A Backstage Look At SHEIN X and The Future X’s Stylish Collab
Channel the pop group’s star power in this collection of statement tees, dresses, and more.
Summertime presents the best opportunity to be extra adventurous with your outfits and harness your inner pop star. Whether you opt for the season’s boldest cropped tees or on-trend denim, the sidewalk is your stage and the sun is your spotlight. That’s why the SHEIN X and The Future X Summer Collection couldn’t have come at a better time.
The collaboration paired each of the pop group’s seven members with an up-and-coming fashion designer from SHEIN X, which is the retailer’s incubator program for launching emerging names in fashion. SHEIN X is all about providing designers and artists with the tools and support they need to empower creativity, such as access to the retail brand’s supply chain, technology, and marketing resources. It’s their mission to make the business of fashion accessible to all.
Behind The Seams
“We wanted to create something that truly represented who we are as a group... while highlighting each member’s style equally,” says band member Luke Brown. For example, designer Emily Reed says she was inspired by singer Jayna Hughes’s bright personality and expert dancing skill. To that point, many of the pieces are dancer-friendly, and you can see how they move in The Future X’s new music video, “Daffodil.” “Being able to shoot the video with the collection added so much more life to the clothing than we could have imagined,” says band member Drew Venegas.
The overall experience was “magical,” says fellow band member Jayna Hughes. “We are all superstars in our own way.” As a group, the band’s favorite looks were the ones they wore during the “tea party” part of their music video. “Shooting this section was a lot of fun,” says band member Tray Taylor. “You might even see a little bit of cake at the end.”
So, if your summer plans consist of dance parties and music festivals, these pieces are especially a must. “This project is the collection of the summer,” says band member Maci Wood. Ahead, see some of the top pieces from the 59-piece #SHEINXTheFutureX and #SHEINX collection, while learning the inspo behind them — and how to style them for your summer wardrobe.
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"We wanted to create a unique summer collection full of beautiful shapes and silhouettes to channel major pop star energy," says band member Angie Green. This stunning sequin dress, which was a collab between the designer Aliya Brown (of The Moon in Leo Clothing) and The Future X’s Angie Green, has ‘celebrity red carpet’-status written all over it.
Designer Mel Dorey worked with Sasha Marie on pieces that were based on the vibe of Y2K NYC streetwear, an experience that Marie describes as "surreal." This playful pink mesh coat can be thrown over the pink leopard print top and pants from the collection, as well as your favorite mini skirt and knee-high boots.
If you love fringe as much as designer Emily Reed, you’ll appreciate this showstopper of a look from her collaboration with Jayna Hughes. It’s the perfect summer music festival ’fit. Go wild and pair it with equally colorful shoes and accessories.
"Our goal with this collection was to create iconic looks," says band member Luke Brown. These pink zipper-pocket pants are definitely unique, and they could be worn with a cropped tee during the day or a rhinestone halter for a glam night out.
Sire Lamar Becker worked with The Future X member Maci Wood on this piece and a few others, and was inspired by her bold personal style. “Both pieces are very flirty,” says Becker, “and they are made perfectly to be worn together, but also work as separates.”
Designer Tendai Phillips says she enjoyed the experience of connecting with The Future X’s Luke Brown as they exchanged ideas and discovered mutual inspiration in their unique aesthetics. This vest jacket is both utilitarian and on-trend (plus, you can keep everything you need in the pockets for your summer adventures).
Inspired by the dance moves of The Future X’s Drew Venegas, designer Tim Hester used images like running cheetahs and leopards as design references. He then trimmed these pieces with fringes or straps “to move with Drew's movements.” Pair this top with the matching pants for a funky going-out look, and prepare to dance the night away.
Interesting details can make any look stand out, and these pants are no exception. Designed by Kovid Kapoor for his collaboration with The Future X’s Tray Taylor, the pair comes in a vivid green and features unique button straps on the hem.