Reba Style: McEntire credits Oklahoma upbringing for ‘tough-sexy' attitude in her work

Multitalented superstar Reba McEntire, who is playing Nov. 4 at Tulsa's BOK Center, credits her Oklahoma upbringing with giving her the “tough-sexy” sensibility she brings to her hit music, acting roles, clothing line and home decor collections.
BY BRANDY McDONNELL bmcdonnell@opubco.com Modified: October 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm •  Published: October 17, 2011
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Whatever she does and wherever she goes in her multifaceted career, Reba McEntire maintains her “tough-sexy” look and attitude born and bred in Oklahoma.

“That's what I do with my whole brand. The Reba clothes, tough-sexy; the furniture, tough-sexy; shoes, luggage, dishes, everything has gotta have that tough-sexy look about it,” she said in a recent phone interview from St. John's, Newfoundland, during a series of Canadian concerts.

“I grew up in southeastern Oklahoma on a working cattle ranch, and it was always very romantic to me: The West, the cowboy, the Western way of life. My hero was always John Wayne. And it always had a very romantic vibe for (me), so whenever I do anything, it has a very rustic but tough-sexy appeal to it.”

Naturally, her tough-sexy sensibilities continue to influence her Reba Style lines, available exclusively at Dillard's.

In 2005, the Grammy-honored singer, popular TV actress and Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway star partnered with the department store chain to launch her first clothing line. McEntire, who hails from Chockie, made it her goal to develop a sophisticated and versatile collection for active women.

With the success of her Reba Wear clothes, she and Dillard's soon expanded her brand to include Harmony for the Home decor, Reba Luggage and Reba Footwear.

Young at heart

This fall, her clothing line runs to dramatic capes, embellished denim jackets and jeans, tiered and animal-print skirts and faux-fur vests. Different variations on the bead- and rhinestone-adorned tops the flame-haired songstress often wears in concert are spread throughout her eight collections.

She may be the most recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but McEntire, 56, said she doesn't design clothes for women of a certain age.

“We design for everybody, all age groups, we want to have everybody in mind when we're designing. (We want) something that's versatile, that will go from 18 to 80,” she said.

“I've had ladies 72 years old walk by in Dillard's and say, ‘Reba, you like your shirt?' She's wearing it, and sporting it very well, I might add. So I love to see women of all ages wear my clothes.”



In concert

Reba McEntire

With: The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Edens Edge.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

Where: BOK Center, 200 S Denver, Tulsa.

Information: (866) 726-5287 or www.bokcenter.com.

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