The fashion world reeled yesterday when it was suddenly announced that Fashion Television would be no more. Jeanne shocked us with her tweet: "So surreal. This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today." Growing up, Jeanne Beker was my idol. While other kids devoured cartoons and sitcoms, my mom would have to drag me from FT as I dreamily watched couture creations glide down the runways of Paris, New York and Milan. Jeanne made the rarefied world of fashion seem accessible as she ushered us behind-the-curtains of the world's most glamorous shows, and helped us get to know the real designers behind our favourite brands. Her trademark chutzpah and no-holds-barred interviews might have seemed over-the-top to some, but that's precisely what I loved abour her. When I found out that Jeanne would be making an appearance at a store in Port Stanley last year, I begged my husband to watch the kids so I could go and meet her. I stashed Jeanne's bio in my tote and geeked my way to the little women's boutique, beyond excited to meet a fashion legend. At the end of her presentation, I shoved my way to the front of the crowd, thrust my book into her hands and practically demanded an autograph. I guess I learned from the best :)
Though this certainly marks the end of an era, Jeanne followed up her initial tweet with , "But life's about change! We have to embrace that. NEW dreams now. Looking forward to working with Bellmedia + evolving the FT brand." I can't wait to see what Ms. Beker has up her stylish sleeves next. Given that everyone's talking about Jeanne today, I thought I'd post some pics from her latest collection (oh yes, she's a designer, too...) Check out the 5 trends she's tapped for her spring EDIT collection, available at The Bay stores nationwide:
MODERN BRIGHTS: Turn up the colour volume this season! Sizzling sexy shades of tangerine and hot pink will warm up your wardrobe and add punch to your spring style statement. From a romantic floral print to a modern hit of colour-blocking, these pieces offer that bright and beautiful edge guaranteed to keep your sunny side up.
DOTS & STRIPES: 'Tis the season to be playful. And how better to convey that carefree attitude than with graphic retro dots and stripes? Teamed with your solid jeans and jeggings, these upbeat, easy-to-wear pieces are aimed at giving your wardrobe that fresh, welcome twist.
GO EXOTIC: March to the beat of your own style drum this spring with exotic prints, lively textures, and just enough dazzle to set you sailing into summer. It's high time for bold moves and playful pieces to take you from day to night, and give your wardrobe an exciting new rhythm.
MAXI DRESSES: For your summer getaway, home entertaining, or romantic evenings out, nothing oozes relaxed feminine glamour like a chic maxi dress. My EDIT for spring resulted in four long and lovely looks that can easily be dressed up or down. Because this season, the kind of confident style we crave is all about elegant ease.
COLOURED DENIM: Jeans are all about confidence. And the right-fitting pair will give you that in spades. My Jeanne jeans hug you in all the right places, with cuts that are sexy, comfy, and cool. Get ready to rock the youthful cropped look in bold new shades of lipstick red and cobalt blue. And feel the funky freedom of a great pair of flares, or the chic ease of a classic straight leg.
We love you, Jeanne! You are a true inspiration