It’s time to put a full stop on the new year festivities as another big celebration is coming up. The Chinese New Year will soon be upon us, evident by the red and gold decorations that are already up in shopping malls. The festival may be fast approaching but fashion brands are hot on its heels.

These capsule collections are not only for Chinese New Year but also inspired by the Year of the Rat. You’ll see lots of red and also little features here and there that resemble this year’s zodiac.

Fendi

The Italian luxury fashion house is going subtle this time around. Fendi introduced soft pinks for the ladies’ collection; Peekaboo and Baguette bags in a range of pinks, from light pink, to glitter pink and rose gold shades. These are not exactly the brightest and the boldest of reds but can definitely be matched with your bold red outfit.

The mouse motif is a key item for the men’s collection. The pieces are in the traditional Chinese New Year red, but the crossbody bag also comes with a geometric mouse print.

Burberry

Zhou Dongyu stars in Burberry's Chinese New Year 2020 campaign.
The campaign highlights a collection in vivid red for the festivities.

Burberry reveals its Chinese New Year 2020 campaign, photographed by Leslie Zhang with a collection of vivid red pieces standing out against the minimalist backdrop. Zhou Dongyu, alongside models He Cong and Liang Jiyuan, wore new iterations of Burberry’s icons, that includes the Union sneaker and Lola bag. A limited-edition Thomas Burberry Monogram motif, inspired by the Chinese zodiac and animated with an original illustration in honour of the Year of the Rat, appears throughout.

Gucci

Who other than the OG, Mickey Mouse, should represent the Year of the Mouse? Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele playfully incorporated Walt Disney’s iconic character into diverse accessories and ready-to-wear pieces. Clothing, shoes, bags, small leather goods, and scarves are given a humorous, vintage spirit. The key material in this collection is the Mini GG Supreme canvas with Mickey Mouse print, a beige and ebony fabric that features a vintage Mini GG pattern with Mickey Mouse in varying scale.

Versace

Virtus small top-handle shoulder bag
Virtus chain wallet

Here’s another way to put the red into your Chinese New Year outfit. Versace celebrates the festive occasion with a special limited-edition range of accessories from the House’s Virtus line. Two Virtus styles; the chain wallet and small top-handle shoulder bag are refreshed in vibrant red just for the season. Both designs are crafted from supple leather in a quilted finish and embellished with antique gold-tone hardware. The signature Barocco V sits right in front, updated with clear crystals. The bag and chain wallet is also available in black.

Givenchy

2020 does not only signify a new year or decade, but it’s also the start of a new cycle in the Chinese zodiac. Givenchy celebrates Chinese New Year with a capsule tributed to the star of the year, the rat. There are pieces for both men and women, each of them features a four-lobed design comprising four rats in undulating profile, overlaid with graphic lines. An expression that we often see from the House, which is the signature 4-G logo.

Moschino

The design you see is indeed Mickey Mouse, but with a Moschino-twist. Jeremy Scott designed his own version of the cult cartoon for the Year of the Rat. This limited-edition capsule collection with Mickey Rat features menswear and womenswear as well as accessories in varsity athletic silhouettes.

Louis Vuitton

This French fashion house has also hopped onto the Year of the Rat bandwagon. Just for this Chinese New Year, Louis Vuitton released several rat-inspired accessories, along with vivid red pieces that are still on theme with the season. Decorate your dining table with the Rat Box, crafted from porcelain and decorated with Monogram Flowers. Or store your AirPods in the quirky-looking Rat Earphones Case, made out of natural cowhide leather and Monogram canvas. These red fashion pieces will surely bring you ‘ong‘ this year with its vibrant red colour.

Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.