Chromat debuted its autumn/winter 2018 collection today at Industria Studios in Chelsea. Like many of their previous collections, the brand utilized aquatic fabrics and colorful bathing suit material such as neoprene along with swimming pool noodles. According to the show flyer, the collection was inspired by “summer kayaking trips and personal watercrafts.”
Chromat, a brand that has become widely heralded for its inclusive stance on sizing and body positivity, once again filled its runway with a diverse group of models. Notable models included Geena Rocero and Carmen Carrera, who are both popular transgender models with large followings on social media. Furthermore, another model that rocked the runway included a paraplegic model who wore a prosthetic on one leg; her strut was undeniably full of sass and power.
The collection is titled, “WAVVY”, which alludes to the aquatic themes that the brand continuously draws inspiration from. In accordance to the theme of summer kayaking trips, many of the looks were outfitted with thin, bungee cords, for the ease of “packing for a quick getaway.” On the runway, the bungee cords were styled with bags of Flaming Hot Cheetos, which was another inspiration for the designers behind the label. The models’ hair and makeup was graphic and full of color and harkened back to a retro era with the severe, cat eye liner and lens-less glasses.
Teaming up with performer Slayrizz to close out the show, the Filipino artist performed as the models walked the runway for their final looks. Full of high energy and spunk, Slayrizz’s performance was a standout moment of the runway show.
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