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Bradley Cooper, Sandra Bernhard and the Wu-Tang Clan Swing By Fashion Week

By DNAinfo Staff on February 11, 2012 11:18am

By Lisa Marsh

Special to DNAinfo

MANHATTAN — Actor Bradley Cooper, People Magazine's most recent "Sexiest Man Alive," turns out to be an awfully nice man, too. Sitting in the front row at Tommy Hilfiger’s mens show Friday evening, he calmly posed for paparazzi pictures as well as snaps with fans. And though his publicist said he wasn’t doing any interviews, when this reporter volunteered that we're both from the Philadelphia area, he jumped up to chat — off the record, of course.

Good neighbors make good partners when it comes to designers Rubin + Chapelle and photographer and judge on "America’s Next Top Model," Nigel Barker.

"We are old friends and we actually share this building — my studio is on the top floor," Barker told DNAinfo at the designers' presentation in the Meatpacking District, adding that they rely on each other for neighborly things. "I have messengers drop things off here." Who doesn’t love a neighbor that will take your packages?

It's also sweet when longtime friends support each other, especially when one is a designer and the other an editor, as is the case with NAHM’s Ally Hilfiger (yes, Tommy’s daughter) and Elle magazine and "The City" star Olivia Palermo. The young women, who have known each other since they were teenagers, recently reconnected.

"She's just a really sweet girl," Hilfiger said. Palermo, however, masterfully played off the fact that she's only now seeing her friend's collection for the first time, two seasons after its debut. "I didn’t realize [she was showing]," she said. "I’m here now."

Sandra Bernhard popped into Robert Verdi's Luxe Lounge gifting suite on West 30th Street Thursday — but literally turned around and walked out the door. "I invited her to come to see me, and she didn't know we were doing an event here," Verdi explained. "She came right back when she knew it was OK."

More than 800 people stopped by for cocktails to celebrate the CFDA's Impact exhibit at FIT Thursday evening, making it seem shocking that anyone stood out. Still, Michael Kors and his new husband Lance LePere, dressed alike in navy blazers and jeans, set tongues wagging. Really? A fashion designer with nothing better to wear?

The Wu-Tang Clan made a rare Fashion Week appearance Thursday evening at the kick-off party for Made Fashion Week at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District. Made offers itself up as an alternative to the Mercedes-Benz-sponsored tents at Lincoln Center, and "alternative" is one way of describing the different goings on down there. For example, the True Religion lounge in the basement Jam Room at Milk Studios was used as a green room for the Clan. And what were they doing in there? Let's just say some smoking laws were broken. That never happens at Lincoln Center, right?

If you see a fluorescent floral bus cruising around town, stop by, as it's bound to be Kate Spade’s Florence Broadhurst bus. Selling cool accessories and clothes featuring a Japanese floral print, this bus is also filled with fun. The Vivian Girls performed in the Meatpacking District Friday night and are set to perform at each of the bus' other New York stops in the Flatiron District on Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. at Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, and in SoHo on Sunday from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Broadway between Prince and Spring streets.

For all DNAinfo.com's Fashion Week coverage, click here.