c.2013 New York Times News Service

c.2013 New York Times News Service

NEW YORK — Designers seemed to be pickier about which celebrities they invited to the front row for Fashion Week. There were fewer table-flinging Real Housewives, B-list sitcom actors and cleavage-baring reality show stars. Instead, rappers and other musicians seemed to rule.

After skipping last season, Kanye West was everywhere last week, popping up in the front rows of Louise Goldin, Hood by Air, Diesel Black Gold and Alexander Wang, where he caused such a camera frenzy that his neighbor Miguel, an R&B singer, remarked, “This is kind of crazy.”

The Wang show, which was held Sept. 7 at Pier 94, continued to be a big draw. Courtney Love, Solange Knowles and Zoë Kravitz were all crammed on one skinny bench. Tyson Chandler and his wife, Kimberly, sat on another, near Kerry Washington, who wore a white leather top and skirt by Wang.

“I don’t usually wear white because it’s become so associated with Olivia Pope,” Washington said, referring to her character on ABC’s “Scandal.” “I really liked this look, so I made an exception.”

But the show on everyone’s lips was Opening Ceremony, held last Sunday night at the industrial-size SuperPier in Chelsea. The only things more spectacular than the procession of Maseratis and Ferraris that opened the show were the famous faces sitting up front.

Justin Bieber, in a baseball hat, white T-shirt, baggy black pants and chains, was flanked by two hefty bodyguards. Nearby was Rihanna, who wore a taupe dress and sported a new mullet haircut.

“I’m into a punk-goth mood lately,” she said.

Rashida Jones, who was spotted at several shows last week, said, “It was probably the best setup for a show that I’ve ever seen.”

That’s not to say the rest of the week didn’t offer good sightings. David Beckham made a splash when he attended Victoria Beckham’s show with their baby, Harper, and sat next to Anna Wintour. Diane von Furstenberg’s show drew a mix of younger and older, including Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters (who called the designer’s clothes “timeless”), the Hilton sisters and Janice Dickinson, who took a “selfie” with Andy Cohen and Barry Diller.

By the tail end of Fashion Week, attention spans seemed to wander, with talk of Syria and the New York City primary elections.

“I definitely pay attention to what’s going on,” said Kate Mara, who plays a political reporter on the Netflix series “House of Cards,” during the Michael Kors show Wednesday.

But that was short-lived. At the Ralph Lauren show Thursday, Jessica Alba wore a pink chiffon skirt, her eyes winged with black liner and hair in a chignon.

“It’s either ’50s or ’60s,” she said of her look. And at Calvin Klein, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara were the star attractions, along with Alexander Skarsgard and Dree Hemingway, who, for a change, was sitting front row rather than walking in the show.

“It’s nice to see it from this vantage point,” she said. “You get to actually see the whole outcome of things.”