The 19th February 2016 is the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Monkey, and Dolce&Gabbana have created a special collection to mark the occasion. The collection merges Chinese traditions with classic Italian imagery and the brand’s signature silhouettes and ironic luxury.
The collection comprises elegant looks and casual separates dominated by festive red and yellow and orange prints. The prints depict oranges and lemons, which are heavy with symbolism. These two fruits are not only typical produce of Sicily, but also auspicious symbols during the New Year celebrations in Asia. Eating and displaying tangerines and oranges is believed to bring good luck and fortune due to their pronunciation, and even the way they are written. The Chinese for orange (and tangerine) is 橙 (chéng /chnng/), which sounds the same as the Chinese for ‘success’ (成). One of the ways of writing tangerine (桔 jú /jyoo/) contains the Chinese character for luck (吉 jí /jee/).