This Year’s Chinese New Year Collections Involved Cute Pigs And Creepiness

Starting February 5th, Chinese New Year will be celebrating the Year of the Pig, the twelfth of the 12 Zodiac animals. According to folklore, one tale of how the pig earned its last-place position is by oversleeping and arriving last to the party, hosted by Jade the Emperor. But Travel China Guide also says that the pig “behaves itself, has no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people.” A year that oversleeps yet doesn’t harm others AND brings wealth? 2019 will truly be our year!

 

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, assorted brands have launched capsule collections, from Louis Vuitton to, today, Gucci with a “Three Little Pigs”-themed campaign. As you might imagine when brands try on for size a specific cultural event, there is also room for some misappropriation, which Jing Daily pointed out in the case of Burberry’s capsule collection released last week. Which brands did it right and which missed the mark? COOLS investigates.

 

 

Gucci Gets Disney-Inspired

 

Gucci took a more playful approach to the Year of the Pig, with a collection using the original Walt Disney characters from “Three Little Pigs” that first appeared in the 1933 United Artists’ short film. Featuring an extremely adorable lookbook with piglets (not Gucci’s first foray into cute pig territory!), the 35-piece collection, with a lot of cartoon reds and bright blues, uses both the Disney pigs and an original Gucci pig motif. One standout piece is a cuff bracelet adorned with crystals and metal pigs with wings.

 

 

Louis Vuitton Kept It Classic

 

Louis Vuitton’s Lunar New Year capsule felt solidly Louis Vuitton—a classic, mildly edgy lineup of heart-shaped purses accessorized with hearts and lock-and-key hardware. I’m particularly enamored with the ballet-pink bag embossed with a rainbow-hued “Vuitton” written in brushscript. The pink rhinestone-bedazzled pig necklace is very cute!

 

 

Burberry Creeped People Out  

 

Burberry’s first Chinese New Year campaign did not have the intended effect of, as the label’s site stated, “family traditions and togetherness during the festive period.” The family-portrait style images instead incited social media comments like “Unhappy family, unhappy Burberry. No one is looking normal.” and “This is a group of people who plan to kill this ultra-rich grandma and keenly fight over her inheritance,” as one person wrote.

 

The portraits of a very serious-looking family, starring actresses Vicky Zhao and Zhou Dongyu, were reportedly “quietly removed” from Burberry’s WeChat campaign.

 

 

Moncler Told a (Short) Color Story in Black and Red

 

Moncler debuted a very streamlined and simple limited-edition capsule, with four pieces in fire-red and black. For women, there’s a red-knit bomber jacket and a sumptuous red-velvet Cercette jacket, both embellished with a jeweled red brooch. For men, there’s a black shirt with a somewhat unsettling pig design on the pocket and a black-and-white varsity jacket. It’s a relatively low-key assemblage, but also I didn’t realize how much I was missing a red-velvet bomber in my life until now. 

 


GUCCI

Zip around wallet with Three Little Pigs - Neutrals

$830


 


MONCLER

Genius Chouette Puffer Jacket w/ Contrast Shoulders

$1,250


 


BURBERRY

Check Cashmere Jacquard Sweater - Red

$958


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