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Robin began her journey in the fashion industry by earning her AA in Fashion Design + Marketing at the Art Institute of Seattle, then went on to design for the private labels of Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Maurice’s, PacSun, Payless, and Zumiez before moving on to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film/tv/print as a wardrobe stylist, costumer and fashion show producer.
Currently, Robin has decided to take the Pacific Northwest by storm! With her confidence-building styling magic she has built and continues to build an impressive ALL INCLUSIVE roster of private clients from Emmy Award winners, Best-selling Authors, Politicians, Top-rated Podcast Hosts, Internationally Acclaimed Business Coaches, Wellness Gurus, Educators, CEO’s, Designers and top-in-their-field Creative Entrepreneurs!
But Robin’s influence doesn’t stop there. As well as being a talented wardrobe stylist, Robin’s fierce combo of a LOVE of TV+Film, being a national speech + debate champion under her belt AND being born a natural entertainer (eh-um..doesn’t hurt that her Dad was an actor)…made it inevitable that she would end up in front of the camera and on stage spreading her infectious energy to much bigger audiences.
So, it is no wonder she has also taken over Portland’s airwaves on not one…but two, TV Shows, KATU2 “Afternoon Live” and “AM Northwest” as a regular guest Go-to Style Expert, Red Carpet Fashion Critic and Lifestyle Brand Spokesperson. You can also catch Robin at some of Portland’s most glamorous + chic events as a Red Carpet Correspondent or perhaps as a Featured Panelist/Speaker at incredible events like PDX Women of Color: Beauties Who Brunch “Thrive Summit”, Bloom Beauty Collective: In Vogue: Inside the Industry, Girlfriends & Champagne, PDX Sustainable Fashion Forum just to name a few!
No matter what Robin is up to, she believes and was raised (eh-um her Mom served in the Peace Corp and continues to be an Activist in the community) that doing something for the Greater Good and giving back to the community is not just necessary but mandatory for the soul! That’s why she combines her love of people + fashion by giving back to organizations like Helping Hands Against Violence, Celilo Cancer Center’s Survivorfest, Columbia Gorge Pride Alliance and The Next Door.
She has also been a mentor for the local High School Fashion Club, Costumer for local theater productions and giving proceeds from the sales of her own organic t-shirt line to various charities from Villalobos Dog Rescue to The Red Cross.
Q. WAS THERE A DEFINING MOMENT/S IN YOUR LIFE THAT KEPT YOU ON YOUR PATH?
A. Yes. Two actually.
The first one was when I was doing competitive speaking in High School. We got to review all our comments from the judges with our coach after we competed and at one time, at one meet, one particular comment struck me quite hard. All it had said was “ Your speech was good but, GET RID OF THE SHOES!” in all caps! I remember thinking if my speech was good, why does what I wear have anything to do with it?
It made me realize two things: one, what you wear has an impact on how people will treat and ultimately judge you even if it had no significance or bearing on your talent. Two, individuality is key and to have a voice is vital. Both of which I showed through my outfits when I competed. And although, I was within dress code guidelines and was professional, I was still very me which was unique. And for that reason, I continued wearing the shoes and went on to letter and win many state championships in those them. I didn’t need to get rid of them, but I did feel that I needed to know why I was wearing them. And once I knew that answer I could not sway, bend or change for anybody’s opinion. Especially when they were merely projecting their insecurity and unhappiness on something that had nothing to do with me!
The second was a positive one! I owned a Vintage + Modern Clothing Boutique with my Mom and a fellow acquaintance of hers would come in with her small kids and always and only shop for items she needed for her family. She was always cordial and sweet but always kind of sad…with her head down a lot especially if she came with her husband. My Mom confirmed one day that she was pretty sure this woman was in at the very least a mentally abusive relationship which explained a lot about the way she acted and carried herself.
So one day, when this woman was just in with her kids, she picked up this beautiful long, colorful, flowy skirt. I told her to “Try it on…just for fun!”…let’s just say I was pleasantly insistent on it and so she did. When she came out of the dressing room she was a different woman…she was full of a child-like giddiness but still a bit shy about having it on. The skirt fit her perfectly and her kids were in awe at how pretty she looked!
So, it only made sense to ask her to do one more thing before she changed out of it…I asked her to “TWIRL!” and she did! And, it was like watching Diana Prince turn into Wonder Woman! It was awesome!! Her face lit up, her head was held high and pure joy radiated from her every pore! Let’s just say is was pure magic! But, when she came back out from changing, she had left the skirt hanging neatly in the dressing room. She was simply just too afraid to buy it. It truly broke our hearts to see her walk out of our shop without it.
As the day went on, my Mom and I talked about that woman and how we felt adamantly that that skirt belonged with her. So, we decided to get a gift bag and wrapped the skirt up in tissue, wrote a little a note “For those moments when you need to twirl.” and because my Mom knew her and it was a small community, we knew where she lived and so we drove to her house and left it on her doorstep.
