Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Celebrity home front: Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

Clotheswear designer Tommy Hilfiger has thrown open the doors to his New York pad to reveal the luxurious life he leads.

Tommy shares his two-storey Manhattan condo with his wife Dee — they bought it in 2008.

The incredible abode on one of the top floors of the New York Plaza is a fittingly beautiful home to the Hilfigers, who are considered one of America’s power couples.

Expect loads of original pop art on the walls and the mother of all shoe closets.

There are four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms in the property, which was said to be worth $50m (£31m) when the pair bought it four years ago. Contemporary art such as portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol hang on the walls next to Hilfiger family snaps as well as works by Keith Haring, Richard Prince and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

There is also a blue neon sign by British artist Tracey Emin which spells out ‘And I said I love you’.

Meanwhile, the Hilfiger’s three-year-old son Sebastian has a special magical turret called the Eloise room which has been hand-painted by Eloise author Hilary Knight.

Mrs Hilfiger, who invited The Coverteur into the home to preview her handbag line DEESIGNS for HSN, said of the illustrator: “Hilary Knight was a class act — so talented. He painstakingly laboured over every detail. We love Eloise, we love Hilary and we really love how the room turned out.”

Meanwhile, a walk-in wardrobe houses Dee’s collection of Prada, Miu Miu and Louboutin shoes.

Rock stars

Rock stars such as Mick Jagger and Ringo Star have saved themselves hundreds of thousands in taxes by buying their mansions via an offshore account.

The mega-rich musicians are among many who own multi-million pound homes, but use the loophole to avoid paying stamp duty.

Home-owners who buy property in this way conduct the transaction through an offshore account so it is classed as a corporate purchase.

So while a family buying a home which costs £400,000 will have to pay the government £12,000, the super-rich can buy a luxury manor and pay nothing.

Alicia Keys

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is selling her plush New York penthouse for $17.95m.

And if she gets the lofty asking price, Alicia and fiance Swizz Beatz will be among the few celebrities to make a profit on their property.

The pair bought the ultra-luxurious apartment with five-bedrooms and four bathrooms two years ago for $12.5m.

This very swish flat boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen, large outdoor terrace and a grand piano.

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