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Little House, Big House


“We love London, its energy and excitement,” said Tommy Hilfiger at a dinner last night that he cohosted with Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Condé Nast International. The elegant affair, held at Mayfair’s Little House, was ostensibly in honor of LC:M, but in fact it’s become a seasonal event to celebrate Hilfiger’s affection for all things British, especially the U.K.’s preparatory school aesthetic, which of course has been the anchor of his brand.

Jefferson Hack, his girlfriend Tati Cotliar, Philip Green (who at dinner’s end rolled out a cake for birthday girl Elizabeth Saltzman), and more discussed the day’s LC:M events and how, miraculously, the sched rolled on time. Others were buzzing about the Christopher Kane coat the Duchess of Cambridge wore that day, while new designer David Gandy, ever the gentleman, politely deflected questions about that video with J.Lo.

Also in attendance were Hilfiger’s wife, Dee Ocleppo, and daughter Elizabeth, both of whom are in the beginning stages of launching their own fashion empires: Ocleppo has a new line of “3-in-1″ premium handbags, which are available at Harrods, while the young Hilfiger whipped out her iPhone to show us pics of her evolving line of ethical clothes: “It’s so different from anything my dad does,” she said, “but still, I hope this does him proud.”

—Afsun Qureshi

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