About 5 years later, my Mom and I were volunteering at the local theater and as we were collecting tickets we saw the woman we left the skirt for in line. As she approached us, we all had a genuine moment of excitement filled with hugs and happiness to see her looking so good! She caught us up and said she had left her husband, moved to Portland and her and her kids were doing super well before she continued on into the theater. As we went on collecting tickets, she quickly came back, interrupted the ticket line, grabbed my hands and said, “I just have to tell you real quick, that I still have that skirt you know…and whenever I feel life is getting me down, I put it on and I just TWIRL and I know everything will be alright. Thank you for that.”
It was in that moment, that I was once again validated that what I was doing and the way that I was doing it mattered, that I was still on the right path and that I could confidently say that in this life, I at least helped change one life for the better!
Q. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GO INTO FASHION AND ULTIMATELY END UP AS A STYLIST?
A. This is definitely a question I have thought a lot about because when I think back…I have ALWAYS been sketching + thinking about how to design, create, compose looks. I would love to say it was because my Mom was part of a traveling Vaudeville show and toted me all around Europe on tour and being around all that glamour just seeped into my pores…but, as fabulous as that sounds, that wasn’t the case… my life was far from glamorous. And the more I think about it, the more I think that is why I fell in love with all things exotic, gorgeous, empowering and fantastical because my life was so basic and normal (which, side note, I am thankful for every…single…day)!
I was raised my a single mom in Billings, MT. It was just her and me and she worked her ass to provide for us which made me in turn, a “latch-key” kid. It’s unheard of today but in the 80’s + 90’s walking home at 10yrs old from school, making a snack, doing homework + chores and sometimes even making dinner for Mom and then waiting for her to get home 3-4hrs later was the absolute and complete norm. It sounds like I was all alone but I wasn’t. I had two best friends. One, was Cable TV (hence why I can binge watch like a pro) and two, was my Barbies! This ultimately potent combination, I can now say with utter confidence, was the beginning of my passion for all things stylish + dramatic! ;)
So, because I grew up mixed race in a predominantly white conservative place, with freckles all over my face, not physically fitting in and having no one around that looked like me to relate to, I had to find different ways to create and discover my own identity and that’s where my BFF’s came into play…pun intended!
At first, it was purely a survival mechanism to declare “Yeah, I know I’m different; so what?’ before they could…but then it turned into something different…something bigger. Between being inspired by my favorite shows, dressing up and acting out different social scenarios with my Barbies and my Mom allowing me to raid her closet to concoct new looks and allowing me to wear them out of the house and yes, maybe in some of school pics as well, I was able to discover, in a super safe place, who I was and what I wanted to present to the world!
My uniqueness + style is what I became known for in school and this reputation is what ultimately transformed me into the truly confident and authentic woman I am today! And as I grew up, I gradually realized, if I could gain respect, be seen + trusted as a leader and be the go-to person on all things cool + stylish + liberal all because of how I carried myself and the way I put myself together, then why couldn’t I teach others like me to do the same!?
And so, my Mom who supported every last ounce of my creativity in any and every possible way, let me pass on the full ride scholarships to Universities, and allowed me to follow my dreams, whatever those were, all the way to Art School.
I found my confidence in high school, sure…but I found my soul in Art School and I was able to truly blossom! It was the first time I felt like I could be my complete and silly self. The first time I felt confident about sharing my race when asked, to geek out hard with my unfiltered opinions about the latest movies and be as wild + funky as I wanted to be in my personal style knowing I would not be judged, labeled, questioned or dismissed.
It was in Art School that I realized it wasn’t necessarily fashion design with all the technical patterns and measurements and constructing that I was passionate about. It was what came after the garment was made. It was the styling! The way you could bring a look all together while at the same time setting it apart in THE best way was incredible to me! It was INDIVIDUALITY that I was actually passionate about!
I always believed that clothes mattered and that they could transform you, that they could show people exactly what you believed in without saying a word, that they could capture someone’s attention and keep it, that they could give you the confidence to enter into a room or get up on a stage and just know you were gonna nail it…but the eye-opening realization that everything I had been doing to create this one-of-a-kind Me up to this point in my life was validated and the belief turned into knowing…well, that was it for me! I knew from then on that the PATH I was gonna take would be unconventional, crazy, unpredictable, authentic and downright A-MAZING as Hell because, I definitely knew one thing…I knew I was on the right one!
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PR for Anyone: The Do’s + Don’ts of how to Dress for TV with featured guest Robin Allen.
The top tips+tricks for incredible swimwear + skincare!
Robin Allen. style. X Adorn Talking jackets, layers, and shoes for an effortless transition to Fall!
How to transition your closet from Summer to Fall in 3 Easy Ways!!
Uncover your Brand Personality Blueprint and stand out in a crowded marketplace (while being totally you!)
Shine On, Sista! Episode 017: Learn the POWer of Style with Professional Wardrobe Stylist, Robin Allen
How to Apply a Bold Lip Color without looking like a drunk clown!
