It is the time of the year when cheongsams are abound in many boutiques and department stores, because Chinese New Year is round the corner after Christmas. I’ve been checking out the usual boutiques that offer the quintessential Chinese outfit. My verdict is that the coming new year will be a disappointment if the designs are of any indication. What happened to the designers??? It’s as if everybody is suffering from a mental loss of good ideas.
Blum, which had pretty good designs the past couple of years, must have decided to cut cost this year and hired some third-world designers. How else would you explain such atrocious looking cheongsams?
I find this print garish. If you must get it, I really hope you have a slim and leggy physique, otherwise I’m afraid you can’t carry this off. (Update on 7 Jan) Below is another picture of the dress on the mannequin.
The print on the below dress seems military-like to me. It makes the cheongsam looks a little severe.
There are a couple of saving grace from Blum.
This cheongsam makes for a sexy cocktail dress or a special night out. But you need a broad shoulder to carry it off. (Update: this cheongsam can be worn with or without the flower belt. I just found out it is S$480. It seems like Blum boutique is raising its cheongsam price every year. The year before, I got one below S$300; last year the dresses were in the S$300 range. Now they’re more than S$400!) Update on 17 Jan: most cheongsams are actually tagged at S$339.
This is an elegant cheongsam with an interesting rich blue-colored print. It reminds me of another blue-colored cheongsam worn by the actress, TANG Wei, in the movie ‘Lust, Caution’. The peakaboo chest adds sensuality to the dress.
Blum also offers cheongsam in the classic design.
I will feature cheongsams from other boutiques in another post.
(Update on 14 Dec)
(Update on 18 Dec)