Bags and bags of…bags: Tamara Ecclestone opens the doors to her Hermes-filled wardrobe for one last time before she relocates to 45million Kensington mansion
New house includes 18million worth of renovations and 1million crystal bathtub
Socialite owns 120 pairs of Louboutins and 30 Hermes bags worth at least 5000 eachDaughter of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone worth estimated 300million
13:38 GMT, 23 November 2012
Tamara Ecclestone loves bags. Particularly Hermes Birkin bags.
But even her billionaire father – Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, Britain's fourth richest man sometimes feels her bag-buying habit is getting out of hand.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, the socialite – whose estimated worth is 300m – said: 'Sometimes he's like, “Another handbag, Tamara That's a bit nuts”…I think he's glad that I'm not hurting other people. I've never been to rehab. It could be worse.'
Tamara Ecclestone standing in the shoe section of her walk-in wardrobe – home to over 120 pairs of Louboutins – in her current home in Chelsea
Ecclestone, 28, is standing inside her legendary walk-in wardrobe, a multi-room experience in her Chelsea home that is stuffed to bursting with designer garments, accessories, shoes and bags.
In the shoe section there are over 120 pairs of Louboutin heels – an average cost of 500 each.
And she has a glass cabinet reserved exclusively for some 30 Hermes Birkins in every colour of the rainbow – bags which routinely sell for between 5,000 and 100,000.
But soon Ecclestone will be packing all her glittering possessions into boxes (or, rather, she'll be paying someone else to do it), and leaving the house that has a swimming pool in the sitting room…for one that has a nightclub in her basement, a bowling alley and a million pound bathtub.
She and her dogs – Alvin, Puggle Socky, Buster, Hob Nob and Duke – will be relocating to the 45m Kensington mansion (complete with 18m of refurbishments) she bought for herself and her now ex-boyfriend, stockbroker Omar Khyami, 38.
Tamara plans to give her collection of some 30 Hermes Birkin bags – which sell for between 6,000 and 100,000 – to a daughter if she has one
The couple broke up in August after she discovered he had been involved in a sex tape, but Ecclestone is just relieved the couple didn't get married or have any children, and is excited about the future.
'My mum walks in to my wardrobe and goes, “You're sick Tamara! This isn't normal!” Which it probably isn't, but … it makes me so happy.'
Explaining that will 'never ever ever' speak to Khyami again, she said: 'It's a new beginning. Perfect timing. And when I'm ready, I'll meet a new man.'
The glamorous party girl is, in the meantime, preparing to launch her own range of beauty products, SHOW Beauty, next year.
But for now, her clothes and bags are
keeping her warm at night, even though her mother, former Croat model
Slavica, says her daughter's wardrobe appalls her.
said: 'My mum walks into my wardrobe and goes, “You're sick, Tamara!
This isn’t normal!' Which it probably isn't, but…it makes me so
Tamara draped over the silver sofa she has in her home's cinema room
As for the new wardrobe in the new house, Ecclestone's dressing room and private bathroom will be spread over an entire wing at the back of the first floor
In the new house, Ecclestone's wardrobe will be spread over an entire wing and feature a lingerie cabinet, handbags on a conveyor rack and two TVs
The centrepiece is the 1 million stone bathtub, carved out of white crystal. The bath, which will require reinforced floors to support its two-ton weight, will be illuminated from underneath and semi-transparent.
The other half of the wing will be dedicated to the model's exhaustive designer wardrobe.
Miss Ecclestone, who once said that she had 'lost count' of the number of 5,000 Hermes Birkin handbags she owned, will have her clothes stored in six rows of wardrobe racks, dedicated to either 'eveningwear', 'casual/gym wear' or 'everyday'.
The room will feature a lingerie cabinet, handbags on a conveyor rack and two TVs.
To read the feature in full see the December issue of InStyle, on sale now (www.instyle.co.uk)
Inside Tamara's new walk-in wardrobe, complete with an aisle for gym clothes, a lingerie cabinet, a TV and a window seat
Tamara, right, with her younger sister Petra
To read the feature in full see the December issue of InStyle, on sale now