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Are you brave enough to wear this year’s Chinese New Year symbol?

Some prints take a little more chutzpah than others to pull off. During her visit to Melbourne for the Australian Open, US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour delighted fashion lovers with a series of printed dresses, including one festooned with baby chicks.

Red letter year … Sandra Oh at the Screen Actors Guild awards.Credit:Matt Sayles/AP

Chicks, unicorns, cats – all of these have had a print moment in the sun over the past few years. But, as we head into Lunar New Year week, we are confronted with a slightly more challenging motif (but not as challenging as next year's rat): the pig.

If you happen to be born in a pig year (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) then, by all means, own your Chinese zodiac sign. According to the astrologers, you have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life. Pigs born in 1983 are great communicators and will retire wealthy – so be proud if you are turning 36 this year.

Pigs in popular culture are nothing new. There was the clever Wilbur in Charlotte's Web, the Three Little Pigs from Disney and, of course, Australia's own porky hero, Babe. But can we get behind pigs as a fashion theme? Well, if it's OK for Gucci …

The luxury label is one of several to release a special collection for Lunar New Year, which falls on Tuesday. The 35-piece collection includes T-shirts, scarves, pyjamas and accessories, some of which feature images from the Disney short film released in 1933. Other items play on the saying "pigs might fly" and feature pigs with wings.

Hugo Boss has also jumped on the pig bandwagon with a series of items by New York-based Australian artist Jeremyville. What makes the collection a little easier to wear than some is that the pig is part of a montage with a bit of a Where's Wally feel so you may not feel as self-conscious as you would getting around with a giant pic on your chest/shoulders/feet.

Although the artist, who hails from Bondi, didn't directly reference his inspiration for the pigs, he had this to say to Executive Style: "There are some unusual birds in this collection, definitely inspired by the strange fauna of Australia! My Australian youth informs a lot of my colours, shapes and a more casual, laid back approach to my art."

Of course, celebrating Lunar New Year isn't just about wearing the animal sign. If you aren't game enough to go the full porcine, then you can still get into the spirit by wearing red or pink, or giving gifts in these colours to friends or colleagues who are celebrating.

As we saw at the Screen Actors Guild awards on Monday, best supporting actress winner Emily Blunt made best-dressed lists in a candy Michael Kors gown (which also raised a few eyebrows of the female anatomy variety), while Sandra Oh continued her red carpet-winning season in a shimmering ruby gown by Duchess of Cambridge favourite Jenny Packham.

For an easy, low-cost fix, grab a red or pink velvet hair bow or knotted scrunchie (try Pixie's Bows, Free People, Sportsgirl or Etsy), or a pair of earrings. And make sure to wear a slick of red lipstick on Tuesday for a celebratory flourish (my pick is NARS Jungle Red from Mecca Cosmetica).

Get the look

Gucci, $1115

PrettyLittleThing, $38

BOSS x Jeremyville, $549

Review, $30

The Daily Edited, $50

Bottega Veneta, $650

Stockists

The Daily Edited: thedailyedited.com

Bottega Veneta: (03) 9654 8138

Gucci: gucci.com

BOSS: hugoboss.com

Review: review-australia.com

PrettyLittleThing: prettylittlething.com.au

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