Thursday, May 16, 2013

From Mrs. Robinson - Reflections on the Hot Docs doc Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's

Mrs Robinson

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, Matthew Miele’s bracing doc on New York’s mecca of merchandise is gossipy, extravagant and gorgeous. Pulled together sophisticates in Chanel suits and Louboutins stride purposefully into Manhattan’s great luxe emporium at the foot of Central Park. For generations, well-heeled ladies have traipsed through this block-long temple, the former home of the Vanderbilt family. The stores gleaming lights and surfaces, and touches of mirror and crystal frame some of the richest merchandise in the world. If you love shopping, you know Bergdorf’s, it’s that iconic. Karl Lagerfeld, Joan Rivers, Michael Kors, The Olsen Twins, Candice Bergen and Christian Louboutin make appearances, as well as a colourful parade of Bergdorf’s top designers who jockey for floor space. The real stars here may be the “ladies who lunch.” They are a fascinating breed and unique to NYC. It’s impossible to tell their age - a clue to their wealth and singular focus. Bergdorf’s is their spiritual home and all this decadence feels so wicked and yet so good. And the gossip! Worth seeing for the Yoko Ono story alone…At Bloor Hot Docs Cinema May 17-23.

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