EXCLUSIVE: Lena Dunham, creator/star/executive producer of hot comedy Girls, has teamed with her Girls co-showrunner, executive producer Jenni Konner, for another potential HBO comedy series set in New York. The pay cable network has optioned All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, the upcoming memoir by long-time Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper and New York institution Betty Halbreich. Dunham and Konner plan to write together the TV project, which will delve into the life of Halbreich who has spent decades working with the rich and famous.
At age 85, Halbreich is still running her Bergdorf-based personal shopping service, which she launched in 1976. She has been the dresser and confidante of three generations of Manhattan socialites and stars including Joan Rivers, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Couric and Glenn Close. Additionally, she works with top Manhattan stylists and has consulted for movies and TV shows, including helping design the signature look for HBO’s Sex And The City and capture the New York style of the early Woody Allen films. Halbreich is known as much for her unparalleled eye for fashion as she is about her unpretentious attitude and tart one-liners. The brassy Chicago native’s manner has been described as “part Angela Lansbury and part Lucille Ball.” Her memoir is said to provide behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of high fashion, as well as inspiration for women from all backgrounds.
HBO’s Girls became an instant pop culture phenomenon when it premiered last April, triggering passionate reaction. It landed five Emmy nominations, including best comedy series, and triumphed at the Golden Globes earlier this month with two wins, for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series, Dunham. The series, which recently launched its second season, has already been renewed for a third. UTA-repped Dunham and Konner executive produce it with Judd Apatow. Halbreich, repped by APA and The Carol Mann Agency, is also the author of the 1998 book Secrets Of A Fashion Therapist.