Last night, Chromat marked its 10th year in the fashion industry with a show at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week. Devoted to empowering fans of all shapes and sizes, Becca McCharen-Tran’s latest collection launched with blasting hip-hop music among a festive atmosphere. Model Veronica Pome’e kicked off the show in a royal blue one-piece swimsuit encased by Chromat’s signature architectural cage in a vibrant shade of red.
An inclusive array of genders, sizes, and backgrounds followed, gracing the runway in vibrant looks and coordinated eye makeup, including some reimagined versions of past popular styles. Past fan-favorite pool floaties were now corsets and inflatable bustles, while Spring ’19 T-shirts originally made in “sample sizes” now became a white patchwork gown emblazoned with the words and adorned by Tess Holliday. The end of the celebration was marked by a Rico Nasty performance while McCharen-Tran and the models danced around the stage.
Backstage, McCharen-Tran told Vogue of the theme: “It’s about moving forward. The inspiration was very much about NASA and how its astronauts train in underwater facilities in Houston. It’s something we’ve barely scratched the surface of, and I’d love to explore further.”
“I didn’t expect to start crying at the end, but I felt so overwhelmed and grateful. It takes a lot of people to make this happen; I’ve always known that Chromat is more than just me,” McCharen-Tran told Vogue. We’re grateful for all McCharen-Tran has done to help usher in real change the past 10 years and we can’t wait to see where the designer takes her inclusive and sustainable designs next.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue