Becca McCharen spills the beans on Fashion Week rituals, drone flying talents, and an extensive dream squad.
Becca McCharen of Chromat
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Without fail, emerging designer Becca McCharen of Chromat presents insanely sick collections season after season. Her SS16 show involved everything from full-figured women to a collaboration with Intel and moving dresses on the runway. With a futuristic and edgy aesthetic, it’s easy to spot her designs in the busiest of crowds. MADE Fashion Week caught up with McCharen to see what creative coolness she’s been up to since then. She spills the beans on Chromat rituals, drone flying talents, and an extensive dream squad.
What’s your pre-Fashion Week ritual?
Myself and the #ChromatTEAM in the studio at all hours, sewing our brains out.
What’s the worst thing about fashion week?
Building 40+ samples in less than 10 days. But that’s probably the most exciting thing about NYFW too.
Favorite thing about having your own brand?
Collaborating with musicians, technologists and artists from all different fields to create something new together.
Describe your collection in a hashtag.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
Reality: Architecture. Dream: professional dancer or music producer.
Who’s your Fashion Idol?
Favorite NYC spot or recommendation?
I like to escape to Dia: Beacon in upstate NY with my fiance Christine Tran post-NYFW. So many of Chromat’s collections are based around inspiration found in the conceptual art at the galleries there.
Do you have any secret talents or hobbies?
Flying drones really, really high.
What album or song has the most plays on your life soundtrack? What are you listening to now?
Life: Bjork- Homogenic. Now: Joey Labejia, Bearcat, Juliana Huxtable and HD remixes.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Secret Pinterest Boards.
Any life hacks you want to share?
Lavender diffuser in the design studio.
Favorite instagram account? Least favorite?
Who’s in your dream squad?
Baddest bitch in the game Christine Tran, Witches of Bushwick, Discwoman, Bearcat, HD, Juliana Huxtable, Denise Bidot, Maluca, Kerin Rose, International Playground, Missy Elliot, Beyonce, Twigs, Speakerfoxxx, Gilleon Smith, Bjork, Claire Fitzsimmons, Diane Von Furstenberg, Aurora James, Kim Kardashian, Christine Hahn, Karli Cengija, Edda Gudmansdottir, Shoppy Arnardottir, Alek Wek, Tinashe, Slayrizz, Rahel, Sabina Karlsson, Alex Eneme, Rihanna, Fluct and the #ChromatTEAM, to name a few.
I look forward to the day I can download my clothes.
Who was your hero in high school?
The holy trinity of Bjork, Missy Elliott, and Frida Kahlo.
What song will forever put you in a good mood?
Nicki Minaj’s Shanghai.
Motivational/inspirational quote to share?
Never be afraid to ask questions.
What’s your secret party trick?
Dancing with your eyes closed.
Favorite internet k-hole?
Humans of New York.
Photography: Christelle de Castro