Flashing lights but not ahead. As the lights darken & techno clanking sounds fill the room, an electric storm comes rushing through the backstage wall. The first model makes her arrival clad in a fluorescent tube ensemble. Big beats, big hair, neon flashing lights come streaming down the runway. If you’ve never been to a Chromat show then this seems completely out of nowhere. But for this seasoned crowd, it’s not just expected but encouraged, & the Autumn/Winter 2016 Lumina collection did not disappoint.
In her second collaboration with Intel Innovation & first with StretchSense, designer Becca McCharen pairs the art of fashion with the power of technology. Responsive accessories for the hand were used to activate each garment’s glow through reactive movement bringing a whole new meaning to eveningwear, literally clothing that can be worn in the dark. The designs are inspired by the work of Robert Irwin & the concept of biomimicry, which uses nature’s strategies to solve complex human problems.
Of course there were cages – McCharen’s classic styles of structural “scaffolding for the body” – only this season in Hot Pink! Yes Hot Pink! McCharen, who has always depended on her signature Black on White on Black palette steps far out of the coop this season & introduces a range of Bright Pinks, Corals, & Aquatic Blues. It’s very possible that the Chromat Babe had a thing for Lisa Frank back in the day but more likely this is the designer drawing from the work of Dan Flavin & his color studies.
Oh & the full figured models? Yes, they were there… but that was last season’s news.
Co-founder of Bishop Collective
Designer website: www.chromat.co