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Chinese New Year 2020 collections for winning the rat race of style

2020 isn’t just the start of a new decade. It also marks the beginning of another cycle in the Chinese zodiac, bringing us back to the year of the Rat. You can expect the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations to be rife with rodent motifs, popping up on store signs, home decorations and even your favourite sneakers.

As is tradition now, fashion brands have put their spin on this year’s whiskered mascot. From Gucci’s playful Disney collaboration to Givenchy’s edgy graphic tees, the following designer capsule collections offer plenty of ways to sport the lucky symbol as you make the rounds this holiday. (Superstitious nature not required.)

Disney x Gucci Chinese New Year 2020 campaign
Disney x Gucci Chinese New Year 2020 campaign (Photo credit: Gucci)

In the Year of the Rat, Gucci picked the world’s most famous rodent to be the star of its Chinese New Year capsule: Mickey Mouse. The iconic Disney character appears in all his cartoon glory across the collection, injecting a dose of playfulness to the Italian brand’s beloved pieces like the Ace sneakers and the GG Marmont bag. True to Gucci’s “more is more” philosophy, the collection is packed with over 70 sartorial options to choose from, be they shirts, sneakers or scarves.

Chloé Lunar New Year 2020 collection
Chloé small Aby Lock bag (Photo credit: Chloé)

Chloé took a rather painterly approach for its Chinese New Year collection. The French brand tapped on British illustrator Julie Verhoeven to create whimsical designs featuring the rat. They now grace signature Chloé designs like the Mini Chloé C and Aby Lock bags, as well as the Sonnie sneakers. If you’re a fan of watercolour hues, these are a no brainer.

Givenchy Year of the Rat 2020 collection
Givenchy “Year of the Rat” collection (Photo credit: Givenchy)

Givenchy has previously offered artistic interpretations of the Chinese zodiac signs, and this year is no different. For its “Year of the Rat” capsule, the French brand has created a complex graphic featuring not one but four rats in all. The design, which closely mirrors Givenchy’s 4-G symbol, makes for an edgy detail on the brand’s limited range of shirts, sweaters and jackets for men and women.

The Givenchy “Year of the Rat” capsule ranges from S$700 to S$2,400.

Burberry Chinese New Year 2020 campaign
Burberry Chinese New Year 2020 campaign (Photo credit: Burberry)

Burberry doubled down on the symbolism with its Chinese New Year capsule, which features both the rat and the lucky hue of red. The former is cleverly framed within the British brand’s Thomas Burberry monogram, which appears on small leather goods, tote bags and sporty pieces in the collection. As for pieces without the monogram, like Burberry’s Union sneakers and quilted Lola bag, they stand out nonetheless thanks to the bold colour choice.

Burberry’s Chinese New Year 2020 collection ranges from S$290 to S$4,390.

Tod's Chinese New Year 2020 chain bracelet
Tod’s chain bracelet (Photo credit: Tod’s)

For those who don’t necessarily want to flaunt this year’s mascot so blatantly, Tod’s has you covered. The Italian label pays a subtle tribute to the Year of the Rat with its dainty bracelets, adorned with charms in the shape of a rat and a Swiss cheese slice. Other offerings include classic leather handbags and pochettes in red, silver and gold — perfect for the festive season.

Available at Tod’s boutiques from 25 January.

Longchamp x Mr. Bag Chinese New Year 2020 collection
Longchamp x Mr. Bags travel bag (Photo credit: Longchamp)

Longchamp has once again teamed up with Chinese fashion blogger, Mr. Bags, to put a light-hearted spin on its signature handbags. Inspired by gastronomy, Longchamp’s Chinese New Year capsule features vibrant motifs of cheese that are good enough to eat. That really is the case for a couple of bags, which feature half-munched flaps.

The Longchamp x Mr. Bags collection ranges from S$185 to S$1,015.

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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.
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