It’s a Dog’s Life: Fashion for the Lunar Year of Dog
We usher in the lunar Year of the Dog this month, as fashion’s biggest names release capsule collections celebrating the auspicious occasion. Canine-themed designs include some inspired by the designers’ own pet pooches, bringing a playful and personal touch to shirts, bracelets and other accessories. Here’s our pick of the litter.
Rosy pinks and vibrant reds abound in Bottega Veneta’s commemorative Year of the Dog collection. Wallets, bracelets, bag charms and mobile phone cases in the brand’s signature intrecciato leather weave, feature prints and embroidery of adorable pups. You won’t need to be a dog lover to appreciate them!
Paul Smith’s minimalist capsule collection consists of three essential items for the debonair man. A classic white shirt, black leather billfold wallet and a pair of red and white Levon sneakers subtly incorporate canine motifs for understated festivity and a winning combination that you can wear through the rest of the year.
Gucci’s inspiration comes from creative director, Alessandro Michele’s Boston Terriers, Bosco and Orso. Larger-than-life caricatures of these lucky dogs’ faces are embroidered on house staples like GG-monogramed backpacks, caps and silk bomber jackets. The extensive collection also presents jewellery and accessories like a G-Timeless timepiece, with exuberant florals and a cartoon playfulness.
Donatella Versace celebrates her love for her own furry companion, Audrey, with a stylish Versace special edition, of Lunar New Year pieces. A charmingly life-like image of the Jack Russell cheerily replaces Versace’s signature Medusa head on T-shirts, and also features as a cute patch on various leather accessories. The inclusion of a classy DV One bag and evening bag in brilliant red rounds out this chic collection.
Vans x Sankuanz
In a grittier take on the theme, Vans collaborates with Sankuanz on a collection of urban apparel that includes sneakers, jackets and pullover hoodies in solid monochromes and a bold, bright red. Built around various images of bared hounds’ teeth, the spirit of tough adventure and edginess of the two hip houses can be felt.
Image Credits: Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith, Gucci, Versace, Vans