01 | Blancpain’s Traditional Chinese Calendar separates itself from the (rat)pack
What comes to mind when you think of a traditional Chinese calendar? Certainly not the horological masterpiece that is Blancpain’s latest offering, which is equipped with an exceedingly complex mechanism that allows it to display both the Chinese and Gregorian calendars — and making it more complex than a perpetual calendar.
It’s all driven by the self-winding 3638 movement and housed in a gorgeous platinum case, pairing nicely with the white Grand Feu enamel dial and a blue serpentine hand. The Zodiac animal of the year, the rat, also appears in a window at 12 o’clock.
It’s a timepiece that doesn’t restrict itself to being worn only during the festive season, which is just as well, since we’d want to wear this show-stopper all year round.
For more information, visit Blancpain’s site here.
02 | Get your last minute CNY shopping fix at Shanghai Tang’s pop-up store
Shanghai Tang is one of the perennial brands that prove that fashionable oriental motifs don’t have to be limited just to the Lunar New Year — but when it comes to the yearly event, they sure pull out all the stops.
Pick up exclusive red packets and organisers at Shanghai Tang’s first pop-up store at Raffles City. Also making its debut at the pop-up is the brand’s new “Back to the Roots” collection, which celebrates Shanghai Tang’s 25th anniversary while incorporating modern elements.
The collection includes two new bags: the new Chinoiserie Print two-way Crossbody Clutch and Chinoiserie Print Shopper Tote, which both come sheathed in a sumptuous brick red jacquard that’s reminiscent of a warm autumn morning.
Visit Shanghai Tang’s pop-up store at Raffles City, Level 1.
03 | Prep your pout with Christian Louboutin’s Lunar New Year-themed gift box
Chinese New Year doesn’t mean limiting yourself to a singular shade of angbao red. Be spoiled for choice with the new Christian Louboutin Beauty Chinese New Year gift box, which is filled with either three or seven lipsticks and Loubilaques in varying shades of red.
From striking mattes and sequins to classic best sellers (like the Loubilaque Rouge Louboutin, Loubilaque Altressa, Loubilaque Akenana), you’ll have plenty to choose from for your CNY look.
The lacquered box is also covered with a whimsical decorative sleeve that’s inspired by the golden age of train travel, and is also adorned with some very cute drawings of celebratory mice. Get it to share the numerous lippies with friends and family — or all for yourself.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Chinese New Year gift box is now available at TANGS at Tang Plaza.
04 | Look your sweetest in REDValentino
We know it’s the Lunar New Year and you’re probably neck-deep in all-red everything, so to help you find auspicious threads without the obvious dong dong qiang vibes, check out REDValentino’s new collection. For Spring/Summer 2020, the collection plays up all the dreamy and romantic qualities that REDValentino is known for. Tulle dresses — a house signature — come in a myriad of sherbet-hued colours can be worn with sneakers for a more youthful spin. Meanwhile, the collection also explores the idea of reworking urban separates with lightness and grace, and this is best seen in a hoodie cut entirely from lace, and then paired with a pleated floral skirt. Complete with prim kitten heels, and you’re New Year-ready.
Available at REDValentino Ngee Ann City.
05 | Mouse up with Marni
In celebrating the Year of the Rat, Marni’s capsule collection presents you with pieces that will have your elders nodding in approval. The capsule collection features several rat-inspired illustrations that make for perfect Lunar New Year attire. Throw on a t-shirt with a mouse peeking out the sides, or go the extra mile with a beanie that’s topped off with two mouse ears — your choice. For those looking for a less literal way of celebrating the season, they also have a handful of red-flecked items including blouses and piped jeans.
Available at Marni Hilton Hotel.