Meet the Con­verse #Rat­edOneS­tar col­lec­tives.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Koji Ar­boleda Styling by Flo­rian Trinidad Art Di­rec­tion by Grace De Luna

Scout - - FASHION - Stylist As­sisted by Floresse Trinidad, Matt Panes, and Gian Man­lan­git Hair and Makeup by Chuchie Ledesma and Jia Achacruz

WHEN WE were younger, we were taught about the bi­na­ries of good and evil, light and dark, he­roes and vil­lains. The he­roes are washed im­mac­u­late and al­ways emerge tri­umphant against the ugly, evil vil­lains. In books, movies, and even sto­ries from our rel­a­tives we’ve heard the same story told in so many dif­fer­ent ways, but al­ways in the same for­mu­laic struc­ture.

But as we grow older we re­al­ize that it’s not al­ways the same case of black cast against white, and that rules can, and will even­tu­ally be, bro­ken. In pop­u­lar cul­ture or peo­ple gen­er­ally go­ing against the grain—have al­ways been there, just not get­ting the recog­ni­tion that they earned.

The Con­verse One Star, once a shoe de­signed for the court, has now found its place within the fringes of sub­cul­tures, pair of One Stars are nei­ther your un­cle’s heir­loom pair of sneak­ers nor part of your younger sib­ling’s Fri­day night get up; it’s found it­self on ground cov­ered by the hiphop and punk scenes.

As we rec­og­nize the Con­verse One Star’s rise from an un­der­dog to a world­cel­e­brated shoe, we put the spot­light on four Filipino artists who are paving their own lane. Meet the Con­verse Philip­pines anti-he­roes. JESS CON­NELLY, record­ing artist: Ho ould ou de ne our st le JC: the mood to play around, when there’s an op­por­tu­nity [like this shoot]. But usu­ally I just go with what­ever I can just throw on, walk out the door, and feel good and com­fort­able. I don’t give as much thought into [what I wear] nowa­days. I’m learn­ing how to build my wardrobe where it’s a “throw on and go, feel good what I’m wear­ing.” Do you also con­sider your­self as an anti hero As so eone ho ust does her o n thing JC: I’ve been strong about from the be­gin­ning and some­thing I wouldn’t change about my­self. Now, I think it’s nor­mal to think for it wasn’t “nor­mal” for girls to wear baggy cloth­ing. Now I see girls not just wear­ing men’s clothes, but girls shav­ing their head or just do­ing what­ever they want. So it’s like, f*** trends, I’ll just do what­ever I want.

JES­SICA YAN , odel, record­ing artist, and il­lus­tra­tor: i en that you re a odel, ho are your style ins ira­tions JY: I don’t re­ally have a style in­spi­ra­tion. It’s re­ally up to my mood. Some­times it’s up to the mu­sic I lis­ten in the morn­ing, some­times it de­pends on how I want to play with my makeup. I don’t like be­ing the same all the time. I’m not a trendy girl. I make my own style. What do you feel about be­ing part of the ated One Star ca paign JY: For me One Star is per­fect. It’s re­ally like me. When I was a kid I was re­ally teacher’s pet, I was like the per­fect girl with the per­fect grades and I was also the old­est sis­ter, my younger brother’s role model. I didn’t go out and I just stayed at home. When I was in high school I was prom queen but just be­cause the teacher loved me. Not be­cause I was pop­u­lar, but be­cause my teacher wanted me to win. JAY Y, hip hop artist and en­tre­pre­neur: ell us a lit­tle about your­self and about your process with what you do.

: I would con­sider my­self a record­ing artist. I’ve been work­ing on mu­sic for the long­est time, al­most 12 years now, and it’s been a jour­ney. Aside from mak­ing mu­sic, I’m also a part­ner for one of the lo­cal brands called UNSCHLD. I’m also an em­ployee for this other brand called PROGRESS.

Aside from my own in­di­vid­ual mu­sic I also work with LDP and Bawal Clan. Also, and my girl, we have this one brand too but it’s fo­cused on ac­ces­sories, it’s called Free Spirit.

When it comes to mak­ing mu­sic, my whole thing is base ev­ery­thing on ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s eas­ier for me to write when­ever there’s a beat ahead of me. That serves as some­what a guide for me. It’s al­ways bet­ter to have a beat so you can What do you feel about be­ing part of the ated One Star ca paign

: It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence. [ I’m ex­cited] not just be­cause of the peo­ple in it but the vi­sion it­self. That a com­pany would be­lieve in these artists’ per­son­al­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity is one thing. And it’s an­other thing too that all of these big names from other coun­tries are put on... it’s crazy man.

Be­ing a part of this cam­paign is an honor. I’m re­ally hum­bled to be a part of what’s go­ing on right now for Con­verse. It’s a per­fect time too for the Philip­pines to be part of that. There’s a lot of tal­ent out here-not just me, not just the four peo­ple in the cam­paign. It’s time for every­one else to see what we have go­ing on out here. AND E D ILON, artist:

Do you see your­self as an anti hero

AD: Yes, be­cause I don’t think I fol­low the norms. I tried for the sake of con­ve­nience. It’s just eas­ier, but...for the long­est time I thought fol­low­ing the norm was within the con­ven­tions. I un­der­stand that it’s func­tional to work within these con­ven­tions, but I don’t see my­self as func­tional within these con­ven­tions. That’s why I’m try­ing to pave my own path. For me, it’s sort of a fron­tier. You re a ul­ti­hy­phen­ate. Where do you nd your­self be­tween the elds you wor on AD:

Yes, I think I’ve come to terms that I thrive in chaos. For the long­est time I’m try­ing to look for my rails. You’re al­ways look­ing for some­thing to sus­tain you, the one thing that you love. And I’ve been frus­trated be­cause for the long­est time I had been bounc­ing from hobby to in­ter­est and that ev­ery­thing I aban­doned I had felt so guilty for aban­don­ing. Be­cause it seemed like a waste. But now I re­al­ized that you can ap­ply that to any­thing. My pro­gram­ming and 3D de­sign, I can ap­ply that to my pho­tog­ra­phy. lit­er­a­ture to fash­ion. It’s in­ter­dis­ci­plinary.

JESS CON­NELLY

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