Wednesday, December 14, 2011


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Most of us know the face of "Fashion Television".  Jeanne Beker has been the host for many, many years.  She has rubbed shoulders with all the greats and the not so greats in the world of fashion, art and architecture.  So I find it interesting that she writes for a major Toronto newspaper, focusing a lot on vintage fashions.

Hilary Sampliner with Beker
This week's article focuses on a young girl Beker ran into recently at a Grace Kelly inspired fashion show at the Ritz, in honour of the Kelly exhibit here in Toronto.  This girl is a good friend of Beker's daughter and the FT host has become inspired by her fashion sense and her love of her grandmother's vintage clothing. 

Not surprising is the fact that this young woman has been inspired by the look of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Roman Holiday".  Sampliner also gets her inspirations from a Parisian stylist who has 1920's flair. 

Chasing fashionistas around the world means that Beker is living mostly in the future of fashion, reporting on lines that are usually 2 or more seasons ahead.  But she seems to be very comfortable in the world of vintage.  I find this somewhat surprising, but a good surprise.  Beker says to be brave when it comes to vintage wear, but don't overdo it as it can look like you're draped in costume.

I say this again.  To appreciate or to understand our present and future, we must look to the past for inspiration.  Looks like Beker is doing just that!  Check out her articles in the Life section of the Toronto Star.

1 comment:

Glamour Daze said...

We have no future unless we respect our past ! Thanks for the post on this and Happy Christmas!