Becca McCharen-Tran's Fashion Week Journal

Becca McCharen-Tran's Fashion Week Journal

by Melissa Magsaysay

Here's How Chromat Designer Becca McCharen-Tran Gets Ready for New York Fashion Week.

One of the most highly anticipated shows during New York Fashion Week is undoubtedly Chromat, where the most diverse line up of models to appear during Fashion Month, self-assuredly strut down the runway wearing the sought after swim collection.

This season, Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran was inspired by the idea of wet t-shirts and how so many of us have sported a shirt over a bathing suit due to being too self-conscious to bare more. It's a familiar feeling for most people and part of McCharen-Tran's magic is being able to spin gorgeous, creative and innovative pieces by tapping into an accessible narrative. It's why she's garnered such an immense and impassioned following who are galvanized by the brand's message of inclusivity. The designer's journey leading up to her show is a lesson in patience, passion and the celebration of diversity. Here, she shares her creative and production process which culminates into the always uplifting presentation.

Describe your mood/attitude in the weeks leading up to your show?

Excitement, nervous about the sheer quantity of things I need to get done.

What was your inspiration for the collection this season?

Our Spring/Summer 2019 SATURATION collection is inspired by wet t-shirts. We wanted to reclaim the experience of hiding under a giant T-shirt at a pool party (when you're too embarrassed to be seen in your swim) and make it a garment to wear proudly. Our mission is to design empowering garments for all bodies!

You use such an awesomely diverse line up of models, what was your approach to casting this season? Did it differ at all?

We had an open call to allow anyone who has contacted us to come walk for us. It's a grueling process- we saw over 300 people in one day.

We also cast a lot of familiar #ChromatBABES - inspiring models and activists like Ericka Hart, Mama Cax, Geena Rocero and Carmen Carerra. I love working with people who are changing the industry each in their own way and opening up the industry (and culture at large) to be more inclusive.

What do you do to mentally and/or physically prepare for the last week or so leading up to your show?

Nothing can prepare you for NYFW!

Any snacks, crystals, drinks, meditations etc you turn to stay calm and focused during this time?

Delivery pizza when I don't have time to sit down much less have a real dining experience.

What do you do to celebrate or wind down once the show and Fashion Week in general are over?

After NYFW I always have a huge amount of gratitude for all the people who work together to make the Chromat runway shows and collections come to life. It takes a village, and we are so lucky to have a community of artists and friends who help make every season more fun than the one before!


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