New York Fashion Week 2019 Backstage Photos: Stylists, Models, Hair and Makeup at NYFW

The digital landscape has changed the way we consume fashion—brands can now design, shoot, advertise and sell looks in an increasingly shrinking period of time, and micro-trends come and go in a flash.

The lumbering biannual behemoth of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) should feel irrelevant, but it still retains all the excitement of its first outing in 1943. NYFW now seems more attainable and interactive than ever before—live streams and Instagrammers mean anyone can witness the exclusive event, which remains largely invite-only in person. The event feels like a centering presence in a fashion world that is fracturing and evolving at a frenetic pace.

From the painstaking backstage preparations to the glossy hoopla of the front row, all the trappings of NYFW mean it's still one of the fashion world's most exciting annual events. It's big money too—a 2012 analysis by the New York City Economic Development Corporation found fashion week earns the city $887 million a year.

This year is no different. Established fashion houses Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren are showing alongside avant-garde labels like Telfar and Vaquera. IMG, which hosts over half of the official schedule, expects almost 48,000 visitors to pile into Spring Studios, NYFW's main venue. The official schedule contains 138 shows, presentations and private appointments.

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Gigi Hadid's makeup is done backstage at the Tom Ford show during New York Fashion Week. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

NYFW kicks off a month of global fashion weeks—London will pick up the bejeweled baton next, followed by Milan and Paris. Each of the big four Fashion Weeks has its own flavor—New York is glitzy and forward-thinking, London is edgier, Milan is high glam and Paris is classic, heritage chic.

This year, NYFW kicked off with the amfAR Gala, attended by the likes of Kim Kardashian West and Heidi Klum. The week's first stunt happened on Thursday, when fashion house Ralph Lauren invited the fashion elite to breakfast at their Upper East Side shop—Karlie Kloss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were in attendance.

If the catwalks and galas are the glossy surface of Fashion Week, backstage is where the nuts and bolts of pure fashion production are on display. The world's best models, stylists and makeup artists gather to create the front-of-house glamor, which veers from genuinely wearable looks to flights of creative fantasy. These are the best backstage pictures from NYFW19 so far.

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A model is prepared backstage at the Laurence and Chico show during New York Fashion Week. Angela Weiss/AFP
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A model is prepared backstage for the Harlem's Fashion Row special event during New York Fashion Week. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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A model's makeup is checked backstage before the Hogan McLaughlin show during New York Fashion Week. John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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Kris Grikaite's makeup is done backstage for the Tom Ford show during New York Fashion Week. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images
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A model prepares backstage before the PH5 presentation in New York City. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for PH5
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Models pose backstage before the PH5 show at New York Fashion Week. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for PH5
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Models prepare backstage during the Pamella Roland fashion show at Pier 59. Brian Ach/Getty Images
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A stylist prepares dresses backstage during the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection 2019 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for AHA
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Members of the hair and makeup team pose backstage during the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection 2019 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for AHA
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Hair and makeup stations are seen backstage at Industria during New York Fashion Week. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images
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JZL the Empress gets ready backstage at the Nicole Miler show at Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week. Manny Carabel/Getty Images
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A model prepares backstage for the Nicole Miller fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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A model prepares backstage at the Laurence and Chico show during New York Fashion Week. Angela Weiss/AFP
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Designer Nicole Miller prepares models backstage for her show at Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week. Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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Shoes are seen backstage during the Badgley Mischka show at Spring Studios. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka
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A view of the model boards backstage for the Nicole Miller show during New York Fashion Week. Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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General backstage atmosphere at the Tom Ford show during New York Fashion Week. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images
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Models prepare for a run-through backstage backstage at gallery 1, Spring Studio. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images
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A model poses backstage before the start of the threeASFOUR show at the Guggenheim Museum's Peter B Lewis Theater during New York Fashion Week. Johannes Eisele/AFP
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A model's hair is done backstage before the start of the threeASFOUR fashion show at the Guggenheim Museum's Peter B Lewis Theater. Johannes Eisele/AFP
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A model prepares backstage at Badgley Mischka show during New York Fashion Week. Anthony DelMundo/Getty Images
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A model prepares backstage for the Jonathan Cohen show during New York Fashion Week. Albert Urso/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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A model prepares backstage for Alessandro Trincone show at Industria. John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows
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A model poses backstage at the Joseph Abboud men's runway show at South Street Seaport. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
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A model prepares backstage for the Tadashi Shoji show at Spring Studios in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tadashi Shoji
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A model prepares backstage at the Laurence and Chico show during New York Fashion Week. Angela Weiss/AFP
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