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The AW20 Chromat 2020 collection reimagines athletics as a gender inclusive space where athletes can compete as they are.

When the Olympics were founded, women were not allowed to compete. Later, women were only allowed to participate in sports that were “compatible with their femininity and fragility,” but excluded from track and field. It wasn’t until the 1960s that women were even allowed to run the 800m race. 
Fast forward to present day: trans women, cis women, non-binary and intersex athletes are still punished for being ‘un-ladylike’ and some athletes are even forced into body modification and mutilation to continue pursuing their talent. World champions like Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand are penalized and banned for not conforming to the International Olympic Committee and International Association of Athletics Federations’ narrow definition of gender, which continues to change. 
Today, in protest of the stringent and exclusionary gender binary that has come to define these sporting events, we are hosting a Chromat Team Training Session to visualize the future of gender fluid inclusion in sport.

Listen to Basit's Chromat 2020 Workout Mix:

"Athletes of any body, practice, or passion would be lucky to pump it up in some Chromat."
"Highly energetic and fun, the event was a pure celebration of diversity and self-love that brought a happy, optimistic vibe to New York Fashion Week."
"The show was a necessary intervention to how we conceive of ability and athleticism showcasing models of all abilities and genders from an amputee to someone with a double mastectomy to several trans and gender nonconforming models."
Teen Vogue
"So there I stook last night, underground at the Chromat show, watching models like Kimberly Drew and Alok demonstrate how it’s done, completely envious of their spunky energy and flexible range of motion in the face of a steadily creeping Monday morning."
Man Repeller
"Dubbed "Chromat 2020 Team Training Session," the special event will debut McCharen-Tran's reimagining of sports (and its uniforms) as a gender-inclusive space."
"Per usual, the brand also featured a stunning variety of body types, genders and abilities for the exciting show. While the badass display of Chromat babes felt contemporary in its inclusivity, the show drew attention to the sporting world's history of being the exact opposite."

Train for the Chromat 2020 championships with this mix from the AW20 NYFW Show:

Go Backstage at the Chromat Runway Show >
Choreography:  Basit
Strength Training:  Simone Tchouke
Casting Director:  Gilleon Smith
Stylist:  Ben Ritter
Producer:  Christine McCharen-Tran
Front of House Production:  John Pizzolato, Jessica Allen
Public Relations:  International Playground
Production Management:  Jennifer Salinas
Hair:  Justine Marjan for Tresemme
Makeup:  Fatima Thomas and the M∙A∙C PRO Team
Manicurist:  Eda & Anna Levenson of Lady Fancy Nails with CND  
Shoes:  Reebok
Jewelry:  Melody Ehsani
Watches:  Armitron

Chromat Team:   Becca McCharen-Tran, Ben Ritter, Tolu Aremu, Talia Riedel, Yonina Isman, Jordan Bogigian, Tichina Reliford, Katlyn Le Leal 
Dance Athletes: Basit, DD Smith, Maya Margarita, Olivia Burgess, Jari Jones, Ebony Williams, West Dakota, Ariel Pierre Louis, Eddie Jarel Jones, Kimberly Drew, Coco Layne.
Circuit Training Athletes: Simone Tchouke, Ericka Hart, Helen Harris, Carmen Carrera, Liv Adler, Lina Bradford, Ce’Aira Brown, Alok Menon, Femita Ayanbeku, Nzingha Prescod, Devin-Norelle.
Special Thanks to Katie Longmyer, Darrin George, Poo~Pouri and the RISE by We Team.
For press appointments, please contact: International Playground Showroom

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