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Tommy Takes the Met

J. Lo and Co. Put On the Razzle-Dazzle for Hilfiger's Big Anniversary Bash

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Tommy Hilfiger, Theodora Richards, and Alexandra Richards   
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Tommy Hilfiger celebrated his label's 25th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera House last night. He's come a long way since 1985, when, as he told us, "I was just starting, and I did everything myself. I designed preppy, all-American clothes with a twist. It was only menswear for the U.S. market."

For the evening's festivities, the usual ushers had been swapped out in favor of a column of male models in khakis and blue blazers that stretched all the way from the plaza outside up to the mezzanine. J. Lo, Neil Patrick Harris, and Kimora Lee Simmons (with her camera crew in tow, of course) made the easy trip over from the Hilfiger runway show next door and proceeded past a topiary American flag on their way up to the next floor, where the Strokes blasted through a mini-set at decibel levels that would have sent most of the Met's regular clientele scurrying.

Over the last quarter century, Hilfiger has converted plenty of fans who didn't grow up wearing polo shirts. "I was the opposite of preppy," Christina Hendricks said. "The only thing I did with my tennis racket was pretend it was a guitar and sing the Go-Go's." Kristen Bell, on the other hand, told us, "I was really, really, really into my blue velour overalls from OshKosh B'gosh, and I had a blue and white striped turtleneck that I wore under them every day. I was forever destined to be Tommy Hilfiger's girl." We're betting the designer likes the sound of that.

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