Who let the dogs out: 15 fashion pieces to own for the Year of the Dog
Dog-tastic fashion offerings
As we usher in the Lunar New Year, designers and luxury watchmakers alike are joining in on the festivities with unique and tasteful accessories adorned with loveable canines — a gesture which nods towards the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Dog.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and even Piaget have been sporting some adorable pup-laced bags and accessories which are equal parts chic and whimsical. Click ahead for the most stylish merchandise with man’s best friend cameos to cart out before Chinese New Year arrives.
Originally called the RFD “Rural Free Delivery” Mailbox Bag, the latest Mailbox Bag re-edition is taken from the Coach archives and reinterpreted with elements from the Spring 2018 collection as well as to pay homage to American pop art artist Keith Haring.
While quaint floral prints and brass hardware add to the vintage look of this bag, a small geometric stitching of a barking dog gives it a modern, pop art look.
Stand out this CNY with Aldo’s canine-themed satchels. The glitter heart appliques, removable luggage tags, and embellished dog motif lends a touch of cheekiness to this sophisticated silhouette.
Bringing back its adorable macaron charms for Chinese New Year (need we remind you how cute the Christmas-edition was?), Moynat debuts a series a handcrafted leather marquetry charms with too-cute-to-resist dog illustrations and the slogan ‘WOOF’. As adorable as they are collectible, these charms will make for a great gift for someone special — or for yourself, we’re not stopping you.
Hardy Hardy souvenir jacket
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, HARDY HARDY has come up with a limited edition series of French bulldog-centric pieces rendered in vibrant red. The capsule collection boasts of matching clothing sets for him ($669 per set, UP $937) and her ($729 per set, UP $1057). Each limited-edition set comes with an outerwear, a t-shirt and pants with Frenchie motifs embroidered with dazzling crystals from Swarovski. You’ll also find women’s souvenir jackets, slim-fit tees and retro sport pants for easy styling.
Prada Tessuto Dog, $820
Made from waterproof canvas, this functional bag from Prada features a chain strap for added elegance. The brightly coloured pooch print lends a playful touch to the bag. Just consider how useful this will be for schelping all your ang paos.
IRoo CNY collection
There’s something for the minimalists as well. Taiwanese fast fashion label IRoo has a collection of dog-printed workwear in a simple, refined palette consisting of colours like grey, white and black. Featuring an adorable French bulldog embroidery recurring throughout the collection of vest dresses and plaid skirts, this collection is great for the office.
Bottega Veneta wallets
Bottega Veneta’s The Canine collection features playful soft leather accessories like hand-woven wallets embellished with dachshund-shaped inlays, or embroidered ones adorned by an assortment of breeds (German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Labradors and Poodles).
Jazz up your CNY-ready ensemble with these gold-toned earrings with a fun terrier motif, faux ruby gemstones and a heart charm. Delicate and opulent, these adorable danglies will turn surely earn you tonnes of compliments.
This large hobo bag is crafted from black leather and features distinctive silver-tone tiger head hardware clasp alongside Gucci’s Resort 17’-signature motif: The Staffordshire dogs. The kitschy spaniel embroidery once again make an appearance as a pair on this bag with Gucci’s red-and-green striped strap.
Oh, the nostalgia. We must say, Moschino has gotten mighty good at sparking a conversation with its recent tongue-in-cheek offerings. For Chinese New Year, Moschino breathes new life into the animated Pudgy — or as some of you may recall, Betty Boop’s loyal canine friend. This backpack sees the loveable Pudgy printed across the front pocket, black zipper details and the words ‘MOSCHINO’ in yellow against an auspicious coral red.
Moschino Pudgy backpack, $1,530
Versace ‘Audrey’ keychain
Donatella Versace’s own pooch Audrey is living her best life — one that we can’t help but feel envious about. Not only does she Instagram up a storm by being clad in Versace towels after a bath, the famed Jack Russell Terrier gets all the perks of being daughter to fashion royalty — this includes flying on plush private planes, getting clad in designer accessories, and enjoying only the finest meals. And now, she even has a whole special collection dedicated to her. Immortalised across the collection in graphic illustrations and live-like drawings, Audrey is the star of the Versace Audrey Capsule Collection. We love this simple metal keychain with an Audrey charm and the iconic embossed Greek Key; it’s the perfect collector’s item imbued with the Versace touch.
Versace ‘Audrey’ keychain, price unavailable
Fusing the finest watchmaking with its passion for the decorative arts, Piaget continues its annual tradition of crafting limited edition Chinese Zodiac timepieces with this exquisite number. For 2018, the dog is masterfully reimagined on the dial of an Altiplano watch using the delicate Grand Feu cloisonné enamelling technique.
If you’re not too keen in dressing in head-to-toe splashing red for Chinese New Year, inject a bit of luck into your outfit by donning this neck scarf instead. We’ve already elaborated on why we love neck scarves so much here, and there’s little to no wonder why they’re such a hit amongst local celebs — you can easily pull of Parisian chic with one of these babies. This colourful silk scarf with watercolour-print dogs is simply divine for the Lunar year ahead.
Serpui takes the straw bag game to a whole other level with this black straw iteration of a pup with pastel yellow pom poms making up its collar. The gold clasp and chain offers a regal juxtaposition and gives it a pop of colour. We think it’ll look absolutely adorable for Chinese New Year visiting. Your ang paos will sit real pretty in this number.
This gold-toned mandarin cashmere jumper is laced with a wistful dog intarsia knit pattern. A playful take on nostalgia, this cozy cashmere crew neck makes for a snug choice come festive visiting period. It’s also finished with a glittery Lurex trim at the hem — a subtle yet defining detail which glams up this novel piece.