The Gathering of the Vibes is first and foremost a chance to catch performances by a bevy of big-name musical acts.
But the four-day festival also is an equally opportune time for some quality people watching.
For the last few days, I’ve been admiring the rainbow of creative, whimsical and outright bizarre fashions donned by the Vibe Tribe. It’s like everyone decided to use their bodies as the canvases for avant-garde expressionist paintings.
Check out a few of the fashion forward members of the Vibe Tribe, below:
ESMORINA LASPIRANZA, 26, OF PENNSYLVANIA AND COLOMBIA -- "I like things that are colorful and this tapestry helps with the cold," she said. Laspiranza got the head beads in New Orleans. "When I found them, I thought, 'This is a great take-home souvenir.'" The dress came from a thrift store near Pennsylvania State University. "It's like the rainbow, except it's missing blue; it's a blueless rainbow."
AL ROWE, 37, OF BOSTON -- "I get Raiden a lot," he said referring to the Mortal Kombat character. "it's made with all these different things I've found over the years." The pants were made by a friend of his from Thailand. The backpack is vintage "Where the Wild Things Are." Asked about the cat printed on his shirt, he said, "It's trying to freak people out."
TELA PHORBIN, 24, OF BURLINGTON, VT. -- "It's a spirit hood," she said of her homemade top. "The unicorn is my spirit animal." Asked if she gets a lot of attention, Phorbin said, "I was thinking of charging $1 to take a picture of me and going on tour."
ELLIE-PAISLEY MILLER-MILLER, 21, OF PHILADELPHIA -- She said her corset was purchased at the Renaissance Fair. Her hat is a marriage of of the Riddler and Robin Hood. Said Miller-Miller: "When someone asks about the hat, I tell them a riddle."
NEHARIKA RAMANI, 21, OF PHILADELPHIA -- "I like scarves because they're very versatile and you can use them for multiple purposes -- a dress, a scarf, a blanket, something to sit on," she said. "It adds flow to your outfit."
LEEANNE LARIVIERE, 32, OF WELLS, MAINE -- "The Vibes is supposed to be a good, positive thing," she said. "I'm trying to reinforce the good, positive, innocent energy. And the tutu to make it fun."
ALLEN REESE, OF THE BRONX, N.Y. -- His hat was a reward for helping a friend move. "I said to her, 'That's a great hat!' And she said, 'Do you want it?' I said, 'Sure!'" This is Reese's 16th year at the Vibes.