Saddle-up as we enter the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Year of the Horse is considered to be one of the best years for the Chinese, as the horse is a symbol of good fortune and represents moving in the right direction. Designers are even beginning to embrace this Zodiac-inspired trend, from horse emblazoned clothes to red bags. Who knows, maybe this year will bring them good luck too!
Italian fashion house Gucci was quick to act upon this new trend and has released an exclusive Capsule Collection inspired by The Year of the Horse. The collection consists of handbags, clutches and shoulder bags all in an opulent deep red patent leather – China’s favourite colour.
Gucci says that the special edition collection represents ‘auspicious, successful, and lucky horse culture mixed with Chinese red, and further embodies the exquisite and detailed design of the gold horse mouthpiece.’
H&M, Chloé, Victor & Rolf and even make-up brand Estee Lauder are just a few more labels galloping ahead with equestrian-inspired products. Estee Lauder has a horse-inspired compact; H&M ran a Chinese new year inspired campaign featuring Chinese models and red clothing and accessories; Victor & Rolf has a very decadently priced horse motif sweater and Chloé has incorporated horse-shoe shaped detailing in their handbag designs.
People born in the Year of the Horse are said to be clever, kind and energetic, although they can sometimes be known to talk too much. Some famous ‘horses’ include: Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney and Rembrandt.
But what does this mean for the rest of us? Whether you are born in the Year of the Horse or not, remember that this is the year to act fast and not procrastinate. Last year, the Year of the Snake was the year for meticulous planning and contemplation and this is the year to put your plans in action. Be weary though of the fast-paced nature of the horse. Opportunities may be gone just as quickly as they come.
So giddy-up! Get your riding boots on and indulge in some equestrian-inspired outfits and accessories, 2014 is rearing ahead.
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