The 11 Best Lunar New Year Releases Celebrating the Year of the Rat
Gucci, Louis Vuitton and more limited-edition launches.
A longstanding tradition of Lunar New Year, acquiring and wearing new, bright colored clothes symbolize a fresh and hopeful start. For those who celebrate this annual occasion, we’ve compiled 11 of the best limited-edition releases to purchase ahead of the Year of the Rat, which falls on January 25.
Inspired by the animal zodiac sign of the upcoming year, fashion and footwear brands ranging from Gucci to adidas Originals have joined forces with Disney to create capsule collections of Mickey Mouse-themed merch. Some of our favorite beauty brands, such as Fenty Beauty and SK-II, have also joined in the festive spirit by revamping their best-selling products with red and gold packaging — a color scheme often associated with good luck and fortune.
Below, take a look at our top picks for the Year of the Rat.
As part of Gucci and Disney‘s Lunar New Year collaboration, this special-edition Rhyton sneaker sees Mickey Mouse printed on the lateral of its ivory leather upper. Familiar details such as the shoe’s chunky sole unit and its Gucci branding on the tongue remain intact.
If the Gucci kicks exceed your budget, these collaborative Superstars from adidas Originals and Disney might be the next best option for you. Emblazoned with an oversize graphic of Mickey Mouse, this special release is a must-cop for fans of the beloved character.
In celebration of Lunar New Year, Louis Vuitton has released a lineup of seasonal gifts ranging from monogram shawls to key holders. Our favorite item from the festive launch has got to be the rat-shaped earphones case. Constructed with cowhide leather and the French house’s signature logo canvas, the whimsical design makes a stylish home for your wireless earbuds.
If you’re looking to invest in a new wallet, look no further than CELINE’s multi-pouch design. Arriving with a wrist band and a golden ring, the Lunar New Year release features not just one, but a mix of four cardholders and coin purses in various shapes and sizes — including a red leather envelop that resembles the traditional red pocket.
A playful take on statement jewelry, Marni’s rat motif earrings feature the spherical head of a cartoon mouse, and are completed with gold-tone metal. The accessory will certainly be a conversation starter at any family gathering.
Mansur Gavriel celebrates Lunar New Year with a limited-edition iteration of its famous bucket bag. Featuring a hand-painted rat motif developed by the brand’s in-house calligrapher, the black leather bag is available in its regular size as well as a mini version.
Nicknamed by beauty enthusiasts as the “miracle water,” SK-II‘s bestselling Pitera™ Essence has received a new look for Lunar New Year. Dressed in vibrant red, the bottle is printed with Mickey Mouse, who’s depicted applying the product to his face.
Also getting a Lunar New Year makeover is Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum. Coming in festive, red and gold packaging, the cult-loved skincare product is formulated with ingredients such as the brand’s Black Tea Complex, honeysuckle leaf extract and firming peptides that help improve skin elasticity.
Achieve your skincare resolutions this year with Charlotte Tilbury’s famous Magic Cream Moisturizer. Coming in limited-edition Lunar New Year packaging, the fan-favorite hydrating moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil, and is known for its ability to lift and smoothen the skin.
Housed within a sleek black case, Chanel‘s trio of Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks makes a luxurious gift set for a loved one or better still, a treat for yourself. From the peachy, coral shade “#43 La Favorite” to the bright orange “#57 Rouge Feu,” to the deep rose hue “#58 Rouge Vie” packaged in an exclusive red lacquered tube, these are the ideal lip colors to wear for the festive occasion.
Another great addition to your makeup bag, the Fenty Beauty Lunar New Year set comprises of the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Mean Money” and “Hu$tla Baby,” as well as the universally flattering Stunna Lip Paint in the bold red shade “Uncensored.”