Globally known top Filipino Avant-Garde designer Rocky Gathercole has designed many outfits for Hollywood royalty such as Brittney Spears, Katy Perry, Beyonce, JLo, Sia, Paris Hilton, Ashanti, and Nicki Minaj- and brought his talents to Phoenix Fashion Week’s runway for his sixth appearance! I had the pleasure of speaking with Rocky about his newest collection Angels Collection SS19 ACT I that closed the show and awed the crowd at PHXFW 2018.
AO: This is your 6th Phoenix Fashion Week appearance! What brings you back to Phoenix Fashion Week year after year? What do you love about Phoenix Fashion Week that sets them apart from the rest?
RG: Yes, It’s my 6th year in Phoenix Fashion Week! Besides the fact that it has helped me a lot in pursuing my career in America, of course I obviously love it here because they are well organized ever since I joined them, and everyone from the PHXFW team is so professional!
AO: How did you know being a fashion designer was your calling?
RG: I always believed I was born a designer. When I began my journey, I didn’t have any means to support myself to go to school. So, at 22 years old, I decided to work in Saudi Arabia to intertwine both learning the art of designing while earning at the same time.
AO: As an avant-garde designer, your designs bring such a unique, electrifying, and glamorous presence to the fashion industry that only many could ever dream of creating, as your designs are one of a kind! What was your inspiration behind your collection showcased at Phoenix Fashion Week?
RG: After almost 28 yrs as a fashion designer, I’m giving a tribute to my idol designer Thierry Mugler, that is my ultimate inspiration for Angels Collection SS19 ACT I showcased at this years PHXFW.
AO: You’ve designed outfits for many Hollywood celebrities with each intricate outfit so breathtakingly stunning and unique. Where do you get your inspiration from?
RG: My biggest inspiration is Hollywood itself! Hollywood has always been a big part of my life as a designer. Ever since I started to draw, I used to sketch Charlie’s Angels of the 70’s, even Lynda Carter as apart of my teenage years. So when I became a designer, I was inspired to design pieces for many of them which include: Beyonce, Brittney Spears, Ashanti, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, JLo, Sia, and Paris Hilton.
Photos by James Almanza