Betsey Johnson Unveils 'Eloise' Suite at the Plaza
The new Eloise suite at The Plaza in New York City? Oh, it's rawther fabulous.
Designed by Betsey Johnson, the 18th floor suite features zebra-print carpet, pink-striped walls and a closet full of poufy skirts and other dress-up clothes. Hanging on the walls are original prints by "Eloise" illustrator Hilary Knight, and the pillow shams and chairs feature Johnson prints.
Oh, and in case you have an urgent room service request, there's a phone in the bathroom.
Johnson says she loves hanging out at The Plaza, so she was thrilled to be asked to design the suite.
"I just kind of live Eloise," Johnson tells ParentDish.
The designer says her granddaugthers Layla, 4, and Ella, 2, are Eloise fans, and they can't wait to stay in the new suite. As for Johnson, she says she loved designing the room and wants to do more home design.
Unlike the end of her runway shows, Johnson tells ParentDish she didn't do her trademark cartwheel when she first saw the completed room, but she celebrated in another way.
"I immediately jumped on the bed!" she says.
Living like Eloise isn't cheap (rates start at $995 per night), but The Plaza's Palm Court cafe is now offering an Eloise Tea with treats including miniature grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, plus cupcakes, cookies and pink lemonade. You also can pick up pink feather boas and our heroine's other favorite things at the new Eloise Shop.
While Johnson was showing off the new Eloise suite, something -- or someone -- was missing. The Plaza's famous eternally-6-year-old resident was nowhere in sight, so we had to go and ask the gentleman at the front desk: "Where is Eloise?"
"Oh, you just missed her," he told us. "She was seen running in the direction of the park."
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