Oh my gosh, friends! So it’s been a month already and I AM STILL REELING from the magic that was Hello Kitty Con. If you would have told me growing up that I would get to go to something this amazing, I would never had believed you. I’m telling you, it was magic! And the best part – this all happened in Los Angeles, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA to be exact.
First of all, there were so many girls cosplaying it up in Harajuku Hello-Kitty inspired styles. I was absolutely in love with all of them. This kind of Japanese fashion is a huge influence on me and my own personal style. I see so many pieces in their outfits that I would totally incorporate into a more “Jen-style” outfit for sure – like those red polka dot tights or the adorable sailor style buttons on their pinafores or all the bows! It’s all so classically cute & kawaii!
I don’t know if you heard about this, but during the convention, tattoo artists were giving away free Hello Kitty tattoos! They had a whole little studio set up. I unfortunately didn’t end up getting one but the designs they were doing were adorable. If you went and got one of them, I would love to see it!
So there was an entire exhibit dedicated to Hello Kitty designer fashion called Lovely Kitty Wonder: A Hello Kitty Fashion Installation. Stephiee Nguyen of JapanLA curated the exhibit and it featured twelve different designer’s Hello Kitty inspired pieces. It was BREATHTAKINGLY AWESOME. This cage dress by Linda Friesen is my absolute favorite but there were SO MANY amazing pieces. I wish I could show them all to you. I could probably write a post on just this but you know, I’ll save you from me gushing over every picture. Unlike what I’m doing now…..
I don’t know if you saw my video on Instagram but I also got to see a sneak peek of the Supercute Friendship Festival that’s is touring around the country in the Spring and Summer of 2015. The festival will feature a bunch of different Sanrio characters (I later saw Badtz Maru performing too!) and I really hope I can make it to the LA stop. If the sneak peek is anything to go by, it’s going to be adorable and well, supercute.
Ok, friends. If you’re a fan of Hello Kitty, you will probably know who this amazing woman is. Yuko Yamaguchi was present every day of Hello Kitty Con signing autographs and drawing personalized portraits. She has been Hello Kitty’s head designer since 1980. That’s only six years after Hello Kitty was originally introduced to the world – meaning Yuko has essentially been the one behind the kitty (I refuse to call her a girl, because CATS!) that we all know and love. Getting to hang out with her (even if just for a few minutes) and have her draw this picture of Hello Kitty and Tiny Chum gave me ALL OF THE FEELS. Yuko is a legend!
You may have already heard about this but the first ever U.S. Hello Kitty Cafe is opening in Orange County next year! I obviously cannot wait to go. But in the meantime, I got to preview some of the goodies they will be serving in the cafe from this happy adorable Hello Kitty Cafe food truck. Like seriously, how amazing would it be to roll up to an event somewhere in LA (or ok, the OC) and see this parked outside? I don’t now what I would do!
So there was a vintage shop full of real vintage Hello Kitty merchandise for sale. It was like your own personal live Ebay full of Sanrio stuff from the 70s-90s. I saw so many toys, wallets, and accessories that either I had as a kid or my older cousins did. It was super neat. Also, that photo you’re looking at above? It’s one of the original Sanrio Hello Kitty coin purses released in 1975, just a year after she was created. It was in a room all on its own inside a glass case. It was like a one-item Hello Kitty museum! The coin purse was on loan from Sanrio Headquarters in Japan and had never been in the U.S. before. Such an amazing piece of Hello Kitty history.
My night ended shortly after getting to see Yoshiki perform Hello Kitty’s theme song, “Hello Hello” for the first time ever. You can see a video of the performance here. I’d love to hear what you think of her official theme song! The song is a cute and dreamy pop with a little EDM thrown in for good measure song. You have to listen to it to see what I mean.
Thank you SO MUCH for letting me tell you all about the magic that was Hello Kitty Con! I had such an amazing time and had great company too (Hi Xenia!) which made the night just magical. Oh, and if you didn’t see it yet, I posted a fatshion post about what I wore the night of if you want to get in on that goodness too.
So! Did you go? Wasn’t it magic? If you didn’t get a chance to go, what would you have loved to see? ♥