The new Lunar year is nearly upon us and, with it, comes a NEW energy. Whilst the Year of the Rat (2020) was about survival, and the Year of the Ox (2021) was about anchoring ourselves in a new reality, the Year of the Tiger is all about making big changes. This will be a year of risk-taking and adventure when progress feels possible again. Our collection was made for those who love an adventure, so 2022 is definitely one we’ve been waiting for!
With an exciting year ahead, how you celebrate Chinese New Year itself will set the tone for what’s to come. That’s why we’re taking some time out to give you our top tips on making the most of the moment and marking the change with some seriously stylish traditions.
Now getting your rubber gloves on may feel anything less but celebratory, but when it comes to setting the tone for the new year to arrive, it’s all about cleansing yourself of the old and bringing in the new. Re-organise your wardrobe, get rid of old unnecessary items and give your home the ultimate spritz. Why not try moving your furniture around and creating a whole new setting too? This is a year of change so start it off by mixing it up!
In Chinese tradition, getting a hair cut during the New Year is considered unlucky, so many race to the salon for a glow-up just before the new Lunar year arrives to ensure they’re ready to embrace everything the Year of the Tiger has to offer. Why not take it a step further and finish off your new do with an epic accessory? Our hairbands, scarfs and scrunchies are the perfect touch to make you feel roar-some! Gold symbolised wealth in China so, as the new year approaches, our Butterfly collection with its pops of vivid yellow gold are just the ticket to help you welcome in abundance.
When it comes to ringing in the New Year, it’s tradition to stay up until the clock hits midnight to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new. We love this ritual, but nothing makes it feel even more special than doing it in style wearing our favourite pair of PJs. Our decadent ‘Emma Silk’ collection is the ultimate in lounging luxury. Just in time for CNY we’ve launched a special red pair. Red is synonymous with good fortune and happiness – exactly what we want to attract in the future! Available as full-length PJs, a cute cami set, nightie and dressing gown the ‘Rouge’ collection is the ultimate line to give you the eye of the tiger as you step into the new year.
Chinese New Year is the perfect time to up your interior game and showcase some beautiful art pieces that will also invite good fortune into your home. Why not try hanging a few couplets – paired phrases written in calligraphy on red paper featuring Chinese characters expressing blessings. Ensure you’re even luckier by hanging a red sign featuring this character - 福, which means luck or blessing. The sign is normally hung upside down to help the luck arrive.
Nothing makes us feel more excited to celebrate than an indulgent feast! For Chinese New Year, laying on a beautiful banquet is a must. Fish and chicken are found on every dinner table as they symbolize luck and wealth. Serve them whole and leave a little leftover to represent surplus at the end of the year. Want to wow your guests and be the host with the most? Then what you wear to the feast is just as key! Go for our Jade Jumpsuit in bright red to nod to your good fortune or opt for our Blare Dress and glitter in gold to welcome in the wealth.
Now you know how to celebrate Chinese New Year in style, all that’s left is to say Gung Hei Fat Choy to all our wonderful Emma Wallace Women. May the New Year bring you all the luck and good fortune you deserve.