Photos (L-R): Bimba Y Lola, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cos


As the Year of the Pig approaches, brands are dropping their siren red, pig-plastered Chinese New Year-themed collections left right centre – but not all are made the same.

Below, we curate the non-tacky ones – those we would actually buy even in a season when there are no social obligations to be in red, and would work well in our wardrobes long after the festivities are over. Bonus: these collections are usually a departure from a brand’s typical offerings, so you are buying something truly special.


1. Cos

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The Swedish brand’s take on CNY is a collection with their signature minimalist designs, but washed in a coat of chilli red.


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While simple lines and the lack of embellishments keep these vibrant all-red pieces palatable, Cos also suggests layering them under outerwear, letting the red peek out as just an accent.     

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Alternatively, opt for a red crossbody or clutch from the same collection so you can add a touch of the peppy colour to all your monochrome outfits.


2. Tod’s

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Tod’s skips the red this year – opting instead for a capsule of mini bags, sneakers and a smartphone holder in the sweetest shade of pale pink.


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The bags feature the brand’s iconic Gomminos, while the sneakers come with detachable leather wings. The brand has also designed a kitschy leather charm in the shape of a pig, which can be attached to the bag or phone case.


3. H&M


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Modelled by Chinese stars like celeb couple Yuan Hong and Zhang Xin Yi, and Ma Si Chun with her aunt Jiang Wen Li, H&M’s CNY collection covers all bases with an extensive collection that works for almost every ocassion.


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There are comfy hoodie dresses for hosting get-togethers at home, breezy, feminine printed dresses and blouses for a day of house visits, as well as structured work-ready separates for when looking elegant is priority.


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Or, pick from its extensive range of accessories, which includes practical crossbody bags, flats, and earrings.


4. Bimba Y Lola


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Bimba Y Lola stays true to its style, mixing shades of red and powder pink for its playful pig-themed capsule. Perhaps also in a nod to Valentine’s Day, the pig here is a mascot for the darker side of love, appearing on a pair of oversized earrings as an aggrieved creature who declares: “I don’t care” and “I don’t love you”.


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Other pieces in the collection includes crossbody bags, slogan pouches (“Love Hurts!”), a sweater, and a pair of netted flats all in a bright cherry red, all of which we can picture as great year-round staples.   


5. Salvatore Ferragamo


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Salvatore Ferragamo’s limited-edition CNY capsule this year celebrates the festival with elegant leather goods, shoes and silks, modelled proudly by an actual little piglet, which the brand has adorably named Lyli.


Photo: Salvatore Ferragamo


Above, Lyli models an exclusive floral print scarf that was designed for the line. Named “Auspicious Pig”, it is, well, pig-themed to herald the arrival of the Year of the Pig.