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Rita Ora fully supports the handbag she inspired

Dee Ocleppo's Rita Ora handbag has the singer's full "approval".

The British singer is currently believed to be dating Ricky Hil, the son of designer Tommy Hilfiger and his ex-wife Susie.

Tommy is now married to Dee Ocleppo, a handbag designer who showed her latest line as part of the biannual event's first day yesterday.

She used the 23-year-old singer as inspiration for the piece: an oversized round leather bag with tassels. Dee showed the arm candy at her studio on Fifth Avenue and Tommy came along to walk guests through the new line.

Rita told New York Post's Page Six she "approved" of Dee's vision.

When the I Will Never Let You Down singer was presented with the bag earlier this month she quickly took to Instagram to show it off to her fans.

"I am beyond flattered and honoured thank you thank you thank you for my very own Rita bag designed by Dee Ocleppo black my favorite! Thank you @mrshilfiger @thomasjhilfiger (sic)," she gushed.

Rita isn't just the muse for designers like Dee - she's also created her own pieces in collaboration with Adidas. Her first collection launches today and it's made her realise how hard people in the industry work.

"I have a whole different form of respect for designers now," she told Vogue.co.uk. "There's a lot that goes into it that I just didn't think about when I used to just wear clothes."

Rita made sure she was fully involved in the process. She even got a bit too enthusiastic, originally pushing for leather and fur in the sporty pieces.

"This being my first collection it was a real big moment for me. I've made moodboards since I can remember, so that was easy, but turning it into a reality was different. I studied it because I wanted to know what I was talking about. Now you can ask me anything about it and I can tell you," she grinned.

"It was refreshing. I expected it to be the way I found it, which was long days and long nights and I had a lot to learn. For inspiration I went back to the times where I would go shopping in Portobello Market and buy £3 T-shirts and rip them up and turn them into things."

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