We could all do with our own space in the cosmos right now, far away from Planet Earth where everything seems to be going into red-light, siren-warbling mode. Thanks, then, to LA-based streetwear brand C2H4, who are back with a new ‘Private Planet’ collection (clothes, not actual celestial bodies to rent, sadly).
Imagined as a planet in which music and poetry are the only forms of communication, it’s half cosmic half sonic, taken from the ever-whirring mind of Yixi Chen. “There is no end to the music, no end to the chanting,” Chen writes in a preface. “This is a small celestial habitat standing alone in the minor spiral arm of a distant galaxy.”
If it sounds conceptual it is; and if it sounds good, it really is. Studded with a new range of #R003 Hardware (technical zips, buttons, clasps and the like), it’s an extensive catalogue running through jackets, hoodies, tees, trousers, shorts, caps, accessories and everything in-between.
Unsurprisingly, Chen’s vision is typically monochromatic, aside from pops of electric blue and red roses. Everything feels like Camden in the year 3000 – leather jackets, rock-chick tank tops and distressed belts drip with grunge, while guitar motifs and serif fonts remind us of the kind of logos you’d find on a Download poster.
There’s scores of interesting accessories, too, from the silver Logo Brooch to a Badged Beret that places you onto the art school department of some sort of futuristic ship, to thermos sensitive leather-clad bags bringing the heat. There’s also a mini guitar bag which, at a push, you might be able to squeeze your tiny violin from 2020 in.
Set for release on Feb 8, it’s backed with a forward-looking lookbook and all the usual campaign trimmings to enjoy. If you fancy escaping somewhere with the power of fashion, this is your ticket outta here – go rock it.