Lots of people throw birthday parties that include lavish dinners, nights out at the club, or fabulous weekend getaways, either to the Hamptons, Europe, Vegas, you name it. My birthday this past summer was the epitome of high class luxury, wealth, and style, I just happened to experience it all through a movie screen.
Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorfs started as a cartoon in the New Yorker by Victoria Roberts and grew into a full feature film documentary in 2013 about the iconic New York Fashion Superstore Headquarters selling the best names in fashion to the wealthy and affluent people of New York City.
The building stands on some of the most fashionable real estate in the city on Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th street, just south of Central Park, and has been at that location since 1928, adding a Men’s Store across Fifth Avenue in 1990. It truly is the epitome of glamor and wealth in NYC, all within a city block.
While shopping at the store may not be for 75% of the population (ex. Carrie can actually shop there, and I can actually escort her), one way everyone can experience BG is by walking by the windows during holiday season giving insight into the magical and creative world of fashion. Images and layouts (I would even be so bold as to consider them landscapes) that are usually only seen in the flat, glossy pages of magazines come to life in front of millions of people each season, presenting what appears to be a dream behind what I assume is bullet proof glass. They may not always make sense, but their originality and ability to create “artistic chaos” focusing on a dress that is worth more that I make in 3 paychecks keeps me peeking in the windows each December and wishing upon the star in the Macy’s logo that one day I may be able to shop there.
As soon as I heard there would be a documentary about the history, clientele, and designers that BG boasts within its walls, I figured what better evening then that of my 29th Birthday following a lovely dinner with my closest friends. I may not be able to buy my birthday outfit there, but I certainly can partake in an overload of fashion porn to celebrate it.
As the holiday season approaches, try and plan a little time to walk past the windows at Bergdorf Goodman. I promise you, its one of the best FREE things you can do in the city that makes dealing with holiday shoppers just a little bit easier.
Live for Fun, Spread Joy, Happy Fall!