Back to Cool: Style Trends + Beauty Regimens for the Upcoming Seasons!
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Q. WHAT IS YOUR RACE?
A. I’m Mulatto. My Mom is English/Irish American. My Dad is African/Creole American. There are small percentages of Native American. Plain + simple I'm a beautiful Mutt! ;)
Q. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
A. Tarzana, CA. A true Valley girl!
Q. WHAT DID YOU DO FOR WORK BEFORE YOU BECAME THE BADASS MULTI-HYPHENATE THAT YOU ARE TODAY?
A. Hmmm…let me know see if I can keep this short! :) Babysitter. Delivered newspapers. Prep cook for Pizza joint. Cashier for a local Co-op health food store. Retail Sales for a Skate/Snowboarding store. After school teacher. Barista. Delivery Driver. Bartender. Tower Video/Records Store Clerk. Lead Styling Assistant. Lead Retail Stylist. Window Dresser. Assistant Designer. T-Shirt Designer. Costumer. Personal Assistant + Stylist for Reality TV stars. Owner of a vintage + modern boutique. Curator. Event Planner. Phew! Guess that wasn’t short at all…
Q. IS IT TRUE YOU CREATED A T-SHIRT LINE?
A. YES! I created a sustainable 100% organic, Made in USA Women’s + Men’s t-shirt line with clever sayings + quotes. At the time, I wanted to see if I could completely source this project in the USA without compromising my beliefs of being truly sustainable while at the same time filling my creative cup up! It took some time…but I did it and I am proud of that for sure! I have the remaining styles up at https://squareup.com/store/robinallenstyle/ and proceeds go to different charities that I want to support!
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY/IES? YOU SUPERPOWER PIECE/S IF YOU WILL?
A. It would have to be my two Jamie Joseph rings! the both are made with a sterling, raw brushed band and a raw brushed gold inset with unique shapes and imperfectly perfect stones. One, is my wedding ring and is a raw cut black stone called Androninite which is super rare and hard to find in a decent quantity to make a ring like mine…when I tried it on for the first time…it fit perfectly! My ongoing comment about having a black wedding ring is “I’m not a diamond girl but I’ll take a shiny piece of coal any day!” ;) And the second mega ring I wear is a oversized teardrop shaped Montana agate that looks like gradation of an animal print freckled and in beautiful ombre of ambers!! The other accessory I can’t live without is BIG EARRINGS!! Especially big hoops!! Hoops is my thang!!! ;)
Q. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING. THEN + NOW.
A. Then. My funky tights collection. Every time I went to visit my Dad in San Fran we would go to the famous Haight + Ashbury street and I would buy a couple pairs from fishnets with mini daisy appliques to a pair with a colorful button pattern all over it! Oh, and a clear plastic dress I also scored once that I appropriately paired with a silp, tights and Doc Martens of course!
Now. A vintage bright-colored, exotic print floor length “kimono” I scored at an Estate Sale for $2!! Close second, a pair of oversized hoop earrings that my Hubby gave me on NYE a few year ago!! Just add a top know and this outfit always makes me feel bangin’!!
Q. FIRST DESIGNER ANYTHING YOU EVER OWNED.
A. My Mom bought me a 2-pc matching blouse + skirt from Betsey Johnson for my high school graduation! I washed it after and got my first hard lesson in how to take care of rayon…let’s just say I didn’t get bigger overnight but it sure got smaller! SO heartbreaking!!
Q. GUILTY PLEASURES?
A. Cheap champagne + food competition shows!
Q. FAVORTIE WEEKEND THINGS TO DO?
A. Estate salin’, Classic Car shows and antiquing with my Boo! (I think we born in the wrong era sometimes!) Oh, and if binge-watching was a sport…I would have a gold medal when it comes to my favorite shows! The latest being Queer Eye S4, Stranger Things S3, Glow S2, Mind Hunter S2, Orange is the New Black Season Finale…you get the picture! ;P
Q. MOST IMPACFTUL COSTUMING IN A FILM. THEN + NOW.
A. Then. Well, I guess when you try and make your own version of the Prom dress that Molly Ringwald’s character made in Pretty in Pink and go to your actual Prom in it…then, i would have to say Pretty in Pink! ;P
Now. Atomic Blonde. ‘Nuff Said. xx
Q. FAVORITE CELEBRITY ENCOUNTER.
A. Diana Ross! I was working at Tower Video on Sunset in Los Angeles at the time and we had just opened when she floated in a head-to-toe “Juicy” velour track suit! How’d I know it was Juicy…because it said it, in classic Juicy fashion, right across Lady Di’s bum!
And, as I was flitting around doing my opening duties, she stopped in her tracks and asked “Is it you who smells so good?” I said, “maybe” and let her smell my wrist. She said, “ Yep, it’s you!” “What perfume is that?” I said, “Angel”. She asked, “by Theirry Mugler?” I said, “Yes!” She said, “Well, I love it!” and I said, under my breath, “I love you.” :)