Insider: Sam Edelman… Tommy Hilfiger…

Sam the Man
Footwear designer Sam Edelman was all smiles at his personal appearance at Bloomingdale’s Soho on Thursday night, mingling with shoe shoppers and signing pictures for fans. Though the party celebrated Fashion Week’s close, Edelman dished that he didn’t get to see any runway collections. “I haven’t been able to attend any [fashion] shows this week. I’ve been way too busy,” he said. “Things are great.” Noticeably absent, but with good reason, was Libby Edelman. The designer’s wife was appearing on HSN the same night to sell a special ballet flat with a chain detail.

Tommy Talk
Fashion Week ended with a bang, as Tommy Hilfiger — and hundreds of celebrity friends and admirers — celebrated the opening of his new flagship store on Fifth Avenue Thursday night. “There’s something so universal and classic about Tommy Hilfiger,” gushed “Ugly Betty’s” Becki Newton, who was modeling the designer’s duds. “When I think of Tommy, I think of being on a beach in a red, white and blue bikini. Not the hustler kind … the cute kind!” 

A gaggle of celebs — including January Jones from “Mad Men,” Naomi Watts, Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl,” Mary-Louise Parker and Sarah Ferguson — joined Hilfiger inside the four-story shop, where the designer snapped photos of friends and fans with his own camera. Later, the party continued at the tents at Bryant Park, where Hilfiger debuted his spring ’10 runway collection and closed out Fashion Week. “I haven’t been to any shows,” confessed Parker. “It was my son’s first day of kindergarten, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

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