January 24, 2009

Fashion in the Ox - be fashionably RED this Chinese New Year.

According to the Lunar Calendar, tomorrow marks the start of the year of the Ox also known as Ji Chou.
This Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays.

In Singapore, we observe 2 public holidays for the 15-day long hoopla.

The Chinese believe that the colour red brings good luck and could ward off evil spirits. During Chinese New Year, you'll see parents giving out red packets to their children, families would hang red twin couplets outside their homes, and Chinese clad in vibrant red shirts and dresses. Of course over the years, these traditions have been watered-down, and these days, you'll see gold-coloured "red" packets, and people wearing the once taboo darker hues like brown and black.

The true dandies are always spotted in tinges of red (even if they hated it) just to please grandma. And if you are struggling to find the best outfit for the occasion, without looking like an oversized red packet, try taking your cue from Louis Vuitton's men's RTW 2009 collection.

Although I couldn't quite grasps Paul Helbers's concept of "the traveling wardrobe of an African king", the somewhat solemn pallette with occasional discrete splashes of orange-red sweaters and beanies did the trick.

LV Men's RTW 2009 collection

Since one of the traditions of the Lunar New Year is to "BUY NEW CLOTHES", we scoured the internet, and found some really cool HIS and HER red merchandise.

Clockwise from top-left: Red jacket from D-Squared - SGD 1,760.00 , Kayne West X Louis Vuitton sneakers, Paul Frank I love the Robot Dance watch, Lanvin Suede Sneakers - SGD 790.00.

Raf Simons X Fred Perry Loafers, Christian Dior 2009 sunglasses

Clockwise from top-left: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel knitted top - SGD 205.10,
Keepall 50 Roses:
Louis Vuitton's 2009 Stephen Sprouse Tribute Collection,
Dr Martins leather boots with wooden heels- SGD 154.00,
Marc Jacobs woven clutch- SGD 1,108.00.

Clockwise from top-left: Christian Louboutin Cork wedge sandals- SGD 502.50,
Stella McCartney pussy bow dress - SGD 871.65,
Roger Vivier woven painted acrylic clutch - SGD 1,332.47,
Roberta Di Camerino Velvet bag - SGD 2,197.62.

From all of us at Style Damsel,

Have a great Chinese New Year!

**Prices are indicative at time of publish.