Just as we’re done sipping champagne to welcome in 2020, the Year of the Rat is upon us.
Ranking as the first animal in the Chinese zodiac sign, the rat symbolises wisdom and also represents wealth and abundance.
And to make sure you get ahead of the style rat race, up your sartorial game with these stunning collections that will surely let you stand out in a crowd.
The house of Givenchy draws inspiration from the 1970s for its special Year of the Rat capsule collection. One of the motifs feature a four-lobed design with four rats in an undulating profile, similar to Givenchy’s 4-G motif. More importantly, there’s an overlay of contrasting graphic lines that brings to mind a labyrinth, and this central theme can be found on sweaters, T-shirts, parka, hoodie for both men and women
While other fashion houses make the rat a central motif in their Chinese New Year capsule collection, Fendi takes a slightly different approach by introducing the iconic Peekabo and Baguette bags in auspicious rose gold, a hue that signifies good fortune and blessings. Besides the signature bags, other accessories that are rendered in the lucky shade include cardholders and wallets etc.
Kate Spade New York
Kate Spade New York has released a capsule collection inspired by everyone’s favourite cat-and-mouse duo, Tom and Jerry. This nine-piece collection is a playful take on the relationship between Tom and Jerry, featuring Jerry peeking out of his favourite hiding place on the brand’s ready-to-wear collection, handbags, small leather goods and accessories.
The house of Chloé has collaborated with British artist and illustrator Julie Verhoeven to create an exclusive pattern to celebrate this Chinese New Year. Rendered in a cheery palette, the rat is displayed prominently on a selection of items including the Mini Chloé C and Abt Lock bags, the Sonnie sneakers, a series of T-shirts as well as other small leather goods.
Taking visual cues from the cult cartoon Mickey Rat, creative director Jeremy Scott’s limited-edition collection spans menswear, womenswear and accessories to usher in the auspicious Year of the Rat.
Besides featuring the rat on its limited-edition capsule offering, one other highlight of the Chinese New Year 2020 collection is the advertising campaign, which showcases brand ambassador Zhou Dongtu alongside Chinese models He Cong and Liang Jiyuan. Lensed by Leslie Zhang, the series of photos beautifully captures the Thomas Burberry Monogram inspired by the Chinese zodiac that appears throughout the collection.
When it comes to collaborations, Gucci spares no expenses. For this Chinese New Year, creative director Alessandro Michele is working with one of Walt Disney’s favourite characters Mickey Mouse.
The timeless star not only appears in Gucci’s ready-to-wear collection, but is also featured prominently in a new material that’s key to the Italian brand’s Chinese New Year offering. The Mini GG Supreme canvas is a beige and ebony fabric that features a vintage print from the 1980s, and the Mickey Mouse print takes centrestage on this reworked print and material. The original design has been reproduced with high-definition digital printing, and a protective coating and embossing make the Mini GG Supreme canvas look and feel like linen. To mark this special collaboration between Gucci and Walt Disney, the label has released a special brown leather tag to celebrate the occasion.
As a nod to the Chinese puzzle, the Tangram (a geometrical puzzle invented by the Chinese that consists of a square cut into seven pieces, after which they can be arranged to make other shapes), together with the Bauhaus, the modern German constructivist movement, take pride of place in MCM Chinese New Year capsule collection. Expect MCM’s motifs that overlay with geometric designs, architectural shapes, colourful blocks, and reimagined into a mouse that finds its way onto backpacks, belt bags, scarves, T-shirts and many more.