By Lisa Marsh
Special to DNAinfo
MANHATTAN — We know a secret, and Glenn Close let the cat out of the bag. Taking her place in the front row at Bibhu Mohapatra's first ever runway show, Close told DNAinfo that she's a fan. "I’ve gotten to know Bibhu — he's making a couple [of] possible things for me and I wanted to be here for him, because I think he's really talented and he is the most generous and nice man." Did this best actress nominee just tell us she's wearing Bibhu to the Oscars? Good show!
Fellow designer Waris Ahluwalia said he felt he brought Mohapatra luck with a hug. "I hugged him, and that's something. What usually happens is joy. Elation. Good reviews on the runway," Ahluwalia shared with a wink. "It’s good luck really."
Last season, it was Nicki Minaj, and this season, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour never fails to surprise us with who she's sitting next to at a Carolina Herrera show. We're not sure whether Wintour brought her political seat mate or it was a Herrera fix-up, as Wintour's office did not respond to an email inquiry.
Mercedes Benz spokesmodel Lara Stone is something of an odd choice, given that she only got her driver’s license four months ago. The Calvin Klein contract model admits that she's ordered a Mercedes G-Wagen, partially for it's safety. "I'm an insanely safe driver because I only just got my license," she told DNAinfo. "I'm both hands on the wheel, 29 miles per hour, [using] all the mirrors and everything." But this catwalker, who used to do several shows each day of fashion week, doesn’t miss it at all. "I quite like just watching at Calvin Klein," she said. "I don't really miss it — I miss seeing my friends and hanging out — but not the actual runway."
Reality villain Kristin Cavallari showed up at both the Rachel Roy and Betsey Johnson shows sporting the tiniest of baby bumps, but her wedding is on hold. "We're going to get married after the baby because they're two separate things. We want to celebrate our wedding, and when we have the baby, we want to celebrate that," said Kristin while she was at Rachel Roy's show. As for odd cravings, "I went through a dairy phase, but I'm out of it now."
Designer Zang Toi is known for being a bit odd, and usually wearing a kilt. Monday's show had no kilts, but it did have a collection of odd bedfellows. Front row seats were filled by model Petra Nemkova, photographer Nigel Barker, fellow designer Pamela Rolland, assorted contestants from the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, Alex McCord and more. Former New York "Housewife" McCord was a hot mess wearing a drape-y Temperley dress, a sheer Louis Vuitton ballet coat, strappy Alaia shoes and carrying a YSL clutch. "I'm all over the map," she admitted. "It's kind of a mash-up." Get this woman a stylist, or at least a Dressy Bessy doll so she can figure it out for herself.
Also in Toi's front row was Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Kenneth WIlliams. "I was here last season and really fell in love with the line," he admitted. "I like all of the originality and how people go out of their comfort zone to have fun with it."
Though there were assorted celebs in the front rows at the Betsey Johnson show, NYLON TV host and "It" girl Becka Diamond got more attention than all of them — for her legs, clad only in stockings. "I hate pants," she said. "They make me look bad."
It’s Valentine's Day and we thought you'd like knowing how the other half lives. No, we're not talking the one percent — we're talking Victoria's Secret Angels and what they've got cooking for the big day of love.
Lindsay Ellington is giving herself a Valentine. "I'm going to take the day to hopefully pamper myself a little bit — get a massage and go shopping," she told DNAinfo. "My boyfriend is going to cook for me at night. I'm a big dessert fan so if he made me a lemon meringue pie, that would be amazing."
Doutzen Kroes is going to rely on her husband for the action. "Maybe I’ll plan a hotel room with rose petals," she said, "and he can do everything else."
Superbowl ad star Adriana Lima is a traditionalist. "This year I am going to spend time with my family and it's going to be lingerie, perfume and chocolate," she said, adding, "I love any type and all chocolate."
And if you're in the market, "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patty Stanger has these wise words. "Get out of the house," she told DNAinfo. "It's just Tuesday night. If he's out, he's single, end of story. If he smiles at you, buys you a drink and gets your number, even better."
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