Equine style

Take your pick from these horse-themed outfits and accessories so you look the part when doing the Chinese New Year rounds, says LESLIE KAY LIM

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Sam Ubhi charm bracelet

$43.36, from www.asos.com

Charm bracelets are classic pieces of jewellery and this silver-coloured one features a heart locket, glass bead and – you guessed it – a miniature horse.


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Shanghai Tang notebook

$60-$75, from 03-06 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Pen and paper purists will be happy to celebrate the new year with carefully crafted limited-edition notebooks and diaries. A tie-up between Shanghai Tang and stationary company Moleskin, the range showcases a lovely horse print on the hardback covers.


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Future State dress

$49.90, from www.zalora.sg

This dress is the one for all the retro-loving, quirky girls out there. The versatile, empire-waist sleeveless number can be worn on its own for maximum impact or toned down under a cardigan.


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Disaster Designs scarf

US$22.99 (S$30), from www.modcloth.com

This scarf is a quick and easy way to jazz up an outfit. The grey and black horses and red cotton background blend together in a discrete and sophisticated pattern when looped multiple times.


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Tory Burch bag charm

$100, from 02-28 Wisma Atria

Keep things subtle with this trinket. The tortoiseshell horse head and the lucky horseshoe design are both classic elements that will look chic even after Chinese New Year.


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Modajar necklace

$239, from www.modajar.com

This gold-plated silver pendant is an origami-like take on the horse motif. Layer with other gold pendants for a bohemian look.


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Elly cheongsam

$69.55, from Rockstar by Soon Lee at 22 Orchard Road

This adorable buttoned cheongsam from home-grown kidswear brand Elly has ponies printed all over. Designed for those aged nine months to four years old.


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Longchamp bag

$556, from 02-02 Paragon

The classic leather Le Pliage bag has been updated to put its horse and jockey logo front and centre. The gold embellishment looks starkly elegant against the black background.


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Alfred Dunhill cufflinks

$395, from 01-42 Paragon

Those galloping their way up the corporate ladder might fancy these sterling silver cufflinks – interesting enough to inject personality but neutral enough for everyday wear.


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Sretsis collar pins

$111, for a set of two from Lula Rock at 02-07 Palais Renaissance

Bored of the usual accessories? Try out these unusual collar pins to decorate your neckline. The silver, gem-encrusted pins will be a conversation-starter.


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Goldheart Jewelry earrings

$100, from B2-65 Ion Orchard

If delicate, pretty pieces are more your style, check out these earrings. The yellow-gold pieces are coloured red and blue to provide a tiny pop of colour.


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Chocoolate sweatshirt

$119, from 02-11 Bugis Junction

Graphic casual is the vibe you will project with this sweatshirt. A limited-edition collaboration with A Bathing Ape, it features the character Baby Milo and its friends atop a giant horseshoe.


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Ted Baker ring

$88, from www.zalora.sg

Think rocking horses are just for children? Not with this fun gold-coloured ring, which stands upright on its own and sits sideways on your finger.


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Lapalette bag

$199, from B3-36 Ion Orchard

This structured bag is all business when it comes to silhouette and pure whimsy when it comes to embellishment.


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Puma sneakers

$159, from B2-23 Ion Orchard

Let your shoes do the talking with this pair of classic kicks. These two-toned brown sneakers with a suede upper feature the Chinese character for horse printed on the heel and tongue, and a Chinese chessboard pattern on the insole.


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Vanda Fine Clothing pocket square

$60, from www.vandafineclothing.com

Dapper gentlemen can pick up this silk pocket square by the home-grown accessories maker. Designed in collaboration with Singaporean illustrator Edward Chan, the maroon horse print comes with a lovely blue trim.


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Anna-Karin Karlsson sunglasses

US$470 (S$600), from www.net-a-porter.com

Forget plain old cat-eye sunglasses. This stylish acetate pair by takes things to a whole new and luxe level with an embossed sculptural horse motif on the upper rims.


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Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress

$610, from 01-08 Ion Orchard

A dress with horses on a red background hits the Chinese New Year jackpot in terms of appropriateness. But instead of looking tacky, the dress oozes elegance thanks to the timeless wrap style.


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Swatch watch

$109, from B2-37 Ion Orchard

This black and white watch is all sleek and sporty. The graphic design is evocative of Chinese calligraphy with its bold brushstrokes and the red hands add a nice contrast.


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BRANDS WITH HORSE TRADITIONS

1. Hermes

Started in 1837 as a harness and saddle shop, it still produces luxury equestrian goods, including saddles and riding helmets.

Horses appear on its famous silk scarves and saddle stitching is present on many of its handmade leather goods. The logo and the quality of leather also allude to the brand’s horse-related origins.


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2. Longchamp

The Cassegrain family ran a small tobacco dealer shop and made pipes clad in leather in the 1930s and 1940s.

In 1948, the family adopted the Longchamp name, taken from the famous Longchamp racehorse in the Bois de Boulogne area of Paris. The founder used to pass the racecourse on his way to work. The company commissioned illustrator Turenne Chevallereau (whose name coincidentally, includes the French word for horse – cheval) to design a galloping racehorse for its logo shortly after the name change.


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3. Ralph Lauren

The Polo Ralph Lauren diffusion brand boasts a logo of a polo player on a horse and blue-blooded equestrian themes resonate in the brand’s many campaign images.

Western country chic and the classy ranch style references are also a mainstay in the brand’s design inspirations.