The Chromat Autumn/Winter 2016 LUMINA Collection is inspired by the color theory and light explorations of conceptual artists Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin combined with the biological functions of luminescence.
The architecture of Robert Irwin’s exhibit Excursus: Homage to the Square³ at Dia:Beacon parallels Chromat’s philosophy and approach to design. From the curatorial notes:
“[The exhibit] marked his philosophical ambition to create a work that is nonhierarchical in form, encouraging a mobile style of viewership. The artist designed Excursus to engage with the museum’s architectural and lighting specificities, a technique he has articulated as “site-conditioned,” in which “the sculptural response draws all its cues (reasons for being) from its surroundings.”
We approached the Irwin exhibit as a challenge to work with color in a new way. Color is that new risk for us. As stated by Irwin, Excursus extends painter Joseph Albers’ investigations of treating color as “a kind of infinite possibility.” We were also inspired by the exposed structure of Excursus’ mesh exhibit walls, and the soft glow of each fluorescent fixture emerging through these layers of architectural mesh.
Every Chromat garment draw cues from the intersections and joints of the body. Like Irwin, we believe in an anarchy and accessibility of design. We believe technology and adaptive garments will change fashion and create a completely customizable, accessible new world.
Chromat sportswear functions as an augmentation that empowers the body to be stronger, faster and perform at optimum levels. We believe that clothing should be able to sense the wearer and be able to adapt and respond accordingly. We have collaborated with the Intel Innovation and StretchSense team to create responsive accessories for the hand that transform the garment’s glow through reactive movement powered by the Intel® Curie™ Module. By serving as an extension of our sensory systems, the responsive garments reflect a concept known as biomimicry, where nature is used to solve complex human problems.
The Intel powered garments, along with the full collection of architectural lingerie and sportswear, illustrate the potential of future integrations of fashion and technology. As we continue our exploration of optimized fashion and wearable technology, Chromat is focused on empowering the body by elevating the utility of clothing and accessories with intelligent capabilities.
Go Backstage: Experience Chromat's show in 360-degree virtual reality on February 23rd at RedBulletin.com/Chromat
Lookbook photo by Anastasia Garcia
Hair by Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Makeup by Angelina Cheng
Casting by Gilleon Smith
Models: Alisar at Red, Erin at Request, Sabina at JAG
See full lookbook here.
Runway photos by Serichai Traipoom
AW16 Runway Show Credits
Producer: Christine Tran, Claire Fitzsimmons
Front of House Production: John Pizzolato, Jessica Allen
Public Relations: International Playground
Production Management: Tiffany Norman at Prodject
Sound: BEARCAT + HD
Casting Director: Gilleon Smith
Stylist: Edda Gudmun
Hair Lead: Jon Reyman for AVEDA
Makeup Lead: Fatima Thomas and the M·A·C PRO Team
Manicurist: Eda Levenson of Lady Fancy Nails for Floss Gloss
Set Designer: Michael Potvin of Nitemind Creative
Technical Director: Rich Gershberg
Lighting: IMCD Lighting
Audio: ADI Worldwide
Intel Engineering Team: Manan Goel, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Prabhakar R Datta, Karli Cengija
Stretch Sense Team: Benjamin O'Brien, Shin Jeong Park, Todd Gisby
3D Body Scanning: Sketchfab
Livestream: Nitemind Creative
Virtual Reality: Winslow Turner Porter III, Josh + Jason Diamond, Ben Schwartz, Alberto Leon
Chromat Senior Designer: Alyse Schriefer
Chromat Staff: Ben Ritter, Kathryn Formoso, Coco Layne, Ellen Krikorian
Chromat Interns: Yani Li, Tolu Aremu, Vivian Loh, Shannon Smiley
Denise Bidot at MUSE, Sabina Karlsson at JAG, Lauren Wasser at Supreme, Alex Eneme, Raquel and Alisar at Red, Joli at 28 Models, Aria, Zu at Americana, Tamara, Meghan Takahashi at APM, Julia, Nika at MSA, Erin at Request, L’ka at Surface, Safara and Stephanie at St Claire, Nila at State, Ya, Elsie at Fenton, Alayah at New York Model, Monika and Isabella at Wilhelmina, Jordan at Women 360, Dakota Moore at Q, Sophie Lloyd, Isis King, Juliana Huxtable.
Thanks to MADE Fashion Week and Milk Studios for their generous support.
Thanks to Todd Harple, Sandra Lopez, Brenda Lynch, Brian Krzanich, Danielle Brown and the Intel Innovation team
for collaborating on adaptive garments. Thanks to Doc Martens. Special thanks to Alex Rose and Ross Asdourian.
The Intel® Curie™ module has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not,
and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained. For more information visit: Intel.com/Curie