The Year of The Pig - Fashion & Designs
As we enter the Year of the Pig, a year for wealth and prosperity, several items themed after the Lunar New Year celebration have been selected.
The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2019, many fashion designers have been creating clothing and accessories inspired by the tradition.
The Pig’s chubby face and big ears are a sign of fortune, a sign that has been interpreted through different styles and colours from fashion designers and several luxurious brands.
The Year of the Pig only occurs every 12 years, therefore making this Chinese zodiac animal all the more special.
The Pig was the latest to arrive at the Jade Emperor’s party, but today’s designers did not miss their annual tradition of creating unique themed pieces for the Lunar New Year.
Vans paired up with the Chinese label Purlicue to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Together, they created the pastel piglet pink coloured pair of sneakers (£59). The signature skateboard shoes take a unique aesthetic for this year’s celebration of the Pig with luxe suede overlays.
The British fashion designer paid tribute this year to the Chinese Zodiac sign by creating a smooth calf leather hand-crafted wallet (£160) made in Italy. Eight card slots, a large compartment and two smaller side compartments are incorporated in the Pig themed accessory.
The showerproof funnel-neck jacket (£450) in military red, perfectly embodies the Pig’s warm and wealthy character. It features and appliquéd Burberry crest and is made of polyester and cotton.
This unique card holder (£230) featuring a zip closure and four slots, would be the perfect little addition (13 x 7.5 CM) to your Lunar New Year style. Its red grained calfskin material and golden brand detail, mirror appropriately Chinese traditional designs, often created with those colours.
A celebration and reinterpretation of the Disney archives, make for this Gucci creation honouring the Year of the Pig. The jacket, (1,150£) has Disney’s “The Three Little Pigs” patch embroidered and is 100% polyamide.
Made from 75% of wool, 20% of polyamide and 5% of elastane, the playful piglet designed socks (155£) are integrated with “The Three Little Piggy” jacket into the Cruise 2019 Gucci collection.
This iconic and casual styled sweatshirt (£230) celebrates the Lunar New Year with a symbolic Pig embroidered on the red piece. It is 100% Modal made and features zips at hem.
The Montblanc Maison has been celebrating, for 12 years, the Lunar New Year by publishing a unique collection of each zodiac sign. This year, the writing accessory brand created a refined handcrafted book (£65) in gold Saffiano leather. The product represents a resilient and patient pig.
Dolce & Gabbana
This pure soft cotton Italy made T-shirt (£235) celebrates the animal, dressed in its finest evening attire. The item can be bought on Harrods official website.
The imperial-quality fountain pen (£308) honors the Year of The Pig with a translucent red lacquer finish with 23KT gold-plated engravings and a topped red Swarovski crystal.
“The Petite Heure Minute” honors the Lunar New Year with a red gold watch, issued in a limited series of 28 pieces each. The ladies’ version features a 35 mm case set with diamonds, while the unisex version has a 39 mm case and no diamond setting. On both of these watches, the Art of Miniature Painting was chosen to depict a young Pig in a field of wheat. The beautiful art evokes the abundance and prosperity of a ripe wheat crop, and the calm and good sense of the Pig who stands before it, visibly disinterested.
In this engraved pair of limited-series pieces a wild pig is depicted in front of eight oak trees. The number eight has a special significance for Chinese culture, which sees it as a lucky number. The mighty oak tree is a symbol of power and longevity. Both of models display an onyx hours and minutes disk that gleams in sheer bottomless black. In the first creation (£53,800) – a numerus clausus of 28 pieces – the brand has chosen to contrast the black onyx with a 43 mm red gold case featuring a red gold engraving. In the second limited series of eight pieces (£62,700), a white gold case and engraving accentuate the black onyx of the disk.
Text by ANDRÉA OLDEREIDE
Jaquet Droz text courtesy of Jaquet Droz
Title image by Emporio Armani (C)