Lets be real: While it may be called Fashion Week, the real stars each season of NYFW are rarely the models or designers or couture gowns featured on the catwalk, but are instead the celebrities which flock to the front rows of the runways across the city. From pop artists to TV actors to film stars and beyond, celebrities add that extra glamour to the seasonal fashion industry event.

The week-long, citywide sartorial event is also a breeding ground for exciting and unexpected celebrity encounters, a wonderland of sorts where silver screen icons are seated next to wild pop stars and legendary fashion editors alike. And while most celebrities are content just sitting front row, bathing in the bright, warm flash of the paparazzi, others actually walk the runway, host presentations, and throw their own fashion parties. Just ask Rihanna.

This season, the "Bitch Better have My Money" singer threw a wild NYFW kick-off bash on September 10. The aptly titled Rihanna Party (yes, that's really what the event was called) was held at the New York EDITION Hotel. During the fete, Rihanna played hostess to a number of other famous guests, including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.

Across town on the same evening, actress Rose McGowan hit up NYLON's Rebel Fashion Party alongside Joe Jonas and girlfriend Gigi Hadid, and the next day Nicki Minaj was seen perched front row at Givenchy, seated next to punk goddess Debbie Harry of Blondie.

Here, we've compiled a gallery of some of our favorite celebrity sightings and encounters from this season's NYFW! Check it out, above.

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