Let’s not kid ourselves — fashion week is as much about the new looks on view in the front row as it is about the runways.

In fashion’s equivalent of the red carpet, an editor who manages to get her hands on a much-touted but hard-to-get handbag can unleash a frenzy of sorts and inspire fierce looks of jealousy. After all, the right front-row bag signals the clout an editor has with designers and, in the trenches of chic, it’s as much a sign of a magazine’s health as newsstand sales.

Choosing the right accessory is a more competitive sport than ever, so here’s a preview of what some of the editors believe will be this week’s front-row must-haves:

Amy Astley, editor in chief, Teen Vogue: “I just carry a small clutch for money, my cell-phone, a pen and, of course, my Condé Nast pass. I like my bright green alligator Asprey clutch.No one else will have one, which is key in a bag.”

Pamela Fiori, editor in chief, Town & Country: “If the weather during fashion week is anything like [recently], we’ll all be wearing Uggs or Wellies and a Prada backpack. If it warms up, watch how fast the boots will come off, replaced by Jimmy Choos, Manolos and maybe even a few pairs of Roger Viviers, sans pantyhose.”

Kate Betts, editor, Time Style & Design: “Manolo Blahnik leopard print boots — they are not too high so I can still run in them...and an Hermés Trim bag. No more ‘It’ bags for me.”

Amanda Ross, market director, Harper’s Bazaar: “A Louis Vuitton epi leather chocolate brown keep-all bag and Prada’s round croc toe pump.”

Paul Cavaco, creative director, Allure: “A Gap messenger bag in black nylon. It’s easy and highly functional for my notebooks, programs, my supplies like aspirin, Band-Aids for blisters and safety pins.”

Anne McNally, fashion director, Vanity Fair: “My handbag will be my Anya Hindmarch Bespoke [Ebury] handbag. It was a surprise from my children and has a quote from them in French.”Cindi Leive, editor in chief, Glamour: “A pink Yves Saint Laurent Saint Tropez handbag, but it may be just a little too April to carry around in February. But by April, everybody else will have worn theirs, so why not?”

Anne Slowey, fashion news director, Elle: “My vote is for Prada riding boots and Helmut Lang patent wedgies. Heaven knows if we’ll see high-heeled Uggs, but anything’s possible in fashion.”

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