For her first collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Yixi Chen invited her guests to board the C2H4 Space Tech to Mars. Chen, who started C2H4 in 2014, considers herself a chemist and wanted to design laboratory workwear for the year 2082.
“This is our vision of what clothes are going to look like in the future,” said Chen, who sells to retailers including Revolve and Wish.
Chen updated athletic and workwear pieces — anoraks, utility vests, lab coats, hooded sweatshirts and cargo pants — with pockets, straps and fasteners. Pieces, which came in black, white, a pastel blue and vivid yellow, were also covered with her brand name, which stands for ethylene, and “Zero Gravity,” which was the title of the collection.
She also presented her collaboration collection with Kappa, which is titled “Undecayable.” Chen took creative license with Kappa’s signature logo tape and wrapped it around sweatpants or attached it to hoods as if it was a drawstring.
Chen isn’t working from an entirely new playbook, but she has distinctive ideas, which help her collection stand out.
See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:
Perry Ellis Men’s Spring 2018: The company injected performance features into its tailored clothing uniform and then layered on fashion.
Hecho Men’s Spring 2018: The spring collection expanded on singular, identifiable staples in new, still breathable, fabrics.
Boss Men’s Spring 2018: Designer Ingo Wilts used a variety of nautical references in the line.
Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2018: The designer was inspired by the ocean and Atlantis.
Descendant of Thieves Men’s Spring 2018: The designer toyed with the aesthetic of deviant Mods of the Sixties, balancing an energetic collection of colorful prints with relaxed silhouettes.