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It’s fierce, fabulous, and philanthropic! FashionTelevisionChannel host and Fashion Cares honorary board member Jeanne Beker hosts the brand-new Original Special Fashion Cares 25: A Night of Style and Stars, premiering on World AIDS Day, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel and E!.

In this half-hour special, Jeanne chronicles the evolution of this iconic fundraising event, from its inception in 1987 to the 25th and final show this past September.

The special also features exclusive performances and interviews with stars such as Sir Elton John, Toronto’s David Furnish, Canadian bombshell Pamela Anderson, the incomparable RuPaul, Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista, Canadian design duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, Scissor Sisters, Janelle Monae, plus a who’s-who of the fashion and entertainment industry. Continue reading »

High fashion and high drama make their mark as FashionTelevisionChannel (FTC) welcomes two new series to its runway roster.

First on the scene is new series A MODEL LIFE, premiering Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 24 on FTC.

The series examines the interwoven lives of eight young, gorgeous and glam models hand-picked as the collective muse of iconic fashion photographer, Perou.

Then, from Canadian arts and culture magazine, VICE, comes FASHION WEEK INTERNATIONALE, premiering Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 26 on FTC.

This fascinating series follows host and fashion reporter Charlet Duboc as she goes behind the scenes of extraordinary “off-the-grid” fashion shows outside the usual catwalk realms of New York, London, Paris and Milan (please visit to confirm local broadcast times).

In the premiere episode of A MODEL LIFE (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 24 on FTC), eight professional models from around the globe are hand-picked by iconic fashion photographer, Perou, whose passion is to produce a bold series of portraits featuring the world of the working model.

His first assignment for the models is a racy lingerie shoot that takes the girls to the streets of central London to bare it all. There are mixed reactions to this shoot, especially from model Jay who suffers from serious body issues and model Ariella who is very clear on what she will and won’t wear. The result is a high octane cocktail of fun, drama, sex and fashion as the camera follows the models in front of and behind the camera lens.

In FASHION WEEK INTERNATIONALE (Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning, May 26 on FTC), host Charlet Duboc goes behind the scenes of fashion weeks from all over the world, navigating the catwalks from unlikely places such as Nigeria, Cambodia and Colombia. In the premiere episode, Duboc travels to Islamabad for Pakistan’s second ever fashion week. Despite the constant threat of extremist violence, she discovers a thriving and fabulous fashion industry lead by the irrepressible style guru of Pakistan, Tariq Amin.

As the world’s top fashion designers unveil their Fall/Winter 2012 collections, Canada’s own groundbreaking FASHION TELEVISION announced today its upcoming Fashion Weeks coverage, airing Sundays at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel.

From New York, London, Milan and Toronto, to Paris Couture and Ready-To-Wear, FASHION TELEVISION is striking a pose from the epicenter of the world’s major fashion capitals to bring Canadians all-new episodes with exclusive Fashion Week coverage.

Currently on location in New York City, legendary host Jeanne Beker is capturing every hot new colour, high hem number, and genius designer from the 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Then, it’s a recap of January’s Paris Haute Couture Week, before jetting off to London (Feb. 17-21), Milan (Feb. 22-28), back to Paris (Read-to-Wear Week, Feb. 28-March 7), and finally, back to Canada for Toronto Fashion Week (March 12-17). Fans can follow Jeanne’s every high-fashion move on Twitter at @Jeanne_Beker.

FASHION TELEVISION is the only series to bring Canadians an in-depth, inside look at the bustling world of high fashion. From cutting-edge trends, buzzed-about designers, the hottest up-and-comers, and celebrity fashionistas, FT delivers all the Fashion Week runway hits from fall and winter, to spring and summer. FASHION TELEVISION also airs on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two and 6 p.m. ET on E! (visit, and to confirm local broadcast times). Episodes are also available online on demand at and

“As a trendsetter in fashion news, FASHION TELEVISION covers the world’s Fashion Weeks unlike any other,” said Jay Levine, Supervising Producer of FASHION TELEVISION. “Jeanne’s personal relationships with some of the fashion industry’s greatest minds help bring FT viewers unparalleled access and one-of a-kind exclusive interviews.”

Paris Haute Couture Week – Continuing Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel

Kicking off the 2012 Fashion Week season in January with Paris couture, FT’s Jeanne Beker was the only Canadian among the elite few invited to take flight aboard inimitable designer Karl Lagerfeld’s mock Chanel private jet inside Paris’ Grand Palais.

