Peep the hottest festival fits at Clark Aurora Music Festival feat. the summer's hottest sneaker
Let's get things straight: we can’t talk about music festival culture without bringing up festival style. Immediately, several unforgettable looks come to mind: from Janis Joplin in a psychedelic tie-dye caftan at Woodstock, Kate Moss in a sparkly minidress and muddy wellies at Glastonbury, to all the boho-chic OOTDs Vanessa Hudgens wore to every Coachella ever.
In the Philippines, festival style has taken a whole life of its own. We’re no stranger to the heat after all, and styling our sweat-appropriate fits in cute and quirky ways is second nature to us. The message is clear: while young Filipinos go to music festivals to vibe out to their fave bands and have fun, they want to look phenomenal while doing it.
Converse understands the relationship between music, festival culture and youth-infused style, and that’s why they decided to sponsor this year’s Clark Aurora Music Fest. The heritage sneaker brand took six of Manila’s most stylish personalities and influencers to the festival—and in between rocking out to OPM greats like Kamikaze and Ben&Ben, we spoke to them and discussed what goes into putting together the perfect festival outfit.
Rere Madrid, actress
For actress Rere Madrid, festival style begins with a carefully thought-out battle plan. “Every time I have to go to a festival, I always check Pinterest. Doon ako maghahanap ng mga pegs ko (That’s where I look for my outfit pegs),” she says. For the Clark Music Fest, she wanted to go for a streetwear-inspired look that’s still sexy and cute.
One thing Rere will do at every festival is accessorize. “I love my rings. They're super cute and colorful, and they give my plain white outfit a little extra oomph,” she says. Topping off her Clark Aurora Music Fest looks are her trusty Converse kicks that are perfect both for looking great and rocking out to her fave performers. “Sobrang comfy kasi talaga ng Converse! (Converse are really so comfy!)”
Brix Ramos, athlete
As with most stylish guys in the metro, former UP Men’s Basketball Team captain Brix Ramos takes his fashion cues from his girlfriend Rere. “I usually go for looks that are more comfortable than stylish,” he says. “Pero dahil nga may girlfriend akong artista, tinutulungan niya akong i-up yung style ko (But since my girlfriend is a celebrity, she helps me level up my style game).”
When it comes to planning his festival fits Brix prioritizes comfort above all, favoring eye-catching pieces that fit loosely and allows him to move freely. This includes his favorite pair of Chucks, a navy high-cut sneaker with a chunky platform sole. “I'll be standing, I’ll be dancing with the crowd for hours,” he says. “So I'd rather be comfy in my shoes so I can enjoy the concert.”
Jannah Madrid, content creator
Sometimes, when it comes to putting together a bomb festival ‘fit, it’s okay to ask for help. “Actually, [my cousin] Rere helped me put together looks because I'm not really a fashion enthusiast,” says content creator Jannah Madrid. “But I always go for comfort over style. I'm more confident when I'm wearing something I know I'm comfortable in.”
In the end, she chose to wear classic cool-girl fits with just a tinge of sexy and a whole lot of comfort. Jannah also swears by her Converse sneakers for every concert. “At a music festival, you're gonna be standing for hours,” she says. “And Converse is really comfortable, I can wear it all day. And it's also very stylish!”
Killa Kush, content creator
“My music festival style is very comfortable’ you're not gonna see me pushing it too crazy because I've learned from experience,” says content creator and resident baddie Killa Kush. “But I do like to keep it sexy. So I love a good miniskirt, short shorts or crop top moment.”
The push for comfort extends to Kush’s festival footwear choices. “You're never gonna catch me in heels at a festival,” she says, adding that she’d rather reach for her favorite Converse kicks. Her faves include the cream ones with a platform sole. “The ones I'm wearing add two inches to my height. I also think that they're very comfortable and they go with a lot of ‘fits!”
Timmy Albert, singer-songwriter
For recording artist Timmy Albert, enjoying the festival is king and looking great comes second. “I wanna be able to enjoy and walk around in the heat while still feeling confident in my outfit,” he says. “So my music festival style is definitely comfortable and shows off my personality.”
Timmy regularly scours Instagram thrift shops to look for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, and he pairs them with his trusty Converse sneakers. “As a musician myself, I live and die by Chucks. And I feel like onstage you'll see so many artists wearing them too,” he says. “It’s literally the sneaker that represents artists and music.”
Mikyle Quizon, content creator
For every festival he attends, influencer Mikyle Quizon has only one objective: to turn heads. “I always go for the comfy vibe, but of course I still want to look eye-catching,” he says. “So I go for the style that’s very put-together and dapper.”
And while most sneakerheads would cry at the thought of a speck of dirt tainting their kicks, Mikyle doesn’t mind. “Yung Chucks ko, gusto ko sila madumi. For me, mas nagkakaroon ng character, mas nagugustuhan ko yung medyo rugged-looking (When it comes to my Chucks, I prefer them a little beat-up. For me, it gives them a bit more character, and I like it more when it’s a little rugged-looking),” he says, singling out the brown low-cut Chucks as his current favorite pair.
The Converse summer 2023 collection is now available online and in Converse stores nationwide. Which pair are you most looking forward to copping? Let us know in the comments!
Words Jer Capacillo
Photos Converse Philippines
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver