RECAP: #NYFW14 It’s all about CHROMAT !

Structural experiments for the human body

From the mind of out designer, Becca McCharen, comes the architectural body creations known together as Chromat. Chromat, as described on the official website, are “structural experiments” for the body. Chromat stole the show at NYFW, in my opinion, with its cage-like designs and runway show that featured models of several sizes, ethnicities, and gender identities.

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(Designer Becca McCharen second from the right with her models all wearing pieces from Chromat’s S/S 15 collection)

Chromat began in 2010 as part of McCharen’s degree in architecture design from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. The ready-to-wear pieces included cut out tops, caged dresses, and strappy swimsuits. All pieces had a uniqueness to them while mostly black and white with hints of red or blue.

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McCharen cites Bjork as a huge muse for her creations. Her pieces have now caged celebrities like BeyonceMadonna, and Nicki Minaj.

As an out lesbian, McCharen is queering the fashion world by filling the gap in perspective. While the biggest fashion houses in the world are ruled mostly by men, especially gay men, McCharen is breathing fresh air into the world of fashion by creating pieces that she feels many women, including herself and her friends (source: AfterEllen), are looking for.

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Support queer designers like Becca McCharen and shop Chromat at

  One thought on “RECAP: #NYFW14 It’s all about CHROMAT !

  1. October 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I absolutely agree! Chromat had the #1 runway this past season. I would seriously give my left hand to own every piece from this collection and I’m left-handed.

    Raissa |


    • October 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Haha, that’s definitely dedication! I agree though, I’d do anything to own even one piece off the runway!


  2. Madame Ostrich
    September 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED Chromat’s representation of diverse ethnicities and body types. It felt really great for me to see models displayed in a way that encourages them to show their body instead of finding ways to cover it up!


    Liked by 1 person

    • September 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Completely agree! Like I said, it’s a breath of fresh air for fashion, especially on the runway. 🙂
      xo, Becca


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