New inspirations for Chinese New Year wardrobes. Red, gold and florals, notwithstanding.
Sure, tradition may dictate Chinese New Year colours to the ever-so-auspicious red and gold, but it shouldn’t relegate to limited styling opportunities and nondescript basics. Change out of an ensemble simply in variegated shades of red, and gold jewellery carelessly slapped on like an after thought. Should new pointers be needed when dressing up for the traditional festival, the selection below will be entirely helpful to celebrate the year of the ox in unbeatable style.
An endearing dedication to the zodiac year of the ox, Longchamp is releasing two seasonal-limited iterations of the iconic Le Pilage Cuir tote bag for Chinese New Year. Keeping with the distinct top handle, button flap front and trapezoidal design, the new edition arrives awash in either blush pink or black, and is silkscreen-printed with a single-lined sketch of an ox munching lazily on a daisy. Two collectable bag charms accompany the release: one, the same ox motif and the second, a playful baby bottle filled with milk.
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The typically tonal Portobello bag from Mulberry welcomes two duo-coloured editions for Lunar New Year. Keeping with the same minimalistic form and sustainable leather construction, the versatile, everyday tote bag is renewed with an abstract rectangular print sewn to the front. Framing a watercolour backdrop layered with a Chinese-inspired knotted pattern in top, it references the weaving techniques that are commonly used in making good luck charms for the traditional holiday. Available in red and blue or vice versa, the seasonal launch also features leather pouches in the same two colourways, decorated with an additional leather knotted detail at the pull-tab.
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Marni heads a bright welcome to the new year of the ox with a nostalgic look back to the past. A playful juxtaposition, the capsule collection is dedicated to the bold, graphical codes of the 70’s. While a Chinese New Year palette is evident, with anchoring shades of red and yellow (gold), the virgin-wool-knitted pieces remain true to Marni’s quirky, print-heavy disposition with a retro-inspired, hypnotic, wavy-striped pattern. Match the jovial, happy-go-lucky counternace of the era with the collection’s fluid, relaxed shapes and charming Museo nano crossbody bags, newly renewed in soft, cloud-like shearling.
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Stalwart fans of the luxury menswear brand will already recognise the free-spirited sparrows soaring across the seasonal Lunar New Year Capsule; it was first printed on Dunhill’s iconic Namiki table lighter released back in the 1930s. Revived and refreshed for the traditional holiday, the brown-speckled birds, often flying in pairs, are an auspicious symbol of good fortune, wealth and love and mark the new beginning of spring — hence the collection title ‘Spring Swallows’. Find them digitally printed and embroidered upon the clean, contemporary silhouettes coloured in understated palettes of white, black and blue; a most invigorating representation of Chinese New Year wardobes which will extend wear well beyond the season.
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A fervent welcoming for the new year of the ox is considerably palpable at Furla, and launches a capsule collection named ‘Super Cow’ as a tribute to the hardworking zodiac. Evident elements of the ox’s dairy-cow counterpart is incorporated, quite very literally, into the seasonal collection centred around the Italian brand’s iconic Metropolis silhouettes, along with a range of accessories. Covered with the recognisable black-and-white patterned daubs, the vivid design is completed by the jetted-out ears and horns that protrude at the top flap. A final trim of deep-burgundy stitching nods towards the auspicious colours of the season.
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Celebrating a first Chinese New Year, American brand St.John is debuting a new seasonal capsule collection of 27 pieces, specially curated to feature both casual separates and polished evening-wear. Showcasing the House’s sleek and refined style that also nods to the traditional holiday in palettes of red and pink, notable silhouettes include a modern take on the relaxed, drawstring trousers and a form-fitting tweed blazer detailed with gold Chinese knot-inspired buttons. For the year of the ox, limited-edition accessories strung with ox-inspired charms are also introduced.
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For a true touch of tradition, Shanghai Tang’s Chinoiserie-inspired pieces are ones that not only will garner endless compliments but also gesture towards traditional wardrobe codes. Two styles, aptly fitting in silhouette and colour palettes, are introduced in the Chinese New Year collection, while highlighting the brand’s modern sophisticated edge. A Qipao, draped in an intricately detailed floral jacquard sewn with silver threads and traces the outline of a Chinese Herbaceous Peony, a symbol of love and prosperity; and the signature unisex Tang jacket, spun from silk and recreated in a rich burgundy façade with bright fuchsia lining for a chic twist on the customary hues.
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