5 Cases Of Front Row Manspreading At NYFW

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Manspreading (i.e., when male individuals take up way too much room sitting down by spreading their legs) is a well-documented problem in New York. But this contentious issue isn't exclusive to public transportation. By virtue of being a bench located within the geographic boundaries of New York City, even the crowded front row at Fashion Week is subject to a manspread.

Really, sitting is one of the main activities of Fashion Week. Yet during these seven days (in reality, it's a monthlong trek across four cities), your seating assignment is more symbolic than a literal instruction of where to go. Scoring a front row spot is a "Look, ma, I've made it!" designator in the industry: When you finally get there, you take that personal space very seriously. So when your fellow bench mate starts to get comfortable and spread out, it garners a bit of side-eye.

Halfway through New York Fashion Week, we've already spotted a few offenders posing and spreading — while their fellow showgoers politely limit how much space they take up. We found some of these funny and humbling front row moments reminders that celebrities are just like us — just trying to guard their seat (but at a fancy fashion show as opposed to on their morning commute).

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Shaun Ross, Kelly Osbourne (plus pup), and Jake Thomson find themselves caught in a manspread sandwich at Francesca Liberatore's show, huddled between Devin Harrison and Nigel Barker's respective spreads.
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Mel Ottenberg and Miguel duke it out to see who gets to manspread at the Baja East front row.
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Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFA.
Max Minghella gets comfortable at Edun, while Eve and Ali Hewson huddle closer.
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Miguel's manspread strikes again at Opening Ceremony. Natasha Lyonne and Tinashe sit cross-legged.
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Whether it's benches or individual folding chairs, a manspread finds its way. Andy Cohen poses at DVF.