6 Of The Best Lunar New Year Capsules From Your Favourite Brands

21 January 2020
Style, Fashion, Year of the Rat, Chinese New Year, Zodiac sign, Rag & bone, Celine, Gucci, Off-White, Adidas, Nike, Fendi, 2020
2020 is not only the start of a new decade, but it’s also the beginning of a new Chinese zodiac cycle

The Year of the Rat represents a new day, a turning of the leaf if you will. Previous rat years all yielded the beginning of moments that drastically changed our world.

In 1984 Apple introduced the first Mac and started its quest for domination of the world’s electronics. 1996 was a boom year for the current reigning genre of world music: hip-hop. 2008 saw the world’s financial systems reset after the Global Financial Crisis.

Whether for better or worse, Years of the Rat tend to bring change to the world. With all of the uncertainty of today, who knows what overhaul of society will begin in 2020, but why worry about that when there are precious clothes to buy.

To celebrate the start of a new lunar year and a new zodiac cycle, a number of incredible brands have debuted new grails to lay your paws on. Drawing inspiration from everything to Chinese mythology to the most famous rat of them all, Mickey Mouse. (We know he’s actually a mouse, but if Alessandro Michele doesn’t care, neither do we).

From classic streetwear brands like Nike and Adidas to high-fashion classics like Fendi and Gucci, we’ve pulled together the best capsules for you to browse for a little retail therapy. While they say that people born in the year of the rat covet their money, we are willing to bet that you will part with yours after checking out the collections below.

rag & bone

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New York brand rag & bone are using their 2020 capsule to pay homage to another New York City icon: the pizza rat. The brand has stayed with their M.O, by keeping the collection simple but still having fun making some quality clothes. 

Shop the capsule here.

Celine

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The classic french fashion house is keeping it classic with a preppy, collegiate collection from Hedi Slimane. Relying heavily on Chinese red, the capsule’s highlights include a slogan sweatshirt, varsity jacket, and a tasteful wallet.

Shop the capsule here.

Gucci

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The first of our brands to try to convince us that Mickey Mouse is a rat and ruin everyone’s childhood, Gucci has come together with Disney for what is a truly iconic collaboration (no matter where you stand on the mouse/rat issue). The collection features Gucci’s iconic flare, complete with silk shirts and floral prints, combined with the playful cartoon mouse.

Shop the capsule here.

Off-White

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Designer Virgil Abloh played it relatively safe with his Lunar New Year capsule, but it still has all the hallmarks of Off-White. The collection mixes the brand’s signatures - quotation marks and arrows - with imagery and wording symbolic of the Chinese New Year of the Rat.

Browse the collection here and shop some of it here.

Adidas

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Never ones to shy away from some revenue, Disney jumped in on the Lunar New Year action with another iconic brand in sportswear giant Adidas. This time the collection is a combination of two classics: Mickey Mouse printed on Stan Smiths and Superstars. The standout piece is the Stan Smith silhouette with an all-over Mickey Mouse comic ready to come to life with some 3D glasses.

The capsule releases on January 18th, but you can browse it here.

Nike

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Keeping up with its biggest competitor, Nike has brought out a strong Lunar New Year capsule full of reworked classic footwear from Nike and Jordan Brand. Keying in on China’s love of basketball, the collection features a number of limited-edition basketball shoes alongside some classics like the Air Force 1 and the Air Max 1.

Browse the collection here.

Fendi

(Image: Fendi)

Fendi’s Lunar New Year capsule is bold and in your face. Dripping in bright red with a sharply stylised rat graphic, the collection is a standout. Our picks for the best items in the capsule are the bright red sneakers and the punk-esque wallet.

Shop the collection here.


Via GQ Australia