitement as it unfolds. We certainly will.

(Full disclosure: The author of this post also writes for StyleList, InterviewMagazine.com and Refinery29. She also tries to tell everyone in the Switched.com office how to dress, but is rarely heeded.)


Esteemed Critics:

Those who have done the time, and have earned the right to sit on the front row, and weigh in on next season's key looks.

@CathyHorynNYT: The Times style maven has incredible, spot-on witticisms and will be delivering front-row info from all the key shows.
@fuggirls: The hilarious ladies of Go Fug Yourself have live-blogging down to an irreverent science.
@InterviewMag: The house that Warhol built dishes politely on everything fashion-related.
@VMagazine: V is a cheekier, sexier Vogue, and it'll have a flavor-filled insider look on the events.
@AnOtherMagazine: A little more laid back than Interview, AnOther spots trends and tastemakers a mile away.
@tavitulle: High-school freshman Tavi Gevinson has made her name for not only having a keen fashion sense, but by voicing it in a hilarious, spot-on cadence.
@askmrmickey: The Paper Mag fashion director is certainly a man about town, but he'll be at all the right shows. If Mr. Mickey approves, who cares what Anna says?
@HilaryAlexander: While not as cutting edge as, say, AnOther or Mickey, the Telegraph's fashion voice has a classic, well-trained eye.
@JakandJilBlog: Tommy Ton was once an aspiring blogger, and now he is a definitive fashion voice. Good to see how it's done.
@HintMag: A good round-up, with commentary, on the days' events -- from news to images to trends.
@dazedmagazine: This U.K. rag is the go-to for cool hunting. If it hits Dazed and Confused, it's officially a must-know.

News and Pics:

Straightforward, unedited coverage, without the Who, What and Wear.

@styledotcom: The definitive source for up-to-the-minute news and images from the shows.
@womensweardaily: More insider-y than Style.com, but a great source for images and news.
@Refinery29: These masters of indie fashion have it all -- front row pics, Fashion Week fouls and street style.
@AP_Fashion: Clear cut, easy-to-follow images delivered without much commentary.
@cutblog: The New York Magazine's Cut Blog rivals Style.com with its image repository, but is a little more off the beaten path.
@interviewnews: Different from the main Twitter account, InterviewNews delivers bite-sized nuggets of fashion headlines.
@runwaytoday: Up-to-the-minute fashion news without wading through celebrity or socialite nonsense.
@coutorture: Lots of images, runway stills and news without a great deal of commentary.
@SHOWstudio: The go-to spot for any Fashion Week video.
@FullFrontalFash: While not exactly image-laden, FFF has great bits of news about launches and announcements made during the week.

Official Voices:

Sometimes brands, companies and PR people can deliver the best news, since they are the ones making it.

@williamsonPR: The Williamson team tweets regularly from their shows, which include smaller brands like Riviera and Bespoken.
@oscarPRGirl: Not quite all Oscar de la Renta all the time, this account is out and about and followed by almost everyone on this list.
@bergdorfs: No one knows fashion quite like this time-honored institution.
@BPCM: Bismarck Phillips works with some of the biggest brands in the industry, so have fun checking out what they need to do to put on a show.
@CFDA: The Council for Fashion Designers of America is no-nonsense, and, when they speak, the world listens.
@NARSissist: The NARS makeup team dishes on the best beauty during the shows.
@Modelinia: Models need love too! See what the ladies are up to.

Backstage Deets:

Who's being a diva? What does the makeup look like off the runway? These scenesters give us a glimpse into the VIP world.

@DerekBlasberg: The socialite fashion editor of V will be cruising all the right parties. He's hilarious, too.
@facehunter: Yvan Rodic has made his name snapping style mavens, but also has great commentary on Fashion Week, itself.
@FaranKrentcil: Socialite Faran is as full of funny quips as she is in-the-moment gossip.
@misternewton: This street-style photog will be on hand to show you the best looks... off the runway.
@Stylelistsays: Though also a fashion blog, no one has the inside info on backstage makeup like StyleList.
@cmbenz: A designer and socialite, Mr. Benz's dual perspective -- as a blogger and a designer -- gives him a critical edge.
@MrStreetPeeper: Laid-back style watching from a premiere street-style photographer. Good on-the-ground perspective.

Trend Spotters/Blog Fodder:

For anyone who wants to try their own hand at the world of Web fashion following, these blogs nail upcoming style and are great for original posts.

@stylecaster: Spot on for trends, Stylecaster is a must-follow for anyone trying to start their own blog.
@thecoveted: Brilliant blogger round-up of gorgeous style images and moments.
@fashionista_com: Style tips, runway reports, celeb watching: this account has everything you need to stay up-to-the-minute.
@whowhatwear: For those who turn to celebs for fashion advice. WhoWhatWear will tell you who's hot and what genius choices they made.
@ManRepeller: Experiments in avant garde fashion often repel men, and these girls calls it as they sees it.

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