LITTLE Edie Bouvier Beale is one of the fashion world's most beloved icons, thanks to documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and his 1975 cult classic "Grey Gardens." His 100-minute documentary has inspired countless designers, including Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors to name just two. So it wasn't surprising that last weekend's dinner for Maysles, 81, was a love fest, hosted by Barneys New York and Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier as part of Los Angeles Art Weekend.
On the roof at Barney Greengrass, photographer Lisa Eisner -- capturing the flamboyant spirit of Little Edie in a fabulous tie-dye vintage dress, pink sequin Manolo Blahnik pumps and a pink feather boa -- traded camera secrets with Maysles, while filmmaker Liz Goldwyn nuzzled up to him as if he were her grandfather. "He really took me under his wing," she said of Maysles, who did principal photography for Goldwyn's 2005 burlesque documentary, "Pretty Things."
Dustin Hoffman said he turned to Maysles' 1968 film "Salesman" when he was preparing to play Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway in 1984. "It's about the pain a person can go through while living in a free country," Hoffman said. "And it's more relevant now than it's ever been."