Several years ago I was a part of a fashion reality show called All On The Line.

The show was on the Sundance Channel and featured Qristyl Frazier, a PR client of mine at the time. She’s a plus size designer and it was wonderful experience. The show was hosted by the fabulous Joe Zee, who at the time was a stylist and creative director at Elle Magazine. But he’s since moved on too, to Editor and Chief of Yahoo Style Entertainment and a new show with John Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigain, and Tyra Banks. The show is scheduled to air in the fall of 2015.

The reality show I was a part of was sorta a “rehab” show to assist designers with getting their designs in a major retail store and Qristyl was a plus size designer, Lane Bryant was the retailer. Fast forward to the show’s end, Qristyl was rewarded a contract with Lane Bryant and her line was featured in several Lane Bryant stores across the country and online.

Recently Lane Bryant revealed their new lingerie line (Cacique) featuring plus size models with the slogan, “I’m No Angel”; a slogan made famous by Victoria Secret. I love the line for many reasons, mostly because I can relate and most women aren’t as slender as a Victoria Secret’s model. History states that most women are a true size 12-14, even the most beautiful and glamorous women we adore like Marilyn Monroe was a size 12. She had a voluptuous figure and is still adorned by millions of fans and currently is the global ambassador for Max Factor, a brand she apparently used while she was in her glory days of Hollywood.

TV Fashion: House of Cards and Mad Men

House Of Cards has recently dropped on Netflix and Mad Men is concluding on AMC, but if you’re into fashion and shoes, like I am, you can’t help but notice all the great gear! As I’ve noted in past writings, my mother was my fashion muse and she had some great stuff. I recently read that the stylist from both shows gain their inspiration to style their various clients and actors from past eras, vintage shops, old Spiegel, JC Penney, and Sears catalogs. As I’ve always stated here, fashion is very personal, just because you admire a certain celebrity doesn’t mean you have to adopt their style, rock your own look, be unique and just be YOU!

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

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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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