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BICEPS MEET BARNEYS: Several of UFC’s ultimate fighters were out of their element at a fete for Coach president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff’s new photo book, “Fighter,” at Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue flagship on Tuesday night. Fighters such as Keith Jardine, Ken Florian, Dan Henderson and Jon Fitch mingled with the fashion crowd and autographed their portraits in the book. Fitch, for one, was shocked at the fanfare. “I thought they’d just roll us in off a bus, and that we would have dinner with a bunch of suits,” he said. “I didn’t expect all this.”
But ultimate fighting has some unexpected fans, besides Krakoff. Alexis Bledel and Mandy Moore were there to support the athletes. “I feel like I’m at groupie status now,” mused Moore, whose interest in the sport was piqued two years ago. “Once I saw a match in real life, I was sold in a heartbeat.” She conceded, however, that when it gets a little too gory, she averts her eyes.
Later that evening, Krakoff made an appearance with his wife, Delphine, at a dinner for Hong Kong-based accessories designer Fiona Kotur at Waverly Inn, which also drew the likes of Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Stefanie Greenfield and James de Givenchy. “I can’t believe that I was in Hong Kong 24 hours ago,” said Kotur, who has been busy showing her collection in Europe and elsewhere.