Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Chinese New Year is just around the corner. With the hustle and bustle of settling back into the rigour of work life, we’re willing to wager a bet that you haven’t yet given a thought on what to wear this time to house visits or festive dinner gatherings. If your usual red ensemble just isn’t cutting it this year, hold that thought—there’s no reason to get all ratty.
Since it’s his year to shine, our favourite furry little friend has been a recent muse for these festive drops that prove the season isn’t all about red and gold. Here’s a list of our favourite picks that will have you serving up some seriously inspirational looks at dinner.
Fendi Crocodile Mini Peekaboo, S$33,600
All that glitters isn’t just gold. Fendi’s Chinese New Year capsule collection offers a contemporary take on the classic trinity of red, gold and yellow, introducing cream, rose and blush pink into the Baguette and Peekaboo family as a toned down version of traditional festive themes.
Check out the rest of the collection, available across all Fendi boutiques in Singapore.
Monica Vinader Ronnie the Rat Rose Pendant Charm, S$180
You’ve heard of Pizza Rat, now get ready for Ronnie the Rat. Curiously poised mid-gambol with his nose up in the air, Ronnie is your perfect plus one to bring along to family gatherings. Available in silver and 18 carat rose and yellow gold vermeil, your playful little companion also comes with a guarantee of providing great conversation fodder.
The pendant charm is available online and at their ION Orchard store.
Chloe C Small Square Bag, S$2,410
Start the conversation with Chloe’s exclusive Chinese New Year edit. Inspired by the free-spirited nature of the rat zodiac, the Chloe C bag captures the vivacious energy and lively curiosity of the rat with visual artist Julie Verhoeven’s artistic animated illustration of the rat in vibrant rainbow hues laid over a classic Chloe silhouette. In short: like that, but rat.
Check out the rest of the collection, available across all Chloe boutiques in Singapore.
Burberry Leather T-bar Shoes, S$1,000
Burberry’s festive collection is a study in scarlet, and frankly, we haven’t seen a more best-dressed rat than in Burberry’s very own scarlet letter: the house monogram in wine red, elegantly intertwined with a rat wearing a string of pearls. However, it’s the rich and brilliant hue of the scarlet leather Mary Janes that caught our eye. Cast in soft sheep leather with a rounded toe, these babies are made to take you through the day’s string of house visits.
Check out the rest of the collection online and at all Burberry boutiques in Singapore.
Charles & Keith Rat Zodiac Mini Pouch, S$23.90
Seriously. How adorable are these? Yes, it’s a mini pouch in the shape of a rat, but that’s not all. The zips are charmingly designed to act as their tails. Yes. Not only is this perfect for keeping all your small essentials on the go, but you can play with their tails too. Sold.
Check out the rest of the collection online and at all Charles & Keith stores in Singapore.
TODS Charm Bracelet, S$450
This charm bracelet is as cheesy as it gets—in the best way. This delightful limited edition bracelet features the TODS monogram reimagined as a rat and an infinity pendant, symbolising longevity. Fitted with the classic Mandarin character, fu, for luck and fortune along with our furry friend’s favourite snack, this bracelet is a fun way to embrace the festive spirit.
The collection will be available from January 25th 2020 at the TODS’ Paragon and Marina Bay Sands boutiques.
Disney x Gucci Round Shoulder Bag, S$1,680
There’s a mouse in the house—and we’re loving it. Gucci has decided to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Disney’s most iconic and beloved character in the maison’s new version of their emblematic GG Supreme canvas, playfully overlaid with a Mickey Mouse print. An ode not only to the film giant’s heritage but to the Chinese festival, our favourite is the round shoulder bag version that features Mickey giving us some cheeky side-eye.
Check out the rest of the collection online and at all Gucci boutiques in Singapore.
Moschino Mickey Rat Wool Cardigan, S$1,230
Sweater weather? Not quite, but you’ll thank us later when you step into one of those freezing hotel banquet halls. Slip into the festive spirit of the season with this limited edition oversized cardigan from Moschino’s Chinese New Year collection, which features cartoonist Robert Armstrong’s cult cartoon Mickey Rat on its back. Crafted in 100% pure wool knit, this total snug fest will ensure that you stay warm and cosy when the occasion calls for it.
Check out the rest of the collection at the Moschino Paragon and Marina Bay Sands boutiques.
Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow Flap Bag, S$2,250
Some like it hot. Ferragamo’s Chinese New Year collection presents their iconic Vara Bow bag dressed in a siren red that heralds the auspicious atmosphere of the festivities. Featuring a soft fringe edged with golden metal studs that border the flap and a long chain strap, the bag can be styled as a shoulder handbag or as a clutch.
MCM Year of The Rat Bandana in Chinese Red, S$310
Maybe it’s the quirky rendering of the rat using a retro geometric pattern and bright primary colours, or simply the starlet’s penchant for fun colours and prints, but we can definitely see it on Zooey Deschanel. Do a Deschanel and pick up this whimsical scarf as the perfect neck accessory or put it up in your hair. Either way, classic cuteness.
Check out the rest of the collection online and at MCM’s Paragon and Marina Bay Sands boutiques.
Saint Laurent Kate 99 with Tassel in Red Eros Lambskin, S$2,500
A classic red never goes out of style. In spirit of the Lunar New Year, Saint Laurent will be releasing a reinterpreted version of their iconic Kate 99 shoulder bag in red, representing passion, warmth and of course, love. Featuring an interchangeable chain strap and the maison’s classic initials and tassel combination, this bag will win the approval even of your prickliest relatives.
The bag is expected to launch in stores on January 25, 2020.
Celine Wallet on Strap in Triomphe Canvas and Lambskin, S$1,450
One rookie mistake you can make is to bring a clutch that’s too small. Now that you’re not a kid anymore, you’re gonna need a bigger wallet. Here’s where Celine’s wallet with an adjustable calfskin strap enters your life. Featuring an outer scarlet lambskin and Triomphe Canvas coating, the flash of red opens up to eight credit card slots with plenty of room to store your red packets. And the best part? Style it as a crossbody during house visits or shoulder up for a more formal look during dinner.
Check out the rest of the collection at Celine’s Ngee Ann City and Marina Bay Sands boutiques in Singapore.