Chromat’s Spring 18 Show Led Fashion Week In Terms of Inclusive Casting & Fabulous Swimwear

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Illustration: Hilton Dresden. Photos: Getty Images for Chromat

 

Chromat’s Spring 18 show this NYFW saw a diverse cast of models of all shapes, ages, races, gender identities, and sizes grace the runway, further cementing the brand as a leader in inclusive, socially-conscious (and impeccably designed) fashion.

 

 

Women walked the runway in swim and athleticwear that included denim crop tops, crystal-covered G-strings and gold, puffy foil sleeves. The feeling in the air was electric—each model seemed to trigger a response of overwhelming awe as she strutted the catwalk, while the gorgeous howling of Suzi Analogue composed an ethereal soundtrack over the whole scene. Upon each seat in the audience was placed a zine created in collaboration with Chromat’s mastermind, Becca McCharen-Tran, and her collection of influencer models.

 

 

Among those in the show were the gorgeous trans Filipino model Leyna Bloom, who opened the show, and Maya Monès, pictured above, who closed the show in a shiny golden skirt-dress.

The show was a glorious representation of Chromat’s ability to update their designs in subtle yet eternally fresh and forward-thinking ways. Enjoy some of our favorite looks in this article, and head here to check out the full show.

 

Chromat Gets Political in Style at NYFW

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Illustration by Hilton Dresden

Chromat, the luxury swim and activewear brand helmed by Becca McCharen-Tran, gave a message of female empowerment and inclusivity at their NYFW show this weekend. The runway opened with a powerful performance from DJ UNIIQU3 and closed with a rap from Tt the Artist, who proclaimed “Fuck Donald Trump” from her spot on the catwalk.

“Fashion designers decide who is celebrated in the fashion world, and who is invisible. Representation matters,” McCharen-Tran told us. “It’s our responsibility to push for inclusivity and empowerment by highlighting diverse and inspiring models for our shows.”

When we asked for the designer’s favorite looks, she explained: “It would have to be a tie between the final red dress worn by Leyna Bloom, the jacket with puffer sleeves worn by Maya Mones (pictured above) – both beautiful trans women and friends of mine whom I love dearly!”

The show gave us incredible structures and silhouettes with it’s architectural puffy jackets and floatie-inspired garments. “We took inspiration from life vests and floatation devices designed for extended survival in rough, open water. We collaborated with innovative outdoors company Klymit to design inflatable garments that aid with internal buoyancy and help the wearer stay afloat and protected.”

On other art and shows exciting her right now, she said: “I love my fellow fashion designers Rio at Gypsy Sport and Aurora at Brother Vellies, Fluct (a choreography duo), and a lot of DJs and musicians like DJ Haram (who scored the runway show and is part of my fav DJ collective DISCWOMAN) and the performer, producer, vocalist and DJ UNIIQU3.”

McCharen-Tran’s parting message to America: “There is a feeling of paranoia, the end of truth and the dawning of a new era of persecution of ‘the other’ in the current political climate. We know that no one is entitled to a happy ending, and this has further strengthened our drive to fight for the inclusive and empowering world we want to see.”

Check out every look from the Chromat runway here.

This Is How You Turn Wild Runway Makeup into a Sexy, Real Life Look

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There was a time during NYFW when all we cared about was covering up our dark circles — and then Chromat sent models down the runway lookin’ all fierce with this ultra bright and distracting dot of eyeshadow that really, if we’re getting technical, was almost almost on the side of the nose.

 

In our sleep deprived haze we thought, ooh, I could do that! But now we’re thinking more like, ok, how do I do that for real life?

Let makeup artist Dana Rae show you how.

Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

A cream shadow (in a slightly more subtle shade than orange). We like fall-appropriate bronze Caviar Stick Eye Colour by Laura Mercier.
Highlighter — who can go wrong with Nars Illuminator in Orgasm?
Lip balm — if you’re feeling luxe, go with Chanel (it makes for a fun reapply).

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The Steps

1. After moisturizing, take a moment to think about where the sun hits your cheeks, dotting the illuminator along the cheekbone and patting it in until you’re looking extra dewy.

2. With a steady hand, draw a half moon shape on the lid with the cream shadow near the lashes, starting from the inner eye and reaching about a third of the way out.

3. Fill in the half circle with the cream shadow.

4. Dab on some lip balm. Stay hydrated, friends.

Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo
Model: Sandra Rieder (Muse)

Want more how-to action? Click here to get extra sultry, pretty gal lashes + matching pout. Or here for the ultimate cool girl hair. 

Get the Chromat NYFW Beauty Look We Love

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Model Kailee O’Sullivan poses for senior style editor Alyssa Shapiro after the Chromat show. Image via

Okay, so a set of bright orange dots mid-face might be a somewhat intimidating and slightly tricky beauty look to pull off on any given day, but it’s fashion week, and the doors of acceptability are wide open. We’re giving this one a try — those bright spots will distract from any sleep deprivation-induced dark circles, for sure.

MAC makeup artist Frances Hathaway put the look together on this one, and it’s all about beautiful, heroic women.

Do what you gotta do to get skin looking perfect but still fresh, brush up those eyebrows, and smack on some lip balm. Here’s what you’ll need to do for the eyes:

Step 1: Gather your tools. You’ll need an eyelash curler, a pencil eraser (probably still attached to the pencil for better grip), and your shadow of choice + matching pigment powder. Hathaway’s pro choice? MAC’s Chromacake — it’s a solid cake of opaque, matte, hyper-pigmented color — in Genuine Orange, along with the matching Pigment.

Step 2: Curl your lashes, but skip the mascara.

Step 3: Using the pencil eraser, dot on ultra-pigmented Chromacake after wetting the palette.

Step 4: Set it with the matching pigment.

Step 5: Pretend like you slept the full recommended seven to eight hours last night.