Local and international designer collections for the Year of the Ox.
It’s time to start planning out your Chinese New Year looks, and do these designers have a selection for you. This year, high heels are pardoned while accessories like lucky Ox patterned handbags and silk masks are in. Ready for some online shopping?
Khoon Hooi ‘Qi Pao 2021’ Collection
Roll out the red carpet for Khoon Hooi‘s Qi Pao collection. Some stand out designs include Ching, an elegant Mandarin collar A-line coat dress, and Huana, a puff-sleeve dress with the designers signature box-pleat floral brocade skirt. From the ready-to-wear line, we love the Qipao-inspired long tunic that comes in crimson and tangerine.
Doraemon x Gucci
Is Gucci’s creative Director Alessandro Michele a fan of Japanese manga? It would seem so, because the brand’s new Epilogue collection celebrates Doraemon in conjunction with the character’s 50th anniversary, and the 100th anniversary of Gucci as well. Doraemon goes full-on designer with prints on the ready-to-wear pieces, shoes and bags.
Celest Thoi ‘Flora-scene’ CNY Collection
Celest Thoi‘s ‘Flora-scence’ collection is inspired by the shapes and colours of the Springs Garden Keukenhof in Netherlands, where Celest visited before the pandemic. One of the world’s largest and most colourful flower gardens, it reminds the designer of the carefree life pre-pandemic, and hopes this year may be a fresh start for us all. The collection is open for pre-order now.
FERN Batik ‘Safari Series II’
Our favourite Batik brand, FERN Batik, has released the Safari Series inspired by the Savanna. These designs showcase the influence of earthy grassland tones, shades of the African sunset, and majestic wildlife. The two-part collection covers the 2020 year-end festivitiess up to this year’s Lunar New Year, an all-around celebration of the sun, earth, love and tradition.
Dior x Shawn Stussy
For its Chinese New Year menswear capsule collection, Dior‘s Kim Jones has collaborated with the famous artist Shawn Stussy, known primarily for his designer in the surfing scene. The collection sports atheleisure pieces like a jersey hoodie, vintage-style bomber, and a two-tone reversible T-shirt, along with new editions of the Saddle and Rider Bags, and B23 and B27 sneakers.
Melinda Looi ‘Péngyǒu’ Collection
Melinda Looi is thinking about the impact of friendships in our lives for the Chinese New Year celebrations this year. The designer launched her collection with a message: “Friendship is like humanity. And in times like these, it’s important that we celebrate people; bring joy in any way we can.” The collection entitled Péngyǒu features unique cheongsam dresses, casual t-shirts, evening gowns, and more.
INNAI RED Chinatown Collection
INNAI RED’s Chinatown collection is a tribute to femininity and nostalgic oriental elements, with fine modern tailoring. Pieces are traditional and rich with chinoiserie motifs that adorn beautiful ornamental fabrics. The collection is showcased in its campaign shot in KL’s Chinatown, the perfect backdrop to complement this collection’s old-school mood.
(Main image credit: Fujiko-Pro/Gucci)