THE RE\VIEW: AN ITEM CATALOG OF EXCLUSIVE RUNWAY REVIEWS, CRITIQUES & CULTURAL EVENTS, PAYING RESPECT TO THE WORLDS OF FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & ART.
The Chromat Triple D's: Denim, Debuts and Diversity.
Chromat returned to the runway for another epic showdown on model diversity. While designer Becca McCharen-Tran has been one of the leading ladies, who is continually taking the multi-faceted conversation by all walks of life on the catwalk, over the past few seasons, her message reaches far and wide in an industry still struggling to recognize all bodies and colors on the spectrum.
And I stand by her moves. With an expectation to claim her stake in the game, she sticks to her guns and for that we at iTEM truly admire her work and ability to do so. Take notes, from the moment the show started with Leyna Bloom, the openly trans, Filipino-American model, who strutted down the runway from one hip to the other, in one of the largest trends of the summer season: an ultra crop-top denim matching set, that exposed nearly half of her chest.
Following Bloom shortly there after, was the industries first widely recognized curvy super-model, Emme (Melissa Miller), who gained her advocating notability in the mid to late 90’s. She wore a one piece bathing suit with an above the chest cutout, adorned with a monochromatic belt. strap bracelet and a big metal hoop found throughout the spunky collection.
Some of the themes seen in this selection of sporty pieces, carried over from McCharen-Tran's recent past esthetics. There was an emphasis on the harnessing of the breasts; one that showed the outlining of their natural curvature. Another, was the linear cage-work seen in her NYFW Fall 2016 debut.
Images Courtesy of Chromat Fall 2016 Collection
A personal favorite of mine in the entirety, was the catwalk debut of the rising curvy model – Jordyn Woods – the widely known best-friend of Kylie Jenner, with a dominating character of her own on social media. She rocked a harness bralette corset with duo coloring combinations, which where made of traditional light and dark denim, set over a matching ankle length denim skirt.
Immediately following Woods was a caged look connected to a denim bra and a high waist compression short that hit the body in all the right places.
Not only was gender and body diversity a factor of the show, but a nod to age diversity as well; arguably the most diverse show in the entire NYFW SS18 season. When the show ended, one message remained clear for McCharen-Tran: she is a designer who is striving to serve spunky fashion to a very neglected market. While efforts are made by many designers over the past few seasons – the focus on change is still only being called upon by a few key rising players – who are in fact, the ones sending their art down as a message for the masses to embrace.
Pay attention to Chromat, they have a thing or two to say on the matter.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.