Celebrated by the Chinese all over the world, Chinese New Year this year falls on February 16. As China’s importance continues to grow for luxury brands, various international labels have released festive collections to capitalize on the season.
Focusing on the zodiac animal of the year — dog — here are some of the many ways luxury brands have incorporated adorable and ferocious canines in their designs this year.
Designer Alessandro Michele has always had a penchant for incorporating animal prints or elements in his designs for Gucci. This time, he’s taken the adorable route with an entire collection dedicated to the Year of the Dog in celebration of Chinese New Year. The pup-inspired garments and accessories in fact feature two dogs — the designer’s Boston terriers, Bosco and Orso.
Partnering with jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann, Estée Lauder developed a vintage-inspired powder compact embellished with sparkly canines. Exquisitely crafted, the compact comes filled with Perfecting Pressed Powder and is refillable too.
For Chinese New Year, Bottega Veneta doesn’t disappoint with a range of wallets, pouches, phone cases and key holders. The canine-inspired collection features various dog breeds such as poodles, German shepherds and chihuahuas embroidered, handwoven in nappa, or printed in white and gold.
To usher in the festivities, Italian luxury fashion label, Dolce & Gabbana, released a special collection dedicated to the man’s best friend. From shirts, hoodies, jackets, trousers and accessories, the entire range features dog prints and embellishments. Besides the adults, there’s also a canine-inspired collection just for the little tots so the entire family can go for Chines New Year visiting in style.
Unveiling Pudge, Betty Boop’s faithful little wide-eyed puppy as the star of their Chinese New Year capsule collection, Moschino is pulling out all the adorable stops. The iconic character appears on a sweater, t-shirt, dress, backpack, key-chain, scarf and an iPhone case. With Jeremy Scott at the helm, trust that every collection will have a hint of pop culture reference.
For the sixth time, Chopard has once again teamed up with Japanese Living National Treasure Master, Kiichiro Masumura and Urushi Grand Master, Minori Koizumi to create the LUC XP Year of the Dog timepiece. On the dial itself is an Asian Akita crafted using the ancient lacquering urushi and maki-e techniques. As with previous editions, the timepiece is limited to only 88 pieces.
By creating a cartoon canine mascot — based on the Japanese Shiba Inu breed — for Chinese New Year, Frnch luxury giant, Louis Vuitton created a range of pup-inspired collection perfect for the festivities. From bags to key holders and jewelry, the range offers an adorable solution to jazz up outfits this year.
Celebrations always call for a little alcohol. So with Chinese New Year coming up, Johnnie Walker worked with Taiwanese artist, Page Tsou, to create limited edition variations of its Blue Label bottle. By taking three breeds of dogs originating from different regions of Asia — the Formosan Mountain Dog from Taiwan, Chinese Shar Pei from China and Akita from Japan — the brand revealed three distinct bottles in this exclusive collection.