2021 is proving to be an even more challenging year so far than 2020 – who would’ve thought that was possible? Fortunately, the start of the Lunar New Year is here – and fittingly, it’s the Year of The Ox – just the kind of strong energy we need to get through this year.
Today officially marks the end of the Year of the Rat in Chinese and many other Asian cultures – and the start of the Year of The Ox, which many take to symbolise a hardworking attitude and reliability; pretty appropriate for how the year ahead seems to be panning out we’d say. Celebrations of this new start will of course, like all other recent holidays, be rather muted as we continue in lockdown – but that doesn’t mean if you’re toasting the Lunar New Year it should pass by without notice.
Even for a virtual celebration, a new outfit from head to toe symbolises a new start and fresh hopes for the year ahead. So where better to start than by looking for your Lunar New Outfit than Net a Porter? Our favourite luxury retailer has an edit of celebration-worthy pieces, like this stylish Ganni silk shirt dress and these tomato red Bottega Veneta strappy heels – the perfect shoes to stride into a new year. To complete your outfit for the celebrations (and the year ahead), Gucci has collaborated with Japanese manga character Doraemon to create a capsule collection and we’re swooning over this limited-edition bucket bag.
Plenty of the best beauty brands are also on hand to help you celebrate with limited edition products. Charlotte Tilbury’s New Year beauty secrets kit includes her cult magic cream in red-topped packaging plus a limited edition New Year lipstick – and it comes in three different shades, so you can find the perfect match to your complexion. Then there’s Fenty Beauty’s offering – for £35 you can get that New Year glow with a bright red lip luminizer and a head-turning highlighter compact. But if you’re looking to really spoil yourself – or someone else – this Lunar New Year, we’d suggest indulging in Chantecaille’s Year of The Ox Lifting Mask. In an intricately designed, supersize, red jar, the mask moisturises and diminishes signs of ageing for smoother, calmer skin. Now that’s how we’d like to go into the new year looking.