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Our gift guide of the most fashionable gifts to give your lover for the Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day

Once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, Chinese legend has it that the star-crossed lovers Cowherd and Weaver Girl are able to meet across the Milky Way. Known as the Qixi Festival (七夕节), Double Seventh Festival, or Chinese Valentine’s Day, it is one of the most culturally significant festivals in Chinese culture, and this enduring romantic folktale has come to represent an auspicious day to celebrate romance and love in all its forms.

This year, the festival will fall on August 14, making it the perfect time to show your beloved how much they mean to you. And what better way than with a gift from an exclusive capsule collection?

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Tapping on the significance of the festival, fashion brands have launched special collections that bring this more than 2,600 year old myth firmly into the present. Aside from the expected red and pink palette, hearts and other symbolic representations of love, brands also drew on the starry aspect of the Chinese myth (the Cowherd and Weaver Girl are represented by the Altair and Vega stars in the firmament), adding bling and sparkle into their collections for a cerebral take on the time-honoured tale.

Here, Tatler rounds up the best capsule collections paying tribute to the Qixi Festival.

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Louis Vuitton

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has combined its sartorial savoir faire with the meaning of the Qixi Festival through its capsule collection, aptly titled ‘Fall In Love’. The house’s OnTheGo tote bag has been transformed with red and pink Monogram blossoms and a Louis Vuitton signature drawn in lipstick, as well as a tiny lipstick charm, while the heart-shaped Sac Coeur—which comes in the Monogram canvas and pastel pink leather—feature the Louis Vuitton signature and heart shape as well.

The collection will be available in selected stores on August 12.

Gucci

For their take on the Qixi Festival, Italian luxury brand Gucci went whimsical. Titled ‘Gucci Les Pommes’, the collection sees variations of apples (as the collection name suggests) combined with the house’s iconic GG Supreme canvas on best-selling accessories such as their Padlock handbag line, bucket hats, sneakers and small leather goods. 

The collection is now available at gucci.com, in select Gucci stores, Gucci Pins,and Tmall.

Prada

During the Qixi Festival, it is customary to give and receive presents from your lover, and Prada’s special capsule is something we’d love to be gifted on this auspicious day. From a bedazzled Cleo bag to delicate jewellery boasting roses or a tiny Prada triangle, this is what we want to get when the stars align.

The collection is available now at prada.com, in selected Prada boutiques, at the Prada Wechat Mini Program pop-up store and Tmall.

Fendi

Fendi refreshed their house icons with a chic red and white palette for Chinese Valentine’s Day, with a special Karligraphy heart motif as a nod to the festival. particular standouts include the red Peekaboo ISeeU Tote that comes with a contrasting white cream Karligraphy-hearted interior, and the red Mini Sunshine Shopper with with white cream handles. Of course, the collection also has several ready-to-wear pieces, such as sweaters and T-shirts, and fashion jewellery pieces with the Karligraphy logo and hearts.

The collection is in selected boutiques worldwide.

Balenciaga

Modern romance takes centre stage in Balenciaga’s Qixi Festival campaign, but it’s the accessories that really caught our eye. With understated hoodies and T-shirts bearing the house logo and a coy heart, the irreverent luxury brand pays tribute to the festival, while bags like the Hourglass have been softened (literally) with fluffy faux fur that call to mind the plush toys and cards that lovers exchange during the festival.

The collection is available in select stores worldwide.

Moncler

Taking inspiration from the romantic symbolism of the festival, Moncler has given key items from its collection an upgrade with a hearts crash all-over print. It was created by Naj-Oleari and reimagined by designer Sandro Mandrino for Moncler in a bright palette of yellow, blue and fuchsia, and aims to capture the passion and warmth of new romance.

The collection is available at moncler.cn, and in select stores worldwide.

Tory Burch

American brand Tory Burch is celebrating the Qixi Festival the best way it knows how—with the understated elegance that it is known for. Classic T-shirts have had a woven heart subtly added to them, and brand’s Kira Bag echoes the sentiment with its oversized woven pattern. Look out for keychains, slides and other accessories from the collection as well.

The collection is available in select stores worldwide.