02/16/2015 03:27 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Triptychs: A look at personal style off the runway during New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Buttoned into a favourite coat against freezing cold or inspired by a fairytale, fans outside the tents of New York Fashion Week comprise an ongoing parade of fantasy, fun and personal expression.

The frigid weather hasn't discouraged these hardy hangers-on who linger on the Lincoln Center Plaza for a glimpse of a favourite fashionista or celebrity guest.

Ice and flakes? No problem for some who insist on stilettos over snow boots. They pose and preen for their own paparazzi as the action heats up inside.

Morgan Martin is one, happy to explain her outfit.

"I created this hat," she said of her white topper marked with a red K for her middle name, Khadijah. "So this was like my first thing, so I start from the hat on down. I saw this jacket, a military British colony style jacket and we thought it would go perfect with my outfit."

So it did.

Holly Pan is another. She wasn't caught up in fashion rules. Her dark hair in a thick braid, she wore a white lacy apron.

"It's fashion week, everybody thinks, 'it's a huge event, you have to make everything perfect,' but you don't have to. It's a chance to play," she said. "This outfit is more like modern-day Alice in Wonderland."

John Minchillo, a photographer for The Associated Press, spent some time outside the tents chatting up enthusiasts. He created playful triptychs showing off their style. Here are 10: