SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – For three years in a row, Filipino-American designers showcased at the Phoenix fashion week in Arizona.
Yen, Albert Andrada, and Rocky Gathercole wowed the crowd with their head-turning creations.
Gathercole closed the event with his jaw-dropping, over-the-top-collections.
Gathercole had dressed up Hollywood celebrities like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez. He designed the much-talked-about, see-through gown worn by Philippine celebrity Kristel Romero at the Star Magic Ball last year.
This year, he showcased a black and white collection.
“It’s more of old Hollywood style,” said Gathercole. “Ginawa ko siyang very numb yung style. Iba ang mood ko this time. Gusto express ang feeling ko day and night. Ma dilim or nakatingin sa maliawanag.”
Andrada also used Philippine-inspired embellishments, mostly pearls.
“It’s more of a refined, typical Filipina but a very glamorous one and who is opulent, rich, but remains a Filipina beauty as well,” said Andrada.
For Andrada’s finale, Miss Arizona USA 2015 Maureen Montagne says she felt lucky to wear his gown.
“This is my first time officially walking for a Filipino designer,” said Montagne. “Albert and I love his collection. I have worn Rocky before and I have modeled for Rocky in the Philippines but this would be my first time wrapping a Filipino at Phoenix Fashion Week.
Kababayans showed full support to these Pinoy designers.
“It’s about the beadwork which the Filipinos are well-known for,” said fashionista Joanne Francisco Weiss. “I want them to use more of our Filipino handcraft products that they can use, that they introduce to the world that other people don’t have just like the pina, specially.”
“I just think Filipinos have great minds and they have intricate work and it’s getting far and globally,” said model Mary Ryelle Espiritu. “And I love their designs.”
Boutique owner Jacob for the Stars is proud to showcase the Pinoy designers’ creations in his store.
“Endless names of celebrities he worked with. I have no words to describe what a difference Rocky Gathercole made in the world of fashion,” said Jacob. “When it comes to music videos, fashion shows, hair shows – Wella, Aveda, Paul Mitchell – Rocky is clearly ruling these shows.”