We have all been to swimwear shows and seeing lots of pieces, but very little style to go along with it. Granted, the designers do actually have less to work with, when trying to express their creations to the public, so we are more likely to give them a pass on variety. Well, the designers at Chromat have no need for said "pass", because they have taken a very fashionable and wide-ranging spin on swimwear. By not traveling the traditional route and only focusing on the one and two piece versions of swimwear, they were able to choose their own path.
In the early part of the 20th century, women wore skirts to the beach and certainly by the standards of today, it may sound a little antiquated. Strangely enough, like most styles, things tend to come back albeit altered slightly. This was the route Chromat took for some of their designs. When first seeing the models walk out in the skirts, I was taken aback because Chromat is a swimwear designer, but as they got closer I noticed that they were not bikini coverings, they were the actual bathing suits. Made from the same material as high-end swimsuits and trunks, the skirts fit right into their overall look. So much so, that I began to wonder why we hadn't seen them sooner at the beach?
Another interesting thing that they did, was to design outerwear, such as vests, jackets and even trench-coats, out of the same inflated material that is used for flotation devices. It was absolute genius, because the concept stayed inline with the theme of "things that are seen at the beach." And as for seeing things at the beach... I am not normally fixated on the clothing that is worn while there, but Chromat has broadened my horizons and I will most certainly be on the lookout for fashion on the shore this year.
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