It was the first time I saw Converse kicks paired with gowns.
On the catwalk, models and celebs wore the fab sneakers with everything you can imagine, proving it’s not just for sneaker heads but for both haute couture and high street.
They showed off styles ranging from casual and quirky, playful and festive to sexy and edgy, from millennial designers as well as Manila-based and Cebu-based couturiers.
Men donned printed pants – a new take on the basic casual ensemble. A couple even got away with suits trailing ribbony tails.
The girls sashayed in billowing white capes and black creations, velvet accessorized with leather, metal and fish net, sheer frills and fringes, Japanese denim jackets, embellished chiffon, corsets and chokers – mostly not your typical Outfit Of The Day – but who dared question how designers interpret wearables?
Cebu-based Cary Santiago, known for his red-carpet creations, dressed Tessa Valdes as well as model-beauty queens Gwendolyn Ruais and Cassy Naidas, who donned Sinulog-inspired gowns in vivid yellows, greens and pinks, with feathered headpieces, as they showed off Converse sneakers in their hands.
For the finale, Rhett Eala dressed Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Maxine Medina in a pearl-studded corselet which ended over three tiers of swirling floor-length fringes.
(All shots of the fashion show & Converse shoes were taken using the VIVO V5 PLUS.)
The Manila-based designers featured include Randy Ortiz, Rhett Eala, Rajo Laurel, JC Buendia, Mike de la Rosa, Efren Ocampo, Vic Barba, Pablo Cabahug, Albert Andrada, Ito Curata, Lulu Tan-Gan.
Designers from Cebu include Arcy Gayatin, Jun Escario, Edwin Ao, Oj Hofer and Philip Rodriguez.
The millennial designers are Thian Rodriguez, Michael Leyva, Seph Bagasao, KC Pusing, Vania Romoff, Mark Bumgarner, Mark Tamayo, Wilbur Lang, Britt Romero, Rei Escario, Andrea Lopa, Ryan Madamba, Risa Bulawan, Joel Escober, Jerome Ang, Tipay Caintic, KC Alaba and Bon Hansen.