The Chromat Spring/Summer 2016: MOMENTUM Collection is inspired by the idea that clothing, like architecture, should respond and adapt to the wearer.
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’s data sets - the heart rate, temperature, breathing patterns, stress - and the wearer's environment - temperature, air levels, GPS, social setting - and be able to adapt and respond accordingly.
Dinara in the Momentum Sports Bra
We have collaborated with the Intel Innovation team to create two responsive garments that transform based on the wearer’s body temperature, adrenaline and stress levels. The movement of the dress and sportswear are powered by the Intel® Curie™ Module, which allows the garments to customize their shape and adapt to the wearer’s environment. 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 Chromat Adrenaline Dress powered by Intel is composed of 3-D printed panels designed in collaboration with Francis Bitonti and an interlinked, expandable carbon fiber framework. When the garment senses adrenaline, the dress’s framework mimics the fight-or-flight mode and extends the wearer’s sensory system to form an imposing shape.
Chromat has also developed our first sportswear prototype built with Intel technology: the Chromat Aeros Sports Bra powered by Intel, inspired by wind, air and flight. The Chromat Aeros Sports Bra leverages shape memory alloy to open vents to cool down the body when it senses heat and sweat. With integration of the Intel Curie module, the sports bra can intuitively respond to perspiration, respiration and body temperature. This responsive clothing enables the wearer to break through barriers such as overheating to achieve peak performance.
The Intel powered garments, along with the full collection of swim, sportswear and footwear, 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.
Watch the Chromat SS16 Momentum Runway Show
SS16 Runway Show Credits
Producer: Christine Tran at Witches of Bushwick
Producer: Claire Fitzsimmons
Front of House Production: John Pizzolato, Jessica Allen
Public Relations: International Playground
Production Management: Tiffany Norman at Prodject
Sound: Joey Labeija
Casting Director: Gilleon Smith
Stylist: Edda Gudmun
Hair Lead: Amy Farid for Oribe Hair Care
Makeup Lead: Dominique for Maybelline New York
Manicurist: Eda Levenson for Cirque Colors
Set Designer: Ashton Blount & Michael Potvin for Nitemind
Technical Director: Rich Gershberg
Lighting: IMCD Lighting
Audio: ADI Worldwide
Intel Engineering Lead: Karolina Cengija
Intel Innovation Fellow: Lakshman Krishnamurthy
Intel Engineering Team: Shea Dillon, Gangadhar Donthu, Mourad Souag, James Farwell, Braxton Lathrop, Indulis Keksis, Paul Soldate and Cody Gabriel
3D Print Design: Francis Bitonti Studio
3D Printing: Voodoo Manufacturing
Bra Prototyping: Elizabeth LeMay at Studio 317
Chromat Senior Designer: Alyse Schriefer
Chromat Staff: Ben Ritter, Kathryn Formoso, Coco Layne, Ellen Krikorian
Chromat Interns: Ella Chodos-Irvine, Jacob Seiferle-Valencia, Liz Heisler, Clementine Phillips
Alek Wek at IMG. Leyna Ramos. Alex at Red. Denise Bidot at Muse. Sabina at JAG.
Dinara, Gabriella, JP, Lays, Yuen at Major. Kelsey at Marilyn. Bruna, Denise, Fangda, Hilda, Jessica, Raschelle, Sigail at Muse. Courtney, Elizabeth, Jessica at One.
Thanks to MADE Fashion Week, Musze and Milk Studios for their generous support.
Thanks to Todd Harple, Brenda Lynch, Brian Krzanich, Danielle Brown, Sandra Lopez, Andrew Lutjens and the Intel Innovation team for collaborating on such a fun project!
Photos by Andy Boyle, Christine Hahn & Mitchell Mclennan for MADE.
For collection press and buyer appointments, please contact:
International Playground Showroom
463 Broome, New York, NY 10013