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Inside Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo's $80 million apartment: There's room for Eloise, too

Inside Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo's fabulous $80 million apartment

Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger in their Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo handbags at Plaza apartment
In the dining room, amid an array of classic black-and-white photographs, an array of Dee Ocleppo handbags in shades of red. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo with mink evil eye clutch at Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo poses with the mink evil eye clutch. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo handbags in front of Grace Kelly portrait at Plaza apartment
An Andy Warhol painting of Grace Kelly keeps a watchful eye over a grouping of handbags from the Dee Ocleppo fall collection, including the mink evil eye clutch. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger apartment with Elizabeth Taylor portrait
An Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor is a focal point of the room. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Dee Ocleppo handbag and leopard chair at Plaza apartment
A blue Dee Ocleppo handbag with detachable exterior rests on a leopard chair. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger Plaza apartment foyer
The foyer of the Hlilfiger/Ocleppo apartment on the 18th floor of The Plaza Hotel. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo handbag at Plaza apartment
A embroidered handbag from the fall Dee Ocleppo collection. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Eloise room at Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo Plaza apartment
Tea is ready in the Eloise room of the Ocleppo/Hilfiger apartment. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Ceiling of the Eloise room at Dee and Tommy Hilfiger apartment at Plaza
The Eloise room has a turret ceiling. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Dee Ocleppo handbags at Plaza apartment
A beautiful inlaid desk is the setting for a grouping of Dee Ocleppo leather products from the fall collection. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger dining room at Plaza
Another view of the dining room. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger in their Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo handbags at Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo with mink evil eye clutch at Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo handbags in front of Grace Kelly portrait at Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger apartment with Elizabeth Taylor portrait
Dee Ocleppo handbag and leopard chair at Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger Plaza apartment foyer
Dee Ocleppo handbag at Plaza apartment
Eloise room at Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo Plaza apartment
Ceiling of the Eloise room at Dee and Tommy Hilfiger apartment at Plaza
Dee Ocleppo handbags at Plaza apartment
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger dining room at Plaza

NEW YORK — This was one fashion week invitation I wasn't going to pass up.

Rather than show her fall collection in her studio, as she normally does, handbag designer Dee Ocleppo and husband Tommy Hilfiger opened up their fabulous apartment in the Plaza Hotel condominiums. The couple reasoned that the collection, based on an opulent Grand Bazaar theme centered around the Istanbul marketplace, fit in with the surroundings of the lush apartment.

"It's definitely not a springy, summery-looking apartment. It's deeper, darker tones. It's the old-world concept," Hilfiger explained.

"It's definitely not a springy, summery-looking apartment. It's deeper, darker tones. It's the old-world concept. She thought that because it's the fall collection, she would show it here," Hilfiger explained as he welcomed guests to the 18th floor penthouse apartment.

"It just shows better here than in the showroom," Ocleppo said as she conversed with accessories editors from the major fashion magazine in the dining room, where classic black-and-white photos of Hollywood celebrities and politicians dotted the burgundy walls. "And I like that I didn't have to walk across the street (where her showroom is). It was convenient."

In the living room, Ocleppo's collection was grouped in vignettes beneath an Andy Warhol painting of Grace Kelly (showcasing lapis-shaded handbags in various sizes), on an inlaid mother-of-pearl desk with a dramatic view of midtown Manhattan (where jeweled leather clutches were on display) and near a famous Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor (featuring jade handbags from the new collection). 
 
In the adjoining dining room, an mostly-red collection was displayed on the large center table. Ocleppo pointed out the Palm Beach bag, with a removable Kalgan lamb fur panel, for versatile luxury. "I'm a big fan of this one," she said, noting an attached smaller purse that fits into an exterior pocket of the handbag.
 
Interchangeable covers
 
Detachable reversible covers are a hallmark of Ocleppo's design and for fall/winter, she centers on wooly-looking Kalgan fur panels that can be removed or reserved to feature a different looking handbag of arabesque tapestry embroidery, burnished python or exotic leathers like ostrich. Other distinctive features include fringe trim, peacock feather embroidery and embossed designs.
 
Ocleppo, who is half Turkish, also noted the chic "evil eye" Plaza clutch in mink — versions include all-black or all-white with a contrasting blue eye inspired by the Turkish Nazar.
 
 Ocleppo, who is half Turkish, also noted the chic "evil eye" Plaza clutch in mink. 
Beyond the dining room, Hilfiger directed guests to what he calls the "Eloise room," with a domed turret-tower and a custom-painted mural by Hillary Knight, the original illustrator of the beloved children's books about the child who lived at the Plaza. The room was decorated with a round table and place settings for an afternoon tea.
 
"We're really located in an ideal place," Hilfiger said. "(Dee's) office is right across the street and we stop at Bergdorf's on the way back and forth. We go to Central Park to go jogging, to Cipriani restaurant across the street. Saks is right down the street on Fifth (Avenue). The children love the Apple store down the street and our small children love the FAO Schwartz across the street. "
 
Even so, Hilfiger has listed the apartment for sale for a cool $80 million, although it appears to have been taken off the market recently, Curbed reports.
 
Hilfiger and Ocleppo were in Houston twice last year, where she showed her handbag collection at Saks Fifth Avenue and to kick off the store's Key to a Cure shopping weekend. And both said they were eagerly looking forward to coming to Texas again.
 
"We hope we can do the Rodeo," Ocleppo said. "I've heard that's a bucket list thing to do."