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Hello Kitty, Hello Art! New York City Art Exhibition


If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, drop everything and head to Openhouse Gallery for the Hello Kitty, Hello Art! New York City Art Exhibition & Book Launch. The exhibit runs this weekend only and is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features Fashion Designer Betsey Johnson joined by AIKO, Paul Frank, POSE, Simone Legno, and many more popular artists for Sanrio’s first art exhibition in New York City. Showcasing a colorful spectrum of paintings, sculpture, prints, and media ranging from pop to street aesthetics, the gallery exhibition will display a collection of Sanrio-inspired Hello Kitty themed works of art by popular artists from around the world.

 Hello Kitty has proved to be no-fad, with her ever growing popularity. However it wasn’t until a recent interview I did with Lisa Loeb, and now this exhibit, that I fully appreciate the brand. Loeb, who’s not only a fan but collector described the appeal as, “what I love about Hello Kitty stuff, is it takes such mundane things, and when you use it, it makes you so happy.” Through this exhibit, I fully appreciated the creativity and artistic expression and colors brought forth in the show. Hello Kitty is so fun!

{Betsey Johnson at the exhibit opening}


{Inside the exhibit}

Betsey Johnson to Partner with The Plaza Hotel for Eloise Tree Lighting

Betsey Johnson's original sketch for the tree

I die! Betsey Johnson is partnering with the The Plaza to design the hotel’s first official Christmas Tree this holiday season.  Inspired by the iconic fictional Plaza resident, Eloise, the Christmas tree will be unveiled during a special ‘Tree Lighting Tea’ in The Palm Court on November 28 at 5pm, hosted by The Plaza and Betsey Johnson. The Plaza also recently opened the designer’s first holiday ‘popup’ shop to offer an exciting collection of giftable items.

“I absolutely loooove The Plaza, along with Eloise of course!” says Betsey Johnson. “I’ll be poppin’ in to light the Eloise tree and kick off my Betsey holiday pop-up shop, filled with my favorite stocking stuffers and more. There’s something for everybody! Pop in and say hi! XOX Betsey.”

This hits a sentimental cord considering growing up I loved reading Eloise. I actually still

Are You Ready for New York Fashion Week?

I am, I am! Ehhhhhh! The Spring 2012 shows are upon us, and I just got my official press pass to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week! Joining all the big-wigs of the fashion industry, I’ll be covering the makeup backstage and the fashion shows. IMG has posted the official schedule for Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for September 8th-15th, and announced some exciting first timers to the venue including J. Crew (are you as excited as I am?), Honor, Candela,

Betsey Johnson’s New Fragrance “Too Too”

By Elizabeth Borenstein

Betsey Johnson holding her signature Too Too Fragrance

Betsey Johnson’s newest fragrance, Too Too, pays homage to her dancer roots. The adorable bottle wearing a bustier, tutu, and fishnets holds an interesting concoction. Using fruity and floral notes, including mandarins, ginger, bulgarian rose and patchouli, the scent registers as pleasantly sweet.

Performance by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

To celebrate the introduction of Too Too the designer hosted a delicious brunch at MILK Studios complete with pink iced cupcakes. The real treat was singing Happy Birthday to the ridiculously fit and stunning Betsey Johnson. She then promptly upstaged performances by Stephen Petronio Company and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy when she jumped into the air and did the splits. We should all be that flexible on our 69th birthday!

Too Too, launching October 2011, will be sold exclusively at Sephora.

Disclaimer: Pretty Connected was invited to this event by a company representative