Enter A Liquid Universe With Chromat, Pussykrew, And Mela Murder

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For its latest collection, Chromat released a video version of a feminist utopia

To know Chromat's sleek, sexy, architecturally influenced designs is to love them, yes, but it's also to envision yourself wearing them while storming the post-apocalyptic, water-drenched earth, slaying anyone and everyone who gets in your path. What can I say? When I let my mind roam, it goes straight toward fall-of-the-patriarchy utopian vistas in which women move freely and adorn themselves in whatever they want; and in which I am undoubtedly wearing this pentagram harness.

To aid me in my idyllic watery visions, comes Chromat's Spring/Summer Hyperwave collection, which can be seen via a new video made in collaboration between Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran, interdisciplinary artists Pussykrew (Tikul and mi$ gogo), dancer Mela Murder, choreographer Kaner Flex, and Body Labs, a 3-D scanning team which transposed Mela's moving body into what Pussykrew calls "a liquid universe that manifests internal and external transformations and female power."

The result is a hypnotic piece, which beautifully demonstrates the fluidity of power and the ability women have to disrupt and dismantle existing, seemingly static structures through their own inherent strength. Pussykrew explains:

We’ve fused fluid water forces and soft body with robotic machinery to bring to existence new human form. Mela Murder brought mesmerizing performance that has been translated through her avatar. We used a 3-D scan of Mela and a small motion-capture system to record the movement data of Mela, and then built the surreal dripping environment around her. 

The effect is indeed surreal, and yet the power contained within the piece is practically tangible; watching it serves as a reminder that everything is transitory and it's up to us to create a better future. Or, as McCharen-Tran tells me, to her, utopia "is the elimination of hierarchies. The video presents utopia as a merging of human and machine; the creation of bionic bodies." And that creation of new beings is so perfectly embodied by Mela, who, at the time of filming, was pregnant. McCharen-Tran says, "Experiencing Mela's journey through her pregnancy was incredible. She emanated such light and such creativity throughout the whole process. She is the definition of strong, powerful woman, and the way the body can replicate itself from liquid states inspired the film."

Experience it all for yourself, in the video above, and look at more images of Mela wearing Chromat in the slideshow, below.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.