For several years I practically lived in NYC! No other city does Fashion Week like NYC, and all the pump and circumstances surrounding the shows was all over the media…… all of the hoopla basically shut down the city. “A” list celebrities from all over the world attend Fashion Week and/or participate in it for major cash, endorsement deals or simply to be seen? Did you know that there are also major fashion shows in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Long Island and not just the old standard of Lincoln Park? I certainly didn’t until I was there!

“A” list shows and events are always considered to take place at Lincoln Park but it takes “tall stacks” of cash to produce shows there and in all honesty, most designers simply can’t afford the Lincoln Centers and the Bryant Parks of the world; hence fashion shows all over the five Burroughs.

As Fashion Week 2013 comes to a close, here’s a brief insight: there were about 250 shows; over ten thousand models used, bringing in an estimated $860 million dollars in revenue for the city.

But Fashion Week is not just for the ladies anymore, men are now attending fashion shows at higher numbers than ever before and why not………… there are women everywhere!

Below are some interesting bits of information that I discovered during Fashion Week 2013:

The NFL unveiled its fourth year of women’s fashions at New York’s Grand Central terminal. The newest crop turns football gear into high fashion, merging team styles with luxury designs. Licensed NFL clothing has been revamped to incorporate current trends, feminine details and flattering silhouettes. The “Back to Football” fashion event was presented by NFL Women’s Apparel and 2013 Creative Fashion Director, Phillip Bloch, in collaboration with Vogue magazine. Fashions for all 32 teams were on display, as well as a special Super Bowl XLVIII look.

CoverGirl is teaming up with the NFL to add a new twist for the League’s female fans. The company announced that fans will be able to express their on-the-field allegiance via NFL CoverGirl “fanicures” inspired by all 32 teams. On-sale now at, the bundles feature CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss combos. In addition, fans also will have the opportunity to experience “fanicures” inside the stadium at select home games at NFL Style Lounges and outside the stadium via mobile manicure stations.

Alyssa Milano (Mistresses) will host season three of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars, replacing Carolyn Murphy. The reality competition, from The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Muray Productions, premieres Thursday, October 24 at 9p, and promises to be the largest prize package yet.

So as you can see, Fashion Week never disappoints!

In my upcoming blog(s), I will interview another “real” Veteran Fashionista that participated as a recent contestant on Project Runway, a celebrity military spouse from a very popular reality show and reveal some details about my upcoming YouTube channel!

Until next time my Veteran Fashionistas, as always, stay fashionable!

Jackie Thomas is a proud Navy Veteran. She has represented designers from Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, All On The Line, etc. She produces celebrity fashion shows all across the country and abroad. She’s also a Guest Speaker for FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in San Diego.



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Jackie Tacke

Jacquelyn Tacke is a proud Navy veteran. She has represented designers from “Project Runway,” “Project Runway All Stars,” “All On The Line,” etc. Some of those designers’ lines were sold in Dillard’s, Lane Bryant, the Smithsonian museum, as well as a variety of boutiques across the U.S. She has produced celebrity fashion shows all across the country and abroad. She was also a guest speaker for FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in San Diego and is a member of Fashion Group International.

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