It’s that time of year where luxury brands bring out their Lunar New Year cheer, and we’re looking forward to checking out how different fashion houses interpret traditional colours and symbols – red and gold, and the Year of the Ox – according to their own styles. Gucci, for instance, collaborated with a very recognisable icon: Doraemon, adding the character’s friendly face to its GG motif. Dolce & Gabbana, meanwhile, went for a sporty and flashy approach with graphic prints alongside its Sicilian cart motif. We also have luxury brands setting new trends following their years of history in the fashion scene. Burberry presented the Future Archive capsule collection, introducing new pieces inspired by the brand’s own classic looks, while Hermès trotted out a new line of vibrant clogs and a statement jewellery. What does the Year of the Ox mean for luxury markets in China and beyond? Gucci: Doraemon goes designer For his next trick, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele is giving us a dedicated collaboration featuring none other than beloved Japanese manga and anime icon, Doraemon. There has been a lot of love for Japanese anime characters in high fashion recently (Balenciaga and Hello Kitty, Loewe and My Neighbour Totoro), but Michele’s past experience bringing Japanese manga and its lovable cartoon characters into his collections has made him a bit of a pro. The Gucci x Doraemon capsule collection launched on January 12, coinciding with the character’s 50th anniversary, and in early celebration of the Year of the Ox. The playful collection includes products for both men and women, with all items featuring the instantly recognisable catlike robot. Stylistically, the bright blue icon is overlaid on the GG motif across bags, backpacks, trainers, slides and small leather accessories, as well as clothing. 5 of Melania Trump’s biggest fashion fails as first lady Dolce & Gabbana: moon shot from Milan European luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana is launching a capsule collection specifically aimed at China to coincide with Lunar New Year, available through the brand’s website and China-based boutiques. After the controversy of its previous campaign, D&G’s new collection leans towards a youth-oriented and sporty look, with graphic interpretations of majolica print and the brand’s characteristic Sicilian cart motifs. They appear on everything from shirts, hoodies and cropped bomber jackets to jeans and trainers, aimed at men, women and children alike, with the addition for women of poplin dresses, crêpe de Chine shirts and corsets. Highlighted holiday pieces include cropped bomber jackets in printed nylon, blue jeans featuring laser-made cart decorations, NS1 trainers, eye-catching Devotion Bag and Dolce Box and elegant slingbacks in Sicilian Black and Red Volcano hues. Why Chanel’s family-themed Paris show was a sign of the times Burberry: classics of the future? If you have more than 160 years of history as a mostly successful brand, it makes sense not to get too hung up on innovation or external influences when it comes to your new collections. And that’s certainly the case for classic British brand Burberry, which has delved into its own history as a source of inspiration for its new Burberry’s Future Archive capsule collection, featuring some pieces available as numbered limited editions of 150. Designed by the brand’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci, the new collection reinterprets a range of Burberry classics, with a focus on outerwear and accessories. Highlights among the former are quilted bomber jackets and a quilted parka with a trench coat-like panel across the back; notable accessories include a two-tone transforming bucket hat that can be unzipped to form a visor, and Cuban heeled trainers in leather and suede. Putting the bling in Bling Empire: the cast’s favourite jewellery brands Hermès: from clogs to cuffs Will we see the return of the clog this summer? We have got used to sporting the humble slipper after a year of work-from-home arrangements, and now Hermès creative director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski sees the uncomplicated, cosy clog as the next step in our post-pandemic fashion journey. Featuring a beechwood sole, metallic studs and a Kelly buckle, the new leather style accompanied each look on the spring/summer catwalk. The collection also showcased two new “investment” handbags: the Perspective Cavalière and the Mors de Brides. The Perspective Cavalière, available in two sizes, offers a modern asymmetrical design that nods to the flaps of an equestrian saddle, as well as the “isometric perspective” of drawing developed in the 16th century. As for jewellery, we’ve been seeing a lot of statement pieces across the designer runways, and Hermès is no exception. The Collier de Chien code is played with in a collection of aluminium cuffs, offered in multiple stand-out colourways and a new thinner format. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .