The Lunar New Year Is Fashion’s Favorite Holiday

Eliza Huber

Fashion’s finest are gearing up for the start of the Lunar New Year with a slew of collections designed to celebrate the Year of the Rat. Gucci, Adidas, and Aldo all individually teamed up with Disney to create Mickey Mouse-inspired collections for the occasion; Fendi created a capsule for the whole family — a family of Fendi-themed pandas, that is; and Mansur Gavriel gave its iconic bucket bag a festive twist by adding a red, hand-painted rat motif to the accessory for a limited time only. The offerings don’t end there, though. Not even close.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the annual holiday, the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, spans the 15-day period of the second new moon after the winter solstice. This year, celebrations will begin on January 25th and run until February 8th.

Since around 20% of the world celebrates the Lunar New Year, it’s no wonder that so many fashion brands dole out holiday-themed collections during this time of year. And with the kick-off just hours away, dozens of capsules, collaborations, and exclusive collections are coming out of the woodwork. Dover Street Market alone released 20 separate designer collaborations (including Nike, BAPE, AWAKE NY, and more) — all of which were inspired by the Year of the Rat. Prada, Off-White, and H&M also got in on the action, each releasing a dedicated drop of their own this week.

So to honor the start of the Lunar New Year, we went ahead and rounded up all of the best themed collections that are available to shop right now.

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Mansur Gavriel


For the Spring Festival, Mansur Gavriel designed two limited-edition handbags, the Black/Flamma Bucket and Mini Bucket Bags, both of which feature a hand-painted rat motif designed by the brand's in-house calligrapher. Only 88 bags were designed, a number that symbolizes luck in the Chinese culture.


Mansur Gavriel Lunar New Year Limited Edition Mini Bucket Bag, $, available at Mansur Gavriel

Gucci x Disney


Gucci and Disney teamed up on a Mickey Mouse-themed collection to honor the Year of the Rat, that is, despite the fact that Mickey Mouse isn't technically a rat at all. The offering includes the brand's iconic GG Marmont bag, as well as loungewear, jewelry, leather goods, and more.

Gucci x Disney GG Marmont Small Shoulder Bag, $, available at Gucci

UGG


In addition to these red sheepskin slippers, UGG also unveiled a line of rat-themed slippers and backpacks in honor of tomorrow's holiday.

Ugg Coquette Slipper, $, available at Ugg

Off-White


Bright red bucket hats, socks, and tote bags are all included in Off-White's Lunar New Year collection. Alongside them are unisex T-shirts and sweatshirts that read "Good Luck" and feature cartoon drawings of rats to celebrate the 2020 zodiac animal.

Off White Lunar New Year Sweatshirt, $, available at Farfetch

Burberry


Not only did Burberry add a CNY red colorway to their now-viral lug-soled Mary-Janes, they also revamped their iconic TB monogram to add a rat motif into the mix in honor of the holiday.

Burberry Leather T-Bar Shoes, $, available at Burberry

The Marc Jacobs


In addition to a collaborative collection with Stray Rats starring none other than Frank Ocean (who can be seen holding a rat in the campaign images) for the Lunar New Year, Marc Jacobs also released a slew of red handbags and wallets, including the Downtown Bag and the Softshot.

The Marc Jacobs The Downtown Bag, $, available at Marc Jacobs

Oak + Fort


To kick off the Lunar New Year, Vancouver-based brand Oak + Fort launched two styles, a satin skirt and a puff-sleeved mini dress, both of which come in a bold red shade that's meant to symbolize good luck.

Oak + Fort Skirt 4669, $, available at Oak + Fort

Aldo x Disney


For the second year in a row, Aldo and Disney teamed up to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a limited-edition collaboration that includes a plush Minnie Mouse handbag and painted Mickey Mouse sneakers.

Aldo Early Mickey Multi Watch, $, available at Aldo

Dover Street Market


Doublet is only one of the 20 brands that Dover Street Market collaborated with to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Others included Nike, BAPE, Stüssy, AWAKE NY, Dreamland, and Nick Cave.

doublet Year of the Rat T-Shirt, $, available at Dover Street Market

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