Fun <i>Confessions</i>

By  June 18, 2009

In anticipation of the June 23 DVD and Blu-ray release of Confessions of a Shopaholic, we’re highlighting a few fun facts from the very fashionable flick …

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The film was shot inside of some of the most exclusive stores and boutiques in New York, including Barneys New York flagship store on Madison Avenue, Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, Scoop and Catherine Malandrino in the Meat Packing District, Alessi in Soho, and Kleinfeld in Chelsea.

The film was also shot inside some of the most historic buildings in the city, including legendary British architect Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower (the only film to ever be allowed to shoot there) on 57th Street and 8th Avenue).

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The production spent two all-nighters dressing the beautiful atrium of Henri Bendel with a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed design, as well as the aviator-themed window displays.  They also created window displays for the Hearst Tower with faux stores by Valentino, Anna Sui, Catherine Malandrino and Alberto Ferretti.  Excited New Yorkers thought that actual stores had opened on the ground level of the Tower and were sorely disappointed to discover that they were only for the movie.

In the film, costume designer Patricia Field selected clothing and accessories to adorn Isla Fisher’s Becky Bloomwood, including Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Christian Dior, Todd Oldham, Gucci and Matthew Williamson, among others.

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To create a lavish display in Henri Bendel’s six-story atrium, as well as window decorations, the production designers had to pull an all-nighter. They only had enough time between the store closing its doors to the public and reopening them again in the morning to pull off the impossible.  Mission was accomplished, with legions of New Yorkers admiring the results before the cameras began rolling later that day.

Ed Helms of The Office is seen only on videotape in the movie as self-help money management guru Garrett E. Barton.

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Robert Stanton, who plays ruthless debt collector Derek Smeath, drew upon the only other job he ever had besides actor: a skip tracer for a student loan company, finding people who had defaulted on their debts.  Stanton admits that he wasn’t good at harassing people, since he would always burst out in laughter instead.

[tags]Glam Media, Glam, GlamBuzz, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Isla Fischer, Pat Field, Patricia Field[/tags]