How fired up are you for the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities? It’s time for the Dragon babies to rise up, and if you’re feeling all sorts of fierce and fiery for the upcoming holidays too, we’ve rounded up some accessories that do the ‘Year of the Dragon’ proud.
The only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac gets a major shoutout, by way of bags, shoes, watches and more emulating its strength and fiery goodness, by way of dragon scales and claws, of course. Some of the more creative pieces see dragon scales carved and moulded with metal, while our personal favourite has to be Bottega Veneta‘s crowd-favourite Jodie bag, with its overlapping Intrecciato and dragon crest details that then taper off into a dragon-tail handle.
Then, there’s the pop culture slant adopted by brands such as FENDI, and their collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara’s FRGMT and Pokémon for a series of Dragonite-inspired Baguettes and Peekaboos. Ever the rebel, Moschino takes an unexpected turn by featuring the dragon twin brothers of classic arcade game ‘Bubble Bobble’, a much-needed reminder of the 80s hit, we say.
Admirably so, fashion houses such as Coach and LOEWE go further to champion the creativity of Chinese artists in honour of their craft, while making traditional Chinese art and imagery relevant to the modern generation. Artist Lian Yang captures motifs of clouds and lotus flowers from Chinese rock painting across embroidery on Coach bags, while LOEWE‘s series is a refreshing take on jade, as they team up with master jade carvers and present bags and bag charms inspired by the art form.
Floral motifs and Chinese porcelain tableware are some key designs seen across dedicated capsule collections too, alongside campaign imagery that star Chinese personalities — Gucci comes to mind with actress Tian Xiwei; Burberry went with brand ambassadors Tang Wei and Chen Kun; while Prada does featured Du Juan and Zhao Lei in front of the lens, though their take is more moody and cinematic, accompanied by elegant accessories you can wear all year round.
See the rest of our favourites here, in case you’d like to rock up in fire fits this CNY:
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All items, available at their respective boutiques and online.