I didn’t always have the best seat in the house—far from it. But over the course of New York and London fashion weeks, running from Feb. 8 to 21, I searched for beauty in the front row, on the runways, and backstage. And it wasn’t hard to find. I saw a dress bigger than a car at Marchesa, met Bill Cunningham at Prabal Gurung, got a full dose of studs (and dogs!) at the Burberry show in London’s Hyde Park, and an eyeful of leg at Altuzarra. Here’s my view of the runway—sometimes from the nosebleed section—during the Fall/Winter 2012 collections.