Chromat has been around for a little while, inserting their neo-futuristic silhouette style into any garment imaginable. This past New York Fashion Week, however, Chromat made a massive splash, painting models with huge, black eyebrows and using beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and colors to walk their runway. It was a complete departure from the standard fashion formula, and I think its impact will be felt for many years to come.
Diversity is something that a fashion designer or beauty company should understand better than most, but something almost always gets lost in translation; thin, white women have been the most represented demographic for too long. For those making what we put on our bodies, it should be painfully obvious how unique each human truly is, and that difference should be celebrated and, frankly, marketed, which is why I appreciate what Chromat does.
I got to try out some of their headpieces to show you guys how much fun it is to play with fashion. They were so fun, in fact, that I don’t think I would mind the stares and comments if I wore them in public. If Madonna and Beyoncé can rock these “exoskeletons,” then why can’t the rest of us?!
The Cube Cage is an epic halo-type cage, and though it looks super-cool over the face, I was feeling it as more of a Patron Saint of Computers vibe, and wore it as a hairpiece. This made me look really badass and powerful, like I could do any long math problem ever to save the world.
I loved the Catwoman Mask, which is definitely outside of my normal style comfort zone. This mask is an incredible intonation of the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman—it screams "villain" and "cute" in the same breath, and would be great for a masquerade ball or Halloween costume.
My absolute favorite piece was this incredible Top Knot Cage, as recently seen on Rihanna. Ugh, it’s just too good! This makes me feel like sexy FKA Twigs belting out a nu-Bjork vogue anthem when I wear it. It slips easily over a ponytail, requires a little crafty positioning, and looks so cool when it’s on. I would wear this B every Friday night if I could. So fun!
When it comes to hair accessories and headwear, millinery—the design of hats, scarves, and headbands—is basically a lost art. But it's a craft that's seeing a revival, thankfully. Chromat uses two vintage design techniques that are coming back in a big way: millinery and corsetry. Founder Becca McCharen is quickly becoming a counterculture idol, and she deserves this praise for her feminist sensibilities and unique brand of expression.
It's no wonder that everyone from BadRiRi to Dascha Polenco rock these gorgeous and powerful designs. If I was photographed as often as stars of that caliber, I would wear the top knot cage every time I'm having a ponytail day.
It just occurred to me that I am photographed pretty often, so I should probably invest in my own, pronto...
- Would you wear these awesome head pieces?
- Who is your favorite headpiece designer?
Photos: Darnell Scott