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Jeanne Beker Returns to TV With a Brand-New Show!

If you’ve been missing your Jeanne Beker fix on the small screen since Fashion Television was cancelled (we’re still super sad about this), we’ve got some good news

Jeanne Beker

Courtesy of The Shopping Channel

Welcome back, Jeanne! This Thursday, The Shopping Channel premieres a special two-hour episode of Style Matters With Jeanne Beker, a new live show that promises both great buys and behind-the-scenes designer access. We sat down with the Canadian fashion icon and new Shopping Channel style editor to chat about her approach to fashion and why she’s “chomping at the bit” to be back on television. Here’s what we learned:

She doesn’t follow the rules

“You give me a fashion rule, and I want to break it! For example, black and brown go beautifully together. Ralph Rucci once gave me this beautiful sweater that was reversible, and it was brown on the inside and black on the outside, and I thought it was the most sumptuous thing I’d ever seen. They used to say don’t wear black and navy together, or white shoes, but if you’ve got a pair of go-go boots and you want to run around in them in January, do it.”

In five words, she defines her personal style as…

“Comfortable, contemporary, eclectic, glamorous… sometimes.” (Last fall, we asked Jeanne to deconstruct seven of her own favourite looks of all-time here.)

She gets fast fashion, but doesn’t love it

“I know there’s a lot of this fast fashion around that’s cheap and cheerful, and it’s wonderful sometimes, because it gives us that quick fix. But after a few washings, it’s down the drain. So save up for something classic, and have a few of those really good pieces, preferably in colours that you’re not going to get tired of.”

Style Matters With Jeanne Beker isn’t about high-fashion runways

 “Don’t expect it to be like Fashion Television. At the end of the day, The Shopping Channel is a retailer, but we are going to educate and inform you so you can make better choices, or understand why a certain trend is all the rage. I visited some of the designers behind the brands at The Shopping Channel, and I got up close and personal with them. We’ll get more of a chance to talk more about the state of style and about personal style philosophies, rather than just hitting you over the head with a sales pitch.”

She doesn’t care if you don’t know who she is

“The show is about real women who love fashion, love accessories, love to shop and love to share. And if they’ve never heard of me before and never seen Fashion Television, all the better, because they can turn on The Shopping Channel to find out who who I am. I have this incredible wealth of experience, and I’m just chomping at the bit to share my stories.”

More from Jeanne:
Jeanne Beker Relives 50 Years of Anti-Establishment Style
Jeanne Beker’s All-Time Favourite Fashion Hits