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SIMPSON AND SNOOPY: Crowds peered into the windows of the Animazing Gallery in New York’s SoHo on Saturday evening to catch a glimpse of Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson, who were there to support the art opening of their friend, Tom Everhart. The artist incorporates the characters of Peanuts into his colorful canvases and is the only person permitted to do so via an agreement with the late Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip. “His artwork is unbelievable. It’s really incredible to see someone love what they do and bring brightness and color to it,” said Simpson, who denied a report that she and Johnson had settled on Hawaii for their upcoming nuptials.
“It’s up in the air. It has to be the right place and we’re scoping out a lot of places. We’re coming up with lots of great ideas that haven’t been done before between the two of us,” she said. Simpson was decked out in a bejeweled Isabel Marant jacket, J Brand shorts and Yves Saint Laurent heels — but not a stitch of her own lines, although she is slated for a full calendar of meetings this week to work on upcoming collections.
Also on hand at the opening were Iconix Brand Group chairman and ceo Neil Cole and chief marketing officer Dari Marder, who were there to check out the artwork starring their recent purchase. Last year, the brand management firm acquired the characters from E.W Scripps Co. for $175 million, with the Schulz family retaining a 20 percent interest.