Nigel Barker's Top 22 Fashion Week Front Row Moments

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

"The Face" host Nigel Barker will be very busy starting next week. Along with show premiering on Tuesday, New York Fashion Week is kicking off on Thursday. Ah! But Nigel can multi-task with the best of them and he wouldn't miss a NYFW for the world. "I love Fashion Week and will be there in full throttle," he tells us. "From Pamella Roland to the Academy of the Arts and everywhere in between, I look forward to seeing you front row." Well, we love seeing you front row, Nigel, so here are our 22 favorite shots of you in your NYFW hot seat

22. "America's Next Top Model" Meet-Up!

Season five runner-up Erika "Nik" Pace and the then-"ANTM" judge have a mini-reunion at the Abaete Spring 2007 show. [Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images]

21. "Maybe I Can Hide Somewhere in the Third Row?"

At a Spring 2006 show, Nigel seems a bit distracted (maybe an "ANTM" contestant that he kicked off?) as he sits alongside then-ELLEGirl editor-in-chief (and former Sassy editor, children of the '90s, remember Sassy?!) Christina Kelly and a happy-looking Ashanti. [Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images]

20. The Smize

Nigel flashes his Tyra-taught smize (and peek of heavage) at Alexandre Herchcovitch's Spring 2008 show. [Photo Credit: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for IMG]

19. Aw, Fashion Week With Friends

It's all hugs and smiles front row at the Atil Kutoglu Fall 2007 show. Nigel's sandwiched between professional Dandy (like, that's what his bio says, really!) Patrick McDonald, friend and colleague Ali Azios and Paper magazine's Mickey Boardman. [Photo Credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images for IMG]

18. The (Original) Face

Wearing another natty suit, Nige is all smiles as he poses with ageless model Carol Alt at Joanna Mastroianni's Spring 2008 show. Did you know that the famed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl was referred to as "The Faceby Life magazine?! [Photo Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Joanna Mastroianni]

17. In the House

Cuddy! Or actress Lisa Edelstein in real life, as opposed to her character Dr. Lisa Cuddy on "House." She's chillin' front row at at the Willow Spring 2008 show with Mr. Barker. [Photo Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images for IMG]

16. Talking Shop

"The Face" host has a lively conversation with Raven-Simoné at the "Project Runway" Fall 2010 show. Reminiscing about "The Cosby Show"? Marveling over the sheer gorgeousness of surprise finale guest judge Faith Hill? Or taking bets on who will win season seven (back-in-time spoiler alert: It was Seth.) [Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG]

15. Hey, Where's Crissy?

Beth Ostrosky and Nigel smile pretty for the cameras at the same "Project Runway" finale. (Love all this fashion competition show synergy.) Don't worry, Beth is happily married to Howard Stern. [Photo Credit: Bryan Better/Getty images for IMG]

14. Awwwww, There's Crissy

Best use of a plus-one ever at Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011. Hey, watch that hand, Nigel! [Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images]

13. PSA Opportunity


Upon closer look, Nigel isn't jumping on that "ironic t-shirt" trend at the Chris Han Fall 2008 show. He's actually wearing his support to ban the seal trade. He is a philanthropist, you know. [Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG]

12. Hairy Situation

Whoa! Nigel grew his hair out for the Fall 2011 shows. Petra Nemocova seems too distracted by the Vivienne Tam runway show to notice though. [Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG]

11. Fashion is a Serious Business

Actress Aisha Tyler and Nigel both are taking the Spring 2011 Cynthia Rowley collection very seriously. [Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG]

10. Flip Flopping

Not sure what the conversation between fashion editor/stylist Sarah Gore Reeves and Nigel is exactly, but we think he might be questioning her choice of casual footwear to the Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring 2009 show. Hold on, are those Crocs flip flops? [Photo Credit: Bryan Better/Getty Images for IMG]

9. Dandy Stole My Look!

How awkward. Patrick McDonald and Nigel are wearing the exact same shoes to the Venexiana Fall 2008 show. Fashion Week faux pas? [Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images for IMG]

8. Fashionably Un-Coordinated

They must have called each other before the Twinkle by Wenlan Fall 2008 show a couple days later to make sure there was no twinsies action goin' on. [Photo Credit: Steven Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG]

7. Photo Bombs Away


This Cuddy/Nigel Fashion Week reunion photo opp at the Academy of Art University Spring 2012 show was skillfully photo-bombed by Lisa Edelstein's casually-dressed guest. Well played, guest, well played. [Photo Credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Academy of Art University]

6. Hilton Sister Etiquette Fail

At friend and designer Pamella Roland's Fall 2009 show, Nigel politely watches the collection unfurl, while Nicky and Paris Hilton chat and text through the whole thing. Typical. [Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images]

5. Starlet Seatmates

Back to the season Nigel grew his hair out, the photog sits front row alongside a slightly-bored looking Olivia Munn and an in-awe Meena Suvari at the Jill Stuart Fall 2011 show. [Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for IMG]

4. It's a Tough City

At the Jill Stuart Fall 2008 show, "The City" villain/designer/blogger Olivia Palermo tries really hard to convince Nigel that she was actually doing work at Diane Von Furstenberg during the first season of the MTV show. [Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG]

3. Coco Sighting! Coco Sighting!

Speaking of "The City"—Nigel sits in a Hollywood-filled front row at the Whitney Eve show for Fall 2012. We spy Tyson Beckford (yum), Angela Simmons, Allie Gonino from "The Lying Game," Eric West, hey, it's Coco Rocha (tweeting, of course) and Neon Hitch.

2. ANTM Reunion

We love it when these guys get together. Nigel gazes, J. Alexander mugs and Jay Manuel grins at The Blonds Fall 2012 show. Of course, back in Feb. 2012, they were still working together. Oh well, "ANTM"'s loss, "The Face"s gain! [Photo Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images]

1. Hot Pink

Nigel gets in the spirit at the Betsey Johnson Fall 2008 show. The eccentric designer loves pink and Nige complied. Love it! [Photo Credit: Steven Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG]

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