New York Fashion Week – Beginning Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel

Next up is the fashion capital of the U.S., New York City, where Jeanne and crew check out the latest designer shows from Jason Wu, Rachel Zoe and Zac Posen, to Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs and Marchesa. While in the city that never sleeps, FT cameras also visit Canadian Brad Goreski as he styles Kate Spade, and join the ranks of Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and hip-hop star Nicki Minaj, at Mac’s Viva Glam Red Carpet and party.

London Fashion Week – Beginning Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel

On the heels of New York, FASHION TELEVISION jets to London Fashion Week (Feb. 17-21), to celebrate Canadian fashion designer Jeffrey Michael, whose creations are lighting up the streets of London, and attends all the biggest runway shows. FT also meets up with wheelchair-bound stylist and stunning model, Kay Dixon, and gets a personal tour of the Lucien Freud Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery with London-based fashion designer, daughter of Lucien and great granddaughter of Sigmund, Bella Freud.

Milan, Paris Ready-To-Wear and Toronto Fashion Week – Beginning Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel

From London, FT continues its round-the-world Fashion Week coverage at Milan Fashion Week (Feb. 22-28), Paris Ready-To-Wear Fashion Week (Feb. 28-March 7), and finally, Toronto Fashion Week (March 12-17).

Always working to improve its industry-leading status, FT recently launched new in-show segments to help capture everything happening in fashion right now. From “slide show,” a fast-paced digest of the most visually interesting topics happening today, to “objects of desire,” featuring the most desired things in the world – from the most outrageously expensive to affordable trends – FASHION TELEVISION works to bring viewers the latest fashion news in the most cutting-edge format.

From TV screens to glossy magazines, the world’s longest-running fashion series FASHIONTELEVISION extends its iconic brand this November with the launch of a semi-annual magazine.

Featuring fashion royalty Grace Kelly on the cover, the premiere 140-page winter edition of Fashion Television Magazine offers readers a unique video/print hybrid – a multimedia experience with a chance to see each print story come to life with a companion video available Nov. 2 on

Building on the success of last year’s remarkable 25th anniversary magazine, the premiere edition celebrates the legendary and enduring style of Grace Kelly and also includes a variety of articles reflecting some of FT’s most thought-provoking and visually-stimulating international stories from the world of fashion, photography and design.

Produced by FASHIONTELEVISION with Editorial Director Jay Levine and Editor-At-Large Jeanne Beker, and in partnership with Geoffrey Dawe & Co and Mamone & Partners, 1,000 copies of FT Magazine will be available beginning Nov. 2 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the private opening night reception for the “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess” exhibition. FT Magazine will also be distributed Nov. 6 to select home subscribers of the Toronto Star and to targeted neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. The magazine hits newsstands across the country on Nov. 22.

“FASHIONTELEVISION has always had its roots in the magazine world,” said Jay Levine, Supervising Producer of FASHIONTELEVISION and Editorial Director of FT Magazine. “After the success of our 25th anniversary issue, we’ve been compelled to enter this market by finding a unique opportunity to connect print and video together in an interesting and engaging way. With a goal to deliver audiences the sexy style, glamour and classic taste that FT embodies, we couldn’t think of a more fitting time or better fashion icon to feature on our premiere cover than Grace Kelly.”

Inspired by her transcendent style, FASHIONTELEVISION capitalized on the timing and its lead broadcast sponsorship of “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess” – an exclusive North American exhibition launching Nov. 4 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox – to celebrate Kelly on the cover. Juxtaposed against archival Hollywood shots of Kelly using integrated TV and still photography, the magazine features a glamorous 12-page fashion pictorial shot by photographer David Drebin. Inspired by Kelly’s renowned and enduring style, the pictorial captures the essence of her fashion evolution from iconic movie star to beloved princess.

The magazine also digs deep into some of FASHIONTELEVISION’s most intriguing stories including the severe pressures of the fashion business that have lead to the tragic demise of John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen and others, the recent trend of rock star offspring like Jagger, Richards and Lennox invading the modelling world, and the fascinating story of Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny-turned-street style photographer whose photos discovered after her death have become a potential gold mine.

In episodes airing Sunday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and 6 p.m. ET on FashionTelevision Channel, FASHIONTELEVISION explores what’s behind cover girl Grace Kelly’s enduring style with exclusive comments from designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld and Michael Kors along with Hollywood’s Julianne Moore and Paul Giamatti. Culminating in an in-depth feature story airing Sunday, Nov. 13, FT also covers the opening reception of “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess,” along with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with TIFF Bell Lightbox Creative Director and Exhibition Curator Noah Cowan. The feature story also airs on Saturday, November 12 at 9 p.m. ET on E! (visit, and to confirm local broadcast times).

