We are all in need of a new beginning in 2021, and the start of the Lunar New Year is a perfect opportunity to click the refresh button. Based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar, February 12 officially marks the transition to the Year of the Ox, a zodiac sign that is said to represent strength, stability and determination. To honour the Lunar New Year, a number of designers have created special capsule collections that incorporate the traditional Chinese colours and the Ox motif. Here, discover our edit of the best Zodiac-inspired pieces to shop now.
To welcome the Lunar New Year, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele has created a limited-edition collection of pieces featuring the Japanese manga and anime character Doraemon. Including new designs and reimagining of iconic items such as the Princeton slipper, each piece features the bright blue, cat-like robot character interwoven with the GG logo. From kitschy tees to tote bags, each option is a playful take on the typical Lunar New Year collections.
For the French fashion house’s special collection, the hibiscus flower, known as the “Chinese Rose,” takes centre stage. Blending Dior’s heritage and Chinese tradition, the signature Book Tote, beaded Lady Dior and Lady D-lite handbags are each refreshed with the floral motif, along with a line of T-shirts and tulle dresses. Plus, their popular sneakers are getting an Ox-inspired upgrade, with a limited-edition release of the B23 sneaker embroidered with an ox’s head, created in collaboration with streetwear designer Shawn Stussy.
Instead of the ox, Fendi’s capsule incorporates traditional Chinese symbolism, with a collection of pieces reimagined with hues and motifs that represent good fortune and harmony. Signature items such as the Peekaboo bag are re-released in red, the colour associated in Chinese culture with joy and good fortune. There’s also a new release of the Fendi Forever watch, and a ready-to-wear capsule collection that features a pretty floral design of chrysanthemums and peonies, traditional symbols of longevity and prosperity.
Combining Burberry’s signature designs with a special tribute to the Year of the Ox, this limited edition collection of womenswear and accessories heavily features accents of yellow and red, as well as a new release of Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry logo with ox horns. Introduced in a special film shot by director Derek Tsang, the Chinese New Year collection is a comprehensive reimagining of the brand’s streetwear style. From coats to cardigans, pointed heels to cashmere scarves, there’s a plethora of options to choose from.
As modelled by actresses Chun Xia and Zheng Shuan, and singer Cai Xu Kun, Prada’s Lunar New Year collection celebrates the new possibilities that the Year of the Ox ushers in. The special campaign, which features an ox motif alongside the Prada logo, introduces new releases of exclusive men’s and women’s items, most notably the now cult Prada Cleo bag and a reimagining of an archival Nineties slingback heel design.