Jeanne Beker, Fashion Television

Before FTV (as in "I love FTVDOTCOM"), they had Elsa Klensch. Remember her? I don't know about you but I used to piss my pants whenever her show came on CNN when I was very young. Ditto with MTV's House of Style with Amber Valetta and Shalom Harlow. I also grew up watching Behind the Velvet Ropes with Lauren Ezersky. God I love that woman. I must have been what, twelve years old and thinking, "who is this outrageous and flamboyant rich Jewish lady with salt & pepper hair? I wanna be like that when I grow up!" All she did was go to fashion shows, showrooms, studios and interview designers (whatever happened to Zang Toi). At the end of her show, she'd pop a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne. What about Tim Blanks? Years and years before he got his Style.com gig, I used to watch old re-runs of Fashion File in third world cable TV thinking wow, just wow.

Then of course, there's the highly-respected Jeanne Beker (Fashion Television) who I truly admire.