Welcome to the May issue of Shine On Hollywood Magazine (SOHM).
As the “May Days” are upon us, the summer party season is just starting to appear on the horizon. When thinking of all the events ahead, we have to ask the age-old question: What will I wear?
Although there are legions of clothing and jewelry designers in the world, we have sorted through them and decided on a line-up that is sure to impress any fashion follower. Not just designing a dress, gown or the jewelry to complete the look, these artists have gone beyond the usual and take us into their world of extraordinary. What does it take to be able to visualize a creation which has never been imagined before? How do these artists even get started on such an ambitious journey of fashion and beauty? Read on and you will see examples of the how and why these designers have risen to the tops of their fields.
Our cover story highlights the career of designer, Rocky Gathercole. Rocky started from very humble and challenging surroundings in his native country of the Philippines. Having virtually no support as a child, he scraped his way through this, often times, unforgiving world we live in. He knew in the back of his mind and in his heart he had something to contribute to this world. This young man sought out ways to use his talents to get him out of abject poverty to where he is today showing his extraordinary collections all around the globe.
Another fashion superstar from the Philippines, Albert Andrada, loves to take the human form to another level, be it female or male. Playing with shapes and styles, he creates silhouettes that have been described as visionary and forward-thinking. Ball gowns, bead work and wedding gowns are just part of everyday life for Andrada who, returning home from the Middle East designing for royalty has created his own fashion house in the Philippines.
Featured designer, Kathryn Hynes, made the transition from former interior designer and full-time mom, to celebrated fashion designer. It’s always a heart-wrenching decision whether to stay home with the kids or continue to work and catch special moments when you can, which can make them even more special, or put your career on hold for the kids-if you can. Kathryn is a shining example of how to re-join the work force and, especially, the design world after stepping back for years and shine like a diamond.
Very few outfits are complete without the all-important jewels; necklaces, earrings and cuffs. Lovingly referred to as statement pieces since a woman can’t walk into a room without every head turning in her direction, Joe Vilaiwan designs jewelry that stops traffic. Taking the vibrant colors and textures from his native Thailand, his pieces have adorned the necks, ears and wrists of royalty and celebrities the world over.
We encourage you to “Let them be your motivation.” SOHM remains a politics and gossip free publication with its focus on, Real People, Real Stories, from the Arts and Pop Culture Community who make a difference by giving back, and we are delighted to share their heart-felt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis, and audience feedback.
The upcoming June issue will feature an emphasis on the world of Asian, Pacific and Hispanic. Look for exclusive interviews with leading industry professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!
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