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Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo: It's a Boy!

05/06/2009 at 01:30 PM ET
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Dressing in formal attire while pregnant is “very complicated,” Dee Ocleppo lamented while walking the red carpet at the annual Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum gala in New York City Monday night.

The process is made easier, of course, when one is married to a world-famous fashion designer! Dee’s husband Tommy Hilfiger helped create her custom frock.

“This is a collaboration; we designed it,” he said, before quipping, “It’s called makeshift… make your own at the last minute!” The color was no coincidence. Dee revealed,

“I wore the baby blue because it’s a boy. So I wanted to wear baby blue. We obviously have to make it an empire dress, [because] it’s very limiting, what you can wear when pregnant.”

Due the first week of August, Dee said she is “feeling great” and that the couple are “very excited” to welcome their first child together, and seventh child overall.

Dad-to-be momentarily slipped up by admitting “it’s not a big deal anymore,” but quickly clarified that it will of course be a big deal when baby boy arrives. “We’ve learned all the tricks,” Tommy said, including “never over-react to anything.” He adds,

“We’re excited. It’s going to give us a new lease on life.”

As for a name, Tommy, 58, says that the couple are “in the midst” of the “negotiation process.” Dee would only reveal that there are “a few” she’s been thinking of, and they are leaning towards a moniker with “international” origins.

The name game isn’t the only heated debate in their home, however! When Dee deemed their baby-boy-on-the-way her “last hurrah,” promising “no more” kids, Tommy noted that “eight is a lucky number.” “Oh God,” Dee replied, prompting Tommy to quip “we’re negotiating.”

Tommy has Ally, 24, Rich, 18, Elizabeth, 15, and Kathleen, 13, with ex-wife Susie; Dee has two sons from her previous marriage to Gianni Ocleppo.

– Missy with reporting by Charlotte Triggs and Jeffrey Slonim

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Ava on

Wow, She looks like Mary from In Plain Sight!!! I’m still not a fan of Tommy after the raciest remark he made years ago…

Andi on

anyone know how old dee is ?

Thought they didn’t want any kids?

Liv on

That dress is gorgeous!

Jane on

I love the dress too.

Vicci on

I’d love to be married to a designer…I’d have him whipping me up dresses left, right and centre, pregnant or not :) I do feel that I have to stick up for Tommy in response to Ava’s remark though…he never actually made racist comments on Oprah’s show, it’s just a big urban myth. Even Oprah has spoken out and said he hasn’t.

Linda on

I would love to be married to a designer too. Just not one as old as he is, sorry.

Traci on

wow…58? I do love love love that dress she is wearing and she is quite stunning!

Mia on

Technically, 7 is a lucky number lol 8 is like the show “8 is enough*

AJ on

Thank you, Vicci, for mentioning that the racist remarks are an urban myth. It’s a shame to see people unfairly judged for things that aren’t true.

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