Even the most seasoned attendee of New York Fashion Week would have to admit that Chromat’s SS17 collection—titled “HYPERWAVE”—is unique to the max. In fact, some might call it subversive. From the moment the first model, a contortionist, hit the runway, it was clear that the brand was ready to make a statement.
As the lights flicker behind her and she dances her way back and forth on the catwalk, the space is filled with music that sounds primeval despite being electronic. To further this juxtaposition between the ultramodern and the prehistoric are the next two models, who walk out wearing sleek, color-blocked athletic wear and gigantic metal septum rods.
The clothes featured in this collection are designed to be casual and universally flattering, as the show’s use of a diverse set of models surely demonstrates. The clothes look practical and comfortable, as athletic wear should be, but with a smattering of sex appeal.
Sheer inserts, strategically placed cutouts, and strappy body harnesses all accentuate the clean lines and blocked colors with a subtle touch of femininity. These ingenious touches show why Chromat does not say it sells clothes-- it sells “Structural Experiments for the Human Body.”
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The old “athleisure” staples, leggings and sports bras, are of course present, but so are swimsuits, elegant dresses, and in one particularly memorable case, a skirt with peplum pockets. Accompanied by negative space cat eyes and neat yet effortless hairstyles, these looks are the epitome of strong urban chic.