All Hail Betty Halbreich
Well tie me down and hit me with a bag of bird seeds! If only I was sure that year 85 might look a bit like Betty Halbreich, whose recently released memoir is slated to become a television show under the watchful eye of Lena Dunham and HBO — then I’d be much more adamant about eating my vegetables and limiting coffee/alcohol intake.
Master internet-gem finder Mattie sent me this clip as published in The New Yorker last Saturday which details Halbreich’s history with Bergdorf Goodman (where she was the first personal shopper and continues to hold court) among other things like The Great Sequin/Tomato Debate. (Just watch it.)
It’s unusually fascinating to feel nostalgic about an era you weren’t even part of and yet, there it is, smacking you right in the face while Halbreich waxes poetic on the inauguration of ‘casual Fridays’ and that which makes a personal shopper good at what s/he does. (Hint: you’re supposed to be wearing so many different people you can’t even talk about it.)