As far as we’re concerned, Italian designer Valentino Garavani is the O.G. Tiger King. The fashion maestro’s affinity for the majestic feline stretches back to 1967 when he introduced a tiger print on a coat for his Fall/Winter haute couture collection.
Throughout the years, the fashion house has revisited this tiger motif – simply dubbed Valentino Tiger 1967 – for several outings, with the most extensive one being for Fall 2018 when the design was printed and embroidered on a handful of items.
Chinese model Zhou Zi Lin wears items bearing the original colourway of the Valentino Tiger 1967 print.
With Chinese New Year this year ushering in the tiger zodiac, Valentino’s archival tiger is prowling back again into our wardrobes, this time serving as punchy prints for a festive capsule collection that spans fits such as hooded capes and shorts as well as Valentino Garavani bags and footwear.
Chinese singer Cheng Xiao pairs her pretty-in-pink Valentino Tiger 1967 wardrobe with an equally adorable Valentino Garavani Loco shoulder bag.
Besides the original orange and black colourway that was used for the original ’60s design, there is also a bubblegum pink rendition to consider. Scroll on for a peek at what all you cool cats can own from the collection.