Paper magazine’s special edition features Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey as back-to-back cover girls. When placed side by side, people are drawn to J Lo’s sparkling costume (not to mention that she looks really beautiful!).
Who’s the person behind J Lo’s eye-catching wardrobe? Meet Filipino designer, Rocky Gathercole.
He has an A-list clientele that includes Katy Perry, Thalia, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, Nicki Minaj, and Britney Spears.He grew up in Pasay, as a homeless kid, has worked as a waiter in Makati, before he crossed paths with his former nanny whom he lovingly calls Mama Vicente.
Mama Vicente was then an assistant to a fashion designer in Saudi Arabia, and so she offered Rocky a job. Eventually, he became an assistant to a known designer in Dubai. In 2010, Rocky moved to the US.
Four of J Lo’s costumes for her All I Have shows in Las Vegas were from Rocky’s designs.
Rocky was inspired by the themes Showgirl, Stars, Shining Stars, and Fabulous for J Lo’s costumes.
In an exchange via text messaging, Rocky shared ot PEP.ph: “Na-e-excite pa rin ako, lalo na yung mga A-Lister talaga ang mga binibihisan ko.”
He also has had a recent local star client – the mega star, Sharon Cuneta.
Rocky shares, “Alam mo naman sa Pilipinas, padri-padrino, saka paramihan ng friend na stylist, but it’s not my style.”
I work only with my favorite stylist in Manila, si Vhee Co. Yung iba, dedma ako.”
Dumami talaga ang mga kaibigan mo, pero nadi-discern ko naman kung sino ang totoo.”
This is so true. Whatever industry we are in, it is always important to remain grounded, remember where you come from, and most of all, find those that who are also true to themselves and to others.
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