South Coast Plaza Showcases Lunar New Year Style
Lunar New Year is an extraordinary time of year at South Coast Plaza. We’re marking the occasion for 19 days through Feb. 18 with weekend entertainment and an eye-catching, photo opp-worthy centerpiece display in Jewel Court. Many of our boutiques are taking part in the festivities by hosting in-store events such as calligraphy or offering special products and capsule collections bearing a Lunar New Year and zodiac symbol of the year theme.
To usher the Year of the Pig, South Coast Plaza welcomed an exclusive group of style-setting social media influencers from Southern California at a private luncheon at AnQi by House of An.
We showcased a curated collection of Lunar New Year specialty shoes and accessories from our boutiques for influencers to view up close and try. Among the must-have bags are Versace’s Icon shoulder bag in a Lunar New Year print with a gold Year of the Pig coin detail; the diminutive, box-like MIU MIU shoulder bag in crystal-accented Madore red matelassé leather; and the limited-edition red Max Mara large reversible shopper bag which can be cinched to change its geometric shape. The pink sheepskin Marni Big Foot sneaker – fitted with a gold piglet shoelace charm – and matching gold piglet earrings were conversation pieces.
John Hardy‘s extensive Lunar New Year selection includes jewelry depicting a dragon – a Chinese cultural and spiritual symbol of prosperity and luck. The standout: a stunning Legends Naga 18K Gold, African Ruby and Pavé Diamond Dragon Coil Ring.
Chloé‘s Year of the Pig capsule collection includes ready-to-wear and accessories printed with beautiful, limited-edition illustrations created by Rithika Merchant. The charming pig print is the Barcelona-based artist’s the latest work for the Paris brand. Chloé designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi first featured Merchant’s folklore prints in Ramsay-Levi’s spring/summer ’18 debut collection.
Another whimsical take on the Year of the Pig is Stuart Weitzman‘s playful collection, which includes sneakers and a clutch covered with gold, round, little piggy faces. These Sport-luxe sneakers made from Nappa leather can be worn easily with a dress or your favorite jeans.
Crafted from quilted calf leather, Bally‘s Bahira backpack in Papavero red features the signature B-turn lock and structured polygon shape. This piece is a go-to for any hands-free look. There’s much more Lunar New Year style in store at our boutiques, but they’re available only for a limited time.
To complement the Lunar New Year luxury items, AnQi created a special luncheon menu. Guests indulged in a four-course meal beginning with a surprise amuse bouche : tuna cigars presented in a cigar box that, once opened, released a dramatic swirl of smoke. The first course was AnQi’s signature Longevity Noodles, Szechuan stir fry egg noodles with tofu, snap peas, Thai basil, bean sprouts and eggplant followed by a choice of steamed filet sea bass or crispy skin pork belly. The Bountiful Harvest dessert comprised of gingerbread custard, kumquat ice cream, almond, ramboutan, pomelo, mango, lychee and kiwi made for a delicious and artful finish.