Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meet & Greet with Jeanne Beker

After about a year of being out of the fashion game, Montreal Fashion Moms finally got our groove back!
As we mentioned in a previous post, our plans for yesterday were to first meet legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier at the Bay downtown as he launches his latest perfume, Le MALE Terrible, and then to see Canadian Fashion Icon, Jeanne Beker at Indigo for a book signing event for her latest book “Finding Myself in Fashion”.

Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the Bay on time to meet JPG, as Kion decided to extend his usual 20 min nap to a 2hr nap, causing us to leave much later than expected, but hey, that’s life when you have kids! And of course, they will always be our first priority. We’ll just have to settle for the spirit of Gaultier when we go visit his exhibition, The World Of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which opens to the public tomorrow.

Not only was this our first fashion event since having our sons, but it was the boys’ first fashion event ever, so of course we had to dress them up appropriately. Our up and coming fashion superstars were looking soooo cute in their shirts and shorts, ready to meet Ms. Jeanne Beker.

Kion in Walmart polo & Old Navy jean shorts
Jagger in Old Navy Shirt & Joe Fresh jean shorts
We made it downtown to the Indigo book store at Place Montreal Trust a little early, and were able to grab a seat next to the lovely Linsay from Souche Magazine. We had enough time to settle ourselves in and grab a copy of Jeanne’s book “Finding Myself in Fashion”, ready for signing.

Jeanne finally made her entrance and was looking fabulous as always in a black and white stripped dress, reminiscent of her book cover look, by the amazing, Montreal fashion designer, Denis Gagnon. She was also sporting some killer heels by Canadian shoe designer, John Fluvog.

Jeanne first sat down for an interview with Lolitta Dandoy, fashion editor at and blogger for Jeanne answered questions, shared stories, and read a passage from her book about the late, great designer, Alexander McQueen. She spoke so eloquently, and kept us intrigued and inspired throughout the interview. Everything she said just made us look forward to reading her new book about her life on and off the runway.

Lolitta Dandoy & Jeanne Beker

At the end of the interview, they opened up the floor to questions, and we had the fortunate chance of asking Jeanne a question of our own. We asked a few things we thought all our Montreal Fashion Mom readers would want to know;  how she balances work and her family, if she has any tips for busy working moms, and if her daughters are also into fashion. Check out the following video to see how Jeanne responded. (Sorry if it’s a bit shaky, Yussie was holding Kion while she recorded)

After the question period, came the book signing. The nice Indigo manager allowed us to go first, seeing as we had the babies and clearly had a lot going on. It was such pleasure to meeting Jeanne. She was so sweet, she asked about our sons, posed for a group picture and signed our books with love - in no rush at all.

It was such a delight to meet Jeanne Beker; she is definitely an inspiring, hard working, fabulous fashion mom, and this experience just made us love her that much more. We are definitely looking forward to reading her new book, “Finding Myself in Fashion”.

So we survived our first fashion event back in the game, and with the babies! We have to admit, it went surprisingly well, and felt great! It was so nice to get back to the fashion world, see some of our fab fashion friends again, and prove that we can still balance our new families with our passion for fashion.