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Tent star: Shail Upadhya's dotty for Fashion Week

Shail Upadhya is a retired United Nations staffer

Shail Upadhya is a retired United Nations staffer and a regular at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, seen here at the tents at Lincoln Center on February 9, 2012. Credit: Joseph V. Amodio

Shail Upadhya is a regular at the tents. Each season, the Nepal native — a retired United Nations staffer with a love of fashion — can be spotted (dotted or otherwise) strolling into  runway shows.

And how could you miss him with attention-getting numbers from his wardrobe like this polka dot suit and newsboy cap (he loves a good newsboy cap) inspired by the dot artwork of Damien Hirst, and custom-made for him by a Chinese tailor in Queens.

“I have to schlep out to Flushing,” says Upadhya. “I don’t speak Mandarin, he doesn’t speak English. . . .”  But they work it out, he says, smiling.

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