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Matthew John at Fashion Week Los Angeles

In celebration of his 50th birthday in June this year, Hollywood stylist Rocky Gathercole created a couture collection in gold during the Fashion week in Los Angeles. Rocky Gathercole, an ardent, plucky, provocative fashion artist, exudes his dazing ideas into his avant-garde designs. A highly aggressive fashion designer with a taste for the unalike, Rocky continuously stages inimitable works of art on the vogue runway. Rocky’s life story is perfect to be dramatized in Charo Santos-Concio’s top-rated ABS-CBN series Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK). Rocky narrated that after finishing second-year high school at Arellano University he at 14 stowed away and slept with other street children at the foot of Quezon Bridge in Quiapo, surviving on the kindness of people whom he and company would approach at Liwasang Bonifacio. “I’m an only child,” admitted Rocky. “I was going through an identity crisis and I couldn’t tell my dad that I was gay. That’s why I left home. My dad, who died in 2007, didn’t have a job and he couldn’t afford to send me to school. “But even as a kid, I was fond of sketching,” continued Rocky, now 47, whose dream at that time was to work as a janitor at ShoeMart but was turned down because one of the job requirements was a high school diploma. “When I became a Born-again Christian, my life changed for the better, thanks to a Korean whom I met in our church, and who recommended me to be a waiter at their friends’ restaurant. During off-hours, I would continue sketching. Mahilig talaga ako sa fashion-designing.” He befriended a designer who, to make a long story short, served as his mentor who paved Rocky’s way to work as a designer in Saudi Arabia. That was more than 20 years ago. After working for other employers, he saved enough to put up his own shop, this time in Dubai. While in Dubai, Rocky joined the Miami Fashion Week and got good reviews that opened opportunities for him to join the New York Fashion Week. “In Miami, I paid to join the event, but in New York, they didn’t ask me to pay,” said Rocky. It was in New York where Rocky was discovered by an agent, Jacob Meir, now his manager. Among Rocky’s early Hollywood clients was Chinese actress Bai Ling, eventually including the likes of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears (who wears Rocky’s designs on her billboards in Las Vegas) and, of course, Paris Hilton. rockygathercoleatelier.com/ "A THOUSAND YEARS" is a song by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri and David Hodges. It is taken from the album The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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