Chinese New Year 2020 capsule collections for a fashionable usher into the year of the rat: Longchamp, Givenchy, etc
As Chinese New Year approaches, out come the reds. The case can be made, however, for giving your seasonal dressing a twist so your outfit and accessories don't just look like National Day repeats. Here are 11 capsule collections from fashion houses made for celebrating the start of the lunar calendar in style. Watch this space for more updates.
Gucci meets Mickey Mouse
If you had to pick a mouse, the most famous mouse in the world, there would be none other than Mickey himself. Which is what Alessandro Michele did — first from an appearance in the Gucci fall/winter 2019 collection, and now expanded into a whole range for the Chinese New Year which includes shoes, bags, small leather goods, scarves, and clothing. What's exciting is a new Mini GG Supreme canvas material that combines a house fabric from the 80s, reproduced using digital printing to achieve the look and feel of linen, and Mickey Mouse prints. The collection will be available from 25 January 2020.
Burberry's sporty crimson
Rats are known to be cheeky creatures, but there's no funny business at Burberry. Photographed by Leslie Zhang in stunning minimalism, the capsule collection is splashed in the vivid auspicious hue and features new iterations of Burberry's icons — most notably the Union sneaker and Lola bag. A limited edition Thomas Burberry Monogram motif, designed with the zodiac in mind, is spotted throughout.
Chloé and her painterly rodent
Julie Verhoeven, a British illustrator celebrated for her "soft approach to colour and figure", painted Chloé's Chinese New Year 2020 capsule collection in happy rainbow hues. Her rat is portrayed to be playful in various poses, embodying the free-spirited nature the brand is loved for. Her artwork is splashed on the Mini Chloé C and Aby Lock bags, small leather gifts, the sporty Sonnie sneaker, as well as a series of T-shirts.
Marni prospers in witty graphics
We spy with our eyes, mouse intarsia on knitted tops, socks, and ribbed wool hats at Marni. Taking the rat motif and running with it, the brand also emblazoned the animal on a host of cotton T-shirts, right next to their logo on the rear. Their leather pumps aren't spared either — they mimic a mouse's face, as do the hand-painted resin necklaces, earrings, and bag charms in this limited edition collection. For those who aren't feeling the whiskers, Marni also released more subdued seasonless Chinese New Year-appropriate options by way of denim trousers with cut-out leather pockets and antique-pink cotton poplin shirts finished with ruffles in (what else) red.
Moschino's dark, varsity Mickey
Bordering on twisted, Moschino's version of Mickey Mouse (which it's calling Mickey Rat, potato, potahtoe) might scare the children, having been reimagined with carnivorous teeth, evil eyes, and a vulgar nose. But then again, fashion isn't always for the weak of heart, yeah? The emo rodent is available in menswear and womenswear, popping up in his-and-hers jock jackets, after-cheer cotton dresses, and juvenile accessories.
Pomelo goes for tradition
On the other end of the spectrum is Pomelo, with a crowd-pleaser of a capsule collection for Chinese New Year 2020. In it, a range of silhouettes for all body types and tastes, ranging from traditional qipao dresses and modern jumpsuits, to statement-making blouses and easy, soft blazers. In solids or floral and fruit prints, they, naturally, feature Eastern influencs such as mandarin collars, feather trims, and knot buttons.
Longchamp x Mr. Bags' munching mice
While not strictly a Chinese New Year capsule, the Chinese fashion blogger Mr. Bags' collaboration with Longchamp is perfect for the year of the rat. This edition takes on the idea of a mouse munching on cheese, and carries it through the house's iconic Le Pliage bags — both the nylon canvas and lambskin versions — as cheese prints and a cheeky detail where the leather flaps have a portion 'bitten' off. The capsule spans a range of sizes, from teeny-tiny nano bags, to spacious travel bags, so there's one for every occasion. The collection is available at all Longchamp boutiques.
Fendi's vibrant reds and pinks
The Roman house of Fendi have gone a more subtle route with their Chinese New Year 2020 capsule collection. For the ladies are a range of Peekaboo and Baguette styles in soft pink leather, or more dramatic sequin-covered variations. More traditional red can be found on the men's pieces, which includes a Bugeye cardholder, sneakers, and a crossbody bag with an angular mouse print complete with a hint of the Bugeye motif as a detail. The collection will be available at Fendi boutiques from 9 January 2020.
Givenchy's abstract "Year of the Rat" prints
The limited edition capsule collection from Givenchy celebrates and highlights the intelligence and wit of the rat — who, in the myth of the Chinese zodiac race, won by hitching a ride atop the buffalo — as an ode to freedom. There are pieces for men and women, spanning t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, parkas and windbreakers. The design of these pull from a '70s influence, recasting the house's 4-G motif as almost-abstract, undulating graphic prints of rats. The collection is available in Givenchy boutiques.
Brooks Brothers' preppy mouse
For a touch of prep, check out the adorable mouse print from Brooks Brothers' capsule for Chinese New Year. Even the mouse is decked out in classic American sportswear — tartan blazer, an Oxford cloth button-down shirt, and a little red newsboy cap. Subtler tastes might prefer the no-nonsense long-sleeved polo shirts and sweaters, which come with a little mouse on an embroidered patch over the chest. The collection will be available from 16 December 2019 at all Brooks Brothers' boutiques.
Dunhill's artsy Archive Goldfish
Enough of the rats and mice, you say. We hear you — and so, thankfully, has Dunhill. The classic English house's take on the Lunar New Year comes from an archival goldfish artwork found from their archives, originally used on humidors, cigarette cases and pen stands. In order to update it for 2020, Dunhill have used digital printing techniques across ready-to-wear, leather goods, and even their Duke runner sneakers, to give it a lustrous sense of depth and texture. The collection is available now at Dunhill boutiques and online.