Earn Your (Tiger) Stripes: The Best Style Releases Celebrating Lunar New Year

Ring in the new year with some Tiger-inspired merch

January 28, 2022 4:17 pm
a campaign shoot from the Gucci LNY collection

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Lunar New Year 2022, which kicks off February 1st, marks the Year of the Tiger, and high fashion has responded to the annual celebration with a flurry of striped, printed, and otherwise big cat-esque drops that should make any stylish individual purr with pleasure.

Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana, Versace and more all headline the variety of festive LNY releases, invoking both the traditional red and gold palette of the holiday and the lazy blues of this year’s water tiger zodiac. From conservations initiatives to five-figure timepieces to tees, there’s a myriad ways to rep your stripes. Browse the best LNY release below, and happy New Year!

a kneeling model in white with red striped outfit from Prada
Prada’s “Action In The Year Of The Tiger” campaign shoot.

Prada “Action In The Year Of The Tiger”

The Prada group has taken a different and applaudable approach to the holiday, introducing a trim-parte campaign involving a shoot with Chinese superstars Li Yifeng and Chun Xia, an “invitation to all talented under-30s at art schools in China as well as international ones, to produce their own personal interpretation of the tiger,” and a donation to  Walking With Tiger and Leopard programme, a conversation effort to save the endangered Amur Tiger.

a red try with white trim and tiger graphic
a handome, gold-rimmed Valet Tray from Ginori.

Ginori Tiger Squared Valet Tray

Italian design icon Ginori 1735 has been crafting beautiful home goods for hundreds of years (the company was notoriously founded in 1735, hence the name), and they mark the year of the tiger with an exquisite Valet Tray, complete with a white tiger operating in stark contrast to the mostly red porcelain tray.

technical looking sneakers emblazoned wit h a full tiger graphic
The technical NS1 Sneaker in Year-of-the-Tiger colors by Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce & Gabbana NS1 Tiger Print Sneakers

Dolce & Gabbana took the “no such thing as too much” approach with their special-edition NS1 Sneakers, and we’re actually fans of the tiger on tiger look; it’s the right amount of maximalist fun in an often otherwise boring field. The futuristic kicks sport rubberized calfskin and premium nylon, are handmade in Italy and will surely stand out in a crowd.

two models, one full-outfit and one close up, in tiger-graphiced, tan outfits from Burberry.
(Left to right) Burberry Tiger Print Silk Shorts and Shirt, Burberry Tiger Graphic Technical Wool Jacquard Sweater.

Burberry Lunar New Year Collection

A choice was made. That choice was tigers. Just roll with it. Burberry goes all in on Lunar New Year with apparel and accessories drenched the iconic Burberry beige, with a printed predator on just about everything, from jacquard jumpers to silk short sleeves.

a red and black patterned Credit Card holder.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancini Wallet.
Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Credit Card Holder

A decidedly subtle take on the festivity’s iconography, the Gancini wallet leans hard on the Lunar New Years’ colors and the classic Salvatore Ferragamo craftsmanship.

a reversible bucket hat with a solid red and red-tiger-print side
The Nobis LNY Reversible Bucket Hat.

Nobis x Fete Chinoise Reversible Bucket Hat

However you wear it — stripe side or solid, subdued red — this Nobis reversible bucket is the best way to accessorize in the new year. Can you say party hat?

a blue and white printed cardigan with tiger graphics
A Kenny Scharf wool and mohair tiger print cardigan by Dior.

Dior and Kenny Scharf Capsule

Dior tapped American painter and graffiti artist Kenny Scharf for a dreamy cartoon tiger collection, and we can’t get enough. Scharf’s artwork is splashed across tees and knits alike. The whole thing reads art-school chic — very tasteful.

an exquisite timepiece featuring a glow-in-the-dark moon and tiger face.
Complete with tiger-and-moon face, the Perpetual Moon Year of the Tiger Timepiece by Arnold and Sons is a sight to behold.

Arnold and Sons Perpetual Moon Year of the Tiger Timepiece

What makes a quality timepiece? An eye for design? Impeccably formatted mechanics? A larger-than-life price tag? We’d argue all three, and Arnold and Sons Perpetual Moon Year of the Tiger chronograph, limited to eight pieces, checks each box to perfection. The 42mm, 18k Red Gold-cased watch is engraved and burnished by hand, and it tracks not only the seconds, minutes and hours, but the moon phases via its mother-of-pearl disc with added Super-LumiNova.

a red, white and blue striped rugby with tiger graphic and collar
The Collared Sweatshirt from Gucci celebrates the Year of the Tiger.

Gucci Tiger Collared Sweatshirt

Gucci’s collection sticks with the Italian’s labels bold sartorial machinations; the red-and-blue-striped rugby feels preppy in its own right, with just enough feline intrigue to keep things interesting.

a watch complete with design and ascription celebrating the new year on the back
The Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar chronograph.

Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar Chronograph

A “new edition of the traditional Chinese calendar,” Swiss timepiece crafters Blancpain introduce a special-edition watch for the new lunar year. Beautifully engraved with a metallic cat, it’s perhaps the most luxurious way to celebrate the year of the tiger.

Two models standing side by side, in white shirts with tiger graphics and black pants and shoes
(Left to right) Crewneck Tiger Sweater, Printed Tiger Blouson.
Jil Sanders

Jil Sanders Year Of The Tiger Project

There’s an understated elegance in Jil Sanders designs, and her incorporation of Lunar New Year-themed imagery continues that trend. Black and white serve as a stark base for gentle tiger prints on the likes of the Crewneck Sweater and Printed Blouson.

a front and back of a black hoodie with a tiger-striped pink panther graphic on the back and tiger-striped drawstrings
an exclusive hoodie by Saint Laurent.

Saint Laurent In-Store Exclusives

YSL has cooked up a special year of the tiger capsule, only available in stores for those lucky enough to find themselves within range of a Saint Laurent flagship. The label’s premium basics receive the feline treatment, with a special appearance from a certain not-so-Pink Panther.

a close up of a model wearing a LNY-graphiced tee, black with read detailing and printed tigers
The special edition LNY Tiger T-Shirt by Versace.

Versace Lunar New Year Tiger T-Shirt

Take this year’s zodiac sign and some Versace streetwear sensibility and you’ve got a pretty damn good combination. This special-edition cotton tee makes a fine addition to any wardrobe, regardless of what you’re celebrating.

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