Introducing the AW17: Buoyancy Collection

February 11 2017
Photo by Daniel Sims

For Autumn/Winter 2017, 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.
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.
Chromat AW17 Runway Video

Chromat by VOGUE
Chromat by WWD
Chromat by i-D
Chromat by Refinery 29
UNIIQU3 in Vogue
Chromat by The Cut

"In the Chromat universe, everyone is invited to the party, and pieces with fashion-forward ingenuity and body-positivity go hand-in-hand. It’s a fashion message that others would be wise to get behind."
- Vogue Runway

"The collection was a profoundly positive approach to a very turbulent time."

"Skilled as she is already at designing punchy, wide-ranging swimwear for women of all sizes, she had not tackled outerwear until now; rest assured, the larger-than-life inflatable jackets were well worth the wait as she managed to marry outwear and swimwear in a positively uplifting collection."
"Chromat consistently has some of the best models of New York Fashion Week. The innovative brand, designed by Becca McCharen-Tran, always features models with a wide range of backgrounds, body types, and gender identities."
New York Magazine's The Cut

"We’re left feeling pretty damn good about Chromat's position at the helm of swimwear."
See more coverage of the Chromat AW17 Runway Show:
Show Credits
Producer: Christine McCharen-Tran
Front of House Production: John Pizzolato, Jessica Allen
Public Relations: International Playground
Performance: UNIIQU3 with dancers Deadly Dose and Blue
Casting Director: Gilleon Smith
Stylist: Edda Gudmun with Martin Tordby
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
Jewelry: Bijules
Set Designer: Michael Potvin of Nitemind Creative
Inflatables: Klymit
CEO: Becca McCharen-Tran
Creative:  Ben Ritter
Technical: Ellen Krikorian
Production: Starr Williams-Doyle
Interns: Tolu Aremu, Lindsey Keck, Heather Stanko, Gabby Corya, Lily Simpson, Mylissa Shely

Leyna B at State, Denise Bidot at MUSE, Sabina Karlsson, Iskra and Victoria Gomez at JAG, Carmen Carrera at Elite, Aurel O and Maya Mones at Lorde Inc, Julia Otobo, Tina J at MSA, Monika at Nomad, Stacy Ann at Runways, Jaylynn Jackson at Society Row, Safara, Teng at St. Claire, Kalah at 28 Models, Hannah M at Surface, Hannah Paat at Wilhelmina, Priscilla at Wilhelmina Curve, Zu, Tabran at Americana, Cleopatra at Anomaly, Emerald at Click, Destiny at EI Models, L’ka, Keyeriah, Shinhae, Jessica M, Elliott, Jahmal Golden.
Special Thanks to MADE, Doc Martens, SOREL.
Backstage catering by Dig Inn and Liana Werner-Gray.
Go Backstage at the Chromat AW17 Runway Show >
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For press and buyer appointments, please contact:
International Playground Showroom
SALES: Virginia Craddock
PRESS: Johnny Pizzolato
1147 Broadway, 2nd fl, NYC 10001