Fashion Photography

It’s hard to describe what designer Rocky Gathercole sent down the runway for Phoenix Fashion Week’s final show on Saturday night – but it was definitely a dramatic close to the 3-day event. Mr. Gathercole, based in Manila, describes himself as avant garde and it’s clear there were pieces from different collections showcased in this presentation. Showgirls, Bridal Couture and Battlestar Gallactica ? It’s beyond words, which is why we have cameras…

Rocky Gathercole, 13e

Rocky Gathercole, 12e

Rocky Gathercole, 6e

Rocky Gathercole, 5e

Rocky Gathercole, 3e

The craftsmanship and detail on these pieces was astounding. Beads and embellishments, feathers and ribbons… nothing was off limits. The models wore sequins, paillettes and pearls on their eyes !

Rocky Gathercole, 4e

Rocky Gathercole, 8e

 Rocky Gathercole, 7e

Rocky Gathercole, 11e

There was so much creativity in this designer’s work. When I asked Phoenix Fashion Week Director Brian Hill how he was going to top last year’s astounding finale from designer Furne One, he said, “You just wait. Rocky Gathercole will have the crowd on its feet.”

They were.

And at the end of the show, the models lined up on the runway while the photographers made a mad dash to shoot these clothes up close. No animals were harmed…

Rocky Gathercole, 14e

although I must admit, a little part of me died inside…

Rocky Gathercole, 1e

when I saw the sleeves on this…

Rocky Gathercole, 15e

And so, as I struggled to find the words to describe this show to you, my dear readers, all I could come up with was this…

Rocky Gathercole, 2e

The thrilla from Manila was killa !

Rocky Gathercole, ladies and gents. Take note.

p.s. Would love to hear what you think below. Don’t be shy.


Robert Black, 1e

Local fashion icon Robert Black gave the Phoenix Fashion Week crowd an ample serving of attitude last night with his lively collection of western attire.

Lots of swing and bling – just how we like it here in Scottsdale – with desert-inspired colors and imagery that took this western collection to a whole ‘nother level.

Robert Black, 4e

It’s not easy to pull this off, and while he’s known as a vintage connoisseur, Mr. Black dazzled us with pieces tailor-made for the well dressed Scottsdalite. ( I just made that word up. )

Hold on, I’m on a roll.

Robert Black, 5e

I loved the swingy, full skirts, boosted by ruffles and what looked like petticoats from days of yore.

Robert Black, 6e

With sparkly gold jackets ? Yes, please.

Robert Black, 7e

File these looks under: Fun-To-Wear.

All you need is a good pair of poodle shoes and you’re good to go at the Scottsdale bars. ( Do not cue that horrific song – “At the Scottsdale bars.” )  Too late.

Robert Black, the poodle shoes

You could get your guy some blingy cowboy boots -  in case a bar brawl breaks out, he can defend your honor.

Robert Black, 9e

There were other looks that were more subdued, for the bling averse. ( I’m living proof that blogging does not require proper English. )

Robert Black, 2e

Robert Black, 8e

And here’s my favorite piece…this cape took my breath away.

The Cape, Robert Black, 3e

It gave me Fashion Super Powers that allowed me to stay up past midnight so I’m ordering it immediately.

Cuz there’s so much more fashion to come at Phoenix Fashion Week, since last night was the first “official” night. Do stay tuned for more of my scintillating commentary.

p.s. Next up, is a killer collection from Project Runway’s Bradon McDonald. Here’s a little sneak peek just for you !

Bradon McDonald, Phoenix Fashion Week

Were you there last night ? Please share your own scintillating commentary below…

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