Runway Rundown: Chromat is Ready to Weather The Storm [NYFW]
No matter the subject (race, gender, or body type; take your pick) Chromat has always fought for inclusivity, and Becca McCharen-Tran’s vision for Fall 2017 was no exception. This season, it just came with a little extra…inflation. The collection, which featured the brand’s signature sporty style, celebrated sexuality, strength, and perhaps most of all, protection. Some models carried literal flotation devices, while other wore them—as headpieces, skirts, and outerwear. The trend even went so far as the model’s feet, as many made their way down the neon runway in rain boots and weather-ready lace-up boots.
The excess was almost humorous, with the collection’s nautical nature on full display (made in collaboration with outdoors company Klymit), but the pieces are decidedly serious, as was the show’s obvious political overtone. This message of survival was a bold move for Chromat, but not necessarily a surprising one. And if we turn our attention to the show’s last two pieces, an amour-esque three-quarter-length puffer coat with standout sleeves fastened over a cobalt one-piece and a red strapless dress cut out of the same material, subtly alluring with sneaky cut-outs, we’re left feeling pretty damn good about Chromat position at the helm of swimwear. All things considered, this is a collection that’s no doubt ready to weather the storm (and God knows we need it).
Images via Vogue Runway
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