There aren’t many sartorial rules for the occasion. For one, definitely wear more red, for it is a lucky colour. Accessorise with gold, because that too will bring prosperity. Dress well, pay attention to the details, and most importantly, embrace the pig.
That’s right – Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and with it begins the Year of the Pig. And where restaurants are putting out special menus and homes are decorated with festive garlands, the fashion industry too has found a way to welcome the lunar new year in true style. In what is increasingly becoming a yearly tradition, many fashion houses across the globe have unveiled multi-piece limited edition collections, inspired by the bold and beautiful festive period.
Whether you decide to go the whole hog with a head-to-toe (snout-to-paw?) pig-themed look, or prefer to subtly incorporate laces of red into your everyday wear, we’ve put together a list of the most exciting Year of the Pig fashion collections. Ensuring you’ll be dressed to the nines like a true babe throughout the celebratory season, we’ve included everything from hoodies and sneakers to handbags and keyrings. Ready to pig out? Your ultimate Year of the Pig fashion guide has arrived.
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Gucci is truly owning it with their Year of the Pig fashion this year, gracing the front pages of any fashion blog with their campaign images (they included actual piglets, no less). Themed around Disney’s Three Little Pigs, the whopping 35-piece limited edition collection features everything from the Italian brand’s beloved Ace sneakers over to sweaters, t-shirts, and handbags. There’s also a very cute pink flying pig brooch, and you may not have known this until now, but everyone needs a very cute pink flying pig brooch.
Chloé’s Lunar New Year collection is small, yet celebrates all the great details from intricately carved bracelets to artfully crafted motifs on bags and t-shirts. Making for very trendy pieces that can be worn year-round (and even years later), the colourful items celebrate that sophisticated boho edge Chloé fans know and love, with a bit of festive finesse.
From key rings to cardholders to cufflinks, Bottega Veneta is fully embracing the spirit of the Lunar New Year with a series of red leather accessories as well as pig-themed pieces. Incorporating its infamous intrecciato nappa design into many of the items, it’s a sweet way to add a subtle celebratory accent to any and all of your looks this year.
Whilst red is most commonly the colour for this festive season, Coach takes a pretty-in-pink approach, unveiling a series of playful pink accessories, from bag charms to stickers and phone cases. Naming the mascot ‘Party Pig’, the light-hearted pieces make for very fun style staples that can easily go from day out to night out.
For those who are more for sneakers than stilettos, the Vans collab with Chinese brand Purlicue is sure to please. Under a “Laid Back, Not Lazy” motto, the two brands present the exclusive Year of the Pig Collection: a series of Vans’ most famous sneakers combined with the Purlicue aesthetic in pig-pink and Chinese-red hues.
Keeping it simple, yet very, very sweet, Longchamp’s Lunar New Year collection caused much buzz when it first dropped, proving that sometimes less really is more. Launching bags in either black or light pink, the collection sees a variety of ‘snout’ pouches and ‘curly tail’ bags, each making a joyful reference to the celebrated animal. Oversized piglet snouts never looked so fashionable.
Along a similar tangent to Gucci, Moschino goes with a cartoon pig theme too for its Chinese New Year collection. A little bit punk rock edgy in true Moschino style, the line is made up of black hoodies and tees as well as denim jackets and accessories, for a youthful and casual street style approach to the festival.
It has become clear that when it comes to the Year of the Pig, there are only two colours that reign supreme: pink and red. Embracing both in full swing, Kate Spade focuses not on the snout or the tail of the pig like many other brands, but rather the ears, accentuating them with colour contrasts. Yet another playful and cute way to celebrate the celestial animal for 2019, these make for very adorable gifts, too.
Ending our list with some fierce high street fashion for the Lunar New Year, Thailand’s very own Pomelo Fashion manages to blend classic Chinese styles with contemporary cuts and flair, balancing tradition with trends. From floral patterns to chandelier earrings, every item is designed for exactly what the season stands for: that is, celebration.