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Fashion Week San Diego, Allison Andrews, video interview


Allison Andrews, FWSD

video interview with Allison Andrews, the mind and heart behind Fashion Week San Diego

by Reviewer Rob

Fresh off the huge success of the 10-year anniversary of Fashion Week San Diego, Allison Andrews sat for an interview with Reviewer TV. FWSD was a ginormous event that was met with much media coverage and attendance, and as we found out, her energy and creativity is matched only by her heart and deep understanding for and of the business of fashion. But for her fashion is more than a business, it’s a calling and a lifestyle.

Allison Andrews Talks Fashion Week San Diego from Reviewer on Vimeo.


Allison Andrews is founder and director of Fashion Week San Diego® (FSWD),president of APA Business Consulting and executive director of FAB Authority. As well as a professor at Palomar College in the fashion department. A passionate entrepreneur, Andrews founded FSWD in 2007, growing the year-long event to become one of the biggest and most prominent Southern California events, and the only bi-national Fashion Week in the world.

Prior to launching FWSD, Andrews founded APA Business Consulting, a consulting firm that supports startups and entrepreneurs with business, brand development, marketing and sales strategies. She started the company in 2005, at the age of 20. In 2015, she also launched the FAB Authority, a non-for-profit organization, providing resources and events for emerging artists, designers and beauty industry professionals.

Andrews’ passion for helping and empowering others is apparent in all that she touches. In addition to her full-time commitments with FWSD, APA Business Consulting and the FAB Authority, Andrews is an active community member, sitting on the board of several not-for-profit organizations and donating her time to support others. She serves as a Board member and longtime volunteer for Rancho Coastal Humane Society (13 years), and is a volunteer and donor for Love on a Leash pet therapy and sits on the advisory panel of Vanguard Culture as well as the advisory panel for the Palomar Fashion College. A recognized and respected industry thought leader, Andrews speaks frequently at various San Diego events, led by professional organizations, as well as local colleges, graduations, networking events, seminars and other fashion events. In 2013, she was selected as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. This is among the over fifty recognitions and awards she has for her work.

Andrews holds an Associate of Arts degree in Merchandise Marketing from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from National University. When she isn’t busy growing FWSD and propelling fashion careers, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and nine rescue animals in the coastal town of Encinitas, California.

Fashion Week San Diego grand catwalk.

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Politifashion: the Pussy Grabbing Dress, by Dame Darcy.


Presidential Art

Dame Darcy looks on the bright side

With less than three weeks to the swearing in of the new president, below is a panel from cartoonist Dame Darcy (Fantagraphics Press) that describes the artist’s hopefulness that the apprehension regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration will at least provide a bright side with a new fashion movement. ~Editor

Politifashion: the Pussy Grabbing Dress, by Dame Darcy.
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Formed Opinions: Men in Skirts

When is a kilt just a skirt?

Formed Opinions: Men in Skirts

By Bridgett Rex

skirt /skəːt/ 1. A woman’s garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs.

Although we Americans like to consider ourselves fashionably progressive, with our opinions printed on t-shirts and gimmicky nail-stickers that boast our political party, only a handful of men today would dare to get up in the morning and choose a skirt as their bottom piece. Similarly, most American men would not be caught dead wearing a dress, as it is nothing but a skirt with a top attached to it. So while we may think we have come far, we can’t celebrate yet. This Spring 2012 fashion season, skirts have wrapped their way into countless designer’s menswear collections. While this is a first step into the skirt becoming a regular clothing choice for men, we still have a long way to go.

Givenchy’s Spring 2012 men’s collection features moss green, forest green and crisp white outfits with the bird of paradise flower pattered across select pieces. While the exclusivity of couture is immediately reinforced by these items prohibitively high price, why hasn’t the average man worn any ol’ skirt in the first place? That is, besides the die-hard death metal band members or run-of the mill New York yuppies. Both of which you wouldn’t be caught dead even smirking at.

When observing the skirts in Givenchy’s 2012 collection, the male models do not look like “men in skirts” but rather men in couture. In fact, the men appear not only avant-garde but also privileged. The bird of paradise motif and casual baseball cap only reinforces the elite and undemocratic feel of the outfit.

Fabric density and the tightness of a skirt either emphasize the body or erase it. The skirt at its most basic design is a cylindrical form with an opening at both ends. Once the wearer steps into the skirt, the top gap is plugged with the hips of the wearer. The reason why it works for this model is as the cylinder shrinks to the wearers body, as is seen in pencil skirts or bandage skirts, the more feminine the skirt becomes. Here, on the other hand, the skirt acts more as a loose but straight edged wrap.

The skirt’s open form has become historically feminine in European countries. In the 1930s and 1940s, “skirt” was a derogatory name for a “sexually attractive woman”, and this crude and sexist use still pops up now and then decades later.

19th Century French Fashion

Bound by societal constraints, skirts were the only choice for a 19th century European woman. Men did not have the leisure to wear a skirt, but more importantly, society wasn’t pressuring them to stay strapped into burdensome, layered skirts. As the bread winners, men required practical wear such as pants and work shirt to allow them to move freely. This phenomenon is also visible significantly further back in history. In ancient Egyptian times, both Egyptian common workers and slaves wore loincloths made of animal hide, while the rest of society wore wrap around skirts. Only the Pharaohs and hierarchy wore wrap skirts on a daily basis. Skirts are hardly convenient for everyday use.

Right after the flower power decade In the 1970’s, Electric Engineer David Hall made himself known as a “pioneer” in fashion . Hall was not gay nor a crossdresser and he wore a skirt daily despite his wife’s disapproval. Hall felt that “women wearing pants and men wearing skirts is equality of the sexes”. This certainly poses the question as to why women may wear pants and yet men are not socially “allowed” to wear skirts. Hall theorizes that in American society it is socially acceptable for the woman to copy the man because he is considered superior. Men cannot copy women because they are “beneath men” and that would lower their status.

The average woman wears pants considerably more often than skirts. Therefore, who is to assume that men will catch on? Psychologist Knight Dunlap says that “which kinds of clothes happen to be seen on the streets in any decade depends on the strength of forces that favor personal display or concealment”. For example, wearing a skirt in this decade in America, is not socially appropriate no matter what the style or shape. Maybe America isn’t ready for fashion revolutionaries such as Jean Paul Gaultier. Once the form of a fabric transcends gender, hold the applause.