The Claws Come Out! L.A.’s Pop Elite Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 35th Birthday

35 years old might seem washed-up to some ageist Angelenos, and I can only imagine how old 35 is in cat years. But Japanese pop icon Hello Kitty was looking fabulous (has she had work done?) when she celebrated her 35th-birthday milestone at a girly gala held Thursday night at Los Angeles’s Royal T Café, and attended by Kitty enthusiasts like Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers man-about-town Dave Navarro, Paris Hilton, tween queen Miranda Cosgrove, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and hip-hop model/wife Kimora Lee Simmons, as well as by many other catty L.A. types.

(FYI, that’s me in the cathead photo above, impersonating the guest of honor, I must admit.)

An avant Asian artspace where Lolita maids in frilly kneesocks and candy-colored wigs served sushi, cupcakes, and bubbly Kitty-branded pink champagne, the Royal T Café rolled out the pink carpet for bow-bedecked famous fans of the much-loved mouthless feline icon, as well for various artists whose twisted and inspired modern-day depictions of Hello Kitty filled the gallery (and, later, haunted my dreams).

But the real showpieces in the gallery were a series of stunning Kitty-inspired portraits starring Lady Gaga (the outrageous stuffed-animal frock she rocked in one of the photos was also on display), all of which nearly put Katy Perry‘s recent “Kitty Purry” alter ego to shame:


So happy birthday, Miss Kitty. You’ve still got it after all these years.