Article of the Week: Meet the 86-year-old personal shopper to the A-List!

Betty Halbreich in her office at Bergdorf’s. Taken from the Daily Mail.

Imagine your typical 86-year-old lady… What does she do during the day? Most likely retired, knitting, gardening, cruise holidays… you get the idea. But the star of this week’s AotW, and documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, is no typical OAP. The first personal shopper to work at New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman, Betty Halbreich is still giving out styling tips over 40 years after she started. The article is incredibly enlightening though Betty refuses to name drop any of the famous clients that she has helped style. (Apparently they include Meryl Streep and Sarah Jessica Parker.) But the best part was that she stuck up for Lena Dunham’s style. While I have only recently become really aware of Lena after reading her interview in Look a few weeks ago, I have become a quick fan of her quirkiness and stance against stick-thin fashion. Therefore, anyone who says they wouldn’t change her gets a thumbs up from me. 

However, I don’t agree with Betty on everything. She may be an accessory-magpie like myself but anyone who says “I’ve never worn a pair of blue jeans in my life… They’re very uncomfortable” is miles away from my style (I’m a die-hard denim and jeans fan). But I don’t think that means I can’t admire someone who has been styling people for over 40 years. After all, she’s been in the game far longer than most of us.
One final thing… I have to share my favourite of the style rules included in the Look article.

Try shopping in smaller, less overwhelming shops. I think big stores have made it difficult for people to shop. Everything is spread out now and they walk around in circles.

If you ask me, it sounds like Betty is supporting charity and independent shops. They don’t get much smaller than that. Go Betty!

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