Inspired by the chemical compound for ethylene, C2H4 is an experiment exploring the multitudes of futures present in designer Yixi Chen’s universe. Originally from Shanghai, China, Chen moved to Los Angeles at age 17 to study film and theater at the University of California, dropping out not long after to pursue her interest in fashion design. Inspired by science fiction films and subversive culture, Chen blends her underground influences with futurism to create new compounds, shapes, and materials that reinforce the brand’s intersection of fantasy and function. High tech materials meet intricate cut and sew patterns, creating a sartorial story that marries fashion to science in a space-age setting. Streetwear is given an experimental twist with hardware and reflective accoutrements, while tailored jackets and pants offer a punk approach to elevated design through unconventional textiles and retro-future silhouettes.