Updated 17:28 PM PHT Mon, July 4, 2016
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — At this year’s Preview Ball, Manila’s most stylish crowd fully embraced counter-culture’s dominating non-mainstreamers turned mainstreamers. Someone made a DIY Pokemon jacket. School nerds turned out in chic outfits. Variations of “Star Wars” nerds appeared with characters emblazoned on their shirts. Even OG geeks like Shaira Luna came out. It’s sort of a triumph of the geeks when a massive fashion event pays tribute to their influence, even though fashionable is the last word you’ll ever associate with them.
Now that geeks practically run pop culture (almost every blockbuster caters to their whims), it’s time to acknowledge that geeks have indeed inherited the earth. Even the Guardian had recognized their rise back in 2013: “Perhaps escapism is what really matters. Maybe that's the reason that geek is displaying greater longevity and adaptability than previous cultural waves. Unlike punk, lad or dance culture, geek can take you out of your head into a fantasy environment, but its business institutions – Apple, Marvel/Disney, TED, MMPORGs and a thousand smaller entities – are robust enough to keep a grip on the real world. Geek has the ideas and the money, and it seems the staying power.”
Here’s how geeks partied during Preview Magazine's annual anniversary bash — its first under the new editor-in-chief, Isha Andaya-Valles.