August 23 2014

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2 posts tagged "Betty Halbreich"

Betty Halbreich Doesn’t Watch Girls, Embraces Panty Girdles


Lena Dunham and Betty Halbreich

Lena Dunham—the outspoken Girls creator with a singular and oft outré aesthetic—has a fashion-forward new project in the works: an HBO comedy based on the life of 85-year-old Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich. During the New Yorker festival, The Telegraph was privy to a convo between the two ladies, in which Halbreich, who’s worked with Bergdorf since 1978, admits that she’s never watched Girls and that she was wearing a “panty girdle.” The style maven also commented on Dunham’s Emmys look: “That blue eye shadow…made your eyes tear,” she said, to which Dunham lightheartedly replied, “I know. The Emmys weren’t my finest hour.” Who knows—perhaps Dunham could get more than just TV material from the seasoned sartorial adviser.

Photo: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images 

Introducing Betty Bergdorf


Bergdorf Goodman has rolled out the red carpet to celebrate its 111th year, and commissioned a full-length documentary to toast the occasion. But this week’s New Yorker pays tribute to a Bergdorf landmark that’s lesser-known—unless you happen to be Patricia Field, Isaac Mizrahi, or the late Babe Paley. Betty Halbreich is the ur-personal shopper: The woman behind Betty Halbreich’s Solutions, headquartered at the store, is one of Bergdorf Goodman’s longest-standing employees (hired 1976, following a stint at Geoffrey Beene), and, to judge from Judith Thurman’s new profile, one of its saltiest. Halbreich pulls no punches in laying out the good, the bad, and the ill-fitting for her clients, which include all manner of society wives, celebrities (Meryl Streep, Liza Minnelli, and Mia Farrow have passed through her hands), and TV shows (Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, and just about every daytime soap). “My work is like lay therapy,” is the way she describes her vocation to the magazine. “You listen, you prescribe—clothes are a fix—and you hold up a mirror. Most people can’t see themselves.” In her corner office, the doctor is in.

Photo: Ruven Afandor / Courtesy of The New Yorker