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BETSEY’S ELOISE DAY: The Palm Court at The Plaza was a riot of pink-striped hatboxes, stuffed animals, flutes of rosé Champagne, tiered stands holding macaroons, chocolate-dipped strawberries and scones last week for Betsey Johnson’s celebratory tea party for the one-year anniversary of the hotel’s Eloise suite, which she designed.
“I have been working my little ass off,” Johnson laughed. “I keep saying, ‘Next year won’t be the same,’ but it will. I love it, but my dream in this life is to take a month off with the grandkids, take them to Africa or something. Not just to the backyard in East Hampton.”
They certainly won’t be shacking up in the Eloise suite anytime soon. The room — which boasts, among other amenities, a sparkly pink headboard, neon sign above the bed and starts at $1,125 a night — is booked solid until next year.
“They sold out in September of last year until now,” Johnson said. “I wanted to have a party with, like, 30 kids, now I can barely get in. Though I don’t know if it’s Eloise or Charlie Sheen…when I heard Charlie had trashed a room at the Plaza, I thought it was Eloise’s, and I was thinking ‘Oh, that’s not so good….’ All the walls are hand-painted, custom fabrics, one-off prints, you know. But it was actually Denise Richards and her kids staying there, and Charlie across the hall. Luckily. Or not so luckily? Though Denise just named her adopted daughter Eloise, too.”
Johnson just found out she’ll be doing the hotel’s Christmas tree. It’s not the only big event she has to look forward to in the near future. “I’m turning 69 on Wednesday,” the designer said with a grin. “I’m a Leo. Like Obama.”