“I need to Instagram this but — look! — no one’s going to believe I’m in London with all of this,” exclaimed Dee Ocleppo. She was waving a hand around the alpine interiors and cut pine that decorated Bodo’s Schloss, the Austrian ski village-themed Kensington night spot where Elizabeth Saltzman and Ocleppo’s husband, Tommy Hilfiger, hosted a dinner Monday night to celebrate her new handbag collection, available at Harrods. Guests embraced Saltzman’s dress code of “chalet chic,” with model Saffron Burrows sporting felt antlers while Martha Ward donned a beaded snowflake sweater. “It’s vintage and full of moth holes, but it only cost 75 pounds [about $117], so I am just going to wear it until it falls apart,” said Ward.
Designer Barbara Casasola almost suffered a wardrobe disaster. She had come close to wearing the same fuchsia trouser suit sported by Caroline Issa. “That would have been very embarrassing,” said Casasola. “I was trying on the pants today, but decided to wear a black dress instead; I always wear black if I think I might see one of my clients at a party. Thank goodness I did. Anyway, it looks so much better on Caroline.”
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Earlier in the day, Ocleppo had posted a picture of Olaf the Snowman from “Frozen on Ice,” which she had seen in Brooklyn the day before. “My son loved it, but he kept wanting to get on the ice; I had to hold him back,” she said. “I love Olaf, so I got a bit excited.”
Is Saltzman psychic? Just asking, because as a surprise, she planted “Frozen” impostors throughout the crowd. During dinner, these were revealed to be members of a flash a capella group, who successively broke into song, and ended with a rousing performance. “Come on, everybody loves ‘Frozen’,” said Saltzman with a grin.