Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: ROCKY GATHERCOLE – Fashion’s Mad Avant Gardiste
Rocky Gathercole has since left the Middle East to replant his roots back into Philippine soil, but it won’t be right to do this list without the eccentric designer – especially since he has left such a controversial and divisive mark on the face of fashion in the UAE.
Known for his eye-popping, astonishing and sometimes disturbing creations, Rocky Gathercole has always had the knack to elicit shock and awe on the runway for his signature brand of fashion. From 20 years spent working for various fashion houses in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to wildly lauded shows in London, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix and New York, Rocky’s creations have not only wowed audiences, but also stopped traffic in the Big Apple and created a paparazzi commotion in the City of Angels. His clothes which demand bravery have been worn by celebrities like Katy Perry, Paris Hilton, JLO, Britney Spears, as well as other Hollywood celebrities and international beauty queens.
Never one to rest on his laurels, the irreverent designer is also cooking up a major collaboration with iconic singer Paula Abdul and a back-to-back fashion show with the renowned Filipino designer and make-up artist Fanny Serrano.
Believing that “all things are attainable, with strength and perseverance”, Rocky Gathercole knows in his heart of hearts that he is in fashion to stay, and to achieve even greater heights.