Canadian fashion maven Jeanne Beker became an industry icon as the vivacious host of Fashion Television. These days, when the Torontonian isn’t wearing her creative director’s hat for EDIT (available at the Bay and Addition Elle), Beker is a style correspondent for The Loop and appears as the face of Bell Media’s FashionTelevisionChannel. We caught up with her before she took off for Paris.
When was your first trip to Paris?
I went to study with the great mime teacher Étienne Decroux, who taught Marcel Marceau, in 1973. Ernest Hemingway once said that if you live in Paris as a young man, the city stays with you for the rest of your life. That's what happened with me.
What's your favourite memory from that time?
I remember asking someone at the airport to recommend a hotel, and they sent me to this tiny little one in Saint-Germain. There was a bidet in the centre of the room, which I thought was a sink. I'd never seen a bidet before!
Who has the best travel style?
"Effortless" is how I would describe great travel style. Once I was at the airport standing next to Gisele Bündchen – looking chic and casual in her jeans worn just the right way – knowing she was going to be on the runway in a few hours. Who doesn't love seeing a model out of context, without the makeup on, just in their real clothes?
Where do you go to unwind?
I have a little stone farmhouse north of Cobourg, Ontario, that makes me feel like I'm in the south of France when the weather's right. And my good friend Toller Cranston has a home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where I've been a few times. I just invested in a resort outside of Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, called Oceanstone Seaside Resort, and because I've lived in Newfoundland, I try to get there at least once a year for the Writers at Woody Point festival.