This Sunday, CTV’s fashion hour covers the scandalized departure of John Galliano from famed fashion house Dior.

Beginning with IN FASHION on Sunday, March 6 at 5 p.m. ET and followed by Canada’s leading fashion series FASHIONTELEVISION at 5:30 p.m. ET, viewers get the inside scoop on the now disgraced designer’s infamous career and the shocking way it came to an immediate halt.

This week’s episodes of IN FASHION and FASHIONTELEVISION examine the last couple of weeks of this scandalized moment in high fashion, tracing the original allegations of anti-Semitism and all the events that led up to Galliano’s dismissal.

IN FASHION airs Sundays at 5 p.m. ET and FASHIONTELEVISION airs Sundays at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV. (Check local listings)

It was 1985, and Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie and Oscar de la Renta were top designers. Monika Schnarre was on the verge of supermodel stardom. Shoulder pads and big hair were de rigueur. Madonna and Princess Di were fast becoming fashionplates, and MIAMI VICE and DYNASTY were arbiters of style.

Making sense of it all was a new concept in fashion reporting: Canada’s own FASHIONTELEVISION (FT).

A quarter of a century later, and now licensed in 140 countries, CTV’s FASHIONTELEVISION celebrates 25 historic years as one of the world’s longest-running fashion series with the release of a commemorative magazine, a star-studded birthday bash, and the premiere of its 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, airing Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (check local listings).

“This is an incredible moment for the series – a milestone that could not pass without celebrating in style,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “FASHIONTELEVISION is an icon. Over the years it has set the bar for fashion producing and reporting, making fashion accessible to audiences worldwide.”

Jeanne Beker has been hosting since Day 1 and has gone on to become one of the international fashion scene’s most respected journalists, and a fashion icon herself. Within the first year, she was interviewing the likes of Linda Evangelista, Donna Karan and Gianni Versace, beginning to lay the ground work for their inevitable iconic status. By its second year, FT was travelling to the fashion capitals of the world and, in its unique and trailblazing format, rubbing shoulders backstage with Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, and Naomi Campbell.

A quarter century later, FASHIONTELEVISION’s raw style of fashion reporting and commitment to its audience, has made it a legend in the industry, and allowed its team to develop close relationships with the world’s top designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. 

“The only constant in this arena is change, and witnessing the way the industry has grown – and the way we’ve grown along with it – has been exhilarating,” said Jeanne Beker, host of FASHIONTELEVISION. “I never would have imagined that a quarter century later, I’d still be enthusiastically pursuing designers in my stilettos, but the thrill of the chase, coupled with the fact that we’ve managed to influence and edify an entire generation of fashion fans, continues to excite and inspire me. My passion for what we do hasn’t waned a bit in all these years. And I know our faithful viewers share that passion.” 

Thousands of international profiles later, FASHIONTELEVISION has covered everything from street fashion to haute couture, unequivocally becoming a homegrown success story as Canada’s longest running fashion series. The series’ extensive style coverage remains at the forefront of the industry and a cut above all others.

FT’s outstanding 25th season kicks off with the premiere of the one-hour commemorative 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. The special digs deep into FT’s archives to tell the story of a pivotal time in fashion. It was an explosive era that created the first supermodel, the celebrity designer, and a boundary-pushing sexuality in fashion advertising.

Here, FT revisits all the innovators, troublemakers and risk-takers that have helped make the fashion scene so vital and fascinating. The special premieres on CTV Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, with encore presentations on CTV Monday, September 13 at 10 a.m. ET/PT, on Star! Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m ET / 5 p.m. PT, and Saturday September 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT; and on FashionTelevisionChannel Sunday, September 12 at 9 p.m ET / 6 p.m. PT and Monday, September 13 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

“On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, we’ve dug deep into our archives to tell the story of a pivotal era in fashion, and to revisit the colourful characters we’ve met along the way,” said Jay Levine, Supervising Producer of FASHIONTELEVISION. “They’re the people behind the story, those who make the fashion world so vital and fascinating.” 

The catwalk meets the sidewalk at the legendary corner of Toronto’s Queen and John Streets for FT’s 25th anniversary celebration event, which gathers Canada’s fashion elite and glitterati together to toast the series’ 25 years of excellence in fashion reporting. The event launches FT’s limited edition 25th anniversary magazine, a 208-page commemorative glossy that chronicles the many milestones and defining moments of FT’s global iconic success.

This collectors’ edition captures the essence of the finest TV moments in fashion, design and architecture, along with people and places that excited, inspired and entertained viewers around the world. A visual scrapbook, the cover features Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha. Produced by FASHIONTELEVISION in association with Geoffrey Dawe & Co and Mamone & Partners, the magazine is available mid-September at select retailers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 

For more FT programming information and up-to-the minute updates surrounding FT’s 25th anniversary season including exclusive photos and videos, log onto 

Premieres: Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV

The past year was tough for the business of style with Versace cutting 350 jobs and Escada and Christian Lacroix filing for bankruptcy. It was also an interesting year as celebrity collaborations dominated the runways (Lindsay Lohan/Ungaro, Hillary Duff/DKNY, Jimmy Choo/H&M, Kate Moss/TopShop) and fashion films reigned at the box office (The September Issue, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Coco Avant Chanel, and Tom Ford’s A Single Man.)  Plus, celebrities adorned ad campaigns everywhere (Madonna/Louis Vuitton, Eva Mendes/Calvin Klein, Emma Watson/Burberry, Scarlet Johansson/Mango and the Beckham’s/Armani). This 30-minute special takes a look at all this and more including the year that was DSQUARED² (from their star on Canada’s Walk of Fame to designing for the 2010 Olympics), Obama mania, crimes of fashion, Annie Leibovitz’ financial woes, the infamous Yves saint Laurent auction, Olsen Twins’ triumphs, and Gaga’s garments.

Encore Presentation: Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. on FashionTelevisionChannel

Toronto’s LG Fashion Week officially kicks off at the fashion tents today! Below is what FASHIONTELEVISION plans to deliver for Canadian viewers and fashion lovers alike.

CTV’s FASHIONTELEVISION (FT) returns as official broadcast sponsor of Toronto’s LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris.  The only media outlet housed on-site, FT broadcasts from the fashion tents at 1030 King Street West (LG Fashion Week’s new venue), to deliver unprecedented access and a first-look into the Spring/Summer 2010 collections.

FASHIONTELEVISION PRESENTS: LG FASHION WEEK IN TORONTO airs October 22 at 10:30 a.m. ET and October 24 at 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET on CTV. (Encore presentations air on Star! Oct. 22 and 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET and Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. ET; And FashionTelevisionChannel airs Oct. 22-24 at 3:30 p.m. ET.)

In addition, CTV’s IN FASHION recaps the entire week, delivering all Toronto LG Fashion Week highlights in one jam-packed episode airing Monday, October 26 at 10 a.m. ET on CTV. (Also airs October 24 at 5 p.m. ET on Star! and 8 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel.)

FT spotlights Canadian designers and puts viewers in the middle of all the action at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week. Style experts Jeanne Beker, Glen Baxter and Mary Kitchen deliver exclusive model and designer profiles, backstage highlights, and one-on-one interviews with key industry players.

As The Toronto International Film Festival® gets ready to premiere a biopic on Coco Chanel this year, FASHIONTELEVISION (FT) delivers a timely special about Coco’s successor – Karl Lagerfeld. An FT exclusive, CONNECTING WITH KARL: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH KARL LAGERFELD premieres Sunday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

FASHIONTELEVISION kicks off its highly anticipated new season with an exclusive interview with one of the most prolific designers of our time – Karl Lagerfeld. FT’s Jeanne Beker was granted the exclusive sit-down interview with Lagerfeld, following his bow at the unveiling of his latest couture collection in Paris. The creative director of iconic company Chanel, Lagerfeld is also the man behind Fendi and his own line of clothes. In this 30-minute special, CONNECTING WITH KARL: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH KARL LAGERFELD, the remarkably tireless designer reveals a sense of humour and a genuine kindness that lies beneath his daunting exterior. Achieving a level of fame typically reserved for movie stars and rock idols, Lagerfeld responds to how Chanel has been portrayed in the recently released biopics, the task of designing 16 collections a year, and reveals personal details about his life and upbringing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how this designer has Hollywood’s elite and style-savvy teens clamouring for Chanel!

Friday, March 20 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. on FashionTelevisionChannel

Starring the late Natasha Richardson


Encore Presentations:

Saturday, March 21 at 10 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel

Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel

Natasha Richardson stars as “Shelley Allen” alongside Alan Rickman, Josh Hartnett, Rachel Griffiths, Rachael Leigh Cook and Heidi Klum in the comedy film directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Academy®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE FULL MONTY).


Love is in the hair when two beauty salons in a small English town are locked in a heated rivalry over a national hairdressing competition. Natasha Richardson is touching as she fights to regain her family in the film after learning she has terminal cancer.

Canadian viewers can watch BLOW DRY on FashionTelevisionChannel for FREE as part of the channel’s Free Preview period for the month of March. To access FashionTelevisionChannel’s array of original and global programs, contact your television service provider or visit